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Use applique in your next project
Appliqué (or “applied” when translated from French) is the art of affixing one item onto another to create a finished product. It is extensively used in textile arts to create decoration and depth to any craft product. It is also extensively used to renovate and revitalise old items of clothing into modern new pieces.
The item applied can be another piece of fabric or multiple pieces of fabric to achieve your goal. The fabric is normally folded in to create a nice clean edge, but there are plenty of creations that used the “frayed edge” of an appliquéd piece of fabric as part of the design so really there are no fixed rules on how to achieve the best results.
Individuals who make quilts use the appliqué method a lot as the technique lends itself to the square repetitive patterns that you often see on quilts. You will also see a lot of appliqué designs in products and crafts that are made in India and the sub-continent.
Colouricious have several videos that show how to create beautiful appliqué designs and you can visit our Appliqué textile technique page to watch and follow them.
If you would like to explore how to integrate appliqué techniques into your next craft product, then the Colouricious range of DVDs has a number of projects that would be ideal for Appliqué. The Recycled Reborn DVD is a perfect example showing how the creative use of appliqué can transform old clothes and fabrics into new modern designs. You can watch excerpts of the DVD and then make a purchase if you wish.
Everybody has an Angel
With the festive season soon upon us, what better way to decorate and personalise your gifts and cards than with an Angel. We have a beautiful set of 6 angels that will be perfect for you to use on gifts and cards for people of any age. From children through to grandparents there is an angel in this pack for them. It is excellent value at £35 and you can buy the set by visiting our website.
We have plenty of other sets of blocks that are suitable for Christmas and the season in our Latest Arrivals section, so why not take a look now and see what you can find.
Stitch Tour of Southern India
No sooner than we have seen in 2016 then we are off on a wonderful trip to Southern India and Kerala. In South India, textiles are considered to be one of the highest form of art and spiritual expression. The knowledge and skills required to create these textiles have been passed down through generations. This tour provides opportunity to explore and experience various kind of textile weaving and handicrafts. You will also have the chance to see magnificent temples, house boats, backwaters, villages to experience rural life, and know more about South Indian friendly and ever smiling people, their traditions and way of life and explore the scenic beauty of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
This is a 17 day tour and we will be visiting loads of different places watching workshops and villagers show off their skills at textile art.
This is an exciting trip as we are venturing to places we have never been to before. If this trip is of interest to you, then we have a few places available, so please head over to our website and reserve your place by filling in our booking form.
Next Quilt Show
Colouricious is off to Dublin!
From 12th – 15th November I will be at The Knitting & Stitching Show held at Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin. I am really looking forward to the show and I am sure there will be loads of Colouricious Club members popping in to say hello. I will be at stand K46, so if you are going to the show please come over and say hello, I would love to see you.
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