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Woven card squares

A woven look for a coaster made from paper

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Make an outline on paper around a card square (provided in the Craft Kit) or recycle any old coaster.
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Cut out the paper square and then fold in half.
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Make evenly spaced cuts in the paper from the folded edge and continue up to 1.5 cm from the opposite edge. Draw vertical lines as guides if this helps.
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Open the paper square and take a colourful strip of paper of the same length as the square and weave it horizontally in and out of the cuts, as shown. Push the woven strip to the top of the paper square. Weave a second strip of paper next to the first but in the opposite way. Weave the next strip to match the first strip. Continue in this way until all the paper square has been covered with woven strips. Glue down the paper ends.
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The colourful strips of paper for weaving can be taken from old magazines etc. or paper in the kits.
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Woven coaster shown on card display.

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The coasters can be given a coat of PVA glue for a decorative effect and also to make them stronger.

 

PICTURE FRAMES WITH MOSAIC

1. Cut out the size of the picture frame you would like to use from the template on the website.

Three different sizes can be cut from this template

Three different sizes can be cut from this template

2. Stick the template of your choice onto card from a cereal box or any cardboard.

The largest template about to be stuck onto card

The largest template about to be stuck onto card

 

3. Cover the squares of the template with decorative paper or any material of your choosing to give a mosaic effect. Coat the mosaic with non-toxic PVA glue that dries clear.

Mosaic frames using shiny paper, card and broken egg shell

Mosaic frames using shiny paper, card and broken egg shell

4. Place a picture, photograph or colourful design in the central area within the mosaic frame and stick down.

Two finished picture frames with mosaic

Two finished picture frames with mosaic

5. Use the template on the website to make a cardboard support for your frame.

Templates on the back of the frames made from recycled cereal packets

Templates on the back of the frames made from recycled cereal packets

More mosaic ideas

Fabrics and paper can be used separately or together:

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1. Have fun by scribbling coloured patterns in all directions and colours on scraps of paper. Cut out jagged mosaic pieces from the colourful paper scribbles!

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2. A more detailed mosaic design with pieces cut from a variety of coloured paper.

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3. A mosaic of mosaics in a frame.

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Gift tags & bookmarks

1. Cut out the templates provided to make your own designs for gift tags and bookmarks. Stick the back of the templates onto card from the Craft Kit or use any spare cardboard, for example recycled from a cereal pack.

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2. Colour the templates as you like or make mosaics on them with paper or fabric.

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3. A thin layer of non-toxic PVA glue painted over paper mosaics will give them a special finish and secure any loose corners.

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4. Try adding felt, hessian and other materials to decorate your cards and personalise them as shown below.

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5. Cut strips of hessian from the packaging sleeves of the Craft Kit to make bookmarks. Line the edges with masking tape to stop them from fraying. Leave plain, make a colourful design or decorate with Rag Art, as described in the Craft Kit.

 

 

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Circular fabric rag art

ANOTHER WAY OF MAKING RAG ART FLOWERS

1. Draw a circle of about 6 cm diameter onto card or paper and then cut out the circular shape. (The smaller circle template in the Craft Kit may be helpful here.)

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2. Place the circular shape onto the coloured materials being used to make the petals and cut out as many petals as you require.

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3. Fold each petal in half and then into half again. Push the wooden prodder (available in the Craft Kit) into the centre of the cone shape and prod the tip of the petal through the hessian.

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4. On the reverse side, the tips of the petal cones will be seen like this.

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5. Once you have completed an outer circle, your flower will start to look very attractive as the circular petals open out. Add as many petals as you wish.

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6. Once complete, cut out the hessian, taking care not to cut too closely to the material used for the petals.

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7. Cut out a backing of suitable material and glue it to the reverse side of the flower to cover the ends.

 

Craft story

Peter’s Story

Peter grew up in about 1930 in a small mining village in Yorkshire. At the age of 9, he looked younger than other boys as he was thin and not especially tall. He was happiest playing football with his elder brother and playing chase in the streets. There wasn’t much to do in those days for kids growing up – no television, playstation or computer at home – so he spent his time outdoors. He enjoyed exploring and imagined himself travelling all over the world in a big ship, which was his way to daydream about exciting times ahead.

