I've been curious for a while about how most of the felters in this forum solve the problem of getting just the right colors for their projects. I find that color is such an important part of how I experience and enjoy felting and it seems to never really be discussed.
Since a significant portion of my work involves a combination of needle felting and fulled sweaters, I'm often confronted with a base fabric that doesn't match any of the wool in my needle felting stash. Since I only want small quantities and I love the depth of color that you get from hand-carding color blends, I use a pair of dog brushes or cat brushes to hand card small batches of blended colors. I use a technique very similar to the one written up in the Spring issue of Knitty.
Sometimes I will see prepared fiber at my local fiber shop and will find that some quality of the fiber, i.e. the color or blend of colors the inclusions of interesting additives, makes me think of a project that I could make with it. (more often, I look at it and start thinking of spinning it and then get it home and tuck a hand-full in my needle-felting boxes).
So, I guess I'm wondering: Do you chose colors for your projects? Do you chose projects for your colors? Do you use the fiber pretty much as it comes home from your fiber source? Do you dye? Do you blend? Does it depend on the project?
Thanks in advance for any responses. I'm looking forward to seeing how other felters make color decisions.