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Block Printing Hearts – Heart Art – Love Craft Ideas

Block Printing Hearts on to your fabric or paper is the perfect heart art activity for you to get started on this valentines day! You can print these on fabrics to create great pieces or your paper to create cards and much more.

 

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See more heart art here at Colouricious.

Wax Print

Wax Print

Wax print or Batik originated in India. The word batik actually means ‘wax writing’.

To decorate cloth by wax print you have to cover a part of the cloth with a coat of wax and then dye the cloth. When the wax is removed the contrast between the dyed and undyed areas makes the pattern, as the waxed areas keep their original colour.
The beauty of wax print is its simplicity. Some of the best effects in batik are often achieved by chance. Batik is very popular in southern India and is an amazing way of printing fabric.

Wax print is an amazing way of textile design and you will be able to experience it up close on our Colouricious textile tour to Southern India. You will be able to try it out for yourself when you get home, and achieve some amazing results. Wax print designs come in a large range of colours and patterns and you will be amazed when you see the whole textile printing process.

You will love our Colouricious textile tour to Southern India to see wax print up close! Everyone who loves textile art will love this!

Have a look at our other textile tours, perfect for everyone who is in love with arts and crafts!

Kids craft patchwork quilting

Patchwork for children

Here is a kids craft idea for patchwork quilting.

Quilting-patchwork-block-prints  Quilt-in-a-day  patchwork-kids-crafts-block-printsKids crafts is so much fun using block prints. during the holidays why not try block printing a quilt in a day. Children can easily block print lovely patchwork pieces to stitch into a colourful quilt. Quilting for youngsters can be very rewarding if you use great colours and wooden printing blocks. if you want to know how to make a quilt here are some simple instructions.

How to block print your own fabric

1) Choose a selection of random sized fabric to use as your patchwork.

2) Block prints are created using wooden printing blocks to print onto each piece of patchwork. Remember you must have a foam mat underneath your fabric to create a clear block print.

3) Children can just print in straight rows for a simple and easy effect.

4) Try and play with different patterns with your wood stamps to create different designs. There is so much you can do with just one block by rotating it and placing it in different positions.

5) Use Colouricious fabric paints which you simply iron to fix. The fabric paints that we recommend are very reliable. When they have been fixed the colour stays permanent and you can wash your fabric up to 40 degrees without damaging the paint. Also the fabric stays soft and is not hardened by this paint.

Watch this video on how to block print

See the full range of Colouricious wooden printing blocks

Have a look at the best fabric paints that we recommend you use for your block prints to create your own patchwork quilts.

Young quilters guild is a wonderful organisation to promote and help youngsters to learn how to quilt by joining a local quilt group.

 

Win a Textile Holiday to India

Win a Colouricious Textile Holiday to India

We are very excited to invite you to win a holiday to India. So often, when we are out at quilt shows or teaching at workshops, we hear you say “how I wish I could go to India”, or “this is my dream holiday, but I cannot afford it”. Well now we are offering you a quick, easy and simple way of winning your perfect holiday. All you have to do is purchase one or more competition sets of wooden printing blocks and your name will be entered into our prize draw. There are many other prizes too. Read more details on how to enter. For every set you buy you get another entry. If you send us photos of what you print, we will enter you in again! So you can increase your chances of coming on a choice of three holidays. If you have already booked on any of the winning holidays and you happen to win, then you will get a full refund of payments made! The holiday starts from Heathrow London, UK.

Read the full details of this Colouricious Competition

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The Talking Threads DVDs from Colouricious offer you some wonderful ideas for your next craft project and having the DVD will make it easy for you to replay and check back on certain points to make sure you fully understand what you need to do. We have a offer running at the moment where you can get both Talking Threads DVDs for a special price of only £11.00

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

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Textile Holidays

Our textile holidays are becoming more and more popular and we are pretty much at full occupancy for the next two trips. You can see all of the textile holidays we have planned for 2015 here and we regularly update each holiday with details of the number of spaces available. Check the holiday you are interested and act quickly if you want one of the remaining places.

We currently have one place left on our incredible trip to Bhutan in September this year. It is the first time we have ever visited this secretive country and as they strictly control the number of visitors they allow each year, this really will be trip of a lifetime.

click the picture below to see read about the trip and to download the booking form.

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Check out the other Textile Holidays we have to offer you.

Colouricious Holidays


Gifts

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If you are looking for a unique birthday present or maybe a gift for Mothers Day, then you should really take a look at the gift page on our website. We have made lots of wonderful things that would make a perfect gift.


 

The Stencil Shop
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Learn, Create, Be Happy!

