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Master Some Textile Techniques

Master Some Textile Techniques


Pleating, braiding, slashing, quilting, stencilling and blocking are just some of the many different techniques that you can use to decorate your crafting project. There are so many to learn and they all create different effects on your finished project. Colouricious has a web page dedicated to different textile craft techniques with plenty of videos to show you first hand how to master them.

Click on the picture below to see some of our Textile Technique Videos.

Slashing Video

Head over to our Textile Technique page and find the textile technique that you would like to master and then give it a go. the fun is in the learning and experimenting, I am sure you will create some really special things when you give it a try.



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We have added several new products to our latest arrivals section of the website this week. We were lucky enough to get our team of crafters in India to make these lovely bags in India on our last trip and they have just arrived and we wanted to get them up on the site as quickly as possible.

The pouch bags come in 5 different colours and are absolutely perfect for block printing. (More on that a little later.) The larger shoulder bags are incredibly versatile and big enough to carry all sorts of things. I use one to keep all of my different pieces of material that I have dyed and are ready to be block printed. It is very convenient to have them all in one place and it seems as if the bag was designed for exactly this purpose.

If you are interested in either of these bags then just click on the images and you will be sent directly to our website where you can make your purchase.



The question I get asked the most when I go to exhibition and shows is please can you show me things we can make and decorate using these lovely wooden printing blocks. In an effort to get some creative juices flowing for you, I have recorded a video showing you how I decorate one of the new pouch bags we have on our website. The video goes from the very start, outlining all of the items I use, the paint, the tray, the mat, the blocks and the bag, right through to the cleaning up process at the end of the project. Please click on the video below to watch it and I would love for you to leave me a comment or maybe a suggestion for what the next tutorial should be about. I would love to hear from you.

block print a shoulder bag


Win a trip to India or £1,000 cash!


The response to our competition to win a trip to India or £1,000 cash has been fantastic and we have already sold plenty of competition sets of wooden printing blocks. We will be adding more competition sets in the forthcoming days and weeks, so keep checking out the competition page to see if there is a set that you like. The more sets you buy, the more chances you have of winning.


Next Show

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Thursday is the start of The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia. This is a very popular show, and as normal Colouricious will be having a stand, showing off our lovely printing blocks. If you are planning to visit the show, then please spare some time to come over to our stand to say hello. We are on stand G64 and would love to chat with as many of our club members as possible. Let me know that you are a club member and I will make sure I give you an extra special deal on any blocks you buy!




Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden

Colouricious Sewing Patterns

Colouricious Sewing Patterns

Sewing Patterns

It is always good to get back to basics every now and again and get to create some lovely projects using block-printed fabric and a good sewing pattern. Some of the techniques we have on the Colouricious website can be complex, but this week we wanted to get back to basics with some lovely ideas and projects that you can easily do. They are perfect for beginners to crafting and also have the potential to be embellished for the more accomplished crafter.

The sewing pattern page on our website has several videos and many images showing you exactly how to make some wonderful projects. If you do make any of the projects from our videos we would love to see them, so please feel free to send us some pictures of your finished product. I am sure they look wonderful!

Click on the picture below to see the videos on our Sewing Patterns webpage

Sewing Projects Video

Check out our selection of SEWING PATTERNS for you to get started on printing your own fabric and then using that fabric to make something simple.

You will love it.


Lovely Wooden Block Sets

We have some wonderful sets of wooden printing blocks on our website that will make the perfect accompaniment to any crafting project you undertake.

Take a look at these four sets and see which one takes your fancy!


Butterfly Effect


Bunny Flower


Spring Swallow Set


Dickie Birds

If you like any of the beautiful sets then just click on the picture or name and you will be taken directly to the page on our website where you can place your order.

The sets are all in stock and your order will be processed the day it is placed to make sure it arrives as quickly as possible.

Place your order now!


Come to Kashmir!

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The Kashmir is the North Western region of India is located at the western end of the Himalayan Mountains. As you can imagine, this means that the sights and scenery of the region is breathtaking and mind blowing.

Kashmir is at the centre of several different cultures within Asia and as such there are many different influences on their daily life. It amalgamates Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist philosophies as well as Northern and Central Asian cultures. Add to this the fact that Kashmir has some of the most beautiful fabrics and materials means that this really is a place to visit.

We are organising a trip to the wonderful region in July and we would love for you to join us. The trip is a fully escorted by me and an English speaking tour guide. We will get to see the highlights of the region, as well watching villagers show their crafting techniques.

We have organised this trip to coincide with the fantastic Hemis Festival which takes place in Hemis Monastery in Leh. The two-day Festival celebrates victory of good over evil. You can see a number of people dressed in bright and colourful clothes to celebrate the festival. The Tibetan calendar indicates that on lunar month’s tenth day, the Lama Head organises this Hemis Festival. In order to protect his people, the Tibetan Buddhism founder, Guru Padmasambhava, fought the evils. On his birth anniversary, all the people celebrate Hemis festival grandly.

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Although I have written quite a bit about this holiday, it really is difficult to put into words how exciting and enjoyable this tour will be. It really is a trip of a life time and you will take pictures and have memories that really will last forever.

If you are interested in joining us in July, then come on over to our website and reserve your place, we would love to see you on the trip.


Share the Colouricious News


Many of you have been spreading the word about the Colouricious newsletter – thank you. We need your help to help Colouricious grow, please! We are always looking for ways to spread the Colouricious word and get more people to know about us and the crafts that we do. By growing we will be able to expand our offering of blocks, holidays and anything else to do with textiles.

You can find us on Social Media as we have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest. We would be very grateful if you could find some time to spread our message with your friends by sharing our Social Media posts or just telling anybody and everybody to come over to our website to take a look and subscribe to our newsletter.

