Needling Along, A Dual Sheep Marathon

The sheep marathon began yesterday when we vaccinated the ewe lambs and did some sorting of that group. Today we got through about three quarters of the main flock (vaccinating and tagging) before admitting we were done for the day. Tomorrow we’ll finish up with the remaining ewes, which should feel like a breeze after today’s long stretch.

But what I want to share with you today is the project I’ve been working on in the morning and evening hours before and after vaccinating and sorting way too many sheep, and the string of nudges that led me to it. (I love those nudges).

Last year I tried drawing with wool (needle felting). I did one piece and then went back to drawing and scratchboard work. Yet the idea of art with wool nagged at me and just recently I was beginning to feel a strong pull to try again.

Then I came across a photograph I had printed out as a reference for a drawing and instantly knew it was the one to try doing with wool. Then Margaret of Cloverleaf Art and Fibre Blog left a comment on this blog. Margaret writes about her flock of Shetland sheep and shares the gorgeous and intuitive fibre artwork of her friend Linda. I really enjoy Margaret’s blog and I’m always checking in there in my free moments.

When reading the Cloverleaf blog I stumbled on an older post about dying wool and all the beautiful colors to play with. This got me thinking of the possibilities.

Then we sheared our flock this past week and I was staring at all this wool... wondering. 

So here it is. (Note: It's made from wool I had on hand. I did not manage to get my own wool cleaned, carded and dyed already :-) ).

I’m so pleased with how it turned out and that I got such a bright picture of it. The setting sun was pouring through the little West facing art room window, just waiting for me to take a picture in the midst of its brightness.


  1. That's wonderful! There is so much life in the eye, and the shading is beautiful. Of course right now I take great joy in any sight of green grass, too.

  2. Thank you, I was pleased when I saw the eye take shape. I actually really enjoyed doing a scene with grass in it too. lol.


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