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Experiment with Thread Painting

Experiment with Thread Painting


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.


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.

Creative Free Machine Embroidery



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.

Mull of Kintyre - 32

Mull of Kintyre


Butterfly Quartet


Swirl Stencil


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


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.

Henny Penny - 50

Henny Penny

Competition Silk Paint - 50

Bumper Silk Painting Kit


Come with us to Rajasthan

Rajasthan Video

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.




Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden

Surface Decoration Techniques

Surface Decoration Techniques

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Getting an appealing decoration to the surface of the fabrics that you use in your craft project will really make it stand out. There are lots of different ways to get a decorative pattern. You can use our wonderful wooden blocks to create a unique pattern, or perhaps you could try just painting directly onto the fabric, or maybe blend and merge fabrics to create your decoration.

Click on the picture below to see Marilyn Pipe use Lutradur to create a unique surface decoration.

Surface Design Video

Colouricious has lots of very creative ideas when it comes to surface design and embellishments We have a wonderful double set of embellishing videos fwhich shows you how to use techniques that you will be able to master to bring your projects to life every time. The DVDs are on sale as a double pack for £9 which is just like buying one DVD and getting the second free.

Click on the videos below to be taken to our website.


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Our carvers have been very busy over the last few months creating new designs and styles that we have commissioned. The first blocks are ready and we are delighted to have them up on our website now ready for you to buy.

Avalon Celtic Designs

Avalon Celtic Designs

Intricate designs that would look perfect as a highlight or background design.

Order this set here

Iona Blocks


Iona Blocks

The Scottish Islands are deeply linked with Celtic history and design and these blocks would not look out of place on the lovely island.

Order this set here


Jura Blocks

Jura Blocks

A beautiful set of Celtic designs. Block carvings that would create lovely bold colours and designs.

Order this set here


Lindesfarne Blocks

Lindesfarne Blocks

This island off the North East coast of England has relics and artefacts that are deeply linked to Celtic folklore. These blocks are lovely examples of these designs and styles.

Order this set here


These are lovely sets and we are really proud and excited to have them in stock. We also have a couple of gorgeous heart designs; a Love Knot and a Celtic Heart as well, so I am sure you will find something that will be perfect for your next project.


Colouricious Holidays

Colouricious Holidays

We are constantly adding to the wonderful holidays that Colouricious are planning. Our holidays are very popular and the people who join us are always keen to let us know how much they have enjoyed their trip with us. Many also book to go with us on other trips as they expand their horizons of where to travel to.

We have a spectacular trip organised to Gujarat in October this year. In this 13 day trip you will get to explore the Gujarati region of India taking in sights and sounds as well as visiting workshops and seeing how the villagers design and create their beautiful textiles.

The region of Gujarat is also the home of the world famous Kite Festival of Uttarayan. Made famous in books such as The Kite Runner, The Kite Festival is a uniquely Gujarati phenomenon, when the skies over most cities of the state fill with kites from before dawn until well after dark. The festival marks the days in the Hindu calendar when winter begins turning to summer, known as Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan. On what is usually a bright warm sunny day with brisk breezes to lift the kites aloft, across the state almost all normal activity is shut down and everyone takes to the rooftops and roadways to fly kites and compete with their neighbors. We will be able to see the start of the Kite production in the streets of Ahmedabad.

If you would like to join us on this fantastic trip, then head over to our website and reserve your place.

Textile Tour of Gujarat

***** STOP PRESS *****

We have one remaining space left on our trip to Kashmir in July this year. It is sharing in a twin room, so if you would like to grab the last space on what will be a spectacular trip where you will literally be able to see the top of the word, then go to our website and reserve the last spot. This really will be first come first served as there are no spaces left once this one has been taken.

Competition Time


We have only just launched our competition, but we have already had a number of entries from people who are keen to either win a trip to India or £1,000 cash. To enter the competition, all you have to do is purchase a set of our Competition blocks and you will get a free entry into the draw. We are adding new sets to the competition all the time, so keep your eye on our Competition Page and buy the set you like the most.

The draw will take place on Saturday 13th August at The Festival of Quilts.

Remember – You have to be in it to win it!




Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden

It’s Competition Time!

It’s Competition Time!

We have been planning for a couple of weeks, speaking to our carvers in India and waiting for our delivery, but the blocks have arrived and we are delighted to be able to announce the 2016 Colouricious Competition. We have several little competitions throughout the year, but this is the big one that went down so well last year. We have also tweaked the big prize this year so the winner has a choice of either a place on one of our block printing holidays in Jaipur India or £1,000 in cash! You have the choice of prizes.


As last year, all you have to do is to purchase any of the competition sets of beautiful wooden blocks that are part of the competition. The purchase of each set will get you a free entry into the draw for this wonderful prize. The more competition sets you purchase, the more chances you have of winning the prize.

Head over to our website to see the lovely sets to choose from, I am sure there will be at least one that catches your eye. Enter for yourself our you could enter for a friend – simply add their name and address into the shipping address and they will automatically get a free entry too! If you have already book either of the two holidays on offer, you will of course get a full refund of your holiday price.

Please email me if you have any queries about this competition – wishing you luck – remember Anny above proves anyone can win!

Win a Textile Holiday to India

Win a Colouricious Textile Holiday to India

We are very excited to invite you to win a holiday to India. So often, when we are out at quilt shows or teaching at workshops, we hear you say “how I wish I could go to India”, or “this is my dream holiday, but I cannot afford it”. Well now we are offering you a quick, easy and simple way of winning your perfect holiday. All you have to do is purchase one or more competition sets of wooden printing blocks and your name will be entered into our prize draw. There are many other prizes too. Read more details on how to enter. For every set you buy you get another entry. If you send us photos of what you print, we will enter you in again! So you can increase your chances of coming on a choice of three holidays. If you have already booked on any of the winning holidays and you happen to win, then you will get a full refund of payments made! The holiday starts from Heathrow London, UK.

Read the full details of this Colouricious Competition

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The Talking Threads DVDs from Colouricious offer you some wonderful ideas for your next craft project and having the DVD will make it easy for you to replay and check back on certain points to make sure you fully understand what you need to do. We have a offer running at the moment where you can get both Talking Threads DVDs for a special price of only £11.00

Click on the videos below to be taken to our website.


Textile Holidays

Our textile holidays are becoming more and more popular and we are pretty much at full occupancy for the next two trips. You can see all of the textile holidays we have planned for 2015 here and we regularly update each holiday with details of the number of spaces available. Check the holiday you are interested and act quickly if you want one of the remaining places.

We currently have one place left on our incredible trip to Bhutan in September this year. It is the first time we have ever visited this secretive country and as they strictly control the number of visitors they allow each year, this really will be trip of a lifetime.

click the picture below to see read about the trip and to download the booking form.



Check out the other Textile Holidays we have to offer you.

Colouricious Holidays




If you are looking for a unique birthday present or maybe a gift for Mothers Day, then you should really take a look at the gift page on our website. We have made lots of wonderful things that would make a perfect gift.


The Stencil Shop
Check out our beautiful
stencils here
Silk Painting Kits
We have some wonderful
silk painting kits
which you can see here
Gift Vouchers
Colouricious Gift Voucher
Ideal for a birthday present
or just a last minute gift
for a crafting friend. You can
order them here
Textile Holidays
Colouricious Textile Holidays
There are a number of
wonderful holidays
for you in 2015.
Check them out here



Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards

Jamie Malden

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