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Some Lovely Gift Ideas

Some Lovely Gift Ideas

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If you are stuck for ideas for your next crafting project we have loads of them for you on our website. You can take a look at some of the ideas here.

We have a lovely video showing you how to make your own make-up bag which you can watch by clicking on the video below.

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We have a range of excellent videos showing you how to make lots of other gift items. Take a look at the following videos.

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If the idea of block printing a tea towel appeals, then why not take advantage of our October Deal of the Month. Information on the deal is at the bottom of this newsletter, but you will get free tea towels for ordering some of our lovely Christmas Block Sets.

If you have some ideas for crafting projects that you would like to share we would love to hear from you. Just pop me an email with your idea and any pictures you have and we would love to add your project to our website.


Visit Amazing Japan

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I don’t know if you saw it, but there was a wonderful series on ITV with Joanna Lumley exploring Japan. I believe it was a 3 or 4 part series airing on a Friday evening and I am sure you can catch up on any episodes you may have missed if you are interested. You can find more details about the show by visiting the ITV website.

Japan is a mystical, magical and exciting country as well as being technologically very advanced. We have never run a crafting holiday to Japan before, but when we were presented with the opportunity to change this, we jumped at the chance. The first holiday sold out in record time, (literally within 4 days of it going live on our website) so we decided to put on another trip for May 2017. This trip is already well over 70% full, but there are still a few spaces left for anybody that is interested, or maybe has watched Joanna Lumley’s experiences and decided that Japan is for me!

The spring time is the perfect season of the year to visit Japan with blossom out and everything looking so wonderful. We will be exploring Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa where we will be sightseeing as well as participating in workshops and the world famous Japanese tea ceremony.

If you would like to join us on this super trip to such a beautiful country, please head over to our website where you will find the full itinerary and the booking form where you can reserve your place. Be one of the first intrepid Colouricious Club members who will be joining us on our inaugural visits to Japan.


Colouricious Club Member Deals

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We have a lovely assortment of bugs, butterfly and gecko blocks that always prove popular and we are expecting this offer to just increase that popularity.

Use the code below and you will get 20% off any bug, butterfly or gecko block you purchase that can be found on the following page of our website. Bug Blocks

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As usual, the code is only valid for 1 week and will expire on Sunday 16th October.


Quilt Shows

The next two shows are just around the corner now and we are starting to pack up ready for the Craft4Crafters show this week, and then I am off to Dublin the following week for the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show. I would love to meet anybody that can come along to the show, so please say hello, it is lovely to see you all.

Craft4Crafters – 13th – 15th October at the Bath & West Showgrounds

Dublin Knitting & Stitching Show – 20th – 23rd October


Printology is so popular we are doing it twice! But only spaces now for October.

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Our February Course is now full!

As we expected, our Printology Workshop proved to be very popular and we filled the February course in just over 1 month. We sort of guessed that this would be the case which is why we have already organised a second workshop for October next year.

The second course is going to run from 26th – 29th October 2017 and we are now taking deposits so you can reserve your place on the workshop. If you want a place on the October workshop act quickly to grab your space.


Come and See me at a Quilt Show

We have a couple of tickets left for the West Country Quilt & Textile Show. The tickets are for Sunday 13th November and the show is at the University of the West of England Exhibition Centre. We also have some free tickets for the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show as well, which is at the end of this month

If you would like a ticket for either of these shows all you need to do is purchase anything from our website and add a line in the note box that you would like a ticket and we will send it out with the items you purchased. I am afraid this will have to be a first come, first served offer, so they are gone the offer will be over. If you are one of the lucky ones though, I look forward to seeing you there!


October Deal of the Month

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Christmas is coming!

I know, I know, we are only just into October and the sun is still shining, but I have seen some Christmas adverts and the shopping channels are already mentioning it, so I don’t feel too bad about reminding you all that Christmas is not that far away. For us crafters, we have top be even more organised if we are going to produce home-crafted gifts and cards for our friends and family. I was talking with one of our club members who is already preparing her designs for gifts, and she told me about her 6 year old grandson who loves joining in with when when she block prints and is going to make gifts himself for all his teachers this year.

So, now we have all agreed that Christmas is on its way, what is the special offer?

Well, we thought we would give you the chance to combine our beautiful Christmas blocks with something you can print on and give as a gift. Buy any one of our Christmas Block sets and you will get a free tea towel to block print and create a lovely festive gift. The deal gets better though as if you buy two of the Christmas sets, you will get 3 free tea towels and buy three sets and get 5 free tea towels. No code or comment to make when you order, just choose your sets and we will do the rest.
1 Christmas Block Set – 1 Free Tea Towel
2 Christmas Block Sets – 3 Free Tea Towels
3 Christmas Block Sets – 5 Free Tea Towels

To see the choice of block sets for this offer you can visit our October Offer page.

