October 11, 2011

Quilled sheep for Agricola board game

Handmade Agricola sheep (quilling)

When a colleague of my husband saw my blog, he asked if I could create miniature sheep figures for him. It turned out that he's an Agricola game fan. For this board game you need sheep among other things. Besides the game itself, its fans value handmade pieces for it. The animals have to be tiny, approximately 3/8" x 3/8" (1 x 1 cm) in size. Most of the Agricola animals found on the Web are made of polymer clay (FIMO, for instance).

Quilled Agricola sheep on the palm of a hand

I created a prototype sheep with three-dimensional quilling and, after it was shown to the colleague, was requested to make twelve more. For the game you need 20 sheep, but usually not all of them are in use at the same time, so 12 would suffice. I must admit that making such a small figures is very tricky, so it was decided that 5/8" x 5/8" (1.5 x 1.5 cm) would be good enough. He also wanted each sheep to have an individuality, its unique look and expression. Choice of colors was up to me.

A single sheep takes more than an hour to make. And as each one had to be unique I couldn't prepare stock parts to assemble them later, so each sheep was made independently. I used home-cut paper strips 1/8" and 1/16" in width (3 mm and 1.5 mm). The sheep are coated with Grumbacher spray picture and oil painting varnish (matte), which I used also on some other occasions.

Quilled Agricola sheep in a box

Well, here are the sheep I came up with. Not sure about the customer, but I was very pleased with them. If you are an Agricola fan, and you liked my quilled sheep — drop me a line :)

42 comments:

Nágela said...

I loved all!
So cute!

Sathya said...

Wowwww.....such a lovely quilled sheeps. I just loved it. Sure...the recipient will be so happy.

Sathya
Taiwan

Hussena said...

wow these are amazing Inna the sheep look so cute and the time spent making them is totally worth it...i loved them!!

SUGANTHI said...

How adorable !!!!

Manasa said...

wow...so cute and beautiful...love it Inna !

misz-masz barbary said...

po prostu genialne !!!

TanySol said...

Потрясающая красота!!!!!!!!!
Инна, а Вы мастер классы не проводите?

niakriss said...

Какие прелестные овечки. Крошечные, но с характером. Милашки:-)

chillin with Quillin said...

There so adorable, I'm sure he will love them!, love the box there in!!
Paula

Fairy Cardmaker said...

I love your sheep. They are SO adorable!! And to work on such a small scale takes great skill. Turned out fabulous!

Christelle said...

They are so cute and small!

Pritesh said...

My Goodness, they make me want to come and kiss them! :-)

Лариса said...

Инночка, такие классные овечки-миниатюрки!!!!!!!!!!!

Szalonaisa's Wonderland - quilling designs said...

So small and so cute!!

Divya said...

Wow! Amazing work. Thanks for sharing Inna.

WhiteRacoon said...

Какая прелесть! =) Соединение двух моих любимостей: миниатюр и квиллинга. Овечки просто очаровательны, так и хочется их потискать =)
Инна, ты просто супер-мастер!!! =)

Baukje said...

wonderful I love it!
Greetings Baukje

Raji said...

Very Cute.....

Sylvia said...

They are super cute! Great skills and work.

SUSAN said...

OMG..:)...these all so cute and adorable....amazing 3D quilled....great work

Dev said...

They are really cute ... awesome work again ...

Leanne said...

Adorble! You're an amazing quiller.

Philippa said...

They are fantastic - such beautiful little characters!

Anonymous said...

Инна, Ваши работы это что-то особенное. Каждый раз поражаюсь и уже не первый год. Спасибо за вашу фантазию и мастерство!

Nati said...

pretty sheep!!

creativenimi said...

I have clue what this game is, but the sheep are adorable..

Bronwyn said...

So cute

Heather said...

cutest things ever! <3

Evu said...

aw! so cute. I too should try this.

Katrin said...

Какое чудо! Очаровательные миниатюрные барашки получились. Такая тонкая и кропотливая работа!!!

aureliaeugenia said...

your ideas are always surprising and this new one lead us in that almost forgotten world of childhood,Thank you !!!!
I made a surprise for you so come into my world for just a moment.
Kisses
AureliaEugenia

Inna (Crafts, Kids, Quilling) said...

Thank you all so much for your kind words!

Спасибо всем огромное за добрые слова!

Anonymous said...

I love the game Agricola. I need to practice my quilling so I can make those sheep.

carlee

Judiie said...

They are ADORABLE!! I want one ^^

Drishti said...

Hey Inna,
I have recently joined your site through a reference by my friend. I have just started Quilling. I must say, Your work is just awesome. I hope someday I can also quill beautifully that it makes smile anyone who sees it as your quilling does to us.
Thanks for sharing this art and talent.
Regards,
Deesha

Inna D. said...

Thank you very much, Deesha!

Miriel said...

They are so cute!

Inna D. said...

Thanks, Miriel!

Marta said...

So cute!

Ohad Pinchevsky said...

As the customer :) I must say that I loved your work! thanks a lot!

Inna D. said...

Thank you very much, Ohad!

Jayanthy Velumani said...

Very nice and what did u place below the body part?