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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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Hotels in Jaipur the Alsisar Haveli

Hotels Jaipur

Block Printing with Colouricious Holidays

Come on a wonderful block printing holiday to Jaipur. 

If you love arts and crafts, then you will I am sure, love to learn how to block print your own fabric. The art of block printing is an ancient Indian form of fabric printing using hand carved Indian wooden printing blocks. Block printed fabric has been produced in Jaipur for hundreds of years and is still very much a wonderful technique for fabric printing. Colouricious Holidays specialise in teaching their guests how to block print and we love to stay in wonderful hotels to make the whole holiday experience really wonderful. One of our absolute favourite hotels is called the Alisisar Hotel, which is actually a haveli. Haveli means a house built in a quadrant with a courtyard in the middle. This haveli belongs to a family who have 3 palaces and this particular haveli is their town house which they have converted into a gorgeous hotel. Have a little walk around this haveli to see how beautiful the accommodation is…

Hotels in Jaipur – Colouricious Block printing holiday

As you can imagine, it gets quite hot in India, so our guests really enjoyed the magnificent swimming pool at this haveli. The building is cream in colour and retains many of the original features that were enjoyed by their predecessors. Obviously the pool is new but really adds a special attraction to this hotel. Not only is the building beautiful but must say how lovely the staff are too. The food is truly delicious and luckily is made for the western market, i.e. not too spicy.

During the day our guests are off learning how to block print in authentic factories, with real printers using wooden printing blocks and at the end of a busy day, what a treat to come back to the Alsisar Haveli – one of our favourite hotels in Jaipur.

Come on a Colouricious Holiday and stay here with us!

 

Discover more about this wonderful block printing holiday to Jaipur.

Jaipur – What to do in Jaipur

We have come to the end of our series of emails about the wonders and beauties of Jaipur and we thought we would finish it off with a more general overview of the city, what to see and what to do when you go and visit.

It would be impossible to do a city like Jaipur justice in one email when it comes to suggesting places to visit and things to do, but we will pick out just a few of the things that Jaipur is famous for and hopefully that will interest you enough to explore further and then book a trip with us to see it all in person.

Places to visit
Jaipur City Palace

The City Palace is a splendid example of the foresight that Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had. As the founder of Jaipur, he took pains to create a magnificent walled city that encloses marvels such as the City Palace. The palace is a beautiful blend of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. The previous royal family continues to reside in one section of the palace. Located within the walls of the City Palace, Chandra Mahal is a seven-storeyed tower. However, the ground and first floors have now been given over for the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum.

Hawa Mahal

The Palace of Winds was constructed in 1799 by the poet-king Sawai Pratap Singh. The five-storied structure is made of pink sandstone and has 356 intricately carved jharokhas (windows). It was designed for the women of the royal family to sit in privacy while observing life on the street.

Jaigarh Fort

Of the three hilltop forts that overlook the city of Jaipur, Jaigarh is perhaps the most magnificent of them all. About 15 kilometres from Jaipur, it was built by Sawai Jai Singh II sometime in the early 18th century amidst the arid, rocky and thorn-scrub covered hills. Despite its ancient construction, it still retains most of its imposing citadel appearance. Visitors can see the world’s largest canon – Jaiban, at the fort.

Things to do
Block Printing

Jaipur is world famous for block printing and you can’t honestly believe I would write a newsletter about what to do in Jaipur and not include it!

Shop

Jaipur is renowned for its many famous handloom items and crafts. The famous shopping spots are Rajasthali (the Rajasthan Government showroom on MI Road), Johari Bazaar, MI road, Nehru Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, and stalls at Bari and Choti Chaupurs. The markets are generally closed on Sundays.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

When it comes to exploring the beautiful landscape of Rajasthan, ballooning is the way to go. Soar above the vibrant Pushkar festival and treat yourself to the breath-taking views. Enjoy the beauty of India’s ‘Pink City’ and absorb its colours, flavours and sounds as you take in magnificent forts, palaces and bewitching architecture that Jaipur is known for.

I hope this gives you a taste of what you can see and find in the beautiful city of Jaipur. As I said at the start of this email, this barely scratches the surface of what there is to see and do in Jaipur and, if a trip to India’s Pink City is of interest, then I would urge you to explore more about India and Jaipur. We would love it if you decide to join us on any of our Colouricious Trips and would be more than happy to discuss them with you and answer any questions you may have.

We are moving onto the fourth and final installment of Kim’s trip to Jaipur. Just click on the image to be taken to her blog.

Kim’s thoughts on her Colouricious trip to Jaipur – Part 4

If you are interested in joining us on a trip to Jaipur, then please visit our website and reserve your place. We have spaces left on our trip in December this year plus all of our trips in 2018. Pick the time and itinerary that suits you and we look forward to seeing you.

Wooden Printing Blocks – How they are made

Wooden Printing Blocks

Wooden printing blocks are made in India and are hand carved. The wood used is called Sheesham but more commonly known as North Indian Rosewood. Sheesham wood is a slow growing but durable wood and is native to the Indian sub-continent. The wood is cut into slices resembling pizzas and then filed and sanded until completely flat and smooth. The surface is then covered with a mixture of chalk, Fevicol which is like PVA glue. This is what gives the blocks the white finish on the carved side.

The design for the block is first drawn onto a piece of paper and then transferred onto the white side of the wood and tacked into place. The pattern is transferred onto the wood by drawing and piercing the paper sheet to create an image that is ready to be carved.

The carving process is all completed by hand using small chisels and bow drills. The larger, more industrial type of blocks also have holes drilled along the back of the block to release any excess dye or paint that may have accumulated in the grooves of the block that could end up on the fabric by mistake if the holes weren’t there.

Once the design is complete the blocks are soaked in oil for up to a week to make them more durable and to avoid them cracking in the dry environment of block printing. 

They say that pictures paint a thousand words, and in this case this is so true. Watch the video below of the carvers at work to see every step they take to create the wooden printing blocks.

Just click on the video to watch.

Wooden printing blocks 

Colouricious Holidays host a wonderful block printing holiday to Jaipur where you can see wooden printing blocks being made and also learn how to block print your own fabric. If you love textiles and fabric printing and all things creative, then join us on our next block printing holiday. Discover more at www.colouriciousholidays.com 

 

 

 


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