It is a great deal and I am sure anybody who receives a hand printed tea towel will love it.


Choose from our range of Stencils

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We have an extensive range of lovely stencils and I am sure that there is a stencil that will be perfect for your next craft project. You can use our stencils in combination with lots of other products that we sell and they work especially well with layers and masking techniques.

If you would like to take a look at the range of stencils we have on offer, visit our stencil page, and see all the stencil designers and the different designs that we have in stock.


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Fabric Paints

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Silk Painting

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Gift Vouchers

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Gelli Plates

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

 

Experiment with dyeing fabrics

Experiment with dyeing fabrics

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One way to make your crafting projects look really special is to dye your fabrics before you start block printing, embroidering, embellishing or stenciling. Dyeing will make your fabric unique and can really enhance the patterns you have chosen to add to your project.

We have several videos on our website showing you the best way to dye your fabric, but the one I like the best is with Myfanwy Hart. Myfanwy will take you carefully through every step of the dyeing process, making sure you get the dye where you want it on the fabric and not too much on your hands! You can watch the video here.

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The Colouricious YouTube channel has lots of wonderful craft technique videos for you to watch. We have a play list of 9 videos dedicated to dyeing fabric with different textile artists showing you new and exciting ideas for dyeing and painting fabrics. You can watch the videos by clicking on the picture below.

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If you enjoyed watching these videos please subscribe to our YouTube channel. We are regularly adding more videos that I am cure you will find interesting and informative.

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We are back in Paint!

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We have just taken delivery of a large order of our wonderful fabric paints. I have tried lots of different fabric paints for textile crafting, and I am certain that the paints we offer are by far the best I have ever used.

We have the lovely four sets of 6 miniature bottle with sponges and a small mat, as well as the larger 200ml bottles in a huge range of different colours.

Head over to the fabric paint page of our website to see all the different colours you can choose from.


May Day Special

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We have put together a fantastic deal for May that covers everything you will need to get started on your next crafting project.

Pick one of the wonderful wooden block sets:
Tropical Birds

Woodland Plumage

Happy Hiibou

Choose one of our beautiful paint sets:
Scrumptious

Delicious

Metallic

We will throw in a set of two large foam mats that are essential for effective block printing AND a lovely 12″ x 12″ Art Deco Leaves stencil.

Buying all four of these items individually would cost you over £93, but we have put this offer together for a price of only £65. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, then head over to our website and buy the May Special set.


 

Join us for a Embroidery tour of West Bengal

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Come and join in on our kantha stitch embroidery textile tour of West Bengal to learn about Indian heritage, hosted by our Colouricious representative. During your textile holiday you will be exploring the Indian traditional techniques of kantha stitch, block printing, batik, macrame, embroidery and textiles, and many more truly unique experiences, many of which will be in remote villages, off the beaten track. The tour is in January 2017, and is for 14 days. It is a hugely popular tour and we highly recommend it if you enjoy embroidery and want to learn about different stitching styles

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If you would like to join us in January, then head over to our website and use the online booking form to reserve your place. It is a fantastic trip and we would love for you to join us.


 

Win a trip to India

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If you would like the chance to win a place on one of our Indian holidays or alternatively £1,000 cash, then why not enter the Colouricious Competition. Just go to our competition page and pick a set of blocks that you like and make your purchase. You will be entered into the competition, with one entry for every competition set of blocks you buy. We are adding new sets all the time, so keep an eye on the competition page and get your set to be in with a chance of winning a holiday of a lifetime.


 

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Stencils

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Silk Painting

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Gift Vouchers

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Gelli Plates


 

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Celtic Celebration

Deal of the Month

Buy 2 get 1 free!

It is the beginning of the month (where is this year going?) and we have a extra special deal of the month for you. Beltane is a Gaelic festival and marks the beginning of the pastoral summer season. It is traditionally celebrated on 1st May and we wanted to join in the celebration with this wonderful Celtic offer.

Buy any two of our beautiful Celtic sets of wooden printing blocks and get to choose another set completely free of charge. The sets in this offer are all listed in the Celtic Celebration section of our website, so you can explore them in more detail there, but below are the pictures of all of the eight sets that you can choose from.

