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Air Dry Clay using Wooden Printing Blocks

Air Dry Clay using Wooden Printing Blocks

Air Dry Clay makes wonderful embellishments if impressed with wooden printing blocks, simply roll out the clay into small circles, press the wooden printing block into the wet clay to create a design. Leave over night to dry and then you can finish off the embellishment with paints of your choice.


If you are looking to buy some air dry clay go to Colour Craft who have an online shop where you can buy this product

See our full range of Colouricious Wooden Printing Blocks

Great British Sewing Bee – Block Printing Patterned Fabric

The Great British Sewing Bee

The Great British Sewing Bee – Series 2 Episode 2 – Check out the BBC’s programme – Sewing Bee – as this week they profile block printing fabric and some history on block printing china – so wonderful to see this. We loved it.

Block Printing

Have a go at block printing your own fabric with Colouricious wooden printing blocks

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We are so thrilled that the BBC have presented an article about block printing. It is important to know some of the history of textiles and the fact that the Great British Sewing Bee have featured block printing in their programme is fabulous – when you go to India, you see how important this particular textile technique is to their economy. Also to the lives and welfare of the carpenters and printers. Block printing is still very much alive today. You can see this block printing industry alive today on our Colouricious Textile Holidays


Discover the Secrets of Bangladesh’s Colourful Embroidery Heritage

London ~ Dhaka ~ Jessore ~ Rajshahi ~ Tangail ~ Dhaka ~ London

Come with Colouricious to discover the beauty of kantha stitch embroidery and the rich textile history as we travel through the central regions of Bangladesh. 



Our journey beings in London, from where we will fly to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.  On arrival we shall meet our representative and transfer to the hotel for check-in. After a bite to eat, its on to explore the capital. As the largest city in Bangladesh, Dhaka has a lot to offer. Ahsan Manzil, aka the Pink Palace is British Raj-ear building, dating from 1872. This stunning residential palace is situated along the banks of the Buriganga River. Dhaka is also known as the City of Mosques and boasts some of the most beautiful mosques in all of Asia, some of which were built in the Mughal era. The star mosque is decorated all over with intricate mosaic designs, and the Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosque has beautiful domed architecture. If we have time we will visit Shankharia bazar – a place full of colour, incense and beautiful carvings, the real hustle and bustle of an market. The next morning we will drive to Ruposhi, a village producing Jamdani (one of the finest muslin textiles produced in Bengal) and visit the weaving factory. In the afternoon we will visit Mirpur Benaroshi sharee village.


On the third day we shall take a morning flight from Dhaka to the district of Jessore. Here we will visit a village called Jhikargacha, which is known for its production of Nakshi Kantha, a type of embroidered quilt. Time permitting in the afternoon we will stopover at Baste Shekha NOG to see the women’s embroidery and hand stitching.

To reach Rajshahi, the next destination on this trip, we shall travel overland from Jessore. On the way is the village of Khdalajapur, where we shall stop to see anarashi (pineapple) stitching. It will take around 5 hours to reach the city of Rajshahi. This calm in inviting city is the historical and commercial hub of the silk trade. Here we will look at the process of silk production and weaving, from beginning to end. That night we will dine and sleep at the Parjatan Motel.

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After breakfast we will tour through the Nawabganj district visiting various Nakshi Kantha villages. This ancient folk art of embroidery and quilting differs hugely from district to district, and even between villages. Techniques vary from the indigenous running stitch (nakshi kantha and par tola kantha) to lohori kantha, cross-stitch, to sjuni kantha, just to name a few. We will also take part in a workshop to learn to art of this form of stitching and motif design.

bangladesh-dying-factoryThe sixth day takes us on a four-hour journey to reach Tangail. On the way we will stop at Sirajganj to see the Lungi & Gamcha factory (native clothing). Once in Tangail we will go see the block printers of Nolshodaha. That night we shall stay at the Jamuna Resort in Tangail.

bangladesh-fruit-dhakaOn the morning of the penultimate day, we will visit the villages of Ubinig and Nolshodha. Here Mr. Kartik shall show us his studio in which he will demonstrate Jaggard weaving and the natural dyeing procedure, with the option of taking part in a workshop. You will also be able to purchase some native saree and lungi here. The afternoon drive to Dhaka should take around 4 hours. Here we shall check in to our hotel and have our final dinner in Bangladesh, ready to leave the following day.

If you are interested in this holiday, please do not hesitate to contact us, either by visiting our website or commenting below.

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Dyeing Workshop with Julia Phillips

Dyeing Techniques with textile artist Julia Phillips


Dyeing fabric can be done in many different ways, using different techniques and tricks! This is what you will learn with Julia Phillips. Using fabric dye and the material of your choice, you are able to create a beautiful final outcome that can be transformed and developed into any item of clothing, accessory or quilt.

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Who is Julia Phillips?

Julia Phillips is a passionate and creative fabric dyer who utilises different techniques such as space-dyeing, ice-cube dyeing, shibori and indigo. After completing her City and Guilds Level 2 Textile Decoration course, she has continued to experiment and has now teamed up with Colouricious to produce some fabulous artwork.

What will you being doing?

There are 6 different workshops for you be inspired by.


1. Colour 1 – You will learn dry powder dyeing and low water immersion dyeing in plastic bags.

2. Colour 2 – You will learn two fabric-manipulation techniques – space dyeing in a tray and thin dye-painting on wet/dry fabric.

3. Texture – On this course you will learn how to use thickened dye and dyed ice-cube painting.

4. Shibori Stitching and Indigo Vat – Here you’ll learn the resist techniques of stitching, clamping and pole winding, and also using indigo vat.

5. Batik – You will learn how to explore shapes and lines using different resist techniques (flour paste, masking tape, pipettes etc), and also  deep water immersion dyeing.

6. Layering Techniques – Taught together with Jamie, this combines several techniques such as block printing, decolourant, and over dyeing.

How to Sign Up?

Dates for these courses have not been finalised, but they will take place sometime this summer. If you have any questions or would like further information, please check Julia’s website or the Colouricious website

Alternatively, you can contact us via the box below.

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