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Pencil and Sheep

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November 22, 2013
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Kate Barsotti of Pencil and Sheep shares a bit about her wonderful creatures and how she found her calling.

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In a weird way, sheep saved me.

I was a miserable soul a few years back. My dream job soured into a nightmare. I was not proud of the work I was doing, yet I had no power to improve it. The more I tried, the more humiliating it became.


Siggy the Dog – Commission – Pencil and Sheep

Then, one day, I walked through a magic doorway into a long shop with brick walls, old wood floors, a huge loom, spinning wheels, and all sorts of yarn and fleece. I’d never seen such a place. Spinning wheels? Did people still do that sort of thing. Once I got the hang of it, I was a convert. I learned to spin, then knit (badly), which lead to a class in wet felting and needle felting.

I’ve never looked back.

Needle felted lion - Pencil & Sheep

Needle felted lion – Pencil & Sheep

I love each and every critter. I am fascinated as they come to life in my hands. Sometimes I set out, determined to make a lamb, and a mouse emerges, or a llama. I end up adapting to the sculpture rather than the other way around.

The most common question is: how long do they take? Days. Sometimes weeks, working off and on. I try to use the best quality materials and to sculpt them to the best of my ability. I am still learning.

The sculptures led me back to my sketchbook. I’ll be drawing more and more, as the paper and the needle seem to need each other. This process brings me peace. I hope it gives you a laugh or a smile.




Website: Pencil & Sheep




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  1. |

    Humour often saves the day.

  2. Carole Simcox

    Beautiful work. You’re very good at it.

  3. Kate Barsotti

    Thank you!!!

  4. |

    What a lovely and funny bio Kate!

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