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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.

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It is what it says it is - a felt book! I made a thick (because it's going to endure a lot!) piece of felt and started off by lining it with a piece of material with extra long bits so that they could wrap around themselves to insert a book... But I started off turning over the edges to line it and realised that wasn't going to work if the lining doubled back on itself! And at the end of the day when I'd had enough, I had an idea. How would it be if I used manmade felt instead of fabric. That way the felt (the manmade felt!), was strong enough to hold it's own, so it wouldn't need turning over. And instead of a lining, I'd just need two strips to hold the book - hey presto!0

Sewing the strips was somewhat harder than it looks - it was all by hand. I had to do quite a lot of trimming to my felt so that it fitted nice and snug when I folded it over. I'm still in two minds regarding the colour of the thread - should it be the same colour as the manmade felt (in other words green...although it looks turquoise in this light!)?

What do you think?

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Right, I'm thinking "small". My unit in Cygnet needs a fresh look, something that caters for those (like me!) who are watching their pennies, who are looking for something SMALL yet represents me as an artist, something simple. Now it sounds simple to think of, quite naturally.....but SMALL PICTURES didn't for some reason! But eventually it dawned on me. To be honest I had done felt pictures a while back but not for a long time and not, as I was planning, en masse (lots of them!) Also, I hadn't made small pictures with recognizable scenes in them (as I was planning to do) AND I hadn't made them with scenes of Shaftesbury or Dorset either.

Here are a few photos that may give me the inspiration I need and before you zoom in (!) the format I'm aiming for - square. Hopefully next month I'll have something to show you:

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