Thursday, 24 December 2009

Christmas Eve 2009 at George Weil

A Christmas Greeting from George WeilWe're all here this morning finishing up for the end of the year. The orders are processed and the parcels are packed, and now we await the last visit from the postie before shutting down computers and switching off lights.

The web sites will be operating over the Christmas holiday, and we'll start to get orders out the moment we return on 4th January 2010.

We thank you for your custom in 2009 and would like to extend our good wishes and seasons greeting for Christmas and the New Year.

Regards from the Team at the George Weil Group

Susan, Sharon, Ruth, Rachel, Julie, Jo, Ian, Dave and Allison

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Bicone Bead Choker Necklace

Make a last minute gift from your leftover polymer clay! This attractive bicone bead has been created using slices from a simple cane design (see how) and the soft rubber thong with sterling silver clasps finishes off the look. Visit this page to see how the choker was made.

Monday, 30 November 2009

A Beginner's Silk Painting

Silk Painting by Allison Farlow
What do you think of my naive and clumsy efforts at silk painting? Would you like to have a go?

It was much harder than I thought it would be and most of it was achieved through trial and error but it hasn't put me off. I love the feel of the loaded brush against the silk fabric and how the colours look and behave. The silk has amazing absorbency and sucks up the colours with gusto!

Silk Painting Explorer PackIf you're interested in having a go, you're welcome to visit my web page in the Fact File at George Weil to see how I got on and how you can learn from my mistakes