Doorstop Workshop

I’ve only just realised that I never showed you the outcome of the sheep doorstop workshop. It was quite fun to do and I think you’ll agree that the results are very good.

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This one dashed off early and so isn’t featured in the flock shot at the end – shame.

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Cotswold fleece locks.

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Handsome aren’t they?

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Not the clearest shot of it’s face but still cute!

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They were all still wet at this stage and they fluff up more once they dry.

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All very cute and weighted down with beach stones supplied by Sue. Thanks Sue x

Sheep door stop

Last month I made a paper weight as a practice run for this sheep door stop. Popular advice was to give my sheep ears, don’t say I never listen to you.

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Looks like a bad hair day on this side as the Cotswold fleece I used was long and wavy. Some sheep look a bit the worse for wear by the time shearing comes round and mine is no exception!

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I haven’t modelled this on any particular breed, I just went with what I felt. The main reaspon for the dark legs / base is that it will be on the floor which isn’t known as the cleanest place in the house.

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I had great fun doing the face. It’s weighted with stone supplied by Sue and Skye and I’m looking forward to a small flock being created at the workshop this Friday.

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?