wooly ‘wednesday’ every day

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Lately, every day is a wooly day! Wooly good renewable resource!!

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Sheep Brooch

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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.

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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!

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… painted black and stitched them into place on the felt.

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Add a bar pin back or a piece of thread for an Easter tree decorated with sheepy ornaments?!

 

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Matt and Katie came home this past weekend (quite unexpectedly). Needless to say, it was so good to have them home even though I accomplish very little… perhaps it’s a good excuse to just ‘visit’ instead.

I did fiddle with yarn bits and charms, ribbons and buttons. I managed to create a few brooches/pins. Perhaps it will hurry Spring along!

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A great stash buster… almost instant gratification!

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Year of the sheep (goat).

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You never know what those little bits of yarn and ribbon might inspire!

playing with bits and pieces.

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Crochet a little heart with simple twine. Needle felt a tiny heart with some hand-dyed wool roving. Add a bead or two; copy a vintage photo onto card stock.

Play. Stay warm. Mix it up.

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Sweet sheepy sentiments. Gift to a fiber/sheepy friend. Smile.

Doilies?

I have a collection of doilies, some that are crocheted by my mother (who will be 90-years-old on Feb 9th) and others (some mass-produced) that I have accumulated over time. I was ‘inspired’ to DO something with them. I often sharing quickie projects that are easily accomplished by beginners, both children and adults.

This little cutie (found on pinterest) has always tickled my fancy! It is a lovely ‘project’ on its own merit. They are very sweet simply hanging in a window or gathered together in a sheepy garland!

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But, since I have an overflow of farm-raised wool fleece at my fingertips, I came up with the idea of sandwiching (is that a word?) a crocheted doily between layers of wool and then wet felting them together. The wool and crochet lace/yarn provides another interesting facet and layer of texture. And you know I’m all about texture!!

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I think I’m most fond of the black-faced sheep.

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Naturally, you may embellish to your heart’s content… whatever little trinkets you have on hand in your stash/junk drawer. Buttons, ribbon, found jewelry bits, rusted hearts, beads, notions and so on and on. You may use felt for the face and legs detail, or needle felt a 3-D head for some sheep?

This time, I actually used a little clay to sculpt a head and hand-painted them with a little art paint. I stitched a vintage button to the ‘body’ and then glued the clay head to the button. But, you decide… they are your creations!

What a sweet gift for someone special on St. Valentine’s Day?? I love ewe sheep (with needle felted heart danglers)!?

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Perhaps, a flock of colorful/hand dyed wool and locks would make a fun decoration for the sheepy-themed Easter tree?? Better get busy now!!

Happy fiber’n!

do-over: a merry little sheep

I can hardly believe it’s been F O U R years since I wrote this post… Recycled Wooly Wreath (see post for how-to mini wreath details).

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This mini wreath was a cute speedy-quick project made with little snips of recycled/felted wool (sweaters even better) strung on a piece of wire. Simply cute for decorating cupboard knobs and/or adorning a gift?

Most recently, I’ve been busy creating a few ‘new’ sheepy ornies! HAHAHA What a surprise, right? 

I slightly modified this little wreath project to create a cute little sheep ornament and/or a sheepy pin/brooch for another sheep and fiber enthusiast?!!

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How-To // You’ll need:

  1. Recycled/felted wool (‘ugly’ sweaters perhaps?)
  2. Wire (not too heavy gauge)
  3. Pipe cleaners, wool roving, buttons, foam or ‘other’ to create a little sheep head/face… let your creative juices flow!
  4. Hot glue
  5. Pin back or metallic string for hanging

To begin, cut approximately 1-inch little squares (( any color will do )) from your recycled wool. I used about twenty pieces or so… the more wool, the larger your ‘sheep’. You may also add a contrasting colored wool for legs/feet if desired. No two sheep need to be alike!!

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When you believe your sheep is about the right size, bind the wire tightly – DO NOT LEAVE A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE LIKE A WREATH – and give the wire a tug and twist. Ta da… you have created a little fuzzy sheep body!!

Now comes the FUN part where you give your little sheep personality!! I used a simple black pipe cleaner to bend into the shape of a head ( like the shape of a capital ‘Y’ ). The top of the ‘Y’ become the ears and the bottom of the ‘Y’ is the face/head. Next, wrap/cover the pipe cleaner with black/white wool roving… a few pokes with a felting needle keeps everything nice, dense and tucked into place. You may add more details… eyes, nose, or not. Use a dab of hot glue to attach the head to the body (of wool).

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Add a pin back [for a brooch] or a string for a sweet sheepy ornie.

Merry sheep!!

wooly wednesday: sheep on the go!

I have been cleaning/re-organizing my ‘new’ work space for weeks now! I needed to C R E A T E something with a piece of scrap canvas that I had purchased (quite a while ago) at a tag sale for a whopping $3.

THIS wooly sheep blanket provided inspiration for my canvas wall art.

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My husband made a DIY frame from scrap lumber to which we stapled the canvas.

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I applied several coats of Gesso/primer. I then re-created (sketched) multiples of my ‘logo’ sheep onto the canvas.

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Because I wanted to create a ewe-nique texture (and reproducible pattern) for each individual sheep, I used an assortment of plain old rubber stamps that I had in my collection.

I used black acrylic paint for the head and legs and hand-applied/inked the stamp (also with acrylic paint) and worked within the outline of my sheep to create a ‘wooly fleece’. Each sheep’s fleece is ewe-nique… can you see??

The finished canvas measures about 43-inches by 31-inches and will grace my wall in my work space… as soon as I attach some hanging hardware [wink]. TA DA… my “Sheep on the Go” wall art masterpiece.

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I even added a black sheep. Every family/flock has one…??!