Can you think of a scene any more serene than rolling hills dots with sheep? The pastoral life suggesting peace, harmony and a simpler time. Sheep in fluffy white coats… picture perfect. Of course anyone that owns sheep knows the work that is involved in keeping any animals and those fluffy white coats are quite so clean as they look like in the distance. Still, the sheep is synonymous with peace and calm… that’s why we choose to count them when trying to fall asleep or use them as themes for babies’ rooms. Counting alligators wouldn’t produce quite the same effect, now would it?
Today we are sharing our FREE Sheep Applique pattern. As always, it was designed to fit a 6″ x 6″ block but can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs. Baa-Baa!
Barnyard Sheep Applique DIRECTIONS
Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.
Cut out felt using photo and pattern. Transfer any embroidery markings.
Position sheep on block. Using a running stitch, sew legs, tail and head to block using 2 strands floss. The leg, tail and head seams should be under the sheep’s body.
Using a blanket stitch, sew body to block using 3 strands floss.
Using a running stitch, sew ear to head using 2 strands floss. Note: only sew along short, straight edge. The rest of the ear should hang free.
French knot an eye using 6 strands #floss.
Using a stem stitch, embroider swirls using 6 strands #floss.