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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 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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Explore Ancient Persia – New Holiday 2020 | Jamie Malden

Explore Ancient Persia – New Holiday 2020 | Jamie Malden

Explore Ancient Persia with Colouricious Holidays in October 2020

Some of the beautiful sights in store for you on this Persian excursion:

Persia. Home to so many beautiful pieces of architecture and historic legacies. Colouricious Holidays has just released a new and exciting holiday for those of you interested in the historically jaw-dropping place! Here’s some of what can be explored:

Abbasi House is large and historically pleasing located in a central district of Kashan. It has been partly remade into a beautiful tearoom, shop and restaurant. It took nearly 20 years to build and the architecture is immaculate. With hidden passages, beautiful private rooms, halls and courtyard water pools, there is a lot of beauty to be seen!

Chehel Sotun is pleasure pavilion built within a large park. One of the wonders of this Persian architecture is the reflection of the pool giving an illusion of a nearly doubled size establishment. Amazing!

Sio-she-pol crosses the Zayandehrud River. Built between 1599 and 1602 the Bridge is still stunning today. The bridge is thought of as best to see at sunset due to the lamps that illuminate the structure.This is a sight you won’t want to miss!

Khaju Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in Iran. It illuminates at night so you can have a beautiful walk by the light and bridge side. Amazing paintings and tiles decorate the bridge so you can get inspiration from these amazing pieces. You can also enjoy some food at the local restaurants like Hermes Cafe Restaurant which offers a warm and cosy atmosphere.

Nasir ol Molk Mosque is a whirlwind of colours! You can see the beauty first hand created by the tiles and illuminated by the natural light of the outside. A space where light and worship combine. You get the best view of this at sunrise. Ultimately, this is a must see with links to Islamic art, architecture, tile making, geometry, patterns and much more.

Ancient Persia is perfect for you if you’re looking to see some truly remarkable architecture, landcapes and enjoy a fun-packed, inspiring holiday. With lots of great cafes, art and scenery what could be better? Jamie with the help of her tour guide will also give you lots of lovely historic information behind the incredible sights. Plus, the art itself is bound to blow you away! The natural beauty is endless!

If you’re interested in this stunning Persian getaway click here! 


An Invitation to Rajasthan

We cover a lot of ground when we go on our tour of Rajasthan. We have calculated that the tour is approximately 1.735km over a 14 day period. There is inevitably a lot to see and take in on a trip like this, but we organise it in this way to make sure you get to experience as much of this wonderful region as possible.


If the highlight of the tour is the visit to the Pushkar Camel Fair, then the underlying delight is the variety of sights and sounds you get to experience as we travel through the region stopping at places like Delhi, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Pushkar, Barmer, Ajmer and Jaipur the capital of the region.

The Region


Rajasthan is the largest region of India and is located in the North West of the Country. The state was formed in 1949 after India gained its independence from The UK. The majority of the region is covered by the Thar Desert, but it also has some wonderful areas of natural beauty including two tiger reserves and the Keoladeo National Park which is a World Heritage Site well-known for its bird life. Our tour flies into Delhi where we spend a couple of days before entering Rajasthan on its eastern border. We then travel predominantly westwards through Bikaner, Pokran to Jaisalmer. A turn to the south towards Barmer and then Eastwards through Ajmer and Jaipur before heading back to Delhi.

Whilst the tour is focussed on the textile arts and crafts of the region, it is impossible not to be amazed and astounded by the sights and sounds of the whole region. Even though the desert covers a lot of the region don’t be mistaken into thinking that everything will look the same. You will get to see some wonderful flora and fauna and Rajasthan is renowned for its national parks and sanctuaries.

The Culture


The other beauty of the region and India in general is the wonderful culture of the country. The people of the region embrace their history and tradition which reflect the ancient Indian way of life and this manifests itself in the textile crafts, music and dance that you will see on this tour. You will get to see lots of traditional colourful art mainly produced using block printing, tie and dye printing and intricate embroidery styles, all of which are major exports from Rajasthan.

The People


At the end of the day though, it is the people that make this tour so special. The warmth of the welcome and the kindness and patience they show to the people on our tour is endearing and really makes you feel as if you are part of their family. We have built up good friendships and relationships over the time we have travelled to Rajasthan and you will definitely benefit from our knowledge and past experiences to ensure that this trip to Rajasthan really will be your trip of a lifetime.

If this synopsis of the tour has whetted your appetite to go on the tour, then head over to our website and reserve your place. We are off to Rajasthan in November and would love for you to join us.

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