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Block Printing – Colouricious fabric design workshop

Would you and your textile group like to learn how to block print your own fabric? Jamie Malden MA BEd Hons is a textile tutor and has been teaching for over 30 years. Her passion is block printing and teaching. She is happy to travel any where and everywhere to teach groups how to use the Colouricious Wooden Printing Blocks to design unique fabric. These fabrics are wonderful for a wide selection of sewing projects. Look at the image below to be inspired to see what you can make with fabric that you have designed. All the printing blocks have been hand carved in India – have a look at the fascinating history of block printing

You can book a one, two or three day Colouricious block printing workshop.

Day One is learning all about the basics of block printing using pattern theory, composition and layering. All words that seem complicated but are very easy once you know how!

Day Two – you will learn how to combine the art of stencils and block printing accompanied by skills you learnt on day one of layering.

Day Three – takes you another step forward to learn the art of gelli printing – generally as a back ground, which then you will develop your own block printing style.

If this art form excites you, then all you have to do is contact Jamie Malden at colouricious@me.com to book your group 

 

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Patchwork – A beautiful way to make a quilt

Patchwork
It is cool to be square!

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Patchwork is a crafting technique that involves the sewing together of smaller pieces of fabric to make a larger design. It is often used to make quilts with the squares making a lovely pattern.

Our blocks are perfect for making patchwork designs, and if you dye your fabrics beforehand you will be able to create some beautiful unique squares. We have an excellent video showing how you can use our blocks to make a lovely patchwork quilt.

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We also have loads of different pictures of patchwork quilts we have made so why not take a look at them and we hope they give you some inspiration.


 

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Be an Early Bird and catch these beauties. If you love birds, this is the block printing set for you! Click here to see some ideas of what you can design.


 

Let’s go on a Treasure Hunt
Come with us to Northern India

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This is a wonderful, luxury tour of Northern India taking in some amazing sites and places. It is a 15 day trip which starts in Delhi before moving on to Jaipur, Agra, where we will visit the stunning Taj Mahal before moving on the Lucknow and Varanasi before returning to Delhi and then home.

This is a special holiday and one really not to be missed. In addition to the well known places we will be visiting, we will also be taking in lots of other beautiful Villages, Gardens and even Palaces in these 15 days. We have called this trip a Treasure Hunt, but in truth you wont have to search very hard to find the treasures as they will just appear in front of you fay after day.

If this textile holiday is of interest to you then the full itinerary is on our website along with the link to our online booking form. We would love for you to join us.


 

Latest Arrivals
New printing techniques in our shop.

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We have been adding to the stock we have in our shop and have found these lovely Moulding Mats. These rubber mats will enable you to put some super background patterns onto the fabrics you use for crafting which will be perfect to enhance the designs you create.

You can see all of the moulding mats we have as well as all of our other new items in the Latest Arrivals section of our website.


 

Stencils
New styles of stencils

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We have sourced some lovely new stencil designs for you including this lovely Americana Finch. Use the smallest amount of paint when you use these stencils as a little really does go a long way and it will also prolong the life of the stencil if you use a smaller amount of paint.

Check out all the stencils we have available here.


 

Next Quilt Show
Alexandra Palace London UK in October

Knitting Stitching Show

Colouricious has a stand at the London Knitting & Stitching show at Alexandra Palace in October and would love to see any of you that can make it there. I will be demonstrating some new creative fabric backgrounds for block printing, so come and be inspired. The Colouricious stand is Stand G32 and the show runs for 5 days from Wednesday 7th – Sunday 11th October.

Learn all about Decovil

Learn all about Decovil
A new fabric to add to your textile library

Learn all about Decovil
Decovil is tear-resistant, but also dimensionally stable and easy to shape. Furthermore it is resilient, resistant to bending, punchable and the cutting edges stay tight. Thereby the fixed fabrics are good to handle and very stable and durable. Ideally suited for the creation of hats, belts, bags and small fabric bowls, but also, for interior decoration.
Textile artist, Kim Thittichai loves to use this material for lots of her different experimental textile projects. There are a number of videos showing Kim at work with Decovil on our website and you can view some of them by clicking on the video below.

Decovil Video

If you are interested in trying Decovil in your next textile project, then you can purchase it here. We don’t actually sell this material but our good friends at Nid Noi offer an excellent online service.
You can learn more about Bondaweb with Kim Thittichai who teaches you some wonderful quick and easy projects

Creative Bondaweb

On this DVD Kim will show you how to use Bondaweb to make some beautiful craft projects.

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Textile Workshops

If you have an evening free, and you fancy a whole dose of textile inspiration, then check out the Colouricious Channel on You Tube. Watch the playlist of 18 free online videos of Kim teaching textiles.
Check out the wonderful selection of textile workshops that you can book with Kim Thittichai


Latest Arrivals
Lots of new stock on the website!