Peter was not always happy at school. He was often in trouble and would be told off by his father because of getting into so many fights with other boys at school! Teachers were very strict then with children and instead of just getting a detention as he would have nowadays, Peter was often caned on his hands and legs. He used to dread seeing a teacher getting the cane ready to strike him. At least there was always one special person he could come home and share his troubles with – and that was his mum.

Peter’s mum was a lovely, quiet lady whose whole life was focused on caring for her husband and her sons. She was a good cook and made family meals for the boys and their father from any food they had available at the time. Peter helped her with potato picking in the fields sometimes and did as many jobs as he could for her by carrying coal, wood and potatoes. She was not very strong and often felt tired, but always kept cheerful as she loved her whole family. She did not mind at all when relatives would turn up at the house and join in with their family meal. Luckily she always made more than enough food to share around.

Everyone knew each other in the village and looked out for one another. They even did jobs on the same days. Mondays were the wash days when the women would work hard all day long on the laundry. They used to scrub the outdoor steps too and keep their houses as clean as possible, which must have been hard when the miners came home dirty from the pit!

Peter lived amongst other mining families and he had so many aunties, uncles and cousins in the same village that he was never short of company. He got on well with all his friends and family and was happy to be with them. However, when he was 9, his mum became really ill and he hated returning from school and seeing her look so poorly. She had to stay in bed as she needed rest. The boys tried to make her feel better but gradually her health got worse until one day after school, she was no longer in bed resting. The small house was full of relatives and neighbours. Peter could not understand what was happening until he heard a cousin saying that his mother was finally at peace and no longer in pain.

He was upset and missed his mother for a very long time. Aunties used to cook meals for the boys as their father felt so sad that he would often come home late after work. It made Peter angrier at school and he no longer had his mum to listen to his problems. He missed her soft voice and gentle hugs so much that sometimes he wanted to stay at home and cook things for himself, just as she had taught him. He enjoyed cooking. Scallops were his favourite meal as they were tasty slices of potato fried in batter.

As his brother was growing up and spending more and more time away from him, Peter planned even harder to leave so he could travel to the far-off lands that he enjoyed reading about so much in his books.

After more time had passed, his father came home from work one day, more cheerful than usual and told Peter that he was going to get married again. Even though Peter was worried about having a step-mother, he knew that his father would feel much happier if he was no longer alone. His father’s new wife had a son of her own who was younger than Peter. The boys became good friends and the stepmother tried to fill the gap in Peter’s life.

She was also a very hard-working woman who cared for her family and Peter watched in amazement of how skilled she was in all kinds of crafts, especially rag rug making. He and his step-brother would help to prepare old, unwanted clothes from the family, which would be carefully re-used by cutting into strips ready to be made into floor coverings for the house. Peter would enjoy running his fingers through the shaggy texture of the rugs and saw what amazing things could be made simply by breaking off a side of a wooden clothes peg to prod material through hessian sacks.

The boys were able to take unwanted sacks from the local farm as they were free and they brought them home to be re-used for making the rugs, which when complete were put by the fireplace and in other rooms. It was a big improvement to standing on cold stone floors! When the rugs became dirty, they were taken outside for a good shaking and were bashed against the outside wall of the house until the dust blew away in grey puffs. Finally, when the rugs were past their best, they ended up on the compost heap in the garden and Peter’s step-mother would, by then, be busily starting another replacement rug.

Peter often thought of how creative his step-mother was in the home and how she could knit all sorts of things with wool from local mills that came in large skeins. The boys helped her to hold the wool in position between their thumbs and first fingers so that she could wind it around and around into balls. Peter enjoyed those happier times but never stopped missing his own mum. After leaving school at the age of 14, he went to work on the farm from where he got the hessian sacks and then later, he joined his brother and dad working down the pit.

His big chance came to start a new life when he joined the Royal Navy at the age of 17. He sailed to many places in the world but never forgot the small mining village in Yorkshire where he grew up. He could always picture in his mind the kitchen with its warm coal fire and the rag rug on the stone floor.

 

 

 

 

 

FLOWERS IN RAG ART

HOW TO MAKE FLOWERS IN RAG ART

1. Select some favourite colours of material depending on the type of flower and its decorative purpose. It can be used for a hair band, brooch or for display.

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2. Make petals by cutting the strips to the shape shown below.

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flowers-rag054. Prepare about 10 to 15 petal strips in the colours and materials of your choice. These will be prodded through a piece of hessian in the manner described in the Rag Art section of The Craft Kit.

