Felted sweater and skirt scraps from the bag of wool. There is always something in there to play around with. Thank heavens for flower faces and Project Runway.
My mother had a business making decorated basket purses when I was a girl. I helped her by cutting out felt flower shapes and stacking them with coordinated centers which she would glue together beside a cross-stitched plaque. I developed my color sense playing around with those piles of felt, nickel-sized rounds and leaves like summer's green eyes. And perhaps a love of so much more too.