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Vietnam Textiles

Vietnam Textiles

There are many artistic avenues through which the Vietnamese express themselves such as silk painting, theatre, and wood carving. Below are explanations of the origins and development of a few key textiles and techniques. Vietnam textiles are beautiful.

Silk 

silk-weaving-hadong-vietnam Vietnam textiles have been amazing for centuries, Vietnam has been silk weaving and creating beautiful embroidery. During feudal times silk was thought of as a great luxury, only worn by kings, queens and mandarins. Through out history and its dynasties, Vietnam has always had rules concerning colour, ornamentation, style and fabric of clothes worn by aristocrats. The clothes of those in power featured the royal symbols of dragons, phoenixes and tortoises.

Vietnam’s best silk is called ‘Ha Dong’ silk and comes from of Ha Tay, southwest of Hanoi in the Red River Delta. It is believed that the art of silk weaving originated here some 2,000 years ago. However it was between the 16th 18th centuries when this region’s silk industry flourished. Today, techniques and quality have changed but there are many villages that always have and still do produce silk, for example La Ca.

To produce silk, the first stage is the weaving of the cloth to make every thread uniformly in line to ensure a smooth and soft fabric. It is then soaked, washed, dried, kept with forest resin, dyed, and sun dried twice. The resin is extracted at different points of the season for different colours. This chemical free process creates beautifully shiny and durable silk.

Embroidery

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All over Vietnam, its people use embroidery as a form of cultural expression. It was introduced into the northprovinces of Vietnam during the 17th century from China, when originally silk embroidery only used five thread colours – yellow, red, green, violet and blue.

However embroidery is thought to have existed in the village of Van Lam for seven centuries. More than 75% of the population is skilled in the embroidery with lace, due to teachings being passed down through generations. Their work varies from the size of a hand to large wall hangings. Tribes like the Hmong and Dao also use their own unique intricate embroidery and braiding styles to embellish their clothing. The Hmong also use beautiful batik designs to decorate their clothing.

Applique

Applique is used by the Hmong to set apart and identify particular tribes, but was first developed as a way of story telling. Now it has developed into an art form for many communities. This ancient technique involves sewing on fabric shapes by hand to produce decorative patterns and shapes.

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If you’d like to find out more about these techniques and get involved in the culture, Colouricious are running a textile trip to Vietnam in November 2015. If you would like to find out more, do not hesitate to visit our website or contact us below.

Mastering Quilting Techniques

Mastering Quilting Techniques

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The art of quilting is one of the more popular crafting arts when it comes to our club members, so we have made sure that there are lots of ideas and techniques on our website to help you both learn the basics and the enhance your quilts with new techniques and ideas.
Quilts make for wonderful stitch projects and will be treasured by anybody that receives it as a gift or as a heirloom. Quilts that are passed down through the family will invariably incorporate many different designs that can show trends and styles over a long period of time. They are special pieces make learning the art of quilting so much more special.

We have several excellent videos to show you how to master several different quilting techniques. You take a look at them all by clicking on the video below.

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We have an excellent DVD that will give you a beautiful introduction into quilting techniques as well as innovative ideas on how to combine colours in your crafting projects.

Our Printing and Patchwork DVD is an hour long course with me and Mary Gamester as we take you through ideas and techniques that will prove to be invaluable for your next crafting project. Click the DVD or the buy it now button to purchase your copy.

Inspired Printing & Patchwork DVD

If you are prepared to spend an extra 1 PENNY you can get my Block Printing DVD as well! Click the DVDs or the buy button if you want that deal!

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Time To Book Your Holiday

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The cold damp and frosty weather has finally arrived here in the UK and it is clear that its arrival has turned a lot of peoples thoughts to where they will be going on holiday this year. We have had several booking reservations this week and places are filling up quickly for many of the wonderful Colouricious Trips and Tours we have arranged.

Handicrafts & Culture of Kashmir – I am taking a group of craft lovers to Kashmir in July 2016 and would really love you to come with me to see the beautiful crafts – heaven on earth in the Himalayas – this holiday is planned to include the wonderful Hemis Festival in Leh. You can come by yourself, with a friend, daughter, mother, partner, granddaughter (ideal for textile & art students) or why not get a gaggle together of your creative friends, from your stitch/quilting/mixed media/embroidery group. We can only take 16 people of this trip and if you book by lst February you get £100 off for your early bird discount – . (the price is correct on the website).I am in South India at the moment and will be back in the office on lst February. So you can either book online or you can contact me on 01494 721 471 if you need help with your booking. Would so love to share this rare and special holiday. with you.

