Sheep Faces Bag, A Needle Felted Applique Pattern by Debora Konchinsky, Critter Pattern Works, FREE shipping!
The Faces are felted and not very complicated to do. Felting means to push wool fibers into wool fabric backgrounds...the fibers don't come out because they are barbed and the wool fabric is also made up from barbed fiberrs and the action of pushing the fibers in makes them hook together to make FELT!
You don't need any ability to draw in order to make the sheep faces look real. When I was designing this pattern, I figured out how to teach you to place the curly fibers and the smooth fibers in the proper places and mark the places for the mouth and eyes.
Felting needles are required (and a piece of foam to felt into, to protect you thigh or the table as you felt) some wool (cotton works with felting, too, but isn't as durable) fabric for the backgrounds and some roving (wool fibers) with different textures (some curly and some smooth). You could use two to four baggies for the whole project. I embellished the Faces with iris colored glass beads for the eys (they are a little bit purple, black, green and brown...black glass beads would be boring here), and some gray pearl cotton embroidery thread. Each Face takes less than an hour to make since they are only about 5" square. Add some pink roving if you like, on the noses and ears to make them look real. If you need pink roving, it would only be a teeny amount, so ask me to mix some in with the baggies you purchase. These tools and fibers are available on my website www.critterpat.com, click onto notions.
This handy bag is easy to construct. I made a similar shape when I was in college. The handles are part of the width since they extend all the way to the base of the bag. The part wih the four faces wraps around the bottom of the bag to the back, so there are only two seams that make the bag. How simple is that? In college, I made my bag from my hand woven fabric so it wasn't lined. With the Sheep Faces Bag, it is lined and has batting and machine quilting stitches holding the layers together. Can you see the many variations you could make just by changing the dimensions? My bag measures 13 1/2" wide x 10 1/2" high and the strap is 36" from bag top left to bag top right.
There are two glass beads attached where the handle joins the bag and the closure is made with a loop of crocheted scrap of yarn and an antique button from my stash.
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