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The blog of designer-maker Laura Thompson who specializes in fibre art, including art dolls, bowls, art journals and artful clothing.  Creativity, kindness, understanding and patience. 

 

 

Festive Autumn Sheep

It's early September and already I'm looking forward to cooler autumn breezes, coloured leaves and a welcome respite from summer's searing heat. Yesterday I put a new autumn display on my front porch that includes something new - an adorable metal sheep I purchased over the summer. 

It's early September and already I'm looking forward to cooler autumn breezes, coloured leaves and a welcome respite from summer's searing heat. Yesterday I put a new autumn display on my front porch that includes something new - an adorable metal sheep I purchased over the summer. 

 

We've named him Sean - and one of the reasons I bought Seam is because he has a lovely,  hollow torso. Although he looks great in the garden "au natural" it's not hard to imagine stuffing his body with seasonal items. To celebrate autumn, I've used a few simple things I gathered from the house and yard.

A package of wooden shims . . . 

A package of wooden shims . . . 

chicken wire . . . 

chicken wire . . . 

dry branches . . . 

dry branches . . . 

and tall grasses.

and tall grasses.

 
I stuffed 4 or 5 pieces of chicken wire into the body cavity, knowing it would easily hold everything in place. I added things in layers, starting with the shims because they were the largest and I felt they would require the most finesses to set into place. 

I stuffed 4 or 5 pieces of chicken wire into the body cavity, knowing it would easily hold everything in place. I added things in layers, starting with the shims because they were the largest and I felt they would require the most finesses to set into place. 

Here he is with a torso full of shims. 

Here he is with a torso full of shims. 

Then I added some branches . . . . 

Then I added some branches . . . . 

and finished things off with small clumps of dry grass. I continued to add grass until I thought it looked pleasantly full. To complete Sean's autumn look I made a small bow from a roughly cut piece of orange silk and wired it to the torso. Voila!

and finished things off with small clumps of dry grass. I continued to add grass until I thought it looked pleasantly full. To complete Sean's autumn look I made a small bow from a roughly cut piece of orange silk and wired it to the torso. Voila!

 
Sean makes an great addition to the autumn display. Fast and easy - and with simply things I already had on hand. Happy fall!

Sean makes an great addition to the autumn display. Fast and easy - and with simply things I already had on hand. Happy fall!