The Colouricious Creative Holiday Jaipur with Kim Thittichai in September is now FULLY BOOKED. We have arranged another Creative Jaipur for January 2017 which will be fully escorted by myself and Kim Thittichai. We have already had several people disappointed they couldn’t come with us in September so we are repeating the same holiday again in January. The online booking form is the best way to get your place reserved for this trip.

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You will really have a wonderful time on any of these trips, making new friends and learning more about our wonderful creative world.


 

Animal Wooden Blocks

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Our Animal Wooden Printing Blocks always prove to be very popular. Whether it is Elephants or Camels, Geckos or Hedgehogs we have a block or set of blocks that will be perfect for your next crafting project.

Perhaps our most popular animal block though is our Rabbits. We have several Rabbit sets which would be ideal for a project that you are planning for Springtime.

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Bunny Wonderland

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Bunny Flower

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Daisy Bunny

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Double Trouble

Just click on the set you would like and we will get it packaged up and delivered to you as quickly as we can.

Happy Block Printing!


 

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We need your help to help Colouricious grow, please! We are always looking for ways to spread the Colouricious word and get more people to know about us and the crafts that we do. By growing we will be able to expand our offering of blocks, holidays and anything else to do with crafting.

You can find us on Social Media as we have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest. We would be very grateful if you could find some time to spread our message with your friends by sharing our Social Media posts or just telling anybody and everybody to come over to our website to take a look and subscribe to our newsletter.

Thank you all very much.

 

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Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Bags, handbags and shopping bags – quilting arts patchwork

Bags – Quilting arts and Patchwork

These patchwork bags have been made differently, both in which you can try at home.

bag-art-craft-batterick-mccalls-patternsbag-Patchwork-handbags-sewing-ideasYou can make this patchwork bag or use a Vogue pattern. Then you can block print on top of your fabric using our Colouricious printing blocks. This is because it makes it easier for you to centralise your block print after you have stitched the sewing pattern together. bag-sewing-patterns-art-craft-ideas

This bag was made by block printing with our Colouricious printing blocks onto the fabric and then the fabric sewn together to make the bag. We recommend you use our Colouricious fabric paint as they are easy to fix with a simple iron and they are machine washable so you can keep on using your bag!
If you love art and crafts and looking for new ideas and blogs, supplies and inspiration, join our Colouricious Club a free weekly online news letter.

Wonderful benefits of joining :

  • 20% Discount on your first order
  • Early Announcements of new products, downloads and workshops
  • Exclusive Videos & Downloads of leading textile artists
  • FREE Access to members only forum for tip and ideas

Happy block printing!

 

Arts and Crafts ideas and supplies for textiles, mixed media & scrapbooking

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Arts and Crafts – ideas and inspiration for your scrapbooking and textile projects – learn mono printing with gelli plates

   

Learn about Monoprinting
A different way you use your wooden blocks

Gelli plates are a wonderful way of mono printing fabric and papers. What is a gelli plate you may be asking yourself? Essentially a gelli plate is a thin slab of soft squidgy silicone type material. When you watch the inspirational vidieos on how easy it is to use gelli plates, you will learn how to apply the paint (always with a brayer aka roller to get a thin layer of paint)
Watch and learn how to use a gelli plate
The ideas are endless and very exciting. However, as block printers we love to press our wooden printing blocks onto the gelli plate to get a reverse affect and then create another layer on top with a positive affect. If you are looking for a different way to use your wooden printing blocks then pressing them onto a gelli plate may  just be the thing for you.

        

The latest gelli plates on the market are the round gelli plates. Watch the videos of what you can create with the round gelli plates remembering that whatever is shown on paper you can replicate onto fabric – remembering to use Colouricious fabric paint for a lasting permanent result. These paints are a professional quality that apply well, mix together happily and have a very long shelf life.



