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Ribbon Embroidery Designs & Stitches on block printing

Ribbon Embroidery Designs & Stitches – Marilyn Pipe

Ribbon embroidery and other designs can really spruce up your work. Embroidered fabric alone looks savvy and beautiful but adding a bit of ribbon can really bring out more colour and levels to your design. By adding ribbon, the design becomes more unique. It adds dimensions especially looking at it from a side-on perspective. In the example above, you can see how the ribbon-made rose adds a 3D effect to the design. It also makes the embroidery look sophisticated and special. You can really make it your own with the little details.

Marilyn Pipe really shows how the little details can bring a design to life. The white compliments the stitching and flower design. The contrast between the colours against the background fabric makes the design look vibrant. You can try this yourself on a number of things. Why not try to creating the rose effect on a pair of gloves?

The stitching really creates the overall design. You can do anything from flowers to music notes to a city skyline. The possibilities are endless. What we love about this particular design is how fresh and complicated it looks while still being very achievable.

Want more inspiration on ribbon embroidery? Read more here!


Arts & Crafts Recycled Textiles Download

Arts & Crafts Recycled Textiles Download

Running Time:   74 minutes

Featured Artist:   Jamie Malden

Improve your sewing crafts and techniques with these easy projects using recycled clothing and recycled textiles

Textile recycling- sewing projects and craft ideas


Creative projects using Recycled Textiles

Recycling textiles is easy and fun! Do you have an old shirt or blouse you can not bear to throw away? Stop and learn at your own pace some brilliant and unusual sources to recycle from. This textile art DVD explores recycled craft ideas with everything from laddered tights, even worn dishcloths to used teabags.

You will meet textile artist Marilyn Pipe, and learn from her how to use techniques like block printing, free machining, dyeing and using an embellishing machine to transform materials into great, recycled mixed media crafts. Great ideas for how to create your own fabric from old clothes and make beads, bags, laptop bags, coasters, cushion covers, cards and more from something you would have thrown in the bin.

Chapter 1 – A simple textile project for recycling clothes

If you have a craft idea but need textiles, recycling is the answer! Discover a variety of creative ways to make a cushion, laptop case or even make your own beads by recycling clothes.

Chapter 2 – Textile design with recycled fabric paint

Nothing gets wasted! Make a serendipity cloth while you clean up your fabric paint and create your own fabric ready for more craft projects.

Chapter 3 – Textile recycling with an embellishing machine

Do you have a woollen jumper shrunk in the wash? Learn how to use an embellishing machine with a wool jumper to create wonderful cushion covers and felt flowers to decorate your crafts with.

Craft Ideas – Felt Flowers – Felt Flower Tutorial

Chapter 4 – Surprising and easy recycled crafts

A simple textile recycling technique with a twist! You can create recycled crafts like these beautiful bowls or coasters using tights you would have thrown away.

Chapter 5 – Recycling crafts – new sewing projects from old dishcloths

Add texture to your textile art by recycling old dishcloths. You will create colourful and vibrant textile design from dull old dishcloths with this arts and crafts project.

Sewing hand embroidery designs & stitches with ribbon with Marilyn Pipe

Chapter 6 – Crafts from recycled materials

A great idea for sewing crafts after christmas or birthdays with all those wasted sweet wrappers! Marilyn Pipe shows you how to make fun, colourful invitations and cards, and shows you how to use this lesson to make more crafts from recycled materials.

Chapter 7 – Recycled remnants – the no-sewing bag

There is no sewing in this project so ideal crafts for kids! Make use of all your recycled remnants from past craft projects, and learn to make a beautiful bag.

Chapter 8 – Textile recycling with teabags

Design your own fabric using teabags! Easy textile recycling ideas with bondaweb to embellish and enhance teabags for a stylish tea cosy project.

Chapter 9 – Transform textile remnants to design your own cards

Learn to mix textile techniques for your own card designs. A brilliant textile recycling technique to use up old scraps, plastic fruit netting and even thread ends.

Chapter 10 – Creative textile recycling – making new fabric

A quick sewing technique to save your waste textiles. An easy craft project to make your own textile design for anything from wash bags to book covers.


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Make your own Fabric Flowers

Make your own Fabric Flowers
Get some floral inspiration!

Fabric Flowers

Making your own flowers are the perfect way to show off your creative skills and at Colouricious we have several videos to show you exactly how you can make lots of different types of flowers using felt, ribbon, paper as well as recycled fabrics and cloth. We of course suggest you use your block printed fabric, but of course you can recycle any fabric that you have lying around that you wish to put to good use. Enjoy watching our videos to see how we take you step by step through the whole process. Please note that we do not stock the Clover tools used to make these – they are found in many haberdashery outlets.

Fabric Flower Video

I am sure you will be able to make some wonderful creations.

If you are interested in creating felt flowers, then you will find a tutorial to show you exactly how to make them and many more on our Recycled Reborn DVD.

