This listing includes everything you would need to make up the New Flock of Sheep pattern:
The paper pattern $18.95 The wool fabrics in colors similar to the sample photo on the pattern...$60.00 This includes extra fabric to use for appliques, and the 5" borders. Ten 4" x6" baggies of natural colors for Sheep and hand dyed wool fibers for grasses and pumpkins $32.00 Clover's Felting tool #8901 three needles in a pink holder $14.50 Five replacement needles $7.75 Beginners break needles as they are learning how to use the tool straight up and down to poke fibers. Upholstery foam 6" x 8" x 2" $4.00
If you would like a kit and you don't need all these items, convo me and I will make a new listing with the ones you need.
This is my favorite felted applique pattern. It measures 31" high x 37" wide. There are 13 different sheep drawings that you cut out of wool fabric with fusible on the wrong side. These appliques then get ironed onto wool backgrounds and poked with the felting tool and wool fibers to make the sheep look more real than just regular applique. The fibers get hooked together magically because wool has barbs on each fiber and they mesh together. There are so many different textures and colors for natural sheep. I was looking to make my appliques more realistic, so some of the sheep in this pattern have 3-D ears, and tails. That adds to the charm of the quilt.
If you are looking for a unique project that will keep you occupied while on vacation, or commuting or just plain waiting for kids at practice, or while having treatments at the hospital, this project will add many hours of enjoyment to your life. When you are finished you'll have an heirloom quilt to pass down for generations.
What makes this quilt unusual is that all the animals are felted 2-D appliques. In my first felted quilt, Crazy Sheep (51" x 51"), some of the sheep were pinned striped wool applique fabrics. I invented this felting technique. I went to town on the second felted quilt, the Sheep Wannabees (69" x 69"). Both of these patterns are listed on this website.
All three felted applique quilts were made one block at a time. The wonderful advantage of the whole process is that it is portable. You make a couple of blocks then join them together, and add some roving (fibers) for the sheep to walk on, and some hand embroidery, and it grows and takes on a life of its own. Your quilt could be smaller by making fewer animal appliques or even larger by combining with other patterns in my line.
The wool fabrics could be collected from thrift stores which is appealing if you like to reuse and recycle. I bought mine as remnants many years ago with no idea what I would make with them. You could also get wool fabrics from vendors who sell supplies for rug hookers.
I fused the appliques to the backgrounds with Lite Seam-A-Seam, so there is no sewing there. you could just poke the appliques to the backgrounds with the felting tool, or a felting machine, eliminating the fusing step altogether.
If you love handwork like I do, this project will be hard to put down. I used only six different embroidery stitches to make all the flowers, grass, and trees. That part is not hard to do, but what you'll be learning while you do the embroidery, is how to observe your own surroundings and be able to translate what you see into flowers and trees into stitching.
If you don't have a sewing machine, these seams can be sewn by hand, or overlapped and poked with the felting tool. The seams are reinforced with the felting of the fibers, and embroidery to make the grasses, flowers, and trees.
There are lots of color photos in the printed pattern.
There are 8 pages of instructions with color photos, and 3 pages of drawings. Of course, you can pick and choose which critters you want to make, so the resulting quilt is a smaller project, or use all the critters and larger backgrounds (more room for hand embroidery and quilting) to make the quilt two or three times larger.
This is the pattern I use to teach a class on Needle Felted Applique. You can always request to have me teach for your guild. I travel on the east coast of the US., around PA.