Dots and Blocks have been supplying my busy gift shop on a National Trust World Heritage site for nearly 3 years. Karen is wonderful to deal with, nothing is ever too much trouble. Her shawls are one of our top sellers and customers feedback that they are a great size and very warm. The unique patterns that are used with the mixture of beautiful, bright colours makes the shawls really stand out. Customers love buying them as gifts - but equally for themselves! I would highly recommend Dots and Blocks artisan shawls - they are great value, brilliant colours and completely hand printed in Wiltshire.
Founder - Elements of Avebury LTD
Founder - Elements of Avebury LTD
This was soo relaxing to do! All the craft kits at Dots and Blocks help promote mindfulness. I was a little sceptical at 1st – not because I didn’t believe it – just because I can never completely switch my brain off unless I’m walking in the woods 😂 I can’t really meditate all that well either as my brains so bloody busy thinking about random crap!
I actually loved doing this, it’s really satisfying, I can honestly say my brain went quiet and I feel really refreshed and relaxed now 😍 Looking forward to doing more! ”
Block Printing Kit
Dots and Blocks created the most amazing bespoke tablecloth and napkins for me. I wasn't very helpful with what I wanted for a design, but I knew I wanted animals, and for each of the 8 napkins to be unique. Karen at Dots and Blocks showed me a variety of blocks and I chose which animals I wanted for the tablecloth and each of the napkins, and then left her to it. She created a beautiful, unique peacock and peacock feather design for the tablecloth, which is huge at over 2m x 1m, and then made me some stunning napkins with foxes, owls, bees, dragonflies, butterflies, cats and peacocks. The cotton twill fabric in deep burgundy contrasts exceptionally well with the gold fabric paint that she used, and they have washed well. I thoroughly recommend Dots and Blocks for original, unique and beautiful fabric designs and I'm certainly planning to commission more! ”
Bespoke printed table linens
We are an Art and Craft Wellbeing group based in Wellow (just outside Bath), about 15 of us attended Karen’s workshop re Mandela Workshop on 25th February 2020. We very much enjoyed making the 2 Mandela cards each and will be booking a further workshop later in the year re block printing.
Karen was very attentive and answered all our questions and it was great that afterwards we could buy supplies direct from her to continue our wellbeing. I would fully recommend attending any of these workshops ”
Craft Group - Dot Mandala beginners workshop
Karen is a part of Blockwallah design team and has created so many beautiful samples for us. She’s made samples of mixed media, from cards to cushion covers. We have used those in TV shows as well as in exhibitions. She is our number one sample maker. I can always trust her work ❤️
OWNER of Blockwallah - reference my samples as seen on TV, in Create & Craft Magazine, and at Trade Shows around the world. ”
Laura Emilia Vacker
OWNER of Blockwallah
I have just purchased some fabric paints and printing blocks. as always Karen has been a big help with her easy step by step tutorials which are so helpful to a beginner. As I like to see things being done you also get written instructions which other people may find easier. delivery is always fast and prompt. I have also in the past purchased dotting tools and paints and again you have tutorials by Karen and written instructions. I enjoy all my mindfulness crafts from Dots & Blocks ”
I attended a beginners dot mandala workshop at the court street gallery. Karen was a very calm and patient teacher. This has now become a hobby of my mine and I would definitly recommend the class to others. I find this hobby very relaxing and meditative. Thank you Karen. ”
Dot Mandala beginners workshop
I have recently purchased the dot mandala kit for beginners, with pearl paints. The kit arrived beautifully packaged. I found the video extremely helpful as a complete beginner as Karen even explains how much paint is needed on the tools and how much pressure to apply to the paper, I had not seen that on other videos. The paint texture is lovely. I had a slight issue with my tools so messaged karen, she instantly sorted it out by replacing the tools and was extremely helpful and friendly. Great customer service when needed. I have had 2 attempts at painting and so far loving it. Thank you ”
Dot Mandala comprehensive kit
Had a great time at Karen’s dot mandala and mindfulness class at Paper and Smiles. Karen is an excellent teacher and explained everything really well, she started with some mindful awareness which was very interesting and useful. I made two lovely dot mandala cards which I am very pleased with. Thoroughly recommend this course as anyone can do it, it is much easier than it looks and with Karen’s support you will be pleased with your results ”
Dot Mandala Beginners Workshop
5 stars - Wow what a lovely day spent with Karen doing her beginners & advance block printing workshops, Karen made us feel so at ease and has the patience of a saint!! I came away with 3 lovely items and even surprised myself! Highly recommended! I hope to attend more of her workshops later this year. ”
Block Printing Workshop
Wow!! I am absolutely in love with this personalised therapy throw!
Dots & Blocks is a personal service from start to finish. Karen was open and warm , making suggestions and sourcing the throw that you can see in these photos.
I ordered this for my Holistic Therapy business and displays the seed of life (which forms the central part of my logo) in a gorgeous , pearl teal print! It couldn’t be more perfect! The throw arrived beautifully presented in tissue paper with this personalised card which was a total surprise and just another little touch making Dots & Blocks unique.
Thank you so much Karen you’re a Star 🌟
I am writing 5 stars as I didn’t get the option
Commissioned block printing project
We had a fabulous afternoon yesterday, creating dot mandalas with Karen, for my birthday party. She came to my home and gave us a brilliant, fun & creative time. Even those who were nervous about doing something creative massively enjoyed it and got such a thrill in creating something so beautiful.
I had such a blast and Karen fitted in to the party perfectly. Thank you for making my party so special! ”
Hostess of a Dot Mandala Birthday Party
Journal from Dots and Blocks is perfect. Both my son and myself have been using them for a few months now. They are strong and a perfect size for daily use. The selection of covers is inspiring and with the beautiful glitter on the front, it is perfect. It is a bonus that the glitter doesn't come off all over the place, unlike others I have seen. I will look forward to purchasing more in the future, they also make wonderful gifts. ”
I now have several printed scarves from dots and blocks, all different., all unique and all much admired by friends and acquaintances. They are all amazed by what good value they are and how unique and attractive. I think my favourite is the navy one printed with the lime green tree of life motif. It goes with so many things and is my favourite motif.
I also have several of your bags that are again so individual and well made, they wash well and hold a lot. Hard to chose my favourite, they are all so gorgeous. ”
Artisan Fabrics Collection
💚 During Lockdown I wanted to send my Team of 16 lovely Ladies a small gift to put a smile on their face during this difficult time and let them know I was thinking of them. I also wanted to send something with a positive affirmation message.
I met the lovely Karen at a Be Well & Beautiful Event a couple of times and had purchased two of her lovely Notebooks and thought this would be the ideal gift that they could use. I contact Karen who was fantastic and we came up with her fabulous embossed design of the Tree of Life with the caption below HOPE ideal, positivity and Karen even made each one bespoke with different shades of sparkle based on our Tropic colours.
The feedback was amazing from my Ladies who received them, Karen produced them really quickly and sent all of them out to each of my Team. What fantastic service thank you Karen sooooo much.
Warmest wishes 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹 Marie xx ”
Marie Aveyard Pocock
Dots and Blocks are a fantastic small business with a very personal service. Karen packages all her items with care, and communication is brilliant. Her Indian wooden blocks are all ethically sourced from artisan carvers in India. I purchased several blocks for myself and was amazed at the craftsmanship and quality when they arrived. The hand mixed fabric paints are brilliant too, fantastic colours and quality. I will definitely be recommending Karen and her business ‘Dots and Blocks’ Thank you Karen.
Penny of Cavell Creations
Wooden printing blocks