When I look out my kitchen window, I sometimes see the black squirrel who made its nest in the big tree, and a little brown bird building its nest in one of the birdhouses. There’s even a crocus blooming in the front yard! With spring right around the corner, I wanted to share Rebekah Meier’s sweet, springtime Needle Felted Sheep. This mama sheep and her little lamb are sweet as can be, and they are an easy introduction to needle felting.
To make Needle Felted Sheep, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12″ x 18” block, or a larger 1” x 12” x 36” sheet (save the leftovers for another project)
- Wool roving in cream and mint green (small amount for the heart)
- Wool felt in black, two, 6” squares
- Floral paper stem wire, 24”
- Acrylic craft paint in black
- Fabric glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; heavyweight felting needle*; wire cutters; Xacto® knife or a serrated knife and a bar of soap or old candle; marker; flat paintbrush
*Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp and should be used with care. Keep felting needles away from children.
To make Needle Felted Sheep:
- Cut out the body patterns and pin in place on the foam sheet. Trace around the patterns.
- Cut out the foam shapes with an Xacto knife or a serrated knife (wax the knife blade first with a bar of soap or old candle for easier cutting).
- Cut the floral wire into four, 2-3/4” lengths and four 2” lengths. Paint the wires black, and insert into a scrap piece of foam to hold upright while the paint dries.
- Insert the 2-3/4” wires into the larger sheep, and the 2” wires into the smaller sheep. Adjust the legs so the sheep can stand on their own.
- Place a small amount of cream roving on one of the sheep, and insert the felting needle through the roving and into the STYROFOAM Brand Foam several times. The needle will lock the fibers together and attach them to the foam without glue. Repeat, adding more wool roving each time, till the sheep is completely covered. Felt the second sheep in the same manner.
- Using the pattern, cut two heads for each sheep from the black felt. Glue the pairs together, using a very thin line of glue along the edge. Leave a small opening, and insert a tiny amount of wool roving through the opening. Glue the opening shut, and hold it together with your fingers till the glue sets.
- Cut two small ears from black felt. Slightly cup each ear at the base, and glue each ear to the back of the heads. Glue heads to the sheep.
- Shape a small piece of mint green roving into a heart, and felt onto the mama sheep.
Working on this post made me remember a springtime visit to a local farm with my daughter’s preschool class years ago. It was unseasonably cold and wet, and the kids were all bundled up. But the barn was full of babies and the kids had a blast. Sweet memory!
I plan to enjoy our unseasonably warm weather with a nice, long walk today. I hope you have springtime plans, too. Do you?