Needle Felted Sheep Tutorial
Sheep are probably the most commonly needle-felted creature. This sheep is fun and semi-easy to do. If you are marketing these, they are a big seller!
You will need: White wool, black wool and wool from a curly sheep called Wool Roving Curly. You can get it from Amazon.com or sometimes Etsy has a good variety.
Start by making a pipe-cleaner armature. Twist two pipe cleaners approx. 6" each. Make the Twist about 2 1/2 inches long in the middle.
Begin by wrapping the white/natural wool around the middle of the body. Take care when felting to be careful not to poke the pipe cleaners and break the needle. Felt until firm.
After the body has sufficient fatness, tear small pieces of black wool for the hooves.
Wrap the hooves and felt.
Next wrap the legs to desired thickness and then carefully felt.
This is how it looks when all four legs are done and the body is partially finished.
Continue to make a barrel shape for the sheep's middle, make the legs thick enough to match the size of the sheep.
Next add the neck and felt into place.
The head is an elongated oval shape. Working from pictures of sheep, shape the head. Make sure you get the muzzle right. It can turn from looking like a sheep to a dog pretty quickly!
For the ears, a small, flat oval shape with a tiny pinch of pink wool inside.
You can use glass beads (realistic looking) or wool (soft look) for the eyes. Roll a small ball of black wool between your fingers until it's the right size then felt onto the head. Position the eyes correctly and make sure they don't stick up out of the head or your sheep will look like it has a bad thyroid condition.
Twist a small black piece of wool into a very thin line. Felt this on for the nose and mouth.
Now attach the head to the neck. This takes patience. Don't squish the ears and facial features while you're doing it.
Add a bit more thickness to the neck. This also makes it more stable. Felt tightly.
This is a picture of the curly wool I used for the top.
Choose your desired length of wool and felt to the body.
Cuddly, soft and cute! This would make a great Christmas ornament or a nice stand-alone sculpture. I like to put them on small pieces of tree rounds with moss for a realistic look.
Needles you need!
Excellent wool for the body and hooves