Thank you all very much.


Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden

Make a Fabric Necklace

Make a Fabric Necklace
An elegant design and easy to do


This is a wonderful crafting project to undertake. It is simple to do and the video we have on our website is very clear and easy to follow.

Fabric Necklace Video

Follow these instructions as a back up to the video to ensure your necklace turns out perfect.
1. Choose a piece of fabric and then block print it with your favourite block.
2. Iron the fabric to seal the printed pattern. This will ensure that your fabric is washable up to 40 degrees.
3. Cut your material into strips ready to be formed into a necklace.
4. It may be necessary to join multiple strips of fabric together to get the correct necklace length. Follow the video to show you how to do this.
5. Fold the strip of fabric in half lengthwise and inside out.
6. Pin the fabric in place and then draw semi circle shapes along the length of the fabric.
7. Use a sewing machine to sew along the line you have drawn.
8. Remove the pins and cut off the excess fabric.
9. Thread a slightly blunt needle and sew through the corner of the fabric and secure.
10. Push the needle through one layer of the fabric and then slide the needle along the length of the fabric until it appears out of the other end of the fabric.
11. Continue to pull the needle and thread through the fabric, turning the fabric inside out. Leave the needle in place.
12. Take some polystyrene balls and some beads and start putting a ball into the fabric and push the fabric through a bead so the bead holds the polystyrene ball in place.
13. Carry on alternating balls and beads until you get to the length of necklace you require.
14. Cut off the excess material and use the needle to affix both ends of the necklace together


Patchwork Promotions annual Warehouse Sale – Sunday 5 July 2015!
big reductions on current lines and remnants.
So it’s a great opportunity to stock up for the Festival of Quilts and other events at the lowest possible prices.
It’ll be a case of first come, first served, so be sure to arrive early to snap up the best bargains!

The sales team will be happy to take orders for fabrics that are not in stock.
Please note that we can only accept payment by cash or cheque.

When: Sunday July 5, between 9am and 2pm
c/o Oakshott Fabrics
19 Bamel Way, Gloucester Business Park, Brockworth, Gloucester GL3 4BH
See map


Textile Holidays
Join Us on a trip to India, Vietnam or Houston, USA!


The Colouricious Textile Holidays are always very popular and we regularly have people returning for second, third, fourth and in some cases even for a fifth time to book with us. Every person that joins us always says what a wonderful time they have had and that they take home memories and experiences that they are looking forward to sharing with the rest of the family.

We still have spaces on our trips to Rajasthan, Jaipur, Vietnam and Houston this year and to South India and Kerala in 2016. If you are interested in joining us on one or more of these trips then please go to our website and reserve your place.

We make every effort while on these holidays to ensure you get to see as much of the region as possible and in particular anything that the region is especially famous for. We make sure we travel to Rajasthan while the Pushkar Camel Fair is in full swing and we take the time to go to the fair to see all the exciting activities that goes on during this period. When we visit Vietnam, we take the time to visit the Hmong tribal villages to watch the villagers at work using their crafts in day to day activities. The Colouricious holidays really are a multi-cultural experience and one that I know you will enjoy.

Take a look at the itineraries of the holidays that appeal to you and then reserve your place. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.


New Arrivals
Check out our new stock!


We have loads of beautiful new printing blocks on our website and have also built some sets up as well that are perfect for newcomers to this craft. They would make perfect birthday gifts as they have everything in them to get started; all you need to do is supply the fabric to block print on!

We out all our new stock onto our Latest Arrivals page, so check that out first to see the newest stock we have received from our block cutters in India. I am sure you will find something that is perfect for your next project.

Product Profile

The latest addition to our online block printing shop is the Block Printing Kits. These sets offer you the possibility of buying paints, scrubbing brushes and foam mats along with your printing blocks, presented as a theme. You can get started on your next quilt, embroidery or textile art project immediately with all the right equipment.



Everyone loves a bargain and in the special offers section of our website, there is a huge selection of stock with great price reductions – usually because they are the end of a range and no longer to be continued. Have a look at our special offers to find something special for you.

Colouricious Competition
Win a trip to India


We are running what can only be called a WIN-WIN competition on our website. We are offering the chance for one person to win a trip to India and all you have to do is buy a set of lovely blocks that you can use on your next craft project. So you get the blocks and an entry into the competition. But if that wasn’t enough, everybody that enters the competition will also get an invitation to a block printing work shop held at Amersham also for free. So for the price of the blocks you get:

– The lovely blocks to use on your next craft project
– An invitation to a block printing workshop held at Amersham
– A ticket in the draw to win a place on one of our super textile trips to India

That really is a “win-win” or perhaps a “cannot-lose” competition, so don’t delay, head over to our website and choose the set of blocks you like the best.

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
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Rag doll – Handmade personalised dolls sewing ideas

Rag Dolls

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Rag dolls are great arts and crafts for the family. Block printing your own fabric for these rag dolls will make them extra special and unique. Personalise your fabric using our Colouricious wooden blocks. Our Colouricious fabric paints can also make the fabric bright and colourful! They are easy to use with a simple iron and can be washed at a 40 degrees wash!
Rather than buy your own sewing patterns just design your own pattern!
Check out the history of rag dolls!

Rag doll – Handmade personalised dolls sewing ideas

Rag Doll

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Rag doll making is great arts and crafts for the family. Block printing your own fabric for these rag dolls will make them extra special and unique. Personalise your fabric using our Colouricious wooden blocks. Our Colouricious fabric paints can also make the fabric bright and colourful! They are easy to use with a simple iron and can be washed at a 40 degrees wash!
Rather than buy your own sewing patterns just design your own pattern!
Check out the history of rag dolls!

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