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Surface Decoration Ideas with Colouricious

Surface Decoration Ideas with Colouricious

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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
Marilyn Pipe has lots of very creative ideas when it comes to surface design and decoration. Colouricious is delighted to have a dedicated video featuring Marilyn Pipe where she shows you how to use techniques that you will be able to master to bring your projects to life every time. The DVD is for sale on our website and you can see exactly what techniques Marilyn covers by visiting our webpage.

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As you read this newsletter we are almost half way through our first trip to Vietnam. Everything is going well and we are all enjoying visiting this wonderful country. The sights, sounds and atmosphere is making for a wonderful trip and I have no doubt that we are all going to have memories to last a lifetime from our trip to Vietnam. If the idea of a tour of Vietnam is appealing to you, we have arranged two further trips later in the year that you can join us on. To reserve your place, visit of Vietnam webpage, download the booking form and send it over to me; we would love to see you on the trip!


If Vietnam is not for you then we have lots of other holidays arranged that are equally exciting. Take a look at the Holidays page of our website to find the trip that is most suitable for you. I am sure there will be the perfect holiday for you!

Colouricious Holidays

Latest Arrivals


We have recently added a Goodie Bag containing some wonderful Sisha Mirrors to our Latest Arrivals. If you like to add some shiny elements to your craft projects, then these Sisha Mirrors will be perfect for you. You can check out all of our latest arrivals by visiting our website.


The Stencil Shop
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Silk Painting Kits
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Ideal for a birthday present
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To see in the New Year we have set up Free Delivery for all orders over £70. This offer is automatic so will not require any special codes and will apply to sales from all countries.
Learn, Create, Be Happy!
kind regards

Jamie Malden

Embroidery & Textile Art Holiday India

Embroidery Heritage Textile Tour – West Bengal, India

Dates of this holiday are Sunday 22nd March – 2nd April 2015

Come and join in on our textile tour of India to learn about  Indian heritage, hosted by textile artist Jamie Malden of Colouricious. During your textile holiday you will be exploring the Indian traditional techniques of block printing, kantha embroidery and textiles, and many more truly unique experiences.

Only 2 places left – book now to join in this fun adventure

There are still have a few places left for the Tribal Textile Tour commencing 3rd April.

Textile Art – Embroidery – Colouricious Textile Holiday

For full details and booking form visit Colouricious Embroidery Holiday to West Bengal

22 March (Sunday): Depart Heathrow Airport London

FLIGHT DETAILS:London Heathrow Dubai  EK2  Emirates Airlines  22-03-2015   13.35   23-03-15   00.35Dubai     Kolkota    EK570     Emirates Airlines  23-03-2015  02.00   23-03-15   07.40Kolkata   Dubai  EK571   Emirates Airlines        02-04-2015 09.45   02-04-15  13.10Dubai   London Heathrow EK5   Emirates Airlines  02-04-2015 15.45 02-04014     20.15
ACCOMODATION 11 nights Hotel, Bed, Breakfast & evening meal

 23 March (Monday): Arrive Kolkata. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Lunch will be on direct payment basis at the Hotel.

Afternoon, enjoy visit to Gariahat Market which sells whole array of items ranging from clothing to crockery to fashion accessories and so on. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kolkata. Gariahat falls under Ballygunge area and is a retail market for saris (not only from typical Bengal but from all across India), jewelleries, crockeries, good restaurants and altogether provides a long stretch for window shopping too. It is the hub and shopping capital of South Kolktata

Overnight is at the Hotel Peerless Inn, Kolkata [Superior Room with Breakfast & Dinne

 24 March (Tuesday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. Drive Kolkata – Panchla to witness zari work. [35 Kms: 1 Hr] Panchla is famous for zari work. Zari embroidery with gold zari, seed pearls, sequins and beads is mainly produced by Muslim craftsmen of Panchla with six basic designs – leaf, flower, bird, animal, geometric and filler. Packed lunch will be arranged on direct payment basis. After  lunch, coach drive to remote Shantiniketan. [185 Kms: 4.5 Hrs] Stay overnight at Hotel in Shantiniketan.

