I was eager to put to use that stash of colorful wool gifted to me from a friend in Montana and for some reason kept thinking of the four seasons. An idea of sheep passing through the seasons began to form. It started out like this.
I don't normally do my sketches for needle felting this way so this whole process is new. This piece is a long, narrow one and in my head I was after a certain scene, or layout. I drew and cut out the shapes of sheep and lambs and this way I could position and rearrange without re-drawing each time. And it did take a few times to get something I was pleased with.
Once I had a rough idea of the layout I put the wool down but nothing has been felted yet. The background fabric (100% wool) was changed part way through. I switched from the neutral tan to a vibrant, teal colored fabric.
|Isn't it neat how they're floating on the wool...|
It sat like this for a few days and I'd fuss with it, then when I felt okay with it I started felting, lightly doing the background to start with and then getting some loose detail of each sheep in place. This is where it's at. I think it will end up being a table runner or perhaps a banner style wall hanging.