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Block Printing – Colouricious fabric design workshop

Would you and your textile group like to learn how to block print your own fabric? Jamie Malden MA BEd Hons is a textile tutor and has been teaching for over 30 years. Her passion is block printing and teaching. She is happy to travel any where and everywhere to teach groups how to use the Colouricious Wooden Printing Blocks to design unique fabric. These fabrics are wonderful for a wide selection of sewing projects. Look at the image below to be inspired to see what you can make with fabric that you have designed. All the printing blocks have been hand carved in India – have a look at the fascinating history of block printing

You can book a one, two or three day Colouricious block printing workshop.

Day One is learning all about the basics of block printing using pattern theory, composition and layering. All words that seem complicated but are very easy once you know how!

Day Two – you will learn how to combine the art of stencils and block printing accompanied by skills you learnt on day one of layering.

Day Three – takes you another step forward to learn the art of gelli printing – generally as a back ground, which then you will develop your own block printing style.

If this art form excites you, then all you have to do is contact Jamie Malden at colouricious@me.com to book your group 

 

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Design your Surfaces Using Fabric Scraps – Textile design

Textile Art – Creating Designed Surfaces  Using Fabric Scraps – Jamie Malden

Sometimes, after you’ve finished your designs, you can be left with some seemingly useless bits and bobs; things like thread or bits of fabric. This does not need to go to waste! Why not design your surfaces by turning the scraps into a masterpiece? You can put it on bags, notebooks and much more!

How to

All you need to do is take what you have left after a project, place them on your chosen canvas under a piece of organza and sew it down. There can be method to your madness or you can place your bits and bobs randomly. It really is up to you!

What we think of the surface designs

Embroidered stitches on top of this can create some beautiful textures and really bring the piece together. You can add flowers or follow the shapes of the underneath design. Whatever you think looks best.

Something really unique is turning your old scraps into wash bags! You can never have too many wash bags, they always come in handy. Just by adding some waterproof material to the inside you can create a vibrant, fun little piece which is very convenient and useful.

You would never have guessed that the fabric and thread was originally destined for the bin! It adds style and fun to your designs. Plus, it also saves a lot of waste! We like the colour aspect of it all. Plus, we love the idea that no two pieces will ever come out exactly same. You can really use this as a means to experiment with shapes, styles and colour.

What you need and Final Notes!

Lastly, we’d like to say we think it’s super easy and fun to create. All you need is some old scraps, some organza, a sewing machine and a little bit of a time!

Want more design inspiration for your surfaces? Press here!

Look at our Pinterest to find more inspiration by clicking here! 

 

Ribbon Embroidery Designs & Stitches on block printing

Ribbon Embroidery Designs & Stitches – Marilyn Pipe

Ribbon embroidery and other designs can really spruce up your work. Embroidered fabric alone looks savvy and beautiful but adding a bit of ribbon can really bring out more colour and levels to your design. By adding ribbon, the design becomes more unique. It adds dimensions especially looking at it from a side-on perspective. In the example above, you can see how the ribbon-made rose adds a 3D effect to the design. It also makes the embroidery look sophisticated and special. You can really make it your own with the little details.

Marilyn Pipe really shows how the little details can bring a design to life. The white compliments the stitching and flower design. The contrast between the colours against the background fabric makes the design look vibrant. You can try this yourself on a number of things. Why not try to creating the rose effect on a pair of gloves?

The stitching really creates the overall design. You can do anything from flowers to music notes to a city skyline. The possibilities are endless. What we love about this particular design is how fresh and complicated it looks while still being very achievable.

Want more inspiration on ribbon embroidery? Read more here!

 

How to make a scrap book | Craft Ideas

Craft Ideas – How to Make your very own funky Scrapbook – JamieMalden

Ever wondered how to make a designed scrap book? We have the answer!

There is many ways to make a scrap book. We suggest using fun fabrics to brighten up your mini book. It can add textile, colour and make your book more eye-catching. You won’t be able to put it down once you’ve made it. Some ideas discussed are water coloured papers, block printed designs and added fabrics. You can chose what you’d like to incorporate. What’s your style, grungy or clean?

The technique to making these books is easy and simple. In this example, 6×12 paper is being used. You fold this in half and cut the folded side using a premade template. After cutting along these, you need a scewer to go through the holes. Missing every other you now have the means to connect the pages. You then use a new scewer to enter the unused holes and so on.

Remember to use sturdy paper to ensure it doesn’t rip!

With the final scewer you can tidy the line. The final thing to do is weave twine, lace, or your chosen tool around the scewers. You can add this to each skewer’d hole with a needle and thread if you’d like. Plus, you can also weave beeds or shells on them for an extra touch!

See more on scrap book making here!

How to use Lutradur – Industrial material for Textile Art

What is Lutradur? Introduction to textile techniques with Jamie Malden

Lutradur is a multifunctional fabric perfect for textile art. Being the sturdy material it is, it not only can be used to make beautiful landscape pieces but also when burnt can be made into little boxes. I love the idea that you can make pretty lamp shades out of the material. You can really be creative.

The sunset acrylic dyes really bring lutradur to life. Plus you can use it to compliment other fabrics by adding shaped versions of it. You can turn the fabric into much more than just a fabric. It can become your starting piece for elaborate art. It reads well into motifs and can be structured to create images. For instance, why not try making a flower pattern?

Also, you can use the material for textiled backgrounds. Amazingly, the lampshades come out super creative and fun. They speak for themselves, have a look:

What would you do with Lutradur? tell us in the comments of this video by pressing here!

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