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7 steps for Fabric Dyeing | Washing Machine Edition

Fabric Dyeing Techniques – How To Dye Your Own Fabric Using A Washing Machine

Fabric dyeing can be fun and easy! Just let us show you how  In this easy to follow guide Colouricious can show you the 7 easy steps to dyeing your own fabric using a washing machine! How fun!

These are the steps broken down:

  1. Step one – Put your chosen fabrics in the washing machin
  2. Pour the dye into the drum with the fabric Add 500g of normal Salt straight into the drum
  3. Set the machine at 40 degrees WITHOUT washing powder
  4. When finished, wash the fabric again to rinse it.
  5. Either tumble dry or hang it up to dry. Completely up to you!
  6.  Iron your materials.

After you follow this guide you can start to have fun with your fabric. Enjoy printing onto and playing with your fabrics to create your own fun masterpieces. The possibilities are endless. For example, how about some aztec inspired dyed aprons and bags!

If you’re looking for some inspiration here are some fun dyed fabrics we like:

Take more inpiration from our website by looking at our textile techniques by clicking here! 

Happy fabric dyeing!

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.

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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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Check out our beautiful
stencils here
Silk Painting Kits
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We have some wonderful
silk painting kits
which you can see here
Gift Vouchers
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Ideal for a birthday present
or just a last minute gift
for a crafting friend. You can
order them here
Textile Holidays
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There are a number of
wonderful holidays
for you in 2015.
Check them out here

 

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Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards

Jamie Malden
Colouricious


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