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Experiment with dyeing fabrics

Experiment with dyeing fabrics

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One way to make your crafting projects look really special is to dye your fabrics before you start block printing, embroidering, embellishing or stenciling. Dyeing will make your fabric unique and can really enhance the patterns you have chosen to add to your project.

We have several videos on our website showing you the best way to dye your fabric, but the one I like the best is with Myfanwy Hart. Myfanwy will take you carefully through every step of the dyeing process, making sure you get the dye where you want it on the fabric and not too much on your hands! You can watch the video here.

Bandhani Video

The Colouricious YouTube channel has lots of wonderful craft technique videos for you to watch. We have a play list of 9 videos dedicated to dyeing fabric with different textile artists showing you new and exciting ideas for dyeing and painting fabrics. You can watch the videos by clicking on the picture below.

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If you enjoyed watching these videos please subscribe to our YouTube channel. We are regularly adding more videos that I am cure you will find interesting and informative.

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We are back in Paint!

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We have just taken delivery of a large order of our wonderful fabric paints. I have tried lots of different fabric paints for textile crafting, and I am certain that the paints we offer are by far the best I have ever used.

We have the lovely four sets of 6 miniature bottle with sponges and a small mat, as well as the larger 200ml bottles in a huge range of different colours.

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


May Day Special

May Special
We have put together a fantastic deal for May that covers everything you will need to get started on your next crafting project.

Pick one of the wonderful wooden block sets:
Tropical Birds

Woodland Plumage

Happy Hiibou

Choose one of our beautiful paint sets:
Scrumptious

Delicious

Metallic

We will throw in a set of two large foam mats that are essential for effective block printing AND a lovely 12″ x 12″ Art Deco Leaves stencil.

Buying all four of these items individually would cost you over £93, but we have put this offer together for a price of only £65. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, then head over to our website and buy the May Special set.


 

Join us for a Embroidery tour of West Bengal

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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 January 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 January, 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.


 

Win a trip to India

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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.


 

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Stencils

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Silk Painting

Colouricious Gift Voucher

Gift Vouchers

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Gelli Plates


 

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Celtic Celebration

Deal of the Month

Buy 2 get 1 free!

It is the beginning of the month (where is this year going?) and we have a extra special deal of the month for you. Beltane is a Gaelic festival and marks the beginning of the pastoral summer season. It is traditionally celebrated on 1st May and we wanted to join in the celebration with this wonderful Celtic offer.

Buy any two of our beautiful Celtic sets of wooden printing blocks and get to choose another set completely free of charge. The sets in this offer are all listed in the Celtic Celebration section of our website, so you can explore them in more detail there, but below are the pictures of all of the eight sets that you can choose from.

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Mull of Kintyre

Lindesfarne Blocks
Lindesfarne

Iona Blocks

Iona


Celtic Tree of Life

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Celtic Knot Designs

Celtic Fish Designs - 32
Celtic Fish Designs

Avalon Celtic Designs

Avalon Celtic Designs

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Celtic Dragon

To take advantage of this offer, just head over to our Celtic Celebration page on our website and add two of these wonderful sets into your cart. In the notes section add the name of the additional set you would like for free and we will despatch the three sets you have chosen the very same day.

Enjoy choosing the sets you want they will all be wonderful on your next crafting project.


 

Gorgeous Gujurat

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Barely glimpsed by many travellers scurrying between Mumbai (Bombay) and Rajasthan, Gujarat is an easy side-step off the well-beaten tourist trail. While the capital, Ahmedabad, retains some charm amid its chaos, the countryside holds most of this state’s many treasures. Traditional artisans in tribal villages weave, embroider, dye and print some of India’s finest textiles, and pristine parks harbour unique wildlife, including migratory birds, wild asses and the last remaining prides of Asiatic lions. For the spiritually inclined, sacred Jain and Hindu pilgrimage sites sit atop mountains that rise dramatically from vast flatlands and colourful festivals burst with a cornucopia of culture.

With much of India now becoming westernised you will find here an opportunity to see it how it was before technology. However, this area is very much on the up, with the renewed interest of buying heirloom pieces, appreciation of the hand made and the sustainability of products made with naturally and locally grown plants, Gujarat is the place to go for those who have an interest in history and tradition.
Gujarat also claims a special relationship to the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi: he was born here, he ignited the satyagraha movement from here, he made his Salt March here – and his legacy remains a vibrant part of public discourse and private lives.

If you are tempted by this holiday, there are a number of excellent videos on the Gujurat Tourism website. Click on the image below to watch the “Glimpse of Glory” video.

gujurat video

If you would like to join us in the wonderful region of India, then head over to our website and reserve your place now. We look forward to seeing you.


 

Win £1,000 cash or a trip to India!

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We are regularly adding different block sets to our competition, and we have tracked down this wonderful Indian Elephant Adventure block set, which is now included in the competition. This set comprises seven hand carved blocks in incredible detail and accuracy. The centrepiece is a lovely elephant and all of the other blocks would be perfect for either background, border or highlighting this wonder creature. We have very limited stocks of this set, so if you are interested in it, move quickly as we are sure that the sets will be sold.

