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Did we already ‘talk’ about these sheepy brooches? They’re very similar to the woolly sheep doilies (w/o the lace doily sandwiched between the wool layers). Read that post here.
All I did was wet felt a handful of wool roving and wool locks/staples (for additional texture). The majority of work was spent making the little oven-fired clay faces!
… painted black and stitched them into place on the felt.
Add a bar pin back or a piece of thread for an Easter tree decorated with sheepy ornaments?!
I played a bit more with my Shetland wool roving (that’s surprising, wink!). I used two individual girls’ wool: Brenna’s ‘black’ and Reese’s moorit.
First, two layers or more of one sheep and then another two or three layers of the other sheep’s naturally colored wool.
See, reversible! Twice the goodness!???
The slight difference in each fleece influenced the wet felting process and final character of the project. I added Lincoln ‘fringe’ to both ‘ends’.
Always fun to explore (play) with wool!
Wet felting (playing with wool) is my go-to THERAPY.
Is that a sheep in the bath tub??? Why YES, it is! (Ugh! Laying over the tub is difficult on the chest!)
My apprentice, Luna, inspecting my ‘work’? I don’t know if she loves the wool or WATER more???!? Rub-a-dub-dub, kitty in the tub!
The ‘finished’ wooly product: my Shetland wool with my friend Chris’s Lincoln raw wool staples as fringe. I haven’t decided whether to needle felt a few sheep on it… or not? Hmmmm…
Cheap therapy for the heart and soul!!
Mindless wet felting; playing with wool to create Spring blooms!
No real ‘method’ to my felting madness. Grab a wisp of this and that hand dyed wool roving, layering as you ‘stack’ colors. The more layers/wool, the thicker your finished piece.
If you’d like additional texture, add little pieces of scrap yarn or wool snippets to the mix, before felting. Working over the kitchen sink or dishpan, rub a little (hand made) soap onto your hands (or directly onto the wool). Alternate hot & cold water and a little rubbing action/elbow grease. An old vintage wash board works well and suits my purpose!
Blot with towel and air dry. Once dry, embellish with a few beads, buttons or embroidery stitches. Add a pin-back and viola!! Sweet blooms!!
Oh, happy day!