Inspired Recycled Reborn



Block Printing Workshop in Sheffield – on Tuesday 16th June 2015 , I will be teaching a block printing workshop Ringinglow Road Sheffield S11 7PP. If you would like to join in this group, please email Pip Hall as they do have a few spare places. I will be teaching pattern theory in the morning and layering in the afternoon. All material provided. Just bring an apron and your lunch!

Embroidery Designs Palace Patterns

Embroidery Designs Palace Patterns
this block printing kit contains everything you need to block print your own embroidery designs. You have the beautiful palace patterns that I designed from photos taken on our Colouricious Holidays. You also receive a foam mat to place under your fabric and some black and white paint to print with. All you embroiders will simply adore the creative potential of this set.

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Peacock Set

Orissa peacock set
this block printing kit also contains fabric paints, foam mat and sponges for you to get started on a block printing project. The rainbow set of fabric paints here will mean you can make up your own colours. This kit lends itself beautifully to pattern theory, layering and mixed media. Block print a whole piece quilt, patchwork piecing, embroidery spring to mind but I know you will have your own ideas.

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block-printing-wood-stampsSpring into Spring with this adorable Daisy Bunny set of wooden printing blocks. This set is only £25 and is suitable for all ages. Set aside some time with some youngster and teach them how to block print their own papers and fabrics. Start their creative journey today!

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The Colouricious Competition
Win a trip to India!


Our fantastic competition will let one person have the trip of their dreams to India with us either to Rajasthan, Jaipur or South India. In addition, we have runners up prizes of all our DVDs and a set of our beautiful fabric paints. Every entry will also get a free invitation to a block printing workshop in Amersham, so everyone will be a winner! Not only do you get a wonderful set of blocks, but you will also get another wonderful prize which could be the trip of a lifetime. Get over to our website now to enter the competition.
FREE BLOCK PRINTING WORKSHOP – part of the benefit of entering this competition is that you qualify for a free workshop, subject to availability. Simply choose which block printing workshop you would like to come from the list on our website – then phone us to book your free place. Our telephone number is 01494 721 471. You can of course combine your free day with any other course too. Please beware that spaces are limited so you might be best to phone us first to check your first choice is available.
Anyone who has been on a Colouricious holiday or has already booked for a future Colouricious Holiday is invited too to attend any of my textile workshops in Amersham, for free! Please email me the date you wish to come – no need to book yourself online. Would be great to see you.

Buy your Blocks and enter the Competition here

Let’s create together
Come to our block printing workshops

Block Printing Workshop

Our workshops both teach and inspire you to get the most out of your creative skills. We all work and learn together in a friendly atmosphere in my home in Amersham, sharing ideas and techniques that will hopefully make you better crafters with the motivation to take on exciting new projects.

Take a look at the workshops we have on our website and choose the workshop for you. We would love to see you there.

Book your Workshop here

Beautiful Stencils
Stencils and Block Printing go perfectly together


We have stencils on the Colouricious website from many of the very best stencil designers and they all work perfectly either used on their own on fabric or paper, or in conjunction with your favourite block printed design to make unique designs ready for crafting. Take a look at the stencils we have on offer here.

Take a look at our Stencils here

Textile Holidays
Travel to India with Colouricious

colouricious textile holidays

We have places still available on our trips to Rajasthan, Jaipur and Vietnam at the end of this year as well as our visit to the Houston Quilt Festival in October. These trips are special as they take you to some amazing places where you can see and experience some wonderful sights and sounds. They will definitely give you memories to last a lifetime.

If you are still deciding whether a Colouricious Textile Holiday is for you, then I urge you to take the plunge and reserve your place. On every trip I have people telling me how much they have enjoyed themselves and how pleased they were that they decided to go.

From Katy … “Despite having always wished to visit India, nothing really prepared me for the wonderful experience of the Colouricious Orissan tribal textile tour. The tour exceeded my expectations in every possible way, India is a true assault on all senses, the scent, taste, sights and sounds were all more vivid than you could hope to imagine, it was a truly life changing adventure. We met some amazing and talented artists, were generously welcomed into homes and extremely privileged to experience tribal crafts in a fantastic landscape and in circumstances that few Westerners will ever experience.”

Take a look at our website and decide which trip is for you.


Choose and Book your Textile Holiday here
Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden

Textile Technique

Textile Technique


Here are all the different textile  technique: batik, appliqué, quilting ,stencilling,block printing,transfer printing ,pleating ,cross stitch,knitting ,felting,burning felt, decoupage ,braiding,string and fabrick workshop,manipulating fabric 


Textile technique inspiration – slashing

Textile Techniques with Textile Artist – Margaret Beal  

Creative textiles-textile crafts with ribbon

Textile Art Techniques – Suffolk Puffs 

Machine Embroidery – Machine Wrapped Cord 

See Colouricious Textile Techniques DVD to get more textile inspiration

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