Monday, 29 January 2007

MEMORY LANE: George Weil & Sons Ltd

FIBRECRAFTS, as it is today, has taken more than 115 years to create. The story is the blending of two distinct family businesses set up by George Weil & Sons in 1891 and Anna Bowers in 1982.

George Weil was a Silk Merchant from Alsace in the border region of France and Germany, who moved to London to set up business trading in silk fabrics as linings to the fur trade. We still have his original copperplate hand written order books and cash book. The business was based around the fur auction rooms by the river Thames near St Paul’s Cathedral. It thrived, being handed from father to son and becoming a prosperous limited company in 1934.

In the 1970’s public opinion began to turn against fur coats, and the business first adapted by moving to the West End of London into the ‘rag trade’ area and selling a wider range of lining fabrics to the fashion shops. Later the Weils noted that they were making more fabric sales to individual artists as silk screen printers and then to silk painters. They extended their product range to include the DEKA silk, fabric and glass paints. DEKA were one of the first makers of these items, and the business still holds the UK distribution agency for these products. They also added the Sinotex silk fabric agency.

Recognising that London was an expensive base, and that mail-order was becoming increasingly popular the main part of the business moved to a warehouse in Reigate, leaving a fabric shop in London.

Do you remember George Weil & Sons Ltd all those years ago?

Thursday, 25 January 2007

MODELLING: Modroc Hand

A member of the Trinity Methodist Church in Woking has kindly brought in a photo of one of our products in use at their Friday Night Club.

This Modroc hand was created by a member of our staff and you can see the photo taken at the club behind. The modeller first wrapped his hand in cling film before applying the wetted Modroc. Great messy fun! Do you know of any good tips for using this product?

Tuesday, 23 January 2007

SPINNING - Manx Loaghtan Shearling

With Christmas out of the way, Coralie couldn't wait to use her coveted present - a Schacht Matchless Spinning Wheel! With a Manx Loaghtan Shearling fleece in the shed begging to be carded and spun, Coralie set about producing this delicious singles yarn.

She told us, 'When I've finally finished the spinning, I'm going to have a go at lace knitting. I already have Gossamer Webs but the patterns in Victorian Lace Today are also very tempting!'

Thursday, 18 January 2007

Welcome to Textiles Talk

The phone is ringing intermittently and the tape gun is working away in the packing room. There are orders being picked and the sales team are processing them on the computer. It's raining hard and the wind is high...

So? I hear some of you say, but others will be pleased to know that we're working as hard as always to supply you with your textile craft materials.

This is our first post to our new blog 'Textiles Talk'. It's here for you. Add your comments or feedback, images, tips, news, events - anything to do with your textile craft and watch it grow into an interesting and stimulating resource.