Overnight is at the Hotel Mark and Meadows, Shantiniketan [Standard Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

 25 March (Wednesday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast, you will visit Katna village. [95 Kms: 2.5 Hrs]

In Katna, you will take part in a Kantha weaving workshop. Lunch will also be arranged in Katna itself. Kantha holds a very special place within the village life in Katna. In Katna, you will enjoy a workshop on Kantha weaving. The process of Kantha work goes in a way that the new fabric to be used for the top and the bottom layers of the Kantha is first cut and then stitched according to the desired size. The bottom layer is spread on the floor and ironed. A second layer of soft white cloth is spread on top of it. A third layer of fabric is spread on top and all the three layers are secured together by long running stiches. Thread colours are selected for the quilting work and this is followed by embroidery work. Once the embroidery work is finished, the extra fabric is cut off from the sides to get a straight edge and a piping in matching colour is stitched along the edge for the finish and the label is added. The Kanthas are washed and ironed and are ready.

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After  lunch, coach drive Katna – Murshidabad. [180 Kms: 4.5 Hrs] Stay overnight at Hotel in Murshidabad.

Overnight is at the Hotel Sunshine, Murshidabad [Standard Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

26 March (Thursday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast, you will witness silk production and silk weaving in Murshidabad. Lunch will be at the hotel in Murshidabad on direct payment basis. After lunch, you will drive back from Murshidabad – Shantiniketan. [180 Kms: 4.5 Hrs] Stay overnight at Hotel in Shantiniketan.

Overnight is at the Hotel Mark and Meadows, Shantiniketan [Standard Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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 27 March (Friday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast, you will enjoy half day Macrame workshop. Macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Its primary knots are the square knot and forms of “hitching”: full hitch and double half hitches. It was long crafted by sailors, especially in elaborate or ornamental knotting forms, to decorate anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships. This macramé craft has been adopted from a foreign culture and has become an important craft in Birbhum since the part few decades. It provides a mean of livelihood to many villagers. Lunch will be on direct payment basis at the Hotel in Shantiniketan. Afternoon, participate in Batik workshop. The word batik actually means ‘wax writing ‘. It is a way of decorating fabric by covering a part of it with a coat of wax and then dyeing the fabric. The waxed areas keep their original colour and when the wax is removed the contrast between the dyed and non dyed areas makes the pattern. The crackle effect of batik is the most fascinating part which makes it unique. This results when the cooled wax is cracked to allow the dye to penetrate in the final dye bath.

Overnight is at the Hotel Mark and Meadows, Shantiniketan [Standard Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

 28 March (Saturday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast, you will enjoy full day excursion to Bishnupur. [185 Kms: 4.5 Hrs one way] In Bishnupur, you will witness Baluchari saree weaving alongwith terracotta and conch shell products being made by the artists. Bishnupur is famous for traditional Baluchari silk saree weaving which bears a lot of similarity with the Katki design of Orissa. Today, you will visit local Baluchari sari weavers and see their working pattern. Their silk-on-silk embroidered textiles and garments are sought after by women all over India as a high end fashion item. Packed lunch will be arranged on direct payment basis. Stay overnight at Hotel in Shantiniketan. They carve intricate blowing shells and bracelets out of conch shell. The bracelets, which are often inlaid with red lac or gold, symbolize in West Bengal that the wearer is married. Generally, it requires more than a month of hard labour to design and style a conch shell and is clearly a costly item. Also, witness the beautiful art of Terracotta work, which again are characteristic of Bishnupur. The most famous of the terracotta products are the handmade jars, disks, jewellery, horses, elephants, Ganesha and Nataraja. The potters here derive their inspiration from the history of kings, soldiers and wars

Overnight is at the Hotel Mark and Meadows, Shantiniketan [Standard Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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 29 March (Sunday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast, transfer to Bolpur railway station [Shantiniketan] to board your train to Howrah [Kolkata]. Train: Shantiniketan Express: 1310-1540 Hrs / AC-Chair CarArrival transfer from Howrah railway station to your Hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kolkata.

Overnight is at the Hotel Peerless Inn, Kolkata [Superior Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

 30 March (Monday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. Morning, enjoy workshop at Kasba Weaver’s Studio to experience the local art of block printing and fabric dyeing. Day will be spent enriching oneself, learning and experiencing the art of hand block printing and fabric dyeing. A workshop on block printing will be organisedLunch will be arranged at Ballygunge Weavers Studio. Post lunch, indulge in some retail therapy at Ballygunge Weavers Studio. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kolkata.

