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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Make a Tea Cosy

A Very Creative Tea Cosy
Now this is a bit different!

Make a Tea Cosy

If I told you that I was going to show you how to make a tea cosy, I am sure you would already be reaching for your knitting needles or crochet hook, but here is a very creative idea of how to make a tea cosy out of the waste items used by a teapot…. Tea Bags!

It is a wonderful idea and one you can easily follow along with if you watch the video on our website. the finished effect is almost leather like and can actually be used to cover any item, not just a tea pot. Watch the video below and have a go, I am sure you will love the finished project.

Tea Cosy Video

If the idea of recycling items for your next craft project is appealing to you, then you should take a look at our Recycled reborn DVD which is packed full of great ideas of how to recycle lots of different things to bring them back to life in a new form.

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New Arrivals & Special Offers
So many new things to see at great prices.

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The Latest Arrivals section of our website is packed full of some wonderful new blocks and kits for you to take a look at. the kits in particular and lovely and are perfect as a gift for someone new to block printing as it has everything you need to get started on your block printing adventure!

Special Offers
If you are looking for great deals, then the Special Offers section is for you. We have put together some wonderful deals and offers that are very appealing. However, be warned, once they are gone they are gone as we don’t have many of each offer left, so act now to avoid disappointment.


Block Printing Sets

Product Profile

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You can now have a themed set of blocks that are presented in boxes along with fabric paint, scrubbing brushes, to clean your blocks, foam mats to place under your fabric and sponges. Different sets come with different craft supplies. See what block printing set suits you.


Colouricious Holidays
Join us on a trip of a lifetime

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We have had a bit of a run on holiday bookings this week, so if you are considering joining us on any of our trips later on this year, I would encourage you to reserve your place as soon as you can. Our trips to Jaipur and Rajasthan are particularly spectacular. We have been running these holidays for several years now and have honed them down to ensure that everybody has a great time and enjoys themselves. We have learnt the best places to go and the best times to go there. We know the best craft stalls to visit and how to get the very best deals if you decide you want to purchase something. These trips are really special and the messages we get back from people who have been on the trips in the past just reinforce this.

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From Heather, Jaipur Trip 2013 “The highlights of the trip for me were the Bagru block printing workshop and the elephant ride – both had me feeling very emotional. Infact, the whole trip did – it exceeded all my hopes and expectations. The organisation was just fantastic and it was so special to be at the true heart of the textile industry in Jaipur. So much colour, vibrancy, inspiration, fun and truly life-enriching experiences. To anyone who goes to Jaipur – don’t miss the Observatory, a wonderful surprise. I even got to drive a tuk-tuk – scary but exhilarating! I will always be grateful to Jamie for making my dream of a textile trip to India come true.”

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Dear Jamie and the whole team, just wanted to take a few moments to say thank you the holiday was more than I could have imagined in every way the hotels the transport the visits to cities and villages the range of textiles we saw, and those that we had the opportunity to try our hand at. I was speechless from day one (not true I had a lot to say) the sights the sounds and smells and nor forgetting the company of the group all of whom shared a common interest . Oh dear, it was all amazing and also life changing in so many ways, thank you all for your superb organisation and sharing your love of textiles and India……………….I will be back
Regards
Linda
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If this tempts you, then come over to our website and book your place, we would love for you to join us!

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious
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An Invitation to Rajasthan

We cover a lot of ground when we go on our tour of Rajasthan. We have calculated that the tour is approximately 1.735km over a 14 day period. There is inevitably a lot to see and take in on a trip like this, but we organise it in this way to make sure you get to experience as much of this wonderful region as possible.

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If the highlight of the tour is the visit to the Pushkar Camel Fair, then the underlying delight is the variety of sights and sounds you get to experience as we travel through the region stopping at places like Delhi, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Pushkar, Barmer, Ajmer and Jaipur the capital of the region.

The Region

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Rajasthan is the largest region of India and is located in the North West of the Country. The state was formed in 1949 after India gained its independence from The UK. The majority of the region is covered by the Thar Desert, but it also has some wonderful areas of natural beauty including two tiger reserves and the Keoladeo National Park which is a World Heritage Site well-known for its bird life. Our tour flies into Delhi where we spend a couple of days before entering Rajasthan on its eastern border. We then travel predominantly westwards through Bikaner, Pokran to Jaisalmer. A turn to the south towards Barmer and then Eastwards through Ajmer and Jaipur before heading back to Delhi.

Whilst the tour is focussed on the textile arts and crafts of the region, it is impossible not to be amazed and astounded by the sights and sounds of the whole region. Even though the desert covers a lot of the region don’t be mistaken into thinking that everything will look the same. You will get to see some wonderful flora and fauna and Rajasthan is renowned for its national parks and sanctuaries.

The Culture

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The other beauty of the region and India in general is the wonderful culture of the country. The people of the region embrace their history and tradition which reflect the ancient Indian way of life and this manifests itself in the textile crafts, music and dance that you will see on this tour. You will get to see lots of traditional colourful art mainly produced using block printing, tie and dye printing and intricate embroidery styles, all of which are major exports from Rajasthan.

The People

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At the end of the day though, it is the people that make this tour so special. The warmth of the welcome and the kindness and patience they show to the people on our tour is endearing and really makes you feel as if you are part of their family. We have built up good friendships and relationships over the time we have travelled to Rajasthan and you will definitely benefit from our knowledge and past experiences to ensure that this trip to Rajasthan really will be your trip of a lifetime.

If this synopsis of the tour has whetted your appetite to go on the tour, then head over to our website and reserve your place. We are off to Rajasthan in November and would love for you to join us.

Make a Fabric Necklace

Make a Fabric Necklace
An elegant design and easy to do

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This is a wonderful crafting project to undertake. It is simple to do and the video we have on our website is very clear and easy to follow.

Fabric Necklace Video

Follow these instructions as a back up to the video to ensure your necklace turns out perfect.
Instructions
1. Choose a piece of fabric and then block print it with your favourite block.
2. Iron the fabric to seal the printed pattern. This will ensure that your fabric is washable up to 40 degrees.
3. Cut your material into strips ready to be formed into a necklace.
4. It may be necessary to join multiple strips of fabric together to get the correct necklace length. Follow the video to show you how to do this.
5. Fold the strip of fabric in half lengthwise and inside out.
6. Pin the fabric in place and then draw semi circle shapes along the length of the fabric.
7. Use a sewing machine to sew along the line you have drawn.
8. Remove the pins and cut off the excess fabric.
9. Thread a slightly blunt needle and sew through the corner of the fabric and secure.
10. Push the needle through one layer of the fabric and then slide the needle along the length of the fabric until it appears out of the other end of the fabric.
11. Continue to pull the needle and thread through the fabric, turning the fabric inside out. Leave the needle in place.
12. Take some polystyrene balls and some beads and start putting a ball into the fabric and push the fabric through a bead so the bead holds the polystyrene ball in place.
13. Carry on alternating balls and beads until you get to the length of necklace you require.
14. Cut off the excess material and use the needle to affix both ends of the necklace together


FABRIC SALE

Patchwork Promotions annual Warehouse Sale – Sunday 5 July 2015!
big reductions on current lines and remnants.
So it’s a great opportunity to stock up for the Festival of Quilts and other events at the lowest possible prices.
It’ll be a case of first come, first served, so be sure to arrive early to snap up the best bargains!

The sales team will be happy to take orders for fabrics that are not in stock.
Please note that we can only accept payment by cash or cheque.

When: Sunday July 5, between 9am and 2pm
Where:
c/o Oakshott Fabrics
19 Bamel Way, Gloucester Business Park, Brockworth, Gloucester GL3 4BH
See map


 

Textile Holidays
Join Us on a trip to India, Vietnam or Houston, USA!

