Practice run

Before beginning any large project it’s worth doing a practice run or sampler. I intend to make a large sheep shaped door stop so making a smaller version that could act as a paper weight seemed a good idea. First the resist.

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The silhouette looked good so I began the laying out. The black for the legs is black Shetland and the body is White Welsh.

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It really needs some texture don’t you think? These Blue Faced Leicester curls are the perfect scale for smaller items, I have some Cotswold fleece I’m keeping for the larger version.

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Once it was off the resist and beginning to shrink I decided to add a few facial details. I’m not entirely sure that trying to needle on eyes and mouth on wet wool whilst standing up was a good idea. Definitely not one to repeat unless I want a crazed or cartoon type face on the larger door stop.

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The shape has worked out very well so all I need is a larger version for the door stop. I would change the ‘legs’ section of the resist to make it much deeper. The extra depth would allow for the fact that it needs a large area to stand on to keep it stable. It will of course be weighted but a stable base is essential.

I didn’t add ears but I’m not sure it needs it, what do you think?

2 Replies to “Practice run”

  1. Oh he is is gorgeous – I love the way he is wistfully looking out of the window. I think at that size, you could have a whole flock!

  2. I love it. The curls have worked so well. Personally I’d love to see it with ears. I think you could create a rare breed flock! Maybe a Herdwick with her lovely teddy bear face and ears next. No pressure!

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