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Iona

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Celtic Knot Designs

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To take advantage of this offer, just head over to our Celtic Celebration page on our website and add two of these wonderful sets into your cart. In the notes section add the name of the additional set you would like for free and we will despatch the three sets you have chosen the very same day.

Enjoy choosing the sets you want they will all be wonderful on your next crafting project.


 

Gorgeous Gujurat

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Barely glimpsed by many travellers scurrying between Mumbai (Bombay) and Rajasthan, Gujarat is an easy side-step off the well-beaten tourist trail. While the capital, Ahmedabad, retains some charm amid its chaos, the countryside holds most of this state’s many treasures. Traditional artisans in tribal villages weave, embroider, dye and print some of India’s finest textiles, and pristine parks harbour unique wildlife, including migratory birds, wild asses and the last remaining prides of Asiatic lions. For the spiritually inclined, sacred Jain and Hindu pilgrimage sites sit atop mountains that rise dramatically from vast flatlands and colourful festivals burst with a cornucopia of culture.

With much of India now becoming westernised you will find here an opportunity to see it how it was before technology. However, this area is very much on the up, with the renewed interest of buying heirloom pieces, appreciation of the hand made and the sustainability of products made with naturally and locally grown plants, Gujarat is the place to go for those who have an interest in history and tradition.
Gujarat also claims a special relationship to the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi: he was born here, he ignited the satyagraha movement from here, he made his Salt March here – and his legacy remains a vibrant part of public discourse and private lives.

If you are tempted by this holiday, there are a number of excellent videos on the Gujurat Tourism website. Click on the image below to watch the “Glimpse of Glory” video.

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If you would like to join us in the wonderful region of India, then head over to our website and reserve your place now. We look forward to seeing you.


 

Win £1,000 cash or a trip to India!

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We are regularly adding different block sets to our competition, and we have tracked down this wonderful Indian Elephant Adventure block set, which is now included in the competition. This set comprises seven hand carved blocks in incredible detail and accuracy. The centrepiece is a lovely elephant and all of the other blocks would be perfect for either background, border or highlighting this wonder creature. We have very limited stocks of this set, so if you are interested in it, move quickly as we are sure that the sets will be sold.

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WIN £1,000 or a holiday to India! As always every purchase of a competition set of blocks will get you an entry into our competition to win either £1,000 cash or a trip to India. head over to our competition page to see all of the sets that are currently in our competition.


 

Sharing is Caring

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If you feel that Colouricious has inspired you with new, varied and interesting textile art ideas, please share us with your friends. We can only grow through personal recommendation, and if you were to help “spread the Colouricious love” we would be so grateful. We love to think of all our creative friends around the world holding Colouricious hands!

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Add a hand-made button to your craft project

Stylish Buttons

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Making your own buttons is a perfect way to add beautiful adornments to your craft projects. It is the little final touches that you give your designs that unique feel that make them special. Colouricious can show you a wonderful way of creating these buttons with a clear and easy to follow video. You can watch the video by clicking on it below.

You can watch the video here:

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We hope this has given you inspiration to create some buttons for your next project. We would love to see pictures of any of the items you have made so please feel free to send us any pictures we would love to see them.


 

Our Printing and Patchwork DVD is the ideal accompaniment for any crafting project as we go into detail with Mary Gamester about colours and design and getting the right combinations to give your craft project that really special look. You can purchase this excellent DVD by clicking on the image below.

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Block of the Month

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These blocks are a truly beautiful set of geometric patterns that would look super as a background pattern to complement a big highlight block pattern, or alternatively as a bold design to make a plain material really stand out. the blocks come with a mat as well as two small bottles of fabric paint so you are ready to get started as soon as the set arrives.

If you would like this beautiful set, then head over to our website and place your order.


 

Springtime Sale

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We are running a Springtime sale for some of our lovely wooden block sets. The sets are all reduced in price and are excellent value for money. They also still apply for all our other discounts we offer, so order 4 sets from the sale and get them all delivered to you for FREE!

Take a look at the sets we have on offer and choose your favourite.

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Spiral Set

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Roses and Co.

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Host of Angels

 

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Flowers and Leaf Set

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Feathery Leaves

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Bunny Wonderland


 

Explore Mystical Bhutan

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Follow in the steps of William and Kate, our future King and Queen and join us on a magical trip to Bhutan. This secretive country hides away from the gaze of the general public, permitting very few entry visas each year. You have the chance to explore Bhutan and see the villagers at work practising crafts that have been handed down over the generations.