You can spend hours mono printing stashes of papers using found objects. Get the young people in your life to hunt around the house for textures that work well with gelli mono printing.

recycling papers and fabrics works fabulously with mono printing – experiment and play using newspapers, tissues papers, wall papers, brown wrapping  papers – then use them to make your own wrapping papers, tags and cards for birthdays, anniversaries and even Christmas!
There is a wide selection of gelli plates … click on each link and you can watch even more instructional videos on this creative mono printing technique.

3 x 5 – Stamping with the 3×5 Gelli Printing Plate

5 x 7 – Printmaking with Small Gelli Printing Plates

6 x 6 – Easy Fun Gelli Printing on Tags

8 x 10 – Gelli Printing Rectangular Plate

12 x 14 – Gelli Printing on Fabric

4″ Round – Gelli Stamping Layered Circles

6″ Round – Gelli Printing

8″ Round – Monoprinting with the 8″ Round Gelli Plate


Join us on a Textile Holiday

Come with us to India AND/OR Vietnam

Here is an opportunity for you to travel to a country you have always wanted to visit, but never had the people to go with! See the sights on tours that are organised in India for you to see the real life of textiles.

Our textile holidays always prove to be very popular and it is a super way to holiday with like-minded crafters. We get to see wonderful sights and you get to experience how crafting fits into the daily routines of villagers as we tour around the region.

We have our regular trips to Jaipur and Rajasthan which are always very successful and enjoyable, but this year we have expanded our itinerary to include Vietnam. We travelled to Vietnam for the first time in March this year and it proved to be a big success, so much so that we have arranged another trip for October.

We would love for you to join us on any of these trips and we know you will not be disappointed. Everybody comes back with memories that will last a lifetime as well as new friends that you can share crafting ideas and projects with. Visit the textile holidays section of our website, choose your holiday and download our booking form.

This video was taken on our last trip to Rajasthan and you can see one of the hotels we stay at and our visit to Fort Pokaram.

Latest Arrivals

Loads of new stuff to buy!


We have been really busy over the last few days getting lots of new stock and products onto our website. The new products will always appear first in our Latest Arrivals section, and in there you can see some wonderful collections of blocks and sets you can buy that will get you started. The sets have everything you need to print your first block printed project, all you need to supply is the material to print on. You get the blocks, the paint, the sponges and a foam mat to place under the material when you start printing. It is a fantastic way to see if block printing is for you. Take a look at some of these sets and see if they get your creative juices flowing.

Click on them if you would like to buy them.

Come and join us

Learn how to get more from your Wooden Printing Blocks


If you want to get more from your wooden printing blocks then we can now offer you two solutions!

Option 1

Come and join us at my home in Amersham as we enjoy a block printing workshop. At the workshop you will learn all about how to use your blocks to create beautiful designs. We work together as a team sharing ideas and advice in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The day is packed full of tips and suggestions and really does make for an enjoyable time together. If you are interested in joining us on this workshop, visit our website workshop page, choose your date and reserve your place.

Option 2

If you already meet up with a group of other crafters, then I am happy to come to your location and help your group to learn block printing skills and techniques. We can create an itinerary that is just for you and covers exactly what you want to learn. I will bring all of the items you need to be able to produce a beautiful craft project and will spend the time needed to make sure all of your group are successful in their creation.. I am happy to travel anywhere in the world to visit your group and organise a workshop for you, but please make sure you book well in advance if you are based outside the UK.

To take advantage of this option, visit our website here and use the contact details to let me know what you are looking for and we can arrange a suitable date for the workshop.

We would love for you to join us on any of these trips and we know you will not be disappointed. Everybody comes back with memories that will last a lifetime as well as new friends that you can share crafting ideas and projects with. Visit the textile holidays section of our website, choose your holiday and download our booking form.

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

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How to block print – Printing a tea towel

How to block print – Learn how to block print a tea towel

How to block print – Watch this video to see how easy it is to create your own textile art on fabric. Block printing your own tea towel is easy, fun and simple using Colouricious wooden printing stamps and Colouricious textile paint fix the paint to the fabric by ironing or tumble drying. Block printing is a great arts and crafts activity for kids in the holidays – get them to print gifts or home decor.
Buy some plain tea towels on line and have a go yourself!

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