New Picture

 

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We have just received our latest batch of blocks from our craftsmen in India and there are loads of wonderful designs that we are show pleased to be able to show you. There is a distinctly autumn feel about the new sets of blocks with lots about woodland walks and trees and leaves. They will look beautiful on all sorts of crafting projects from cards to wrapping paper, from clothing to place mats. I am sure you will be able to find the perfect project for these beautiful blocks.
You can see all of our Latest Arrivals by visiting our website.


Stencils
We have some new stencils available

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The stencils selection has proved to be very popular since we launched them. There are stencils designed by several of the leaders in the industry including Claudine Hellmuth, Tim Holtz, Dina Wakley and Dyan Reaveley. The stencils are an ideal way to get your creative juices flowing and enable you to get the beginning of an idea fro your next project and let you expand on it in your own creative way. They are cost effective and a wonderful way to test out some creative textile ideas that you have simmering in your head.
Take a look at all of our stencils here and see which designs take your fancy


Colouricious Competition

is closing very soon! The winners will be contacted by phone on Monday 7th September. All you have to do is purchase a set of wooden printing blocks from our competition category and your name will go into a lucky dip hat!

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Quick – enter now as you gotta be in it to win it!


Colouricious Textile Holidays
Come & explore the embroidery & quilts of Gujurat India

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We have recently opened up booking for our newest holiday to a brand new destination for us. In October 2016, we will be off to Gujurat for 14 days. We will be exploring the region visiting lots of exciting places, and seeing and feeling the culture and crafts of the region. It will be a wonderful trip and I would love it if you could join us. You can read all about the trip, the itinerary and timings on our website. If you are interested, click on the booking form and you can reserve your place online.

If October 2016 is a bit too long for you to wait to go on one of our fantastic trips, we do have limited availability now on our trips to Jaipur and Rajasthan this year and on our trip to Kerala in January 2016. If these trips are of interest to you, then go straight to our website and grab one of the remaining places. I am passionate about these trips as they gave me so much of my inspiration for what I do now, and I would love for you to feel and experience the magic of this fabulous country.


 

Quilt Shows
The NEC was so much fun! Thank you!

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The Festival of Quilts at the NEC was so much fun, and I really appreciate all the Colouricious Club members who found to time to track me down and say hello. It was so good to see you all and I hope you enjoyed the show as much as I did. We had such a good laugh with the secret password that gave you 10% there and then!

There is a short break before the next show which is at Alexandra Palace in London on 7th – 11th October. The Knitting Stitching Show is a very popular exhibition and I will have news about my stand number and where you can find me in future newsletters. This stitch event is five days long and is in North London. If you have never been to such an event I would encourage you to come as it is the “must do” textile event in London. Colouricious will be launching new blocks that are not online and the new fabulous technique of Rollergraph creative fabric design, which I will be demonstrating. Please treat yourself to a wonderful few days of textile indulgence!


 

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious
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Recycle and Reuse

Recycle and Reuse
Getting the most out of all your old scrappy fabrics

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We generally think of recycling as being a new idea and strategy for crafting, but in fact recycling has been a common practice for most of human history, with recorded advocates as far back as Plato in 400 BC. During periods when resources were scarce, archaeological studies of ancient waste dumps show less household waste (such as ash, broken tools and pottery) implying more waste was being recycled in the absence of new material.

Back to the modern day, Colouricious has loads of ideas on how to recycle your old fabrics and materials to make something new and exciting. Take a look at the Recycling page of our website to see some super videos to give you some ideas.

Recycle Video

If watching the videos has given you a few ideas about how to recycle materials, then you may want to take a look at our Recycled Reborn DVD which is full of ideas of how to get the most out of old items that you would have previously just thrown away.

Inspired Recycled Reborn


 

Automatic Discounts
The very best deals available

Discounts

We are always trying to set up the very best deals for our Colouricious Club members, so from the start of this month we have introduced some automatic discounts that you will be given if your order reaches a certain value. We have kept the free postage anywhere in the world in place but now there needs to be 4 products in the basket to qualify. However, on top of this, you will get a percentage saving on your order if you spend certain amounts of money. These are fantastic deals and we hope you like them all.

Please note you cannot use any other discount codes with these offers as they will negate the automatic discount you will be entitled to. Basically, you can only have this coding from now on, not mix two !


Come with us to India
Join us on a trip of a lifetime

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I love going on our textile holidays to India and Vietnam, but I also enjoy getting home which is when I start to receive the emails and letters from the crafters who joined us telling me how much they enjoyed themselves. They all have their own reason for booking the trip but they always remind me how much they love the sights and sounds and the experiences that got to see and enjoy.

One happy husband – Peter

” Dear Jamie, I should just like to thank you for making Lesleys’ trip to Jaipur so memorable. She was a little nervous before she set off, going that far away from home, but your arrangements and organisation were excellent. I understand that the itinerary was varied and very enjoyable and she just loved the Tuk-Tuk experience when traveling around. Coming home with so much fabric and unique printing stamps etc, took a long time to unpack, with a full explanation of each given to me as it came out of her case! I just know that she will want to repeat the trip someday! With many thanks again “

We have a number of people who have been with us on many different trips, but the majority of the people have taken the plunge and booked to go on their first trip. If you have never been with us before or on any type of textile or crafting holiday then I would encourage you to make the decision and give it a go, I just know you will not be disappointed.

