Block printing specialists - online craft supplies, workshops & textile holidays

Category Archives: Crafts

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!

 

How to make a scrap book | Craft Ideas

Craft Ideas – How to Make your very own funky Scrapbook – JamieMalden

Ever wondered how to make a designed scrap book? We have the answer!

There is many ways to make a scrap book. We suggest using fun fabrics to brighten up your mini book. It can add textile, colour and make your book more eye-catching. You won’t be able to put it down once you’ve made it. Some ideas discussed are water coloured papers, block printed designs and added fabrics. You can chose what you’d like to incorporate. What’s your style, grungy or clean?

The technique to making these books is easy and simple. In this example, 6×12 paper is being used. You fold this in half and cut the folded side using a premade template. After cutting along these, you need a scewer to go through the holes. Missing every other you now have the means to connect the pages. You then use a new scewer to enter the unused holes and so on.

Remember to use sturdy paper to ensure it doesn’t rip!

With the final scewer you can tidy the line. The final thing to do is weave twine, lace, or your chosen tool around the scewers. You can add this to each skewer’d hole with a needle and thread if you’d like. Plus, you can also weave beeds or shells on them for an extra touch!

See more on scrap book making here!

How to use Lutradur – Industrial material for Textile Art

What is Lutradur? Introduction to textile techniques with Jamie Malden

Lutradur is a multifunctional fabric perfect for textile art. Being the sturdy material it is, it not only can be used to make beautiful landscape pieces but also when burnt can be made into little boxes. I love the idea that you can make pretty lamp shades out of the material. You can really be creative.

The sunset acrylic dyes really bring lutradur to life. Plus you can use it to compliment other fabrics by adding shaped versions of it. You can turn the fabric into much more than just a fabric. It can become your starting piece for elaborate art. It reads well into motifs and can be structured to create images. For instance, why not try making a flower pattern?

Also, you can use the material for textiled backgrounds. Amazingly, the lampshades come out super creative and fun. They speak for themselves, have a look:

What would you do with Lutradur? tell us in the comments of this video by pressing here!

For more inspiration on the material, visit our web page by pressing here!

 

Embellishing | Dry Needle Felting – Learn How To

Embellishing workshop with Myfanwy Hart – Learn for yourself!

Embellishing is something fun and unique to each person. You can pick your own favourite colour yarn and co-ordination of colours to work well with the chosen felt as well. In this how to, Myfanwy Hart shows us a simple step-by-step guide on embellishing.

Taking the felt, you can choose your yarn and create a meshed-together surface. Getting more in tune with the machine is the first step. Improving your relationship with the sewing machine makes the embellishing process a lot smoother. With confidence comes great creativity!

Basic straight laid yarns is the foundation needed in order to progress your skills. The straight yarns look great too! Using colour and angles you can really bring it to life!

There are different types of yarn to use but in this example, Myfanwy is using pink wool. Always start in the middle as it’s easiest. When starting, be slow and consistent. This helps your yarned felt come out as you want it to best.

What can you do with this skill? As seen in the video, you can create funky covers for notebooks, sheets to decorate your home, clothes and much more. Jamie goes on to show how she turned a finished felt piece into a decorative addition to an old scarf. Amazing!

The more you work on the piece the more integrated and stronger it becomes!

Watch some more of our videos here!

To look at our range of activities press here

Some Lovely Gift Ideas

Some Lovely Gift Ideas

Sewing-Craft-Ideas
If you are stuck for ideas for your next crafting project we have loads of them for you on our website. You can take a look at some of the ideas here.

We have a lovely video showing you how to make your own make-up bag which you can watch by clicking on the video below.

make-your-own-bag

We have a range of excellent videos showing you how to make lots of other gift items. Take a look at the following videos.

block-print-a-shoulder-bag

block-print-your-own-t-shirt

tea-towel

If the idea of block printing a tea towel appeals, then why not take advantage of our October Deal of the Month. Information on the deal is at the bottom of this newsletter, but you will get free tea towels for ordering some of our lovely Christmas Block Sets.

If you have some ideas for crafting projects that you would like to share we would love to hear from you. Just pop me an email with your idea and any pictures you have and we would love to add your project to our website.


Visit Amazing Japan

Colouricious-Japan-creative-craft-tours

I don’t know if you saw it, but there was a wonderful series on ITV with Joanna Lumley exploring Japan. I believe it was a 3 or 4 part series airing on a Friday evening and I am sure you can catch up on any episodes you may have missed if you are interested. You can find more details about the show by visiting the ITV website.

