Color Book Pattern Sheep and Lamb Images for Children
Have a new baby or a nursery to decorate? These patterns can be used as stencils for painting colorful sheep on the nursery walls. Make soft ornaments from cloth or foam sheets to hang from the ceiling or windows. Make fun sheep-shaped decorations for the Christmas tree, office cubicle or to hang in window panes with these images. Transfer the designs to latch-hook backing materials and create a sheep medley rug or wall hanging.
Sheep were among the first animals domesticated. Evidence discovered in an archeological site in Iran suggests that breeding sheep for their wool had begun over 6000 years ago.
Sheep originated from originated from mouflon, the wild sheep variety that live in the mountains of European and Asian countries. The mouflon is reddish brown in color with a dark stripe along the back and light or white coloring on its belly and legs. The sheep we see today look remarkedly like the animals illustrated in Mesopotamian and Babylonian art and books in 3,000 B.C.
These wolly clusters of camp followers are prized mainly for their wool types, but some breeds are raised for meat. The meat of an adult sheep is called mutton. Young sheep are referred to as lambs. There are over 200 distinct breeds of sheep each producing distinctive types and quality of wool fibers which are used to make clothing and other fabrics. Because sheep were first domesticated in Iran, it should be no surprise that the invention of the Spinning Wheel came from Baghdad, undoubtedly as a method of processing sheared wool into thread. Today artisans and manufacturers alike continue to weave clothing and other fabrics, such as rugs and blankets from wool sheared from these invaluable beasts.