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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!

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Talking Threads – Follow Textile Artists | Craft Television

Colouricious Holidays teamed up with the Country Channel to inspire a new meaning and love for threads, crafts and textiles with this 10-part series!

‘that’s where the excitement comes, you never ever know where it’s going to go. What it’s going to do’ Following the crafts and textile arts is part of the fun. Including many new styles and looks it really becomes a unique piece of art individual to each person and their individual taste!

‘the thing that keeps it very fresh for me is that no two pieces are alike’. With each piece of fabric being entirely unique, you, the artist, can take inspiration from new pieces. You can also look at art and fabric books for inspiration. Then onto creating your own version of each piece!

In this Craft TV special, ‘Talking thread’s follows the delights of textile art. By keeping up with renowned textile artists who have given up their time, we are delighted to learn alongside them how they work and what inspires them!Each episode features a renowned artist with demonstrations, interviews and an exclusive look into their portfolios. Experience fantastic textile workshops from the comfort of your own home!

This series is for creative people with an excited mind for art and craft. Threads are an integral part of textile arts. They also include quilting and silk painting. So there’s something there for every artistic mind!

To look at our range of activities press here

 

 

Create your own Fabric Designs

Create your own Fabric Designs

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At Colouricious we are as passionate about the fabrics we print on as the blocks we actually use to print.

We love to make different designs of fabric for our projects and it is really a lot easier to do than you may think. Take a look at the video below and you will see how we can make our fabric designs for our next project from the left over inks on previous projects!

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Our DVD Inspired Block Printing gives you loads of ideas of how to create your own fabrics and what to do with them. It is one of our most popular DVDs but as our gift to you, we are letting you download it for free now just by visiting our website.

Inspired Block Printing - DVD

Download for FREE!


Halloween Idea

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Now the nights are drawing in and with Halloween and Bonfire Night just around the corner, you maybe thinking about some more vibrant and colourful crafts projects to celebrate these occasions. We have the perfect answer for you with a set of fluorescent paints that will look great on dark fabrics, and create a magical effect. If you would like to grab a set, then head over to our website and place your order.

Buy our Fluorescent Paint


Latest Arrivals

We have just received another delivery from our carvers in India and the boxes were full of lovely designs that have enabled us to create some delightful sets. The blocks were mostly the larger designs which we know are always very popular, but we have added some smaller blocks into some of the sets as well. As usual, click on the image of the set you want to be taken to our website to get your set.

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Giant Paisleys
Our Paisley Patterned blocks are always very popular and I am sure these one will be no exception. 6 Larger blocks with a mat, sponges and a cleaning brush.

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Bold Patterns
4 detailed large headline blocks for those larger craft projects that can have these bold deigns as a feature image.
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Precious Peacock
New Peacock sets are snapped up very quickly by our regular customers and I think this set will be in demand as usual. We have added some gorgeous patterns to our cute Peacock to make this set even more desirable.

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Happy Hoppiness
In amongst the larger blocks were these delightful ones that we thought would look excellent together. the rabbit and tree are the headline designs, but the dainty flower and leaf blocks make this a very beautiful set.
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Gorgeous Gujarat

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Colouricious is delighted to announce that we have just opened the popular trip to Gujarat for 2017. The spectacular trip will take place in November next year from 7th – 19th. 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.

Watch the video below about the Leading Ladies of Gujarat to give you an idea of what you will see and experience on this beautiful holiday.

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If you would like to join us in November next year, then head over to our website and use the online booking form to reserve your place. It is a fantastic trip and we would love for you to join us.


Colouricious Club Member Deals

The arrival autumn brings a whole new look to our gardens and plants, and it was seeing the leaves falling from the trees that inspired this weeks special club member deal.

Pick any of the blocks or sets from our Leaves and Trees section and receive a 20% discount on every set from this group that you purchase.

You can find the sets to choose from by visiting the Leaves and Trees page of our website and using the code below.

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Leaves and Trees

As usual, the code is only valid for 1 week and will expire on Sunday 30th October.


Quilt Shows

The Dublin Knitting & Stitching Show proved to be extremely popular, it was wonderful to meet you all that came along. We shared some wonderful stories and crafting ideas, and the show was a great success.

We have two more shows in November and we would love to meet you if you can make it along to either of the shows.

West Country Textile Show – 11th – 13th November

Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show – 24th – 27th November


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

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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 for FREE!

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

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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.