Japan is a mystical, magical and exciting country as well as being technologically very advanced. We have never run a crafting holiday to Japan before, but when we were presented with the opportunity to change this, we jumped at the chance. The first holiday sold out in record time, (literally within 4 days of it going live on our website) so we decided to put on another trip for May 2017. This trip is already well over 70% full, but there are still a few spaces left for anybody that is interested, or maybe has watched Joanna Lumley’s experiences and decided that Japan is for me!

The spring time is the perfect season of the year to visit Japan with blossom out and everything looking so wonderful. We will be exploring Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa where we will be sightseeing as well as participating in workshops and the world famous Japanese tea ceremony.

If you would like to join us on this super trip to such a beautiful country, please head over to our website where you will find the full itinerary and the booking form where you can reserve your place. Be one of the first intrepid Colouricious Club members who will be joining us on our inaugural visits to Japan.


Colouricious Club Member Deals

fabric-printing-craft-supplies

We have a lovely assortment of bugs, butterfly and gecko blocks that always prove popular and we are expecting this offer to just increase that popularity.

Use the code below and you will get 20% off any bug, butterfly or gecko block you purchase that can be found on the following page of our website. Bug Blocks

bug20

As usual, the code is only valid for 1 week and will expire on Sunday 16th October.


Quilt Shows

The next two shows are just around the corner now and we are starting to pack up ready for the Craft4Crafters show this week, and then I am off to Dublin the following week for the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show. I would love to meet anybody that can come along to the show, so please say hello, it is lovely to see you all.

Craft4Crafters – 13th – 15th October at the Bath & West Showgrounds

Dublin Knitting & Stitching Show – 20th – 23rd October


Printology is so popular we are doing it twice! But only spaces now for October.

colouricious-printology_surface-textile-art-design_

Our February Course is now full!

As we expected, our Printology Workshop proved to be very popular and we filled the February course in just over 1 month. We sort of guessed that this would be the case which is why we have already organised a second workshop for October next year.

The second course is going to run from 26th – 29th October 2017 and we are now taking deposits so you can reserve your place on the workshop. If you want a place on the October workshop act quickly to grab your space.


Come and See me at a Quilt Show

We have a couple of tickets left for the West Country Quilt & Textile Show. The tickets are for Sunday 13th November and the show is at the University of the West of England Exhibition Centre. We also have some free tickets for the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show as well, which is at the end of this month

If you would like a ticket for either of these shows all you need to do is purchase anything from our website and add a line in the note box that you would like a ticket and we will send it out with the items you purchased. I am afraid this will have to be a first come, first served offer, so they are gone the offer will be over. If you are one of the lucky ones though, I look forward to seeing you there!


October Deal of the Month

host-of-angels-block-printing-300x300

Christmas is coming!

I know, I know, we are only just into October and the sun is still shining, but I have seen some Christmas adverts and the shopping channels are already mentioning it, so I don’t feel too bad about reminding you all that Christmas is not that far away. For us crafters, we have top be even more organised if we are going to produce home-crafted gifts and cards for our friends and family. I was talking with one of our club members who is already preparing her designs for gifts, and she told me about her 6 year old grandson who loves joining in with when when she block prints and is going to make gifts himself for all his teachers this year.

So, now we have all agreed that Christmas is on its way, what is the special offer?

Well, we thought we would give you the chance to combine our beautiful Christmas blocks with something you can print on and give as a gift. Buy any one of our Christmas Block sets and you will get a free tea towel to block print and create a lovely festive gift. The deal gets better though as if you buy two of the Christmas sets, you will get 3 free tea towels and buy three sets and get 5 free tea towels. No code or comment to make when you order, just choose your sets and we will do the rest.
1 Christmas Block Set – 1 Free Tea Towel
2 Christmas Block Sets – 3 Free Tea Towels
3 Christmas Block Sets – 5 Free Tea Towels

To see the choice of block sets for this offer you can visit our October Offer page.

It is a great deal and I am sure anybody who receives a hand printed tea towel will love it.


Choose from our range of Stencils

butterfly-stencil-block-printing

We have an extensive range of lovely stencils and I am sure that there is a stencil that will be perfect for your next craft project. You can use our stencils in combination with lots of other products that we sell and they work especially well with layers and masking techniques.

If you would like to take a look at the range of stencils we have on offer, visit our stencil page, and see all the stencil designers and the different designs that we have in stock.


fabric-paints-design-printing

Fabric Paints

fabric-ideas-silk-paint

Silk Painting

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

Gelli Plates

Gelli Plates

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

 


Contact Us
close slider