I love wool in all its forms: freshly shorn, washed and carded, dyed and spun into yarn. And I love all of the things that it can be made into. I once saw a book cover made from a plain piece of wool and some carded fleece. I thought it was beautiful and I wanted to learn how it was done. The person who made the book cover told me the process was called needle felting. While searching on the internet to find the materials I needed, I happened to meet a lovely woman in the UK who makes and sells plant-dyed carded fleece.
Isn't this gorgeous? Not only did I get beautiful wool, I made a friend as well.
So here's the little project I've been working on. I started with a scrap from an old wool cape, and I drew a freeform flower design on it. Using a needle especially made for needle felting, I take a small piece of the fleece and lay it on the spot I want to fill in. Then I stab at it repeatedly with the needle until it fills in the area I'm working on, like coloring with fibre. The stabbing causes the raw fleece to knot up in the wool, so it stays put.
Caution! Needle felting needles are long and very sharp. You hold the fleece down with one hand and the stab with the needle using the other. Should you miss and poke your finger, the less disciplined person might find themselves shouting something unladylike...ahem.
Now when I have seen pieces of this type, people display the fuzzy side as their finished side. But I don't care for the fuzzy look, so I use the back as the front. To me it looks like tapestry. When this is finished, I plan to make a small pillow with it.