Make your own rag bag

Watch this video to see how easily you can create your own beautiful bag. Marilyn Pipe is an excellent textile artist and tutor, teaching many wonderful workshops. Watch and she will take you through each step. You can have your first bag made this afternoon, simply by using scraps of torn up strips of fabric!

Block Print your own Cards

Making your own gift cards is probably the easiest way to show off your creative block printing skills. Home made cards are all the rage and are appreciated so much more than the shop bought versions. There are lots of ways to incorporate block printing into your cards, and this clip shows you how to do it with a step by step video. This ten minute video is presented by Julia Phillips who loves dyeing fabrics and block printing. 

To personalise the cards you make, you will need some alphabet blocks and Colouricious have a wonderful selection of letters in different styles and sizes. 

Dye your Fabrics

One way to make your crafting projects look really special is to dye your fabrics before you start block printing, embroidering, embellishing or stenciling. Dyeing will make your fabric unique and can really enhance the patterns you have chosen to add to your project.

In this clip, Myfanwy Hart takes you carefully through every step of the dyeing process, making sure you get the dye where you want it on the fabric and not too much on your hands! You can watch other videos about dyeing techniques on the Colouricious website

Friendly Plastics? A different way to use wooden blocks

If you are looking for a different way to use your wooden printing blocks then pressing them into friendly plastic could just be the thing for you. Health and Safety first though, don't try and do this with any plastic you have at home, you must use friendly plastic which can be heated and not give off any fumes. You can purchase friendly plastic here.

This is a super way to use your wooden blocks and you can be really creative with it using the finished plastic as embellishments or as stand alone crafting projects. Take a look at this video as Gillian shows you step by step how to use this wonderful plastic. Do remember to use a releasing agent to your block, such as a light dusting of talc otherwise you will ruin your blocks.

Hand Embroidery with Shisha

Shisha or Abla Bharat embroidery, or mirror-work, is a type of embroidery which attaches small pieces of mirrors reflect metal to fabric. Mirror embroidery is spread throughout Asia, and today can be found in the traditional embroidery of Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, and Indonesia. It is a really lovely way to adorn and embellish your textile crafting projects and it makes them stand out from the crowd.

Transfer Foils can bring something new

Transfer Foils can bring a metallic or holographic pattern to your crafting projects when you use them. They can be used to accent and highlight your existing design and really make it unique.

Solufleece - Something new to try

Solufleece is a water soluble stabiliser for machine embroidery. It handles heavy/high density stitching very well.

Simply treat Solufleece like a normal fabric while sewing & embroidering (layer against the fabric you wish to stabilise.

Once the stitching is complete submerge in water and the solufleece will disolve away to leave the stitching you have done. It is cold water soluble – leaves no residue.

Let's do some Tie Dye

Bandhani Tie Dye is a craft practiced mainly in Rajasthan and Gujarat in India. It is an intricate process requiring a lot of skill and dexterity to tie the small knots in the correct places to create the detailed patterns. The name Bandhani comes from the Sanskrit word banda which means 'to tie'.

The knots are tied in detailed patterns to create squares, waves and strips. It is possible that a piece of Bandhani Tie Dye material can have well over 1,000 knots. As with a lot of crafts the patterns and colours used all have meaning to the regions that have created the design. In Rajasthan for example red is often used to represent a bride and yellow a mother. As with a lot of Indian crafts, the colours used in Bandhani Tie Dye are mainly natural and they tend to be darker colours.

Quilting with Di Wells

This is a lovely short video showing an interesting interview with Di Wells, talking about her patchwork and quilting, and demonstrating how to quilt with paper and honesty seed pods.

Rogan Art

This is a really interesting painted technique, which has a very stitch like appearance.  The Kathri Suma family of Gujarat is the only family using this technique of cloth decoration. It is unique to this one village. Castor oil plant is boiled for two days to a sticky goo, then mixed with different pigments to create the colours. The designs are all applied by free hand. The family have won two national awards and two state awards for their work. Colouricious are running a holiday trip to this area in October 2016

Slashing/Chenille Scrap Technique

Chenille is a great fun technique, but it can be wasteful as you need many layers of fabric. This video shows a great way of using random scraps to get a good chenille effect.

Tea Bag Tea Cosy

This is one of my favourite Colouricious videos, it's a bit bonkers but brilliant! Learn how to make this amazing leather look tea cosy using recycled tea bags. How cool is that?