Thursday, 20 December 2007

A Christmas Tree! A Christmas Tree!

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
With dark green needled memories
Of childhood dreams and mysteries
Wrapped present-like in front of me.

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
I glimpse a past wherein i see
The child that then grew into me
Not forward fast but haltingly.

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
A time for being with family
A time that's gone so fleetingly
Yet lives for always deep in me.

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
When twelfth night comes whole hauntingly
One lingered look and then i see
No Christmas tree where it would be.

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
With feelings now felt longingly
No corner in my house to see
The magic of that Christmas tree.

by David Keig

And here is our tree at FIBRECRAFTS surrounded by some of the many Christmas cards we have received! Thank you all for your festive messages.

We should have taken the photo a couple of days ago when we still had the 'Secret Santa' presents underneath it. They've all been given out now (as has the wine!) and we've eaten all the mince pies. We're in the spirit and hope you are too.


Monday, 17 December 2007

NEWS: Surrey Business Award Finalist

Great news for FIBRECRAFTS! The shortlist has been shortened and the finalists announced - George Weil & Sons Ltd have made it to the last four contenders for the Small Business Award!

FIBRECRAFTS is the mail order division of George Weil & Sons Ltd and it is the hard work, commitment and imagination of the small team here that has led to this success.

The winners of the Surrey Business Awards will be announced in February 2008 and we're waiting with baited breath for the results. Wish us luck!

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Natural Dyeing with Fibrecrafts

We've been delightfully busy here at Fibrecrafts and are pleased and surprised at the success of our Christmas offers. We've noted a particular demand for the Natural Dye Kit which we feature here.

The Fibrecrafts Natural Dye Kit includes a selection of natural dyes and mordants to enable the beginner to experiment with and gain a greater understanding of how natural dyes bond to fibres. Using the contents in various combinations (and keeping notes of the recipes developed!) the dyer can then dye the 100gm ball of wool yarn before knitting it into the simple hat pattern supplied.

If you become hooked on the craft, Fibrecrafts offers an extensive range of natural dyes to discover. You can learn how to extract the deep red from the dried cochineal beetle, the regal purple from Logwood Chips and the deepest of blue from Indigo!

The Book Shop contains a wealth of literature on the subject of dyes and how to use them, and a book is often the best resource for learning about them.

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Christmas Decoration Ideas

If you've got some free time between now and Christmas, here are some Christmas projects just begging to be explored....

Computer Printed Silk Organza Christmas Card

Printed Organza Christmas Card
This card was designed and created by Linda Chapman. It is a relatively simple design but nonetheless very effective. Linda used a card blank, available from most stationery stores, and stuck a layer of batik decorated tissue paper in the centre. The tissue paper was wetted with a paint brush before being pulled apart to reveal a feathered edge. Find out more...

Angelina Fibre Bell
Heat Bondable Angelina Bell
Heat bondable Angelina fibre can be used in a number of ways. Here we have discovered a fun and simple way to bind them into a three-dimensional shape. The Angelina fibres need only a very small amount of indirect heat to make them fuse, in this instance, boiling water is involved so please take care! Find out more...

Felted Santa

Washing Machine Felted Santa
Felt is created by agitating wool fibres until they mat together to form a non-woven fabric. The fibres can be laid flat on a surface or molded around a former such as a hatshaper, cardboard or even a ball.This Santa was felted entirely in a washing machine. The head, body, hands and nose were created from balls while the limbs were made by shaping the fibres before rolling them and tack stitching them into J-cloth. Find out more...