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      I found this material locally in a few different colors at a store as this was the first time I had ever noticed roving wool available.  Its colors were multi shaded and bright as it was manufactured in Nepal.  Below the material were books of instructions and ideas on how and what to make but I never opened them.  I wanted the material to speak to me and for myself to interpret what the material wanted me to do with it.  I bought only one blended green package just to see if I could think of an idea for a project and headed to a private studio space that my friend had allowed me to temporarily use.

      There I opened the stuffed package of 7 grams onto the table and partially separated the compressed pieces to see fluffy, curly and different shaded varieties of green.  After nudging this airy wool closer together so to not see the table underneath, I was reminded of lawn grass.  To me that signaled the possibility of creating something so I searched online and found that this particular product was produced in 10 different colors.  I attempted to contact the company to inquire about buying in larger quantities, but it was not possible so I purchased the small packages.  Two of the color themes used by this company are separately dyed colored pieces that were placed together in the same package.  The green, purple, two blues, red and brown however, used a dying process that allowed the same strands of wool to contain different shades, lengths and widths of color at random.

      I planned a design from the limited colors offered using 8 out of 10 of them.  At first I only included one flower in the middle with a small border, but after completing this setup with all of the materials as a rough draft, I decided that it looked pretty and worthwhile to take a risk to expand the size to include three flowers.  The enlarged dimensions were determined by a frame that I had already acquired from someone who was throwing it out.  I used different types of roving wool for the stems and inner parts of the flowers because of the lack of color options with the original curly material.  The wool pieces varied in length so I only used the longer ones that could dangle after connected making this a very soft piece that can be touched and caressed.  The application used to secure the wool to the felt fabric is called 'needle felting'. Since the back is flat you can also hang this without a frame.  The material picture above shows the loose material on the left, and the material connected front and back on the right side of the picture.  It is recommended to view this piece from afar at first, then to walk closer.  This material has been discontinued by the company.

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