5. Draw a circle on a piece of hessian about 7 cm diameter and another circle about 3 cm diameter in the centre of the first. Prod the petals through the inner circle of the hessian.
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6. Cut around the outer circle of the hessian to cut out the flower. Make a backing for the flower by cutting out a similar shape of any suitable material you have available. Stick together with non-toxic craft glue.

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7. Attach the Rag Art flower to different types of hair bands, as shown below.

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8. Experiment with different colours and try to make individual flowers. The poppy-type design below could be used as a brooch.

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COOKERY CRAFT

Recipes are included in the Craft Kit and also on our website because it is enjoyable for children to do some home cooking and an opportunity to have creative fun in the kitchen.

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Kitchen scene

There is a medicinal value of certain foods mentioned in our recipes, such as fruits and spices. Good quality cocoa can help to eliminate toxins from the body. Honey is a natural antibiotic and is well-known for its soothing effects.

Vanilla and cinnamon both help to stimulate the digestive system and ginger helps the immune system, as well as being used to alleviate the feeling of sickness. Further information can be found in our recipes.

Food can heal and nourish, so a healthy diet can help us feel uplifted and full of energy. However, some people have an intolerance to certain foods and others suffer from allergic reactions.   Alternatives to sugar, dairy products, wheat or gluten may be advised. Labels of processed food will need to be carefully checked.   Baking your own recipes allows you to decide what you put into the mixture, adapting ingredients to suit your own dietary requirements.

For children, the kitchen is a learning and creative environment and can be a fun one too! With adult guidance and support, children can be encouraged to try simple recipes and this may lead to improved behaviour, confidence, self-esteem, as well as a better understanding of food. They may begin to appreciate the value of home cooked food and the importance of following a sensible diet.

Teaching about hygiene in a kitchen is also necessary and that unpopular jobs like the washing-up just do not get done on their own! They are all part of the learning experience for young people. It is a good way to bond with your child and be happy.

 

Colourful baking cases for creative fun!

Colourful baking cases for creative fun!

The recipes on this website are kindly provided by Disability Action Yorkshire, which has produced its own recipe cookbook.

If using alternative ingredients, gluten-free flour available in shops, has a convenient mix of rice flour, potato flour, tapioca flour and others. This makes baking gluten-free cakes far easier for you.

A variety of colourful and safe kitchenware is available to encourage children to learn and enjoy themselves in the kitchen. These colourful bowls are examples:

Colourful equipment is available from Kitchen Craft

Colourful equipment is available from Kitchen Craft

A note from Judy (retired nutritional therapist)

“These simple recipes are excellent and fun to make;

Some of you may need to avoid flour, sugar, dairy products etc. for your health and it is so easy to use the alternative ingredients. These days you can find all these other foods in health shops or local supermarkets; many people are finding better health by using these alternative foods – and you are not missing out on your treats!

So good luck and happy baking!”

Judy Richardson, D.Th.D., D.N. Med, Nutritional Therapist

Author of “Family Baking” for those following a diet, which is free from either wheat, gluten, dairy, yeast, refined sugar, fat or egg.

Hulton Crafts Baking

The Hulton Crafts Guide:

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Always have the necessary utensils before beginning to bake.

  • Always have the necessary utensils and ingredients ready before beginning to bake.
  • Line any tins carefully – cut a single or double piece of greaseproof paper to fit the bottom of the tin.
  • Prepare the oven at the correct temperature.
  • Measure accurately.
  • Cream butter or margarine and sugar thoroughly using a wooden spoon or fork until light and fluffy.
  • Make sure the proper consistency is obtained.
  • Break eggs separately into a cup in case one happens to be bad to avoid spoiling the whole mixture.
  • Test if a cake is baked by running a small knife or skewer into the middle – if it comes out clean, the cake is done. Another method of testing is to touch the surface lightly and if it seems firm to the touch, the cake is done. If the impression of your finger remains, the cake is not ready.

    Enjoy some delicious recipes

    Enjoy some delicious recipes

  • Always allow the cake to cool on a rack where there is circulation of air. If laid on a solid board, the cake will become damp underneath.

 

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I have used honey as a good alternative to sugar when baking for my son, who has dietary problems.
Any honey can be used but Rowse have produced some specially selected honey for baking, which will help give better rise, better gloss and better moisture levels. For more information see:
www.rowsehoney.co.uk