Indian Elephant Adventure

WIN £1,000 or a holiday to India! As always every purchase of a competition set of blocks will get you an entry into our competition to win either £1,000 cash or a trip to India. head over to our competition page to see all of the sets that are currently in our competition.


 

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

Add a hand-made button to your craft project

Stylish Buttons

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Making your own buttons is a perfect way to add beautiful adornments to your craft projects. It is the little final touches that you give your designs that unique feel that make them special. Colouricious can show you a wonderful way of creating these buttons with a clear and easy to follow video. You can watch the video by clicking on it below.

You can watch the video here:

Button Video

We hope this has given you inspiration to create some buttons for your next project. We would love to see pictures of any of the items you have made so please feel free to send us any pictures we would love to see them.


 

Our Printing and Patchwork DVD is the ideal accompaniment for any crafting project as we go into detail with Mary Gamester about colours and design and getting the right combinations to give your craft project that really special look. You can purchase this excellent DVD by clicking on the image below.

Quilting Arts Printing and Patchwork

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Block of the Month

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These blocks are a truly beautiful set of geometric patterns that would look super as a background pattern to complement a big highlight block pattern, or alternatively as a bold design to make a plain material really stand out. the blocks come with a mat as well as two small bottles of fabric paint so you are ready to get started as soon as the set arrives.

If you would like this beautiful set, then head over to our website and place your order.


 

Springtime Sale

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We are running a Springtime sale for some of our lovely wooden block sets. The sets are all reduced in price and are excellent value for money. They also still apply for all our other discounts we offer, so order 4 sets from the sale and get them all delivered to you for FREE!

Take a look at the sets we have on offer and choose your favourite.

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Spiral Set

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Roses and Co.

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Host of Angels

 

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Flowers and Leaf Set

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Feathery Leaves

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Bunny Wonderland


 

Explore Mystical Bhutan

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Follow in the steps of William and Kate, our future King and Queen and join us on a magical trip to Bhutan. This secretive country hides away from the gaze of the general public, permitting very few entry visas each year. You have the chance to explore Bhutan and see the villagers at work practising crafts that have been handed down over the generations.

We first visited Bhutan in 2015 and the trip was such a success that we immediately applied for more visas to return this year. Places are filling up quickly and it is not the type of trip where we will be able to add extra numbers to at the last minute.

If you would like to join us as we travel to Bhutan in September, then visit our website and fill in the booking form to reserve your place. Not only will you have a holiday of a lifetime, but you will also be travelling in the footsteps of royalty!

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Win 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.


 

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

Experiment with Thread Painting

Experiment with Thread Painting

Thread-Painting

Thread Painting is a special way to adorn and embellish you textile craft project. In effect, you are “painting on” images and designs onto your project. There are no set rules, just let your imagination go and “thread paint” away! Just treat your threads as paints and you will have a wonderful time adding that final unique touch to every project you make.

Whilst thread painting may look a challenge, it really isn’t. There are no special skills required and best of all no special sewing machine or any other tools are needed. Set your sewing machine up and get started. We have lots of wonderful videos showing you how to get started with Thread Painting. Go over to our website to watch them to understand more.

Click on the picture below to see all our videos on how to Thread Paint.

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Lucy Garvin from Canada is a talented self-taught artist whose curiosity and passion forsewing, embellishing and anything fabric or fibre related, has led her to explore almost every technique worked with a threaded needle, both hand and machine. Lucy shares her passion for hand and machine embellishment techniques through teaching.

The Colouricious Creative Free Machine Embroidery DVD also has some fantastic ideas to help you learn thread painting and Gina Ferrari is as passionate as Lucy Garvin about this technique. You can buy this DVD by clicking on the image below and you will be taken to learn more about Creative Machine Embroidery. Thread painting is also called Free Motion Stitching and Free Machine Embroidery.

We have cloned a small number of this popular DVD which we have put on sale to coincide with this newsletter. If you are interested in getting one of these videos, then please click on the image below.

Creative Free Machine Embroidery


 

Latest-Arrivals

Our carvers in India have been hugely busy in the last few months and we have now received a number of deliveries from them with their work. Our Latest Arrivals section is awash with loads of new beautiful sets of blocks ranging from Celtic designs to beautiful Butterflies. We have also some delightful stencils and some very useful large holdall bags that would be perfect for all of your crafting materials and goodies.

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Mull of Kintyre

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Butterfly Quartet

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Swirl Stencil

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Shoulder Bag – Blue Dabu

We are working frantically to get all of the new stock online and more new stock is arriving every week. It is always worth keeping an eye on our Latest Arrivals page as every new item will always appear here as well as in its normal category.


 

Win with the Colouricious Competition

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As well as getting new stock for our latest arrivals section, we have also been adding new sets of blocks and other items for our fantastic competition for you to win either a trip to India on one of our lovely holidays or £1,000 cash.

You can now choose Henny Penny, a fantastic box cram packed full of lovely wooden blocks, perfect for all sorts of crafting projects.