Overnight is at the Hotel Peerless Inn, Kolkata [Superior Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

 31 March (Tuesday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast, enjoy full day excursion to Phulia and Shantipur [95 Kms: 3.5 Hrs one way] which are known handloom saree weaving centres. Phulia specialises in a combination of jacquard and jamdani work while Shantipur is known for superfine dhotis and jacquards.  Shantipur – Phulia region has over 125,000 handlooms, churning out Shantipuri, Tangail, and Jamdani handloom sarees in a variety of yarns like cotton, tussar and silk. Dhotis, dress materials, stoles and scarves are also woven. These places shot to fame as a centre of handloom saree weaving, banking on immigrant weavers from Bangladesh. After partition of India, many skilled weavers of Dhaka came and settled in West Bengal around Shantipur and Phulia in Nadia district, both traditionally renowned centres for hand-woven fabrics. With government encouragement and support, the talented weavers soon revived their ancestral occupation and the art of exquisite weaving has once again flourished.

Packed lunch will be arranged on direct payment basis.

Overnight is at the Hotel Peerless Inn, Kolkata [Superior Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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 1 April (Wednesday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. Morning, enjoy half day visit to Gurusaday Museum. It is a National Treasure of Heritage. Presently, the museum has a collection of approximately 3300 exhibits of folk arts and crafts, thereby reflecting the vigour and vitality of the rural life and present a vivid picture of art and social traditions, religious beliefs, practices and motifs, aesthetic assimilation and cultural influences in undivided Bengal as well as in India.Lunch will be arranged at local restaurant on direct payment basis. Afternoon, enjoy visit to Dakshinapan Market famous for Handicrafts and Indian ethnic ware, is an open air complex which is spread over two floors. Above half of the total shops fall under Govt. of West Bengal and Central Govt. of India The market comprises mainly various types of State Emporiums, from all over India, dealing in handlooms, handicrafts, textiles, furniture, fancy goods and imitation jewellery. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kolkata.

Overnight is at the Hotel Peerless Inn, Kolkata [Superior Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

 2 April (Thursday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. Today, at an appropriate time, you will be transferred to Kolkata International airport to connect with your flight back home.

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Dubai to London Heathrow EK5  Emirates Airlines  02-04-2015 15.45 02-04014  20.15

Free machine embroidery with Water Soluble Solufleece and Bondaweb

Free machine embroidery with Water Soluble Solufleece and Bondaweb

Kim Thittichai is a British textile artist who specialises in surface design. In this video, you will learn how to design your applique. You can use Colouricious wooden printing blocks to print your own design.

Here are some examples of the appliques that Kim has made using water soluble Solufleece and Bondaweb.

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Buy water soluble Solufleece and Bondaweb to design your surface.

We recommend Colouricious wooden printing blocks and Colouricious fabric paint for this project.

For more creative ideas, join the Colouricious Club.

Quilting Art with gelli plates and block printing

Quilting Art with gelli plates and block printing


Have a look at our Colouricious YouTube channel to watch more videos about textile design and quilting art.

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Use the gelli plate , fabric paint and wooden printing blocks to design your own hand printed fabric quilting art.These wood stamps lift the paint off the gelli plate to create stunning results. For more creative ideas join the Colouricious Club 

Creative Workshops

Block Printing Workshops


Textile Workshops –  Block Printing Workshops with Jamie Malden


The teaching point for this textile workshop is about textile design. You will learn how to hand print your own fabric, which is then used for a huge variety of sewing projects. Perfect for quilting arts, textile art, patchwork and embroidery. If you are a quilting group then we will also develop your printing skills in this textile workshop by incorporating layers – combining colour contrasts and definition. In the textile workshop for embroidery groups you will learn how to create some stunning textile art for your stitching – be it hand or machine embroidery. These textile workshops are suitable for all levels – from total beginners to more experienced creatives.

When you book this textile workshop, you do not need to bring anything except an apron. All the materials, paints and wooden printing blocks are provided in the price. So learn to block print til your heart’s content!

Learn a little about the ancient history of block printing.

We have always had very positive feed back about our block printing textile workshops – as we have a busy structured day. Book Now!

If you are in interested in any of the Colouricious workshops, please do not hesitate to contact us via email, or call us on 01494 72147

Jamie Malden MA Bed (Hons)

– professional block printer and textile tutor

My personal teaching style: – I have been a teacher for 30 years. I like my lessons to be well planned, prepared and organised. I like my students to always feel they have all got tasks to do and are not sitting waiting for the next instruction. Busy structured focused lessons. I am happy if at the end of my lessons, my students feel that they have learnt a great deal and have improved their skills. Different teachers have different styles and bring out different aspects in their class. I feel happy to teach didactically in a more formal structured way, to learn the rules, which we then move onto break! Happy Block Printing!

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Love Textiles  – If you love textile arts and crafts and looking for new ideas and blogs, supplies and inspiration, Colouricious specialises in promoting textile art featuring leading British textile artists.

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