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Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Embroidery & Textile Art Holiday India

Embroidery Heritage Textile Tour – West Bengal, India

Dates of this holiday are Sunday 22nd March – 2nd April 2015

Come and join in on our textile tour of India to learn about  Indian heritage, hosted by textile artist Jamie Malden of Colouricious. During your textile holiday you will be exploring the Indian traditional techniques of block printing, kantha embroidery and textiles, and many more truly unique experiences.

Only 2 places left – book now to join in this fun adventure

There are still have a few places left for the Tribal Textile Tour commencing 3rd April.

Textile Art – Embroidery – Colouricious Textile Holiday

For full details and booking form visit Colouricious Embroidery Holiday to West Bengal


22 March (Sunday): Depart Heathrow Airport London

FLIGHT DETAILS:London Heathrow Dubai  EK2  Emirates Airlines  22-03-2015   13.35   23-03-15   00.35Dubai     Kolkota    EK570     Emirates Airlines  23-03-2015  02.00   23-03-15   07.40Kolkata   Dubai  EK571   Emirates Airlines        02-04-2015 09.45   02-04-15  13.10Dubai   London Heathrow EK5   Emirates Airlines  02-04-2015 15.45 02-04014     20.15
ACCOMODATION 11 nights Hotel, Bed, Breakfast & evening meal

 23 March (Monday): Arrive Kolkata. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Lunch will be on direct payment basis at the Hotel.

Afternoon, enjoy visit to Gariahat Market which sells whole array of items ranging from clothing to crockery to fashion accessories and so on. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kolkata. Gariahat falls under Ballygunge area and is a retail market for saris (not only from typical Bengal but from all across India), jewelleries, crockeries, good restaurants and altogether provides a long stretch for window shopping too. It is the hub and shopping capital of South Kolktata

Overnight is at the Hotel Peerless Inn, Kolkata [Superior Room with Breakfast & Dinne

http://www.peerlesshotels.com/kolkata

 24 March (Tuesday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. Drive Kolkata – Panchla to witness zari work. [35 Kms: 1 Hr] Panchla is famous for zari work. Zari embroidery with gold zari, seed pearls, sequins and beads is mainly produced by Muslim craftsmen of Panchla with six basic designs – leaf, flower, bird, animal, geometric and filler. Packed lunch will be arranged on direct payment basis. After  lunch, coach drive to remote Shantiniketan. [185 Kms: 4.5 Hrs] Stay overnight at Hotel in Shantiniketan.

Overnight is at the Hotel Mark and Meadows, Shantiniketan [Standard Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

http://www.markandmeadows.com

 25 March (Wednesday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast, you will visit Katna village. [95 Kms: 2.5 Hrs]

In Katna, you will take part in a Kantha weaving workshop. Lunch will also be arranged in Katna itself. Kantha holds a very special place within the village life in Katna. In Katna, you will enjoy a workshop on Kantha weaving. The process of Kantha work goes in a way that the new fabric to be used for the top and the bottom layers of the Kantha is first cut and then stitched according to the desired size. The bottom layer is spread on the floor and ironed. A second layer of soft white cloth is spread on top of it. A third layer of fabric is spread on top and all the three layers are secured together by long running stiches. Thread colours are selected for the quilting work and this is followed by embroidery work. Once the embroidery work is finished, the extra fabric is cut off from the sides to get a straight edge and a piping in matching colour is stitched along the edge for the finish and the label is added. The Kanthas are washed and ironed and are ready.

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After  lunch, coach drive Katna – Murshidabad. [180 Kms: 4.5 Hrs] Stay overnight at Hotel in Murshidabad.

Overnight is at the Hotel Sunshine, Murshidabad [Standard Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

http://www.hotelsunshine3star.com

26 March (Thursday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast, you will witness silk production and silk weaving in Murshidabad. Lunch will be at the hotel in Murshidabad on direct payment basis. After lunch, you will drive back from Murshidabad – Shantiniketan. [180 Kms: 4.5 Hrs] Stay overnight at Hotel in Shantiniketan.

Overnight is at the Hotel Mark and Meadows, Shantiniketan [Standard Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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 27 March (Friday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast, you will enjoy half day Macrame workshop. Macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Its primary knots are the square knot and forms of “hitching”: full hitch and double half hitches. It was long crafted by sailors, especially in elaborate or ornamental knotting forms, to decorate anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships. This macramé craft has been adopted from a foreign culture and has become an important craft in Birbhum since the part few decades. It provides a mean of livelihood to many villagers. Lunch will be on direct payment basis at the Hotel in Shantiniketan. Afternoon, participate in Batik workshop. The word batik actually means ‘wax writing ‘. It is a way of decorating fabric by covering a part of it with a coat of wax and then dyeing the fabric. The waxed areas keep their original colour and when the wax is removed the contrast between the dyed and non dyed areas makes the pattern. The crackle effect of batik is the most fascinating part which makes it unique. This results when the cooled wax is cracked to allow the dye to penetrate in the final dye bath.

