Carnival Sheep headdress complete

Carnival sheep!

Carnival sheep I hear you ask? This year sees the Olympics in Brazil and the carnival flavour has rubbed off on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, so when the lovely Kim Stead of Twool Twine commissioned me to create a design for her stand, I jumped at the chance to give her willow sheep a party flavour with Brazilian style carnival headdresses.

How I made carnival headdresses for Twool Twine

So, to set about creating the carnival sheep I drew for Kim a drawing of the headdresses, taking into consideration that she doesn’t have a lot of space on the stand, and how I would incorporate her beautiful woollen threads in the scheme by creating hundreds of little woollen flowers.

To represent the feathers found in carnival headdresses, I found a wonderful grass called stypha and started to prepare it in bunches to simulate feathers wound with copper bullion wire.  Next came the structure, made from stiff fencing wire covered in wool followed by a wire technique wound on top.  Putting it all together was so much fun. Finally I added the fresh flowers, keeping with the split complimentary colour scheme the wools had dictated,  I chose the Craspedia, sprayed orange, the beautiful Sandersonia bell like flowers, Celosia carakas for another feathery form and a tiny orange Vanda orchid.  The carnival sheep began to take shape.


It is such an honour to create this design and I realise that as a creative floral designer I find I enjoy the planning process, drawing each design, checking for proportion and scale, working out how to incorporate the client’s product or personality into the design, identifying the flowers for colour, texture and durability for the specific event and environment and finally checking with the Principles and Elements of Design to ensure an aesthetically pleasing design overall.  I cannot wait to see the sheep on the stand next week when the Chelsea Flower Show opens.

Thank you Twool Twine for the opportunity of designing for you and I just know you will do well in the Product of the Year competition because of the in-depth thought and care you take in your amazing woollen products, which I love.