This is my fovoritte 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. 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 in stitches.
If you don't have a sewing machine, these seams can be sewn by hand. Needle felting supplies are available from me. Ask me to make a listing for you for any of the following notions. The tool is #8901 from Clover and it has 3 needles close together in a pen-style holder. It costs $14.50. Needles are easy to replace. ($7.75 for a package of 5 refill needles. You'll also need a piece of upholstery foam to use under your project to protect your leg or table. .I can also put together a bunch of roving colors for you. Most of my rovings are hand dyed by me making them have many shades in one baggie. The baggies are $32.00 for 10. There is also a kit for this pattern for all the wool fabrics for $60.00 (pp in the US). Send me a message and I will make a package just for you.
There are lots of color photos in the PDF including four pages show the photos of the various sheep I found at a local farm. Nobody, at least city folk like me, would believe that there could be a striped sheep and spotted ones without proof! You only need to print out the b/w drawings of the animals which are on three pages.
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) to make the quilt two or three times bigger.
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 within driving distance of eastern PA.