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The Colouricious Textile Holidays are always very popular and we regularly have people returning for second, third, fourth and in some cases even for a fifth time to book with us. Every person that joins us always says what a wonderful time they have had and that they take home memories and experiences that they are looking forward to sharing with the rest of the family.

We still have spaces on our trips to Rajasthan, Jaipur, Vietnam and Houston this year and to South India and Kerala in 2016. If you are interested in joining us on one or more of these trips then please go to our website and reserve your place.

We make every effort while on these holidays to ensure you get to see as much of the region as possible and in particular anything that the region is especially famous for. We make sure we travel to Rajasthan while the Pushkar Camel Fair is in full swing and we take the time to go to the fair to see all the exciting activities that goes on during this period. When we visit Vietnam, we take the time to visit the Hmong tribal villages to watch the villagers at work using their crafts in day to day activities. The Colouricious holidays really are a multi-cultural experience and one that I know you will enjoy.

Take a look at the itineraries of the holidays that appeal to you and then reserve your place. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.


 

New Arrivals
Check out our new stock!

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We have loads of beautiful new printing blocks on our website and have also built some sets up as well that are perfect for newcomers to this craft. They would make perfect birthday gifts as they have everything in them to get started; all you need to do is supply the fabric to block print on!

We out all our new stock onto our Latest Arrivals page, so check that out first to see the newest stock we have received from our block cutters in India. I am sure you will find something that is perfect for your next project.

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The latest addition to our online block printing shop is the Block Printing Kits. These sets offer you the possibility of buying paints, scrubbing brushes and foam mats along with your printing blocks, presented as a theme. You can get started on your next quilt, embroidery or textile art project immediately with all the right equipment.


SPECIAL OFFERS

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Everyone loves a bargain and in the special offers section of our website, there is a huge selection of stock with great price reductions – usually because they are the end of a range and no longer to be continued. Have a look at our special offers to find something special for you.


Colouricious Competition
Win a trip to India

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We are running what can only be called a WIN-WIN competition on our website. We are offering the chance for one person to win a trip to India and all you have to do is buy a set of lovely blocks that you can use on your next craft project. So you get the blocks and an entry into the competition. But if that wasn’t enough, everybody that enters the competition will also get an invitation to a block printing work shop held at Amersham also for free. So for the price of the blocks you get:

– The lovely blocks to use on your next craft project
– An invitation to a block printing workshop held at Amersham
– A ticket in the draw to win a place on one of our super textile trips to India

That really is a “win-win” or perhaps a “cannot-lose” competition, so don’t delay, head over to our website and choose the set of blocks you like the best.

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious
PS We have a favour to ask of you ……
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The Pushkar Camel Fair

The Pushkar Camel Fair is held in November each year at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon. It is one of the largest camel and livestock fairs in the world attracting in excess of 11,000 camels, horses and cattle. It is visited by over 400,000 people over the duration of the fair which is normally 5 days long.

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For the locals, the fair is a way to trade their livestock and set themselves up for the following year. For the tourists it is a chance to witness an amazing site of so much livestock located in one place. The fair has evolved over the years to acknowledge the fact that it has become a tourist attraction. Whilst the men trade their camels, cows, sheep, goats and horses, the women visit the stalls full of ornately crafted fabrics, beautiful jewellery and clothes.

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The fair is opened by a traditional Camel race, with musical performers, dancers and other exhibitors displaying their skills over the 5 days.

With so much livestock on display, owners go to great lengths to make their camels eye-catching, decorating their animals with very ornate designs and hair shaving.

Pushkar is in India’s state of Rajasthan which is in the North West of the country. Rajasthan is the largest state in India by size and is approximately 40% larger than the UK. It has a population is about 70 million of which around 88% are Hindu.

If you are interested in visiting Pushkar and the Camel Fair, then Colouricious organise an annual trip to Rajasthan that will incorporate a visit to the fair to experience the sights, sounds and smells of this wonderful attraction. It is certainly not something to be missed, so if the idea is appealing to you, then head over to our website to see the full Itinerary. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.

