This sheep took a lot of time and love. Needless to say, I think that I have had my fill of needle felting for quite a while. I first encountered needle felting when BJ and I went to Maker Faire and I found a really cool artist who makes these super cute little wool animals. After buying an owl for our future little son from Woolbuddy I thought it would be cool to also have a sheep and came up with the idea to make one myself. This is the outcome. I think it is still pretty cute.
The process for needle felting is that you painstakingly stab the wool roving (and hopefully just the roving and not your finger) with a special type of needle felting needle until it starts to turn to felt. You can use one or two needles or I even have a contraption that has five needles at one time. You stab and stab and stab until you are done and then put in the little details like the eye pupils by stabbing some more.
If you want to take a stab at it (hehe…), there are a number of great online resources to learn how to needle felt. One pretty good simple video that I found is at the craftzine website here.