Learn how to Paint on Silk

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Learn the art of silk painting and how silk is spun by silk worms, in these wonderful videos. You will love learning about the fascinating production, followed by the gorgeous silk fabric that are produced. Check out our full range of silk painting supplies and create what you are able to see in these videos.

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If this has piqued your interest in painting on silk, then check out all of the kits and accessories we have on our Silk Painting page.


Fabric Paints

Fabric Paints

Gelli Plates

Gelli Plates

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

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Stencils

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Add some Shisha to your craft projects

Add some Shisha to your craft projects

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Shisha or Abla Bharat embroidery , or mirror-work, is a type of embroidery which attaches small pieces of mirrors reflect metal to fabric. Mirror embroidery is spread throughout Asia, and today can be found in the traditional embroidery of Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, and Indonesia.

It is a really lovely way to adorn and embellish your textile crafting projects and it makes them stand out from the crowd.
We have an excellent video on our YouTube channel that show you how to sew with Shisha mirrors. You can click on the video below to watch it.

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Our YouTube channel is cram packed full of lovely videos for you to watch and learn from. Access to every video is free and there are 269 for you to choose from. We are very proud of the videos we have made and they have been viewed over 3.5 million times, so why not join in and watch a few today.

You can find the Colouricious YouTube channel by clicking the link below. If you like the videos I would really appreciate it if you could click on the “thumbs up” symbol just beneath it to let everybody know you liked it.

YouTube Channel

We have a wonderful special Shisha starter kit available at the moment. It comprises:
• a selection of Anchor embroidery thread
• a bag of beautiful hand cut diamond shaped shisha mirrors
• 5 wonderful hand carved wooden block designs perfect for shisha mirrors measuring 75mm in diameter
• a sponge to apply fabric paints to your blocks
• a small foam mat
It is the perfect set to get you started in Shisha embroidery.

Shisha Starter Kit


Learn New Embroidery Techniques

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Come and join in on our kantha stitch embroidery textile tour of West Bengal to learn about Indian heritage, hosted by our Colouricious representative. During your textile holiday you will be exploring the Indian traditional techniques of kantha stitch, block printing, batik, macrame, embroidery and textiles, and many more truly unique experiences, many of which will be in remote villages, off the beaten track. The tour is in October 2017, and is for 14 days. It is a hugely popular tour and we highly recommend it if you enjoy embroidery and want to learn about different stitching styles.

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If you would like to join us in October next year, then head over to our website and use the online booking form to reserve your place. It is a fantastic trip and we would love for you to join us.


Colouricious Club Member Deals

The Hmong people are an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China. Their history is somewhat difficult to trace but it is believed that they originated in the mountains of the Yellow River before migrating South in search of more arable land to farm. The Hmong people are now in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos as well as China.
The Hmong people are famous for their intricate textile art which comprises bold geometric patterns often in bright contrasting colours. Sub cultures of the Hmong people, not surprisingly, associate themselves with different patterns and techniques when it comes to their textile art designs. White Hmong are usually associated with reverse applique while the Green Hmong are more likely to be seen using batik.
We have a number of beautifully intricate pattern blocks in Hmong styles and they would be wonderful on any craft project.Use the code below and you will get 20% off any these blocks you purchase that can be found on the following page of our website. Hmong Blocks

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As usual, the code is only valid for 1 week and will expire on Sunday 23rd October.


Quilt Shows

We have just got back from the Craft4Crafters show. It was lovely to see you all and to hear all your stories about block printing. I am off to Dublin next week for the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show and would love to meet anybody that can come along to the show, so please say hello, it is lovely to see you all.

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


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

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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 for FREE!

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

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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.


Huge choice of Gelli Plates

Gelli Plates

We have lots of different shapes and sizes of Gelli Plates on our website. Gelli Plates are incredibly versatile and can create unique designs and patterns for your craft projects. They can also be used in combination with stencils and our blocks which make the a perfect addition to a crafters toolbox.

If you would like to take a look at the range of Gelli Plates and accessories we have on offer, visit our Gelli Plate page, and see all the different items that we have in stock.


