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Make Bank Holiday Monday a Block Printing Day

Make Bank Holiday Monday a Block Printing Day

Next Monday is a holiday for us in the UK, so why not get yourself prepared and clear the decks to make Bank Holiday Monday a Block Printing Craft Day. We have loads of fantastic sets of wooden blocks you can purchase and hundreds of wonderful videos to inspire you and get the creative juices flowing. Just get yourself prepared, organise a space you can work in and spend the rest of the week planning what you want to make, get your orders in nice and early with us so we can make sure everything arrives in time, and then you are all ready for the big day!

Don’t forget that we have two fantastic sales on at the moment. You can choose sets from our Celtic Celebration offer where you get one set of blocks free if you purchase two sets; or our May Day Special where you can put together a combination of blocks and paints and get a stencil and some printing mats for free. The May Day Special would be perfect for Block Printing Craft Day as it really is an offer to get you up and running as soon as the set arrives. All you need is some space and an idea!

Whatever you choose to do, have fun on the day and enjoy your block printing.

PS. Regular visitors will notice a couple of changes are being made to our website, as we tweak the way we present our navigation and try to make it easier for visitors to find the products they are looking for. As always, we are interested in your thoughts, so please feel free to contact us to let us know what you think and if you have any suggestions.

PPS. Some of you will know that we have been copying the DVDs that have been out of stock for people who wanted them. We have now been able to configure an option where you can now download these DVDs. If you are interested in any of the older DVDs that used to be available like the Talking Threads series, then head over to our DVD & Downloads page where you will be able to order and download them all.

World Textiles at your finger tips

Here in the UK we are lucky enough to have a fabulous modern magazine called Today’s Quilter. In Issue 9 which has just come out, there is a free colour supplement called World Textiles where the journalist Jane Rae has researched and presented a discovery of stunning fabric around the globe. And guess what … on page 21 there is an article about our Colouricious Block Printing Holidays explaining the back ground to Colouricious Block Printing. Meet the experts and appreciate the traditional skills of block making. The joy of the 21st technology is that you have a choice of either buying a copy of this fabulous magazine across the UK or you can subscribe to Today’s Quilter magazine on line. Either way is is well worth a read as you will learn so much about textiles around the world.

Win £1,000 or a trip to India


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.

Holidays filling up quickly

Colouricious Holidays

Last week we announced that two new holidays had been organised. As we expected both the second trip to Japan in May 2017 and the March 2017 trip to Jaipur have proved to be extremely popular, and places are quickly filling up. If you are thinking about joining us on either of these trips then it will be important that you get your reservation in with us as soon as you can. We still have places available for both trips, but we are strictly limited on numbers (especially for the Arts of Japan tour), and we would hate for you to miss out. If you do decide you want to come with us, then head over to the holiday reservation page, fill in the form and send it over to us. We look forward to seeing you.

Our paint comes in all sizes and colours


The sets of fabric paint we sell prove to be very popular as they give you a nice taster of a range of colours to use for your craft projects.However, many of our more prolific crafters prefer the opportunity to buy bigger quantities of specific colours and they look to our larger 200ml bottles to meet their requirements.

We carry a range of approximately 50 different colours in the larger bottles, so you can build up a wonderful palette of colours to use for your crafting projects. From Baby Blue to Bengali Rose, from Fluorescent Red to Golden Yellow, I am sure there will be a colour that is exactly what you are looking for.

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

Gelli Plates

Gelli Plates

We have taken delivery of some new sizes of Gelli Plates including the large 12″ x 14″ and the 8″ round. We also added some very interesting edge printing tools as well. they come in a set of three with either a square or rounded edge. Take a look at the video below to see the exciting and intricate designs you can create using them.
Be inspired by the following video on how to use gelli combs …

Gelli Tool Video



Silk Painting

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

Gelli Plates

Gelli Plates

Quilt Shows
I have just got back from the Malvern Quilt show. It was a great success and I really enjoyed meeting so many Colouricious Club members. It was great to see you all and share crafting tips and ideas. My next show will be the big Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham. This show is in August so I will be telling you more about it a bit closer to the time.

In the meantime though…

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden

Experiment with dyeing fabrics

Experiment with dyeing fabrics


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.

Bandhani Video

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.

Dyeing Video 2

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.

Subscribe to our You Tube Channel

We are back in Paint!

Fabric Paints - Delicious Set   scrumptious-fabric-paint-painting-300x300

Fabric paints for block printing   Metallic-fabric-textile-paints


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

May Special
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:



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


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


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


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.





Silk Painting

Colouricious Gift Voucher

Gift Vouchers


Gelli Plates


Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden

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.

Mull of Kintyre - 32

Mull of Kintyre

Lindesfarne Blocks

Iona Blocks


Celtic Tree of Life

Celtic Knot - 32

Celtic Knot Designs

Celtic Fish Designs - 32
Celtic Fish Designs

Avalon Celtic Designs

Avalon Celtic Designs

Celtic Dragon - 18
Celtic Dragon

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


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.

gujurat video

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!


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.

Indian Elephant Adventure

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


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

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