I made a cone-shaped wire armature and wrapped it in core wool ... this will be the basic form for Mary, Joseph, the three wise men and the shepherd!! The little baby Jesus has a wire head/arm frame, then it's just wool needle felted tightly into a little swaddling blanket. The sheep has a wire armature and then lots and lots of wool over top. This first sheep has stocky legs and no feet at all! Hopefully I'll get better with practice.