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Hone your scrapbooking skills

Hone your scrapbooking skills

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Scrapbooking is one of the most popular paper crafting pastimes, and Colouricious have lots of wonderful ideas and videos to show you how the creative use of block printing can take your scrapbooking to the next level.

Not only do we have lots of videos showing you how you can use lovely block printed sheets to enhance your scrapbooks and the images you put in them, but we also have a video from Linda and Just Scrapbooking showing you how you can make a scrapbook as well! It is well worth watching.

Scrapbook Video

We have a section in our online store for scrapbookers which has loads of different things that you can use to enhance your scrapbooks. We have some lovely stencils, blocks and trimmings that would all be perfect for a scrapbooker. Why not go and take a look.

Click on the image below to be taken to the scrapbook section of our online store.

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Spring is in the air!

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There is definitely a feeling that spring is in the air in the UK and we were delighted to get a lovely range of butterflies and dragonflies from our wood carvers.They are beautifully intricate and would look fantastic on any block printing project. You can check them out in our Latest Arrivals section or you can click on the images of some of the sets we are highlighting below.

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Butterfly Trio

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Bug Ball

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The BIrds and The Bees

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Butterfly Quintet


 

Come with us to India

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When you read this newsletter, we will be on our last few days of our Textile Treasure Hunt in India. It has been a truly wonderful tour and if you have been following us on Facebook, you will have seen some of the wonderful scenery, sights and fantastic stitching techniques that we have all seen. I know I am very passionate about our trips to India, but everybody that comes with us has such a fantastic time and they all say how truly enlightening and spiritual India is.

Our trips to India do get fully booked quickly. We have organised trips to Jaipur and they are now almost all fully booked until September 2017. (There are a few reservations left in our January trip, but you need to move quickly to grab the space.)

If you want to go to India before 2017, then we do have some spaces on our trip to Rajasthan in November. Like all our trips to India, this will be a full-on tour of the sights and experiences of this wonderful North Western region of India. We will get to see lots of village crafting and of course, the world famous Pushkar Camel Fair.

Rajasthan

If you would like to join us on our trip to Rajasthan, or any of the tours and holidays that we organise, then head over to the holiday section of our website where you will find the holiday booking form where you can reserve your place. We would love for you to join us.


 

Win £1,000!

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We are getting lots of entries for our super competition. Last year we offered a space on one of our trips to India and we are doing the same this year, but also giving the winner the option to win £1,000 in cash if they want. All you have to do, is head over to our website and purchase any of our competition sets. Not only will you get the lovely blocks or silk printing kit, but you will also be entered into the competition. One entry for every competition set you purchase.

Good Luck!


 

Sharing is Caring

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If you feel that Colouricious has inspired you with new, varied and interesting textile art ideas, please share us with your friends. We can only grow through personal recommendation, and if you were to help “spread the Colouricious love” we would be so grateful. We love to think of all our creative friends around the world holding Colouricious hands!


 

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Master Some Textile Techniques

Master Some Textile Techniques

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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.


 

Latest-Arrivals

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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.


 

Tutorial

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.

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Win a trip to India or £1,000 cash!

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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!


 

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Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

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!

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Butterfly Effect

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Bunny Flower

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Spring Swallow Set

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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

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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
Colouricious

Mastering Free Machine Embroidery

Time to grow!

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Happy New Year!

2016 is now upon us and we would like to wish all of our Colouricious Club members and happy, creative and peaceful year. We have lots of new ideas for the forthcoming months and are looking forward to sharing them all with you. We will continue to send you lots of new ideas for crafting projects in our weekly newsletters, as well as several brand new plans we have that we will tell you about in due course.

We would also like to ask you to help us in 2016. One of the keys to our success is getting the Colouricious name spread out as far as possible among the crafting world. We would ask you think of a couple of your friends who are interested in crafting and spread the Colouricious word by forwarding this email to them. If they were to join our club, this would help us to grow and then enable us to offer you even more great deals and ideas.


