This tutorial is designed to specifically show you how to use the remarkable Hamanaka Felting Yarn (review coming soon).
For this tutorial you will need:
- Core wool
- White carded fibre (I used Hamanaka Aclaine white from Sweet Pea Dolls)
- Black carded fibre (I used Hamanaka Aclaine black from Sweet Pea Dolls)
- Pink carded fibre
- Grey Hamanaka Felting Yarn from Sweet PeaDolls
- 2 x black beads (plus sewing needle, black thread and scissors)
- Grey thread
- Black polymer clay (ie Fimo)
- Felting needles (star/triangle 36 and 38)
- Felting mat
Step 1 – Making the head and body
1.1 – Create a small ball using the Hamanaka Aclaine black, and add some additional fibre to the top of it to create the shape shown in 1.1
1.2 – Using your core wool, create a lozenge shape that is quite firm to the touch, then cover with the white Hamanaka Aclaine. This will be the body – it should be 2 and a half times the length of the head an approximately the same width.
1.3 – Sew the two beads tightly onto the face, one a little higher than the other (and don’t forget to cover up the thread entry/ exit points with some more black fibre).
1.4 – Using the white Hamanaka Aclaine, add some white around the beads to make the eyes more visable and cartoonish.
You should also sew a large X across the sheep’s muzzle at this point – this will represent the nose.
1.5 – Sew the head and the body together tightly.
1.6 – Take the pink fibre and wrap it around the bottom quarter of the torso – this will be the ‘naked’ part of the sheep showing.
Step 2 – Adding the wool
2.1 – Take your Hamanaka Felting Yarn and remove all packaging. Take the end of the yarn and lay the very end right in the join between the head and the body.
In the picture below you can see that the yarn has quite an unusual texture – it’s made of alternating loops of yarn and straighter pieces linking them. The trick when it comes to using this yarn is to ONLY felt down the yarn that’s in between the loops.
2.2 – Slowly start wrapping the Felting Yarn around the torso. As you start winding the fibre around, felt the yarn between the loops directly onto the torso – it will felt onto a felted surface in the same way normal felting wool does.
2.3 – Carry on wrapping the Felting Yarn around the body until you get past the beginning of the pink wool – it really is that simple! There are just a few things to remember:
- Go slowly. Felt the wool down as you go along – don’t wrap the wool round everything first and then try to felt it down. It you do that the yarn will slip out of position, or might bunch up.
- Make sure each new row is very close to the previous row – this yarn is quite thin, so you need to keep the rows right next to each other.
- To get best coverage and most even distribution, try and arrange it so that the loops on each row interlock with each other.