Caraboo Arts Therapy was set up in 2015 by Judi Binks to help overcome rural isolation in Devon villages by supporting community arts, crafts and singing groups. “I also ran Felting workshops at my studio in Kennerleigh. When all this had to stop in March 2020, I started making free rainbow Felting kits and postingContinue reading “About free kits and Caraboo Arts Therapy in Rural Devon”
Sari Silk Wrapped Bangle Bracelet Kit Convert an inexpensive wire bangle into a soft, comfortable, chic bit of Indian flair. Your free kit contains: 1. Two thin wire bangles. 2. Two lengths of sari silk ribbons in contrasting colours. 3. Optional. Indian brocade ribbon with gold and silver threads for embellishment. You will need: 1.Continue reading “How to make a Sari Silk Wrap Bangle with free kit from Caraboo Arts Therapy in Rural Devon.”
I’ll show you how to make the basic felt or pre-felt using layers of natural wool fibres before moving on the gradual building up of layers of the picture
Although I love art deco and nouveau, it can become a cliché if followed too closely. I opted for an expressive approach. I also had to confine myself to existing materials – 5 colours of silk slivers and an assortment of sari silk ribbons. I had selected a palette from my limited ribbon stock forContinue reading “Exercise 3. First draft of design.”
Let’s think about your colours and make them the focus. Add in foreground later with applique, free machine embroidery, sari silk paper insets, pre- felts, sari silk ribbons etc… Look at these expressive pieces with strong emphasis on colour. How do you respond emotionally to this approach? Could you live with this freer colour basedContinue reading “Exercise 2. Expressing yourself through choice of colour.”
Do you like stylised design motifs like Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, Steam punk, Japanese etc? Try this exercise. Choose a design flower or tree for each of the four seasons. For example, for winter, choose Snowdrop; for spring, a Tulip or Iris, summer Rose or Poppy, autumn Chrysanthemum etc. Sketch design orContinue reading “Exercise 1. Starting a new project. Wall panels depicting the seasons in recycled sari silks.”
Scroll through pictures and answer: 1) yes I like it, no I don’t! 2) What season is it? 3) Afterwards, ask yourself what style is more you – representative or expressive. 4) what are the 3 main colours of each season?
Free Needle Felting and Felting Soap kits are available from Caraboo Arts Therapy near Crediton.Back in 2015, Judi Binks of Kennerleigh was struck by widespread rural isolation which many residents felt and which adversely affected their sense of health and well-being.Because of this, she set up a support group called “Caraboo Arts Therapy in RuralContinue reading “Excepts from Crediton Courier press release on free felting kits.”