 

Shisha Embroidery Sparkles

Shisha Embroidery Sparkles
Put some Shisha Mirrors on your next project

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Shisha Mirrors are tiny pieces of mirror used to adorn and embellishment your embroidery projects. You often see them on Indian and Asian products as the word Shisha comes from the Persian word Shisheh which means mirror work. The mirrors reflect the light and give your craft project an extra dimension and really makes them stand out.

We have a excellent video on how to incorporate Shisha mirrors into your next embroidiery project, so click on the video below to watch it.

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If the idea of giving Shisha Mirrors is tempting, then we have the perfect answer. We have some bags of Shisha mirrors on our website that you can use on your next embroidery project.

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Buy Now

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Check out the biggest quilt show in Europe – Festival of Quilts we will be there and would love you to come by to say hi! Our stand number is F40. Treat yourself to this four day event in Birmingham UK – the exhibits of quilts are wonderful and there is a huge list of workshops to choose from. Be there or be square!

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e0a417bc-e357-41fe-9964-0a16f77b4df1This week’s product profile is Crafts for Children. Have a look at this section of our website as children of all ages simply adore block printing. You will see a spontaneous video we made of an 8 year old girl called Erica. She was adorable and so confident, open hearted and creative. You will see how easily children can learn to create their own papers for card making, wrapping paper and even book making. You will have hours of creative fun together!

 

 

 

 


 

Win a Trip to India
Buy our competition blocks and you are in with a chance of a free holiday!

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Our competition to win a place on one of our Textile Holidays to India later this year is proving to be very popular. To enter you need to pick a set of our competition blocks that we have for sale here on our Competition Page. For each set of blocks you buy you can a ticket into the competition. If you have ever thought of going on one of our holidays, then this is the perfect way yo do it!

Not only do you get the chance to win a place on one of our trips to India, but every entry will also be entitled to a place on a block printing workshop held at Amersham free of charge! It really is a win win competition. You have nothing to lose by entering, so come on over to our website and give it a go.


 

Come and Join Us
Sign up for our Embroidery Workshop

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Our Sewing Shisha Workshop is now fully booked up, but I am holding three embroidery courses in Amersham this summer and I would be delighted for you to join us. This is a wonderful workshop where we will learn lots of aspects of embroidery and how to incorporate it into your crafting projects.

If you are interested in joining us on this workshop, then come over to our website and reserve your place, I would to see you!


 

Huge Selection of New Printing Blocks!

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We have been busy getting our new stock on our website for you
Check out the biggest new selection ever! We really do have the largest selection of block printing materials in the world!
We have recently had our big Summer Delivery of Blocks from India and have been very busy getting them all sorted out and uploaded onto our website. The new blocks are proving to be very popular and as always we have listed the new stock in our latest arrivals section. If you are on the lookout for new block designs then head over to our website and take a look at what we have to offer.


 

Textile Holidays
NEW online booking forms – keeping up with modern technology!

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Come with us on a trip of a lifetime

Our textile holidays offer the chance for people to visit paces they would never of dreamt possible with like-minded people. They are a fantastic way to experience sights and sounds of villagers at work doing the crafts that you love. We organise trips to Jaipur to watch our wooden blocks being made, to Rajasthan where we incorporate a visit to the Pushkar Camel Fair which is an experience that has to be seen to be believed. In January 2016 we are also off to South India & Kerala for a 14 day tour of the region.

If any of these holidays are of interest to you, then visit our website to get the full details. We have also built a new online booking form which is easy to fill in and will reserve your place on one our trips quickly and easily.

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious
PS We have a favour to ask of you ……
when you watch one of our you tube videos actually on the you tube site, and you have enjoyed it, please can you click on the thumbs up! Thank you!

Be the first to be in the know. Get more of what you love!

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