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Fabric Paints

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Silk Painting

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

Stencils

Stencils

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Make Bank Holiday Monday a Block Printing Day

Make Bank Holiday Monday a Block Printing Day

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Next Monday is a holiday for us in the UK, so why not get yourself prepared and clear the decks to make Bank Holiday Monday a Block Printing Craft Day. We have loads of fantastic sets of wooden blocks you can purchase and hundreds of wonderful videos to inspire you and get the creative juices flowing. Just get yourself prepared, organise a space you can work in and spend the rest of the week planning what you want to make, get your orders in nice and early with us so we can make sure everything arrives in time, and then you are all ready for the big day!

Don’t forget that we have two fantastic sales on at the moment. You can choose sets from our Celtic Celebration offer where you get one set of blocks free if you purchase two sets; or our May Day Special where you can put together a combination of blocks and paints and get a stencil and some printing mats for free. The May Day Special would be perfect for Block Printing Craft Day as it really is an offer to get you up and running as soon as the set arrives. All you need is some space and an idea!

Whatever you choose to do, have fun on the day and enjoy your block printing.

PS. Regular visitors will notice a couple of changes are being made to our website, as we tweak the way we present our navigation and try to make it easier for visitors to find the products they are looking for. As always, we are interested in your thoughts, so please feel free to contact us to let us know what you think and if you have any suggestions.

PPS. Some of you will know that we have been copying the DVDs that have been out of stock for people who wanted them. We have now been able to configure an option where you can now download these DVDs. If you are interested in any of the older DVDs that used to be available like the Talking Threads series, then head over to our DVD & Downloads page where you will be able to order and download them all.


World Textiles at your finger tips

Here in the UK we are lucky enough to have a fabulous modern magazine called Today’s Quilter. In Issue 9 which has just come out, there is a free colour supplement called World Textiles where the journalist Jane Rae has researched and presented a discovery of stunning fabric around the globe. And guess what … on page 21 there is an article about our Colouricious Block Printing Holidays explaining the back ground to Colouricious Block Printing. Meet the experts and appreciate the traditional skills of block making. The joy of the 21st technology is that you have a choice of either buying a copy of this fabulous magazine across the UK or you can subscribe to Today’s Quilter magazine on line. Either way is is well worth a read as you will learn so much about textiles around the world.


Win £1,000 or a trip to India

Competition

If you would like the chance to win a place on one of our Indian holidays or alternatively £1,000 cash, then why not enter the Colouricious Competition. Just go to our competition page and pick a set of blocks that you like and make your purchase. You will be entered into the competition, with one entry for every competition set of blocks you buy. We are adding new sets all the time, so keep an eye on the competition page and get your set to be in with a chance of winning a holiday of a lifetime.


Holidays filling up quickly

Colouricious Holidays

Last week we announced that two new holidays had been organised. As we expected both the second trip to Japan in May 2017 and the March 2017 trip to Jaipur have proved to be extremely popular, and places are quickly filling up. If you are thinking about joining us on either of these trips then it will be important that you get your reservation in with us as soon as you can. We still have places available for both trips, but we are strictly limited on numbers (especially for the Arts of Japan tour), and we would hate for you to miss out. If you do decide you want to come with us, then head over to the holiday reservation page, fill in the form and send it over to us. We look forward to seeing you.


Our paint comes in all sizes and colours

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The sets of fabric paint we sell prove to be very popular as they give you a nice taster of a range of colours to use for your craft projects.However, many of our more prolific crafters prefer the opportunity to buy bigger quantities of specific colours and they look to our larger 200ml bottles to meet their requirements.

We carry a range of approximately 50 different colours in the larger bottles, so you can build up a wonderful palette of colours to use for your crafting projects. From Baby Blue to Bengali Rose, from Fluorescent Red to Golden Yellow, I am sure there will be a colour that is exactly what you are looking for.

Head over to the Colouricious fabric paint page of our website to see all the different colours you can choose from.


Gelli Plates

Gelli Plates

We have taken delivery of some new sizes of Gelli Plates including the large 12″ x 14″ and the 8″ round. We also added some very interesting edge printing tools as well. they come in a set of three with either a square or rounded edge. Take a look at the video below to see the exciting and intricate designs you can create using them.
Be inspired by the following video on how to use gelli combs …

Gelli Tool Video


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Stencils

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Silk Painting

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

Gelli Plates

Gelli Plates


Quilt Shows
I have just got back from the Malvern Quilt show. It was a great success and I really enjoyed meeting so many Colouricious Club members. It was great to see you all and share crafting tips and ideas. My next show will be the big Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham. This show is in August so I will be telling you more about it a bit closer to the time.

In the meantime though…

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious


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