On our homestead we raise Jacob sheep; that means we have access to what I think is amazing fiber.
It kind of makes sense that I actually do something with it, right? I’m often asked if I spin or knit, I almost feel guilty saying no.
Every sheering season I normally give the fiber away and keep just a tad for my projects. So, I don’t make yarn, instead I wash it and turn it into the unexpected.
Last week I made this wreath using a combination of Jacob sheep fiber, emu and quail wings.
Preparing Wreath and Applying Fiber
To assemble a project so unique, I started with a foam base. These can be purchased at any craft store and they come in all sizes. The base of the wreath was covered with an old burlap bag I had after cutting it into strips. I used hot glue and worked fast.
I needed some type of material covering the wreath because my plan was to apply the sheep fiber with craft glue. This was a slow process and it begins with small amounts so it resembles the beauty of a newborn lamb.
If you’ve ever seen or held a Jacob lamb you may understand what I’m talking about.
A Finished Wreath using Flock Feathers
Additional element were added and these also came from our farm. I’ve been saving emu feathers when they molt and quail wings when we harvest.
I realize that may sound a little strange but I love the detail and new at some point it would be possible to find a creative use for them.
Placing these elements together was a bit risky because I wasn’t sure if they would work together. I loved the wreath by itself, the simplicity was lovely and to be honest it did’t need anything else.
It wasn’t until I started thinking about our farm when I decided it would be neat to create a wreath that combined our efforts. Which meant the feathers were a welcome addition; they were added using hot glue one at a time but I made sure to create some kind of pattern that was original.
A wreath like this can be enjoyed year round, it’s a natural look for those wanting to add a little uniqueness that others may overlook.