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cRaZy busy days
Lots of stuff converging… gardening/harvesting, managing the flock of growing lambs and kids, housekeeping chores… and the simple act[s] of day-to-day living.
Among all the activities, Katie & I have been focusing some attention on a few 4H Armada Fair projects, namely dairy product and fiber art. Two topics/categories which are natural for ‘us’ since our lives are spent around our dairy goat(s) and small flock of Shetland sheep [that is, fiber].
When we became owners of a pair of dairy does [six years ago], we were naive in the ways of goatkeeping. We have learned [and continue to learn] so very much from our sweet goat friends! Our goat dairy [consumable] 4H project is chosen each year with focus on a particular country/culture… and then the research/trials begin. For example, France/Chevre, Greece/Feta, Italy/Ricotta, and so on. Last year we chose England/Cheddar, in honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee! This year, Katie chose Mexico!
But, today’s post is a sneak peek on one of her wooly fiber art possibilities for Fair. This wooly project involves several techniques/skills: wet felting in the flat, 3D wet felting, needle felting, a little sewing, knitting and machine felting.
I know what you’re think’n, but I didn’t have anything to do with Katie’s SHEEPY choice!!! I like this project because it represents the wonderful natural color/pattern(s) of the Shetland sheep!!! It requires NO SPECIAL TOOLS – anyone can do it! Katie will be able to share the various ‘how-to’ fiber’n techniques with the judge. I think this little sheepy[pillow] turned out quite well…even if she doesn’t make it to the Armada Fair. Katie has a couple more wooly fiber art project in the works…
wooly wednesday [celebrate]
wooly wednesday [sculpture]
playing with wool & water [felt]
wool + water + agitation
===> good clean fun!
I recently finished a wet-felted project: one folky sheepy table runner!
I used a variety of my natural colored Shetland wool.
After felting, I added a few sheepy details.
Wet-felting: no ‘special’ tools [or skillz] required!!!
goodness, not another sheepy project?!
Well, yes! If you know me at all, I never get tired of making sheepy anything(s). This project was a little ‘gift’ to self [a belated Mother’s Day gift perhaps?]! Call me a one-trick-pony, but I am passionate about making sheep! Each sheep/project is as ‘ewe’-nique as each one of my small flock of Shetland sheep. They’re such peaceable creatures… I can sit for hours in the grass with a lamb or two in my lap… and they love it!
This was a very easy peasy, quickie, kid-proof wet felting project. I made them for ME to be used as sheepy coasters, ya know, to protect your furniture from drinkies. But, you may call them trivets, mug rugs, or use them as sheep ornies, package tie-ons. String them together for a sheepy garland/banner… whatever you like? Now, what sheep-loving, fiber art, knitter, etc. wouldn’t love one of these sheepies?
A sheep of many colors…
…and different personalities!
My new sheepy ‘coasters’ to replace a mish-mash of my old braided heart coasters!
‘Gifted’ to me!
Look for a how-to workshop coming soon! Happy fiber’n!
wooly wednesday [tapestry weaving]
pillow talk [baa]
lots of dots
I’m seeing lots and lots of dots!
Love this quirky little ‘black’ sheep of the family [made with my Shetland].
An elegant little lady…lots of my Shetland natural/white’dots’ & hand-dyed Rambouillet/Romney wool roving.
My little farm shop re-opens with regular hours first weekend in April!