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Embellishing | Dry Needle Felting – Learn How To

Embellishing workshop with Myfanwy Hart – Learn for yourself!

Embellishing is something fun and unique to each person. You can pick your own favourite colour yarn and co-ordination of colours to work well with the chosen felt as well. In this how to, Myfanwy Hart shows us a simple step-by-step guide on embellishing.

Taking the felt, you can choose your yarn and create a meshed-together surface. Getting more in tune with the machine is the first step. Improving your relationship with the sewing machine makes the embellishing process a lot smoother. With confidence comes great creativity!

Basic straight laid yarns is the foundation needed in order to progress your skills. The straight yarns look great too! Using colour and angles you can really bring it to life!

There are different types of yarn to use but in this example, Myfanwy is using pink wool. Always start in the middle as it’s easiest. When starting, be slow and consistent. This helps your yarned felt come out as you want it to best.

What can you do with this skill? As seen in the video, you can create funky covers for notebooks, sheets to decorate your home, clothes and much more. Jamie goes on to show how she turned a finished felt piece into a decorative addition to an old scarf. Amazing!

The more you work on the piece the more integrated and stronger it becomes!

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Sewing Kantha Embroidery Stitch – Colouricious Textile Holiday

Kantha Stitch 

Kantha Stitch is a sewing technique used to create beautiful patterns and intricate details in embroidery and produce beautiful patterns and designs. This sewing technique is used amongst India to create Kantha quilts and it is hand stitching embroidery technique. Learn all about this and more in a Colouricious Textile Holiday. You will witness the women in India hand sew and embellish beautiful fabric pieces used as Kantha sprees and Kantha quilts. You will enjoy the company of like-minded people enjoying a creative and inspiring textile holiday learning about different hand printing and sewing techniques that you will then explore yourselves.

Kantha Stitch – Embroidery Designs with Indian Block Printing

Owl – Decor – Sewing Patterns – Sewing Ideas

Owl Patterns
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Here is a new gift idea for you – have fun making these as a gift – you fill your soft toy with weights to make it into a door stop, you could stuff it to make into a teddy bear- the list goes on with different ideas you could do with these sewing patterns. As well as having this pattern available on our website, we also have got the most wonderful selection of owl wooden printing blocks that you can buy.

Learn about the life of owls

Whole piece quilt block printing textile craft ideas

Whole Piece Quilt

Whole piece quilt making is a great tool for you to use up recycled fabric! Block printing over the top of old fabric can create wonderful effects. First start by taking a whole piece of fabric, it can be commercial fabric, hand dyed or even some recycled fabric (such as an old duvet cover or old curtains perhaps!) Lay the whole cloth on the table, remembering to place a foam mat under the area that you are block printing. You can either start your printing in the middle or start with the border. Create patterns as you go along. Think too about the orientation of your designs and that will help you with either your pattern theory or your random printing. We find it easiest to start block printing from the outside inwards. You can combine different printing techniques too with rubbing plates & markal sticks, with stencils and with dry sponging. The more you combine these skills, the more creative your whole piece quilt will be. Once you have finished printing the front you can then stitch that to the back with some piping to make your whole piece quilt. No piecing together, this quilting technique is relatively quick and easy.

We recommend that you use Colouricious Fabric Paints as they are easily fixed to be permanent by ironing the fabric both sides. If you have a tumble dryer you can heat fix your fabric by tumble drying it for 10 minutes on a hot setting.

Happy Block Printing!

Have a look at our animal Colouricious wooden printing blocks and our leaf and trees Colouricious wooden printing blocks

 

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Making your own block printed canvas bag

Block Printing Your Canvas Bag

Here is a wonderful craft idea to make a tote style canvas bag into an exciting shopping bag.

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Here we have used some blocks from our Colouricious leaf wooden blocks to create an exciting personalized pattern. By using a lighter colour and a liner block this creates a background pattern then with the brighter/ bolder colours over the top creates the eye catching pattern for your shoulder bag.

Get confident with your sewing machine using your own simplicity pattern.

To create this eye-catching pattern we recommend you use our Colouricious fabric paints because they are easy to fix with simple ironing and then the fabric is permanently fixed.

Happy Block Printing!

 


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