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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!

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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!

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Let’s get patchworking

Let’s get Patchworking
We will guide you every step of the way!


Patchwork, as its name implies is the craft of sewing together pieces of fabric to make one larger design. The options for patchwork are pretty much endless as you can use pieces of fabric any size to make your larger design. For beginners, it is easiest if you start with all your pieces the same size and ideally in a shape that can simply be put together with no gaps and spaces. However, for the more adventurous of you, we can help you with all different shapes and sizes and have videos showing you how to make place mats, art journals and much much more.

You can take a look at our videos here

Patchwork Video

If you really take a liking to patchwork, then why not try strip patchwork, log cabin, crazy patchwork or folded circle patchwork. The designs and styles are endless!

Inspired Printing Patchwork

This Colouricious DVD “Inspired Printing & Patchwork” is aimed at beginner level patchwork – this dvd is presented by textile artist Mary Gamester, teaching the Patchwork and myself, teaching the block printing combined with colour theory. If you know how to patchwork, this is a wonderful teaching tool for the youngster in your family – as you could teach them over the summer how to get started on patchwork and printing your own fabric, which would them be special moments together. Mary will be at the Festival of Quilts too, so please do go and visit here too as she has some wonderful ideas to show you about Transfer Paints.


Latest Arrivals
It’s always good to add a bit of glitter!


In amongst our latest arrivals this week are some wonderful fabric glitter pens. Now those of you that use my fabric paints will know how good they are, I really do believe they are some of the best paints available for fabric crafters. These glitter pens will enable you to so much more precise with where you put colour and glitter. It will really make your projects and designs stand out. they come in a set of 5 and you can read more about them and place your order here.

Buy Now

For those of you interested in new blocks, we are continually adding to our collection, with the most gorgeous birds, trees and leaf blocks in this delivery from India. Check out the latest arrivals section of our website as that is where you will see them first.


Colouricious Holidays
Amazing Trips to India and Vietnam

colouricious textile holidays

Our Textile Holiday Trips and Tours of India and Vietnam are proving to be extremely popular this year with record numbers coming with us as we explore and experience the wonderful sights and sounds of Rajasthan and Jaipur in India and pretty much the full length of Vietnam. There are still some places available for these trips in 2015, but we now also have a full itinerary for 2016 with super tours organised to South India, West Bengal as well as to Jaipur and Rajasthan. We also have a special trip organised for September next year which will be hosted by me and my good friend Kim Thittichai. We have not actively promoted this trip yet and we already have had high levels of interest, so if you would like to come with Kim and I as we explore new creative idea around India, then please visit our website and reserve your place. This is a special trip that we know will be extremely popular and great fun as well.


Festival of Quilts
Birmingham NEC UK – 10 days and counting!

Festival of Quilts

It is only 10 days to go until one of the biggest quilting shows gets underway. If you are a regular visitor to the Festival of Quilts, then you will know what I mean when I say the “biggest”. With over 300 exhibitors you are spoilt for choice as to what to look at and there are several workshops as well where you can watch first hand as quilters show you their tips and tricks. If you are coming to the exhibition make a note of Stand F40 which is where I will be. It would love to see you, so please come and say hello. There will have lots of things to show you all on my stand – our show special is Gelli Plates – which we will be demonstrating with the best prices possible!

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
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Make your own jewellery with S133

Make your own Jewellery with S133

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Would you like to make your own jewellery ? All you need to use is S133 and wooden printing blocks.

We recommend you use Colouricious fabric paint.

If you love arts and crafts and looking for new ideas and blogs, supplies and inspiration, join the Colouricious Club now !

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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