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Block Printing with Colouricious Holidays

Come on a wonderful block printing holiday to Jaipur. 

If you love arts and crafts, then you will I am sure, love to learn how to block print your own fabric. The art of block printing is an ancient Indian form of fabric printing using hand carved Indian wooden printing blocks. Block printed fabric has been produced in Jaipur for hundreds of years and is still very much a wonderful technique for fabric printing. Colouricious Holidays specialise in teaching their guests how to block print and we love to stay in wonderful hotels to make the whole holiday experience really wonderful. One of our absolute favourite hotels is called the Alisisar Hotel, which is actually a haveli. Haveli means a house built in a quadrant with a courtyard in the middle. This haveli belongs to a family who have 3 palaces and this particular haveli is their town house which they have converted into a gorgeous hotel. Have a little walk around this haveli to see how beautiful the accommodation is…

Hotels in Jaipur – Colouricious Block printing holiday

As you can imagine, it gets quite hot in India, so our guests really enjoyed the magnificent swimming pool at this haveli. The building is cream in colour and retains many of the original features that were enjoyed by their predecessors. Obviously the pool is new but really adds a special attraction to this hotel. Not only is the building beautiful but must say how lovely the staff are too. The food is truly delicious and luckily is made for the western market, i.e. not too spicy.

During the day our guests are off learning how to block print in authentic factories, with real printers using wooden printing blocks and at the end of a busy day, what a treat to come back to the Alsisar Haveli – one of our favourite hotels in Jaipur.

Come on a Colouricious Holiday and stay here with us!

 

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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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