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Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Saturday at the Arts Centre

This Saturday there was an empty stage in the townhall - well, empty apart from the searching heads of four dinosaurs and Ramona's banner advising whoso wished to know: we are next door at the Arts Centre for 4 hours today! As well as a jumble sale!

Round one small table, we were in the small cosy room #2 with all our felt creatures on display, and with Claire Hewitt singing to us via the CD player, to inspire creativity.
Whether it was the smallness of the room and table, or the fact that we were right in the middle between craft shop and jumble sale in room #1 and offered an intriguing welcoming passage to visitors of both, or whether it was simply because of the people who happened to be here this time  - it can be said it was one of the most 'family-like' settings we have had - apart from the workshop room in Penicuik House  last September. It felt like 'our' space for those few hours, enclosed, yet open.

Old and young were equally represented in having first time encounters with felt creations (see pics #36 - #51  on https://picasaweb.google.com/the.weaver.here/NowInApril# for a closer encounter - and apologies for any creation that escaped before being caught on camera, such as the felt heart!). Then there was the final stages of the handspun and handknitted teddy bear making him a unique Jacobwool wee teddy (thank you Jenny P, also for making bed and blanket for Little Red cap's Grandma!), and Ramona first go at making a doll. She, the golden doll, might become a princess, as she is too big for Little Red-cap - but we will need all kinds of fairy tale dolls, now we are planning 'The Story Store'! The house in the woods is progressing with felt-wool wall cover (thank you Jenny T!), and as it is also bigger than we planned, we will be able to use it for other stories, too.

Further progress on the felt scape was not made on this occasion - as we were too busy either selling jumble or instructing people how to make their own wee felt creations or to have a peek into Bankmill where there was paper making on offer today - but we hope to meet again later this week in the library for working further on the felt story scape. Watch this space, our calendar and facebook page for further updates. Hope to see you there, and get closer to our aim: to create an original felt-story-scape, which can be easily assembled and dissembled for The Story Store, first of Little Red Cap in May in the Library (the launch of 'The Story Store'), and then used for many more tales!

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