Master Free Machine Embroidery

Watch & learn how to create your own fabulous leaf and tree designs

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Machine Embroidery involves using a sewing machine or embroidery machine to create patterns on your crafting projects. The patterns can be as intricate as you wish and will bring depth and texture to the craft project you are working on.
We have a super page full of interesting facts, pictures and videos on how you can use machine embroidery on your next craft project. You can take a look at it here.

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To go with our website page, we also have an excellent DVD from Gina Ferrari where she goes through every aspect of machine embroidery including the different types of machines you can use, the threads, stitches and also some ideas for your next project. It is well worth investing in this DVD you want to improve your embroidery techniques.

Creative Free Machine Embroidery


Competition Winner

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We ran our first of what will be many competitions just before Christmas to win this lovely set of wooden printing blocks. The winner of the competition was:

Laura Stringer

Congratulations to Laura and we will be in contact with you shortly. Thank you to everybody else who entered the competition, sorry you can’t all be winners, but we plan on having several other competitions in the near future, so we will let you know when the next one is up and running.


Come to India with us this year.

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By the time you read this, we will be in the air on the way to Chennai for our next adventure to Kerala and Southern India. This is going to be a wonderful trip and me and the rest of the group are very excited about it.

Last week we detailed all of the holidays and tours we have planned for 2016. If you are tempted to take the plunge and reserve a place on one of these wonderful trips, then please head over to our website and book your place now. You will not be disappointed and we look forward to seeing you.

Luxury Textile Tour of North India
one place left – to share a twin room with a new found friend. If that place is for you, click here to find out full details. Book online now! Please phone -1494 721 471 to check availability for this last place – thank you

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

 

Embellish with Felt

Embellish with Felt

Felt Crafts
Felt is a wonderful textile that is made by pressing, compacting and matting fabrics together. It is durable and easy to work with, and is often the first fabric that children encounter when they get a chance to do fabric crafting.

The possibilities of using felt in a textile crafting project are endless and each project can be as complex or simple as you want. From making a side-stitched purse to detailed flowers, felt is the fabric to use.

Colouricious has a Felt Craft page on its website which includes several videos on how to use felt in projects as well as embellishing to further your felting techniques.

Felt Craft Video

If you are interested in felt embellishing then we also have two super DVDs that covers all aspects of this craft. We are running a special offer at the moment that means that if you buy the Level 1 Embellishing DVD you will get the Level 2 DVD for free! To take advantage of this offer please use the link below.

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Christmas Tutorial

There can be no doubt that giving loved ones a hand made Christmas Card is the perfect thing to do, and if you are a crafter like us, then there really is no excuse for not going that extra mile.
We have an excellent video on our website that can show you one of the many ways to make your own Christmas Cards. You can watch it by clicking the video below.

Christmas Card Video


 

Ideas for Christmas

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Stamping Kits for Kids

Colouricious Gift Voucher

Gift Vouchers

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Stencils

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Silk Printing Kits


 

It’s Cold Outside

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I am sure it will not have escaped the notice of all of the UK members of the Colouricious Club that it has taken a decidedly turn for the colder in the last few days. It is when the days get colder that our minds inevitably turn towards holidays in warmer climates and what we are planning to do next year.

 

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Colouricious have a super itinerary of really exciting trips and tours organised throughout 2016 to locations all over India as well as Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Vietnam. Each holiday is a tailor made trip taking in all of the most important sights and experiences in the regions and countries we will be going to. If you are interested in coming with us on one of the holidays, please visit our website and choose the holiday that most appeals to you. Each one is distinctly different, but they will all give you days of enjoyment and memories that will last forever. But don’t take our word for it…

From Kaye :-
“Thank you so much for a wonderful trip it was more than I could have ever imagined. My mind is now able to take it all in & looking at all the wonderful photos everyone is putting up is jogging the memory!”

From Anne :-
Your zest for everything is infectious and inspirational … thank you for putting up with us all …

If this has tempted you, come on over to our website and pick your holiday of a lifetime. We can’t wait to see you!

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious
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