We first visited Bhutan in 2015 and the trip was such a success that we immediately applied for more visas to return this year. Places are filling up quickly and it is not the type of trip where we will be able to add extra numbers to at the last minute.

If you would like to join us as we travel to Bhutan in September, then visit our website and fill in the booking form to reserve your place. Not only will you have a holiday of a lifetime, but you will also be travelling in the footsteps of royalty!

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Win a trip to India

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If you would like the chance to win a place on one of our Indian holidays or alternatively £1,000 cash, then why not enter the Colouricious Competition. Just go to our competition page and pick a set of blocks that you like and make your purchase. You will be entered into the competition, with one entry for every competition set of blocks you buy. We are adding new sets all the time, so keep an eye on the competition page and get your set to be in with a chance of winning a holiday of a lifetime.


 

Sharing is Caring

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If you feel that Colouricious has inspired you with new, varied and interesting textile art ideas, please share us with your friends. We can only grow through personal recommendation, and if you were to help “spread the Colouricious love” we would be so grateful. We love to think of all our creative friends around the world holding Colouricious hands!

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Experiment with Thread Painting

Experiment with Thread Painting

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Thread Painting is a special way to adorn and embellish you textile craft project. In effect, you are “painting on” images and designs onto your project. There are no set rules, just let your imagination go and “thread paint” away! Just treat your threads as paints and you will have a wonderful time adding that final unique touch to every project you make.

Whilst thread painting may look a challenge, it really isn’t. There are no special skills required and best of all no special sewing machine or any other tools are needed. Set your sewing machine up and get started. We have lots of wonderful videos showing you how to get started with Thread Painting. Go over to our website to watch them to understand more.

Click on the picture below to see all our videos on how to Thread Paint.

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Lucy Garvin from Canada is a talented self-taught artist whose curiosity and passion forsewing, embellishing and anything fabric or fibre related, has led her to explore almost every technique worked with a threaded needle, both hand and machine. Lucy shares her passion for hand and machine embellishment techniques through teaching.

The Colouricious Creative Free Machine Embroidery DVD also has some fantastic ideas to help you learn thread painting and Gina Ferrari is as passionate as Lucy Garvin about this technique. You can buy this DVD by clicking on the image below and you will be taken to learn more about Creative Machine Embroidery. Thread painting is also called Free Motion Stitching and Free Machine Embroidery.

We have cloned a small number of this popular DVD which we have put on sale to coincide with this newsletter. If you are interested in getting one of these videos, then please click on the image below.

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Our carvers in India have been hugely busy in the last few months and we have now received a number of deliveries from them with their work. Our Latest Arrivals section is awash with loads of new beautiful sets of blocks ranging from Celtic designs to beautiful Butterflies. We have also some delightful stencils and some very useful large holdall bags that would be perfect for all of your crafting materials and goodies.

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Mull of Kintyre

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Butterfly Quartet

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Swirl Stencil

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Shoulder Bag – Blue Dabu

We are working frantically to get all of the new stock online and more new stock is arriving every week. It is always worth keeping an eye on our Latest Arrivals page as every new item will always appear here as well as in its normal category.


 

Win with the Colouricious Competition

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As well as getting new stock for our latest arrivals section, we have also been adding new sets of blocks and other items for our fantastic competition for you to win either a trip to India on one of our lovely holidays or £1,000 cash.

You can now choose Henny Penny, a fantastic box cram packed full of lovely wooden blocks, perfect for all sorts of crafting projects.

We have also put together a beautiful Silk Printing kit. We have put everything you will need into this set that will enable to get started in the wonderful craft as soon as you receive the pack.

For the more adventurous of you, we have also put together a mystery box. We will accumulate blocks we have in stock to a value of £75 of our website and they will be in the mystery box for £50!

Whichever box you choose, you will get an entry into the competition and be in with a chance to win this super prize.

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Henny Penny

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Bumper Silk Painting Kit


 

Come with us to Rajasthan

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We are off to Rajasthan at the end of October again this year. It is a really popular trip and everybody that has gone had really enjoyed themselves. The trip includes lots of great sights and accommodation, as well as the world famous Pushkar Camel Fair. We have spoken about this fair in several occasions, so I won’t go into this again, but suffice it to say words really can’t do the fair justice and it has to be seen to be believed.

I think it is fair to say that everybody that goes to Rajasthan has a trip of a lifetime and I think Linda sums the trip up so nicely in the lovely testimonial she sent to us after her trip with us:

“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 ” Linda

If you would like to join us in October in Rajasthan, then head over to our website where you can reserve your place using our online booking form.


 

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Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious