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Design your Surfaces Using Fabric Scraps – Textile design

Textile Art – Creating Designed Surfaces  Using Fabric Scraps – Jamie Malden

Sometimes, after you’ve finished your designs, you can be left with some seemingly useless bits and bobs; things like thread or bits of fabric. This does not need to go to waste! Why not design your surfaces by turning the scraps into a masterpiece? You can put it on bags, notebooks and much more!

How to

All you need to do is take what you have left after a project, place them on your chosen canvas under a piece of organza and sew it down. There can be method to your madness or you can place your bits and bobs randomly. It really is up to you!

What we think of the surface designs

Embroidered stitches on top of this can create some beautiful textures and really bring the piece together. You can add flowers or follow the shapes of the underneath design. Whatever you think looks best.

Something really unique is turning your old scraps into wash bags! You can never have too many wash bags, they always come in handy. Just by adding some waterproof material to the inside you can create a vibrant, fun little piece which is very convenient and useful.

You would never have guessed that the fabric and thread was originally destined for the bin! It adds style and fun to your designs. Plus, it also saves a lot of waste! We like the colour aspect of it all. Plus, we love the idea that no two pieces will ever come out exactly same. You can really use this as a means to experiment with shapes, styles and colour.

What you need and Final Notes!

Lastly, we’d like to say we think it’s super easy and fun to create. All you need is some old scraps, some organza, a sewing machine and a little bit of a time!

Want more design inspiration for your surfaces? Press here!

Look at our Pinterest to find more inspiration by clicking here! 


Add Organza to your projects

Add Organza to your projects


Organza is a thin sheer fabric that can give a touch of elegance to your crafting projects. It is a wonderful fabric to use in applique as it gives a beautiful finishing touch. We have an excellent video you can watch which shows our good friend Kim Thittichai using polyester organza to design her fabrics. You see it by clicking on the video below.

Organza Video

Have a go at designing your own fabric, it is a wonderful thing to do and great fun as well.


Lots of new holidays to choose from


We are really busy organising lots of new holidays for 2016 and 2017. We will be going through each of the holidays in more detail in future newsletters, but if you want to see all of the destinations then take a look at the holiday page of our website. The itineraries are being uploaded this week and the booking form will be updated shortly so you can reserve your place. Please do not try and book any of the 2016 trips yet, as we have not yet done the booking forms. We have a few last places on the Rajasthan Tour in November and the Block Printing in Jaipur.
We are going to be visiting new countries as well as new places and regions within India and we are very excited about the new holidays we are offering and would love for you to join us.


Latest Arrivals


We have just taken delivery of lots of new blocks ready for the autumn/winter seasons and holidays. If you want to take a look at all of the new arrivals, then take a look at our website and you will see them all in our Latest Arrivals section.

Applique with Polyester Organza and Bondaweb

Appliqué Design with Polyester Organza and Bondaweb

Kim Thittichai is a British textile artist who specialises in surface design. In this video, you will learn how to do appliqué design. You can use Colouricious wooden printing blocks to produce appliqué design s.

Here are some examples of the appliqué design that Kim has made using Polyester Organza and Bondaweb.

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Buy Bondaweb and Polyester Organza to design your appliqué.

For this project, we recommend Colouricious wooden printing blocks and Colouricious fabric paint.

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