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Hello there! Yes, it does work - HURRAH! Let me tell you how!


Well, one reason it didn't work was that I was using diaries instead of notebooks, really cheap ones, and they were ultra thin - supermarket-style thin. Mistake no.1. Once you'd finished you couldn't put anything big in! I wanted my felt cover to be used again and again and again NOT for one year then throw it in the bin! Anyway, browsing the internet, as you do, I saw some notebooks, very thick ones. I really liked them so I researched "felted notebooks" and found some....lots of them!


Greatly inspired, I did some more research and found a site which sold THICK notebooks (AND some 4 x 6" ones with "olde worlde" crinkled edges - yes yes yes!) And I bought them.

On pen and paper I worked out the measurements. At one point I even considered notebooks which were stuck to the felt ! I got my glue gun out and smeared glue all over the front cover, stuck the felt on...and waited....and waited....and I tentatively tried lifting a corner...and the whole thing came away!! It hadn't worked. Mistake no.2. So I began thinking of my notebook as an interchangeable thing. I found some machine felt

to cover the inside edges and sewed it on...and it was too large. Mistake no.3...so I got my scissors out and chopped off the excess, pulled the machine-made felt off and cut that to the new size (had to hand stitch it on because it was a really tight fit!) and, hey presto. I fitted the notebook inside the felt - wrestled with it slightly because, as I said, the whole thing was a bit tight, it being my first book and all - and it worked!

A bit later on (with a few more cuts, scrapes and bad language!) I'd mastered it. Even tried making a patchwork felt cover out of off-cuts and that worked as well! The pics I'm showing are just the beginning of the felt story but it will give you a flavour...





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I desperately need some new greetings cards. Have decided to get them printed rather more professionally than simply printing them on paper and sticking on card!!!


Here's a sneak preview of one of them. Obviously the larger image is the front...but it took ages playing with text and image to get things right on the back of the card.....I'm quite done in.............................................................................................................................................................





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WVAT is and I quote...."An award winning 10 day festival of visual arts and crafts". Have you been to one of these venues yet? Well, I have and the work on display is SO inspiring, I urge you to take a look!!!!


I went to visit it this afternoon and we saw The King's Orchard Artists and the Meadow View Artists followed by the Salon Group of Artists. Have a sneaky peek at some of the artists exhibiting at this event.


https://wvat.co.uk/

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