We have also put together a beautiful Silk Printing kit. We have put everything you will need into this set that will enable to get started in the wonderful craft as soon as you receive the pack.

For the more adventurous of you, we have also put together a mystery box. We will accumulate blocks we have in stock to a value of £75 of our website and they will be in the mystery box for £50!

Whichever box you choose, you will get an entry into the competition and be in with a chance to win this super prize.

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Henny Penny

Competition Silk Paint - 50

Bumper Silk Painting Kit


 

Come with us to Rajasthan

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We are off to Rajasthan at the end of October again this year. It is a really popular trip and everybody that has gone had really enjoyed themselves. The trip includes lots of great sights and accommodation, as well as the world famous Pushkar Camel Fair. We have spoken about this fair in several occasions, so I won’t go into this again, but suffice it to say words really can’t do the fair justice and it has to be seen to be believed.

I think it is fair to say that everybody that goes to Rajasthan has a trip of a lifetime and I think Linda sums the trip up so nicely in the lovely testimonial she sent to us after her trip with us:

“Dear Jamie and the whole team, just wanted to take a few moments to say thank you the holiday was more than I could have imagined in every way the hotels the transport the visits to cities and villages the range of textiles we saw, and those that we had the opportunity to try our hand at. I was speechless from day one (not true I had a lot to say) the sights the sounds and smells and nor forgetting the company of the group all of whom shared a common interest . Oh dear, it was all amazing and also life changing in so many ways, thank you all for your superb organisation and sharing your love of textiles and India … I will be back ” Linda

If you would like to join us in October in Rajasthan, then head over to our website where you can reserve your place using our online booking form.


 

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Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Get your creative juices flowing

Get your creative juices flowing

Jewellery Video

Sometimes just getting the ideas for your next textile art project can be a challenge. It is not unusual to need a bit of encouragement to get the creative ideas flowing and to get your next project underway. Colouricious has a website full of lots of different ways to use your printing blocks, fabrics and all the different accessories on your next craft project. Our textile art project page has videos with loads of different ideas for your next project as well lots of snapshots of how we have used our blocks to make unique and innovative patterns.

Click on the picture below to see some of our Textile Art Project Ideas.

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If you are looking for some ideas for your next project or just ways to learn about different crafting techniques to use in your next crafting project, then Colouricious have a range of DVDs that are perfect for helping you with this.

Click on the videos below to be taken to our website.

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My Favourites

I am often asked at shows for ideas for crafting projects and also what my favourite blocks are. I have never had the time to count up all the different blocks that I have had made by our carvers in India, but it will definitely go into the thousands. My favourite blocks change with different seasons and also with the different styles that have come and gone in crafting, but I have now created a section in our shop that show you my current favourite blocks. In truth, I love all the blocks I have made. I have designed them myself and love to see how the carvers have interpreted what I have asked for. But there are some blocks that I think are truly lovely and are beautiful to use and I have put them into a special section on my website.

If you would like to see my favourites, then click the button and take a look.

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Latest Arrivals

Spring Floral Garden

The beautiful set above is called Spring Floral Garden, and whilst it may not yet be quite warm enough to be called Spring, I am sure you will agree that this lovely set of 10 blocks certainly looks very springlike. I am sure you will be forgiven if you take the plunge and get the set. If nothing else, at least you will be ready for when the weather does warm up a bit!

If you want to buy this set then you can find it by either clicking on the image or here.


 

Mysterious Bhutan

Bhutan

As intrepid explorers, we first went to Bhutan last year with a group of about 16 people. Bhutan is an incredibly secretive place, who strictly limits visitors. Not surprisingly, given that it was a new holiday for us, the tour sold out in record time. It was a really super trip and I know everybody that went had the holiday of a lifetime with memories that will be passed on to families and friends.

You can tell by the testimonials below what everybody thought about this fantastic trip.

‘Bhutan is a magical experience which lingers on many levels. It is impossible to experience the country and its fabrics without embracing it’s natural beauty and pervasive culture.
Buddhism captures you with its stories, images, traditions & festivals and on a day to day level you absorb something of its influence. Everything is imbued with meaning and intrigue… Having Delhi in parenthesis, acted as a wonderful buffer and contrast to the main trip and gave us the opportunity to fly over the Himalayas, in & out of Bhutan; capturing Everest and the snowcapped mountain ranges at their best was definitely a bonus.
All in all a memorable trip and shopping experience!’
Moyra

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If these testimonials have whetted your appetite, then watch the video below. It is a truly amazing story and one that seems to sum up Bhutan.

bhutan video

We have decided to go again this year and has reserved places for a trip in September so if the idea of a holiday to what is without doubt a mystical country on some many levels appeals to you then I urge you to go to our website and reserve your place. You really won’t be disappointed.

Colouricious Booking Form


 

Win a Trip to India or £1,000!

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We have recently added some more sets into our competition, so if you want to enter take a look at the new sets and see what takes your fancy. Don’t forget you can enter more than once to increase your chances of winning. Every purchase of a competition box counts as one entry into the draw.


 

Good Luck!

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious


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