At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we offer a range of home decor items that are produced of different textiles and provide options within different styles of craftsmanship and artistry. One material that is featured on many of our pillows in particular, is felt or wool felt. Let’s take a brief look at the history of this this man made material.
Felt was actually one of the first textile materials to be worked with centuries ago, beginning in Central Asia. The native Turkman nomads in this region would use felt to form their clothes, tents and floor coverings. Archaeologists have also found felt origins as far back as 7th to 2nd century BC in Siberia. To create felt they would simply gather various animal wool and fibers, then densely mat them together. When it rained it only helped the felt, as the wetness would strengthen the fibers. (Wet-felting is still something you can do today) It is said that the men would use their felt material in their shoes to create cushion as they hunted. Perhaps this is the first sign of socks? Felting predates any other sewing art form, including spinning, weaving and knitting. Feel good about wool felt and the history it will bring to your home.
Pictured above is our Felt Sheep Pillow, new for the spring season. Our Felt Sheep Pillow could be your new favorite accent pillow for anywhere in your home. Presenting a primitive country inspired feel, perfect for a couch, chair or entryway bench. Though not limited, this decorative pillow is ideal for anyone with a passion for the country farm. Here, the felting technique is achieved with use of a textured fleece to create the “wooly” sheep’s body. The raised felt is then set on a wool base and features appliqued felt, red berries and green leaves in each corner for an additional folk art touch. Save $10 on our Felt Sheep Pillow, now during our Annual Spring Sale.
If you’re liking the friendly white sheep pictured above, seen here to the left is a delightful grouping of grazing country sheep. Our appropriately named, Bo Peep’s Sheep set is the perfect way to accent your home for spring. Including three sheep: one white standing sheep, one white grazing sheep and one larger black sheep. These sheep are textured, painted and then glazed for a realistic and finished look. While we feature the set, customers can purchase each sheep individually as well. Display all together on a mantle or side table for an inviting springtime farm scene. Get creative and form a unique table centerpiece by placing sheep on faux moss or greenery, as we have shown in the image. Save $30 on our Bo Peep’s Sheep Set during our Annual Spring Sale.