Watch this video to meet some of our wonderful guests …

Holiday Video


Latest Arrivals

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We have some beautiful woodland block sets in the Latest Arrivals section of our website. They have a lovely mixture of birds and leaves and will be delightful to highlight and give accent to any crafting project.

You can see all of our Latest Arrivals here and if you like this lovely set it is called Woodland Plumage and you can purchase it here.

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Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious
PS We have a favour to ask of you ……
when you watch one of our you tube videos actually on the you tube site, and you have enjoyed it, please can you click on the thumbs up! Thank you!

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Be creative with your blocks

Be Creative with your blocks
There is no limit to how you can use them!

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At Colouricious we are always on the look out for different ways to use wooden printing blocks for crafting. We have shown you in the past how to use them with special friendly plastics and we have now realised that our blocks will be perfect for block printing in clay to make beautifully designed pots and any other clay based projects. Just press the block firmly into the clay making sure it is well supported at the time and you will get the imprint clearly shown in the clay ready for it to be glazed and fired. It is a really simple thing to do, and if you make pots and boxes from clay, a perfect way to decorate them. Yet another fantastic use for our wonderful wooden printing blocks!

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Look how beautifully you can glaze your pottery by simply gently pressing your wooden printing blocks into your clay!

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Discounts

We are constantly striving to reach a wider audience and give you a better deal. We think we have come up with the perfect discount package for you which also suits us too. For the month of August, we are giving you all wonderful package deals to help you buy what you “need” at the best possible prices. We all love getting discounts so do take advantage – no need to add any codes, the discount is automatically taken away for you. Please help us by telling one person about the Colouricious newsletter too, as that is how you can help us grow. Thank you.


 

Win a place on a trip to India
Enter our wonderful competition to win

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The closing date is fast approaching!
We are still running our competition to win a place with us on one of our trips to India. To enter, just visit our website and purchase one of our competition set of blocks. Not only will you get the blocks to use for your next crafting project, but you will be entered into the competition. The more sets of blocks you buy the more entries and chances you have to win. It is a fantastic competition as the trips will be something that you will talk about and remember forever.

Don’t miss out, this is a competition of a lifetime!


 

Special Offers
Check out the great deals

Special Offers

We have some great special offers running at the moment and try and update this page as often as we can. If you are looking for a deal, then this is the page to come to!

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For the budding actors and actresses amongst us, we have these beautiful Theatrical Variety wooden blocks on sale at the moment. They would make lovely congratulation or good luck cards for anybody who treads the boards, and would really show you care about the person you gave it to.

If you like this set of blocks then you can purchase them for only £25 by clicking on the buy button below.

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Textile Holidays
There are still some places available on trips to Vietnam, Jaipur and Rajasthan

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Our wonderful holidays are filling up fast, but if you are still undecided, we have a few places available on our trips to Vietnam, Jaipur and Rajasthan.

Colouricious Textile Holidays are perfect for you if you just love stitch, embroidery, block printing, quilting and textile art. We specialise in really unique holidays that go off the normal tourist route and onto the off the beaten track. We love to explore rural villages, traditional textile techniques which honour the ethnic culture of each country that we visit. Always looking out for colour, culture, patterns and people, you will discover India presents a feast for the senses. On our textile trips, we really want to find the real event with the real people by taking you places that you did not even know existed. Some of our textile holidays are aimed at those who like a little more comfort – such as in Jaipur, we stay for the whole holiday in one hotel and take little day trips out from that one base. However, some of our textile trips are more intrepid – we have our own coach which travels around a specific area – such as the embroidery holidays – moving onto the next attraction each day. Whatever you love to do and see, you will be delighted at our magnificent little daily adventures together. So if you need a holiday that is for you, featuring visits to what you love, then our Colouricious Textile Holidays are designed for you! Come, enjoy and make new friends too. With a friend, a partner, a family member, or by yourself – we are all together having the time of our lives.

Click on the image below to watch our video.

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Festival of Quilts
See you at the NEC

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As you read this newsletter, we will be busy packing everything up ready to get on the road to be at the Festival of Quilts which starts on Thursday. I really love this exhibition as it is very popular and everybody that attends seems to be so passionate about quilting and crafting in general.

If you are going to come along this year, I am on stand F40 and I would love to see as many Colouricious Club members as possible. It really thrills me to meet up with you all and I love that you take the time to come and say hello.(say, ” Your hair looks lovely to day” and wink at the same time, and you will get 10% instant discount off your purchases that day!!!

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious
PS We have a favour to ask of you ……
when you watch one of our you tube videos actually on the you tube site, and you have enjoyed it, please can you click on the thumbs up! Thank you!

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