The background wool is hand-dyed using the Cushing color "Bittersweet." I knew I would use a blue as a background color. My instructions to the group were to do sheep of any kind -- a grouping, a single sheep, just a face, etc. The fabric was square so I didn't have to worry about portrait or landscape orientation. Everyone was also given a bit of a paint chip showing a deep, Colonial blue. They were asked to incorporate that blue in their design.
I just finished putting the pieces together and creating a wall hanging for one of our rooms. There are very high ceilings in this room so above some French doors seemed like a great place. Here's the finished piece hung in place.
Here's Kathy and Katie. I feel compelled to tell you that I taught Kathy about needle-felting. And, she produces something like this! The student becomes the master, I think! I love the expression on the sheep's face. Kathy and Katie both used the required blue in the form of a ball of yarn. Fabulous. Katie's has my shop name embroidered on the bottom which makes it a favorite as well.
Angela is here on the left. Another master embroiderer in the group. The circles of stitching are so perfect! And to the right is Anne. Again with the embroidery! Ann always does amazing detail work on all her pieces. She humbles me. I had to buy a book on embroidery stitches to keep up with this group.
Finally, here is Heinke's. I love this one. A little flock of sheep with vintage doily collars. How clever. I also love that there are three little sheep just as I have three boys. I wonder which of mine is the black sheep?! I suppose it changes daily.
I hope you love the look as I do. I'm so proud to be in such a creative group. My next set to put together is a Christmas-themed set on beautiful blue wool. Everyone was to do a Christmas tree -- a portion, a branch, or a whole tree. They are amazing. Another post for another day.