This is the only serious felted animal that I've ever completed, so I thought I'd start with him before posting pictures of my felted figures. He's called Albie after the sheep whose locks I used, and he was made as a photo prop for one of my American Girl dolls (never too old for dolls, and I do a lot of photographing). Here they are together:
Albie was needle-felted from real Leicester Longwool locks. Leicester Longwools are the flock that is bred in the conservation program at Colonial Williamsburg, and I was able to purchase two pounds of locks from a registered lamb (called Albert) at Moonbeam Estate Farm in Virginia. Albie was needle-felted on a wire armature (something I don't usually do), which makes him slightly poseable and sturdier than he would have otherwise been. After the base shape was felted to the armature, I felted individual locks all over him, one at a time, and then trimmed each one with scissors to give him the textured look.
For a model, I came across this picture of an adorable Leicester Longwool lamb online and knew that it was the perfect personality for Bunty's lamb.
He is about 6" long and stands a bit over 7" high. Here are some photos showing him from different angles. The hooves are made of Romney, and the facial details are felted with Merino.