Here is a picture diary of the making of Abigail's Sheep, a present Marcus and I whipped up for our friend's cute little daughter. It uses raw wool from a friend who owns sheep in upstate NY. The base is a stuffed old sock , some wire, and some old felted sweater. Yeah--recycling! Buttons, some spare ribbon, and a bell we happened to have lying around completed the project. It was a great deal of fun.
We also made felted snowmen in this way for presents. We put a paper Chinet bowl upside down, put a hole in it, put a chopstick through it, then hot glued the chopstick in place. We then used the chopstick as a way to balance the snowman from the inside out. You don't even need a sock for this project. We then covered the bowl with some knitted fluffly scraps I had as swatches when planning out knitting projects, but you can use some old sweater pieces or some felt. An alternative to the bowl idea is using a circular wooden base. Hot glue the snowman pieces together and then hot glue them to a circular wooden base.
Specialty items needed: raw wool, felting needle, and hot glue gun.