Rest in Peace Julia

Just over two years ago, the very talented felted sheep maker Julia Knott made our life-size needle-felted sheep using The Hutchinson’s Swaledales’ wool and in doing so helped us promote Addicted to Sheep (view blog here). They were extremely popular at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2015 and really helped the film have a great presence at the festival where it premiered. The sheep went on to travel thousands of miles nationally and even to France. The miniature sheep she also made even joined us at our American premiere at Ashland Independent Film Festival last year in April 2016 (View blog here).
Julia Knott with her life-size sheep

Julia was a great help and believed in the project. She was a very special, kind-hearted lady. We have recently been informed that Julia has passed away following a battle with cancer. She was in remission at the time of making the sheep and told us it was a great therapy for her. She even involuntarily scared the postman away! When we visited her she told us that it was raining and so had to bring her flock of needle-felted sheep in progress in her small living room. She placed the life-size yow upside down with the four legs up in the air and started to point the needle at it so she could eventually finish it. When she turned towards the window she saw the postman looking at her with fear. Instead of waiting for Julia to open the door and give her the parcel he decided to run away. So Julia had to run after him and explain to him what she was doing and that she was not stabbing a sheep with a sharp instrument. It makes us smile thinking about Julia telling us the story. Her sheep will always remind us of what a wonderful lady she was and the hard work she did to make the sheep. May she rest in peace.

As a result, we will no longer be able to sell her miniature yows and lambs on our website but for those of you who have one of her sheep she will be remembered for a long time to come.

Julia Knott with her small sheep