The course was to make Flopsy style bunnies from sheeps fleece using the Needlefelting method.
It was held in conjunction with Woolfest that happens once a year - more on that in a later post.
You may remember last year I took a Needlefelting course with Sue Allan from Sewsister, we made Fantasy Birds, which was loads of fun.
This time we were using fleece, straight from a sheep, a native Lake District Herdwick sheep no less, and although it had been cleaned and washed there was still the odd bit of 'natural history' hidden amongst the fluff :)
Using a batting we formed a basic shape as a starting point.
No rude comments about the shape now!
When we had a basic shape we added Herdwick Sheep fleece, trying to arrange the shades of the fleece to be where limbs and bulges might be. Not being much of an artist I found it difficult to place limbs at first, but with the help of Joss's own big bunny (below) I worked it out.....kinda!
Isn't he a beauty?
I decided on a moon-gazing hare, so pointed his little head to the stars. (No, it's NOT a duck!)
Adding some darker fleece as detail for the muzzle and eyes made him (I decided it would be a him) come to life.
Looking up at ya!
And gazing at that big fat moon (or even the fluorescent strip light in the studio!)
He's called Colin :)