Art Show Over, now what? Taxes!

The Vasaloppet art show was especially nice this year.   So many different types of work!
My felt pieces and photo

The Junior High students were taken with Keith Raivo's metal sculptures and Kathy Hovland's voluminous painted vinyl piece in upper right.

A few of the kids also took a few minutes to cut pre-felts into mosaic pieces for me. We had buckets of the 1st grade students' puppets from a recent artist in residency gracing the tables at the show.

The felting demo on Sunday was the last public component of the grant I received from the East Central Arts Council for the felt rolling machine.*  I decided to make a felted bag following the method I saw on Heather's  Wool love Functional Fiber Art blog  back in December, but I chose not to do the peanut shaping for my bag. 

I used some dyed Romney fiber with a Black Shetland lining and the mosiac pieces cut from the pre-felts made at Sticks and Stones last fall.  It turned out okay, but I'm contemplating various options for internal pouches and an alternative closure (rather than the flap).

My son Matt took videos of me doing the demo.  Here's a little segment:

* This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council with funds provided byt the Minnesota Ars and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


  1. Thanks Heather. It's actually more maroon than purple in real life. I'm thinking of folding in both flaps and putting a cell phone pouch and long skinny pen pouch on one side and then a bigger pouch on the other side. Maybe sewing in metal ruler pieces to make the top edges sturdy and self closing.

  2. I like the inner pouch idea! (I love having at least one pocket in the bags that I make.)
    Your metal ruler idea sounds good, too! Would you use the ones that kind of 'snap open'??
    I've used really strong magnets in some of my open-top bags...see here: XXO--

  3. Heather, I can't say enough about how wonderful your blog is! I just got done searching through it for the earth magnet closure because the link didn't go straight to it for some reason. I had a wonderful time seeing all the various projects you'd done with closures. I don't know how you do it, you are so creative and ambitious!

  4. Oh, Becky--I just now saw this lovely note.
    I'm sorry that I sent you on such a 'scavenger hunt' with the bad link, but I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed the search!! XXOOO-


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