Nee­dle-felt a cute Easter lamb

What could be more ap­pro­pri­ate than turn­ing wool fleece into a sweet Easter lamb? Wel­come to nee­dle felt­ing.

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TAKES: 5 hours

you Will need

The fin­ished size of our tiny lamb is around 10 x 7.5cm, but felt­ing is not pre­cise – just keep adding wool to make your lamb the size and shape that suits. Four felt­ing nee­dles multi-nee­dle han­dle

15g white merino wool top

Dense foam ap­prox­i­mately 4cm thick and at least

10 x 15cm to work on em­broi­dery scis­sors 5g each dusty pink, turquoise, bright yel­low, candy pink, or­ange and cerise merino wool tops Long sewing nee­dle

Black stranded cot­ton em­broi­dery thread

Stockists: White merino wool top, 100g for £4.20, mixed merino wool tops, 25g for £2.95, ba­sic nee­dle felt­ing kit con­sist­ing of four nee­dles, multi-nee­dle han­dle and foam, £7.15, all Gil­liangladrag (01306 898 144; gil­liangladrag.co.uk) 1 Fix four nee­dles into a multi-nee­dle han­dle. Pull off a good hand­ful of white wool for the body and shape it lightly with your fin­gers into an oval shape. Place the oval on the foam and lightly sup­port the shape with one hand. Gen­tly stab the oval re­peat­edly to mesh the fi­bres to­gether, turn­ing the body reg­u­larly as you work.

You should end up with a dense oval about 6 x 3cm. Add wisps of wool to the oval if nec­es­sary to achieve the shape, stab­bing them to mesh them to the body. 2 Pull off four tufts of white wool and bend into 3cm lengths for the four legs. Rest­ing them on the foam, stab at the legs to mesh the fi­bres to­gether. Add more wisps of wool as nec­es­sary to make the legs about 9mm thick, let­ting un­worked fi­bres ex­tend at the top of each leg to at­tach to the body. trim the foot of each leg level with a pair of em­broi­dery scis­sors.

3 open out the un­worked fi­bres on the legs. hold a pair of legs up­right on the un­der­side of the body and stab the top of the legs and the un­worked fi­bres to the body. Re­peat to at­tach the other pair of legs. 4 Pull off a small hand­ful of white wool for the head and shape it with your fin­gers into a pear shape. Place the pear on the foam, sup­port­ing it with one hand as be­fore. stab the wool to form the head, leav­ing the fi­bres at the back of the head un­worked to at­tach to the body later. the head should be about 3.5cm long and 2.5cm at its widest. Add wisps of wool as nec­es­sary to achieve the shape.

5 Pull off two tufts of white wool and fold them in half to make 2cm for the two ears. stab the folded end, adding wisps of white wool to thicken the shape – the ex­tend­ing un­worked fi­bres will at­tach the ears to the head. Roll two wisps of dusty pink wool into balls about 6mm wide. mould the balls to ovals for the in­ner ears. With one nee­dle in the han­dle, stab the in­ner ears to the ears (see photo, be­low left). 6 open out the un­worked fi­bres on the ears. hold one ear at the side of the head with the in­ner ear fac­ing for­ward. use one nee­dle in the han­dle to stab the base of the ear, then the un­worked fi­bres, to the head. Re­peat to at­tach the op­po­site ear.

7 open out the un­worked fi­bres on the head. thread a sewing nee­dle with two strands of black em­broi­dery thread. knot the ends and insert the nee­dle through the base and out at the front of the head, just above and 3mm to the left of the cen­tre. stitch a Y-shape 6mm wide for the nose, with a hor­i­zon­tal stitch at the base for the mouth, and se­cure the thread well at the base of the head. thread the nee­dle with four strands of em­broi­dery thread and, start­ing and fin­ish­ing at the base, make a French knot each side of the head for the eyes.

8 hold the head against the body and use four nee­dles in the han­dle to stab the base of the head and the un­worked fi­bres to the body. make and at­tach a tail – as for a leg but smaller.

9 Pull off two tufts each of turquoise, bright yel­low, candy pink, or­ange and cerise wool. Lay the in­di­vid­ual tufts in a line on the foam. With four nee­dles in the han­dle, stab along the cen­tre of the tufts to bring them to­gether. Fold the ends of the wool over the cen­tre and stab to mesh the lay­ers. care­fully lift the scarf, turn it over, and stab again. keep fold­ing the ends of the wool over the cen­tre, stab­bing them and turn­ing the scarf over un­til it is about 14cm long and 1cm wide. Gen­tly tie the scarf around the lamb’s neck.

Craft & Home Edi­tor Esme

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