Classes with Jamie Malden

Classes with Jamie Malden

Jamie brings a refreshing, accessible and comprehensive range of textile art ideas to inspire people of all levels.

Jamie has a Master’s Degree in Art & Design, BEd (Hons) 2:1, and City & Guilds Machine Embroidery.

She founded and ran The Charterhouse Square, one of London’s top, independent Prep Schools for twenty four years. According to Jamie, “Everyone has something creative in them and I believe finding a creative channel is essential for a happy life for many of us. Whether as a head teacher, a business person or a film producer, I’ve found that bringing out the best in people needs encouragement, inspiration and creativity in equal measures. This is what makes me wake up happy every single day.”

With her lifelong passion for textiles, Jamie founded Colouricious in 2008. Her goal with Colouricious is to inspire and teach people to create their own textile art by giving them the tools, techniques, skills and know-how.

Today, Colouricious is a leading source of inspiration for Textile Art & Crafts in the UK, producing a variety of textile art DVD’s, TV programs, craft supplies and events. Colouricious also features many of Britain’s leading textile artists.

Jamie is on a mission to bring the world of textile arts and crafts to a wider audience.

Signature Technique:

Block printing

Jamie’s Top Tips:

- Water based paints soak into fabric so you don’t feel the paint sitting on top of your fabric.
- The same set of blocks can be used over and over again to create unique designs across different formats – from iPad covers to quilts.
- When block printing on silk, use cotton underneath like a blotting paper to soak up extra paint.
- An advantage of decolourant over bleach is that it won’t eat the fibres; plus, it is much healthier.
- For the best result when Gelli printing, dab the paint on with a sponge to create the thinnest of layers.

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Classes with Jamie Malden
  • How to Use Shisha Mirrors with Jamie Malden

    These little pieces of mirror come in a wide range of shapes and sizes and add a little bit of light and glamour to your work.
    Jamie shows how you can start off with the shape as inspiration for your embroidery, which can then evolve with more stitching. The work doesn’t have to remain traditiona...

  • Gelli Printing with Stencils from Jamie Malden

    Jamie contnues her short series with us on how to create wonderful and unique fabric which you can then use as the basis for your project. Here she uses stencils and recycled pieces of fabric (old sheeting).
    So how easy it is?
    Step 1: add paint to your gelli plate.
    Tip: don’t waste the paint that...

  • Gelli Printing Part 2 with Jamie Malden

    First, Jamie created wonderful piece of fabric and she prefers this to be pale. Then she takes a series of simple blocks to create this wonderful piece of work. What will you make?
    To obtain blocks, paints and gelli plates just visit her websiteby clicking here.
    If you missed Part 1 click here to...

  • Gelli Printing with Jamie Malden

    This strange piece of  wobbly stuff is proving to be amazingly versatile for those who enjoy textile art and best of all it is reuseable.
    Jamie shows you just how easy it is to create a marbled background piece of fabric which can then be overprinted with block printing. You can use up your old s...

  • The Gentle(ish) Art of Gelli Printing by Hilary Beattie

    Jamie Malden of Colouricious loves to play with block prints and has discovered that Gelli plates can add a new dimension. Do you want to know how? Well she feels that Hilary Beattie really shows you how in her book they met when Hilary was busy rummaging in the hedgerows for leaves.
    And who knew...

  • How to Use Stencils from Jamie Malden

    Jamie loves this sort of project which allows her to combine her love of block printing with stencils and then use some simple embroidery stitches, such as seeding, french knots, chain stitch. What an great and individual project you end up with!
    Here she takes a very plain and ordinary towel and...

  • How to Use Decolourant with Jamie Malden

    Jamie loves to block print and by using this Decolourant paste she adds yet another dimension, as if by magic, to her work. Decolourant acts like a bleach in that it takes the colour out of the fabric, leaving the block print behind, and the magic begins when you have let the paste dry, and then ...

  • How to Block Print onto Fabric with Jamie Malden

    Jamie Malden just loves block printing and has become an expert in creating personalized pieces of fabric. In this short workshop she guides Valerie through the steps and the equipment needed and you can see just how easy the process is, even for a complete beginner.
    The paints used are water bas...

  • Meet Jamie Malden of Colouricious

    Jamie loves to share her passion about block printing and shows Valerie how versatile and exciting this can be. This ancient art of textile printing is still practised in many part of the world, but particularly in Jaipur, which Jamie loves to visit.
    The blocks are varied not only in design but a...