Overnight is at the Hotel Mark and Meadows, Shantiniketan [Standard Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

 28 March (Saturday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast, you will enjoy full day excursion to Bishnupur. [185 Kms: 4.5 Hrs one way] In Bishnupur, you will witness Baluchari saree weaving alongwith terracotta and conch shell products being made by the artists. Bishnupur is famous for traditional Baluchari silk saree weaving which bears a lot of similarity with the Katki design of Orissa. Today, you will visit local Baluchari sari weavers and see their working pattern. Their silk-on-silk embroidered textiles and garments are sought after by women all over India as a high end fashion item. Packed lunch will be arranged on direct payment basis. Stay overnight at Hotel in Shantiniketan. They carve intricate blowing shells and bracelets out of conch shell. The bracelets, which are often inlaid with red lac or gold, symbolize in West Bengal that the wearer is married. Generally, it requires more than a month of hard labour to design and style a conch shell and is clearly a costly item. Also, witness the beautiful art of Terracotta work, which again are characteristic of Bishnupur. The most famous of the terracotta products are the handmade jars, disks, jewellery, horses, elephants, Ganesha and Nataraja. The potters here derive their inspiration from the history of kings, soldiers and wars

Overnight is at the Hotel Mark and Meadows, Shantiniketan [Standard Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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 29 March (Sunday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast, transfer to Bolpur railway station [Shantiniketan] to board your train to Howrah [Kolkata]. Train: Shantiniketan Express: 1310-1540 Hrs / AC-Chair CarArrival transfer from Howrah railway station to your Hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kolkata.

Overnight is at the Hotel Peerless Inn, Kolkata [Superior Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

http://www.peerlesshotels.com/kolkata

 30 March (Monday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. Morning, enjoy workshop at Kasba Weaver’s Studio to experience the local art of block printing and fabric dyeing. Day will be spent enriching oneself, learning and experiencing the art of hand block printing and fabric dyeing. A workshop on block printing will be organisedLunch will be arranged at Ballygunge Weavers Studio. Post lunch, indulge in some retail therapy at Ballygunge Weavers Studio. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kolkata.

Overnight is at the Hotel Peerless Inn, Kolkata [Superior Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

http://www.peerlesshotels.com/kolkata

 31 March (Tuesday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast, enjoy full day excursion to Phulia and Shantipur [95 Kms: 3.5 Hrs one way] which are known handloom saree weaving centres. Phulia specialises in a combination of jacquard and jamdani work while Shantipur is known for superfine dhotis and jacquards.  Shantipur – Phulia region has over 125,000 handlooms, churning out Shantipuri, Tangail, and Jamdani handloom sarees in a variety of yarns like cotton, tussar and silk. Dhotis, dress materials, stoles and scarves are also woven. These places shot to fame as a centre of handloom saree weaving, banking on immigrant weavers from Bangladesh. After partition of India, many skilled weavers of Dhaka came and settled in West Bengal around Shantipur and Phulia in Nadia district, both traditionally renowned centres for hand-woven fabrics. With government encouragement and support, the talented weavers soon revived their ancestral occupation and the art of exquisite weaving has once again flourished.

Packed lunch will be arranged on direct payment basis.

Overnight is at the Hotel Peerless Inn, Kolkata [Superior Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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 1 April (Wednesday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. Morning, enjoy half day visit to Gurusaday Museum. It is a National Treasure of Heritage. Presently, the museum has a collection of approximately 3300 exhibits of folk arts and crafts, thereby reflecting the vigour and vitality of the rural life and present a vivid picture of art and social traditions, religious beliefs, practices and motifs, aesthetic assimilation and cultural influences in undivided Bengal as well as in India.Lunch will be arranged at local restaurant on direct payment basis. Afternoon, enjoy visit to Dakshinapan Market famous for Handicrafts and Indian ethnic ware, is an open air complex which is spread over two floors. Above half of the total shops fall under Govt. of West Bengal and Central Govt. of India The market comprises mainly various types of State Emporiums, from all over India, dealing in handlooms, handicrafts, textiles, furniture, fancy goods and imitation jewellery. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kolkata.

Overnight is at the Hotel Peerless Inn, Kolkata [Superior Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

 2 April (Thursday): Breakfast is at the Hotel. Today, at an appropriate time, you will be transferred to Kolkata International airport to connect with your flight back home.

Kolkata to Dubai  EK571  Emirates Airlines   02-04-2015   09.45   02-04-15  13.10

Dubai to London Heathrow EK5  Emirates Airlines  02-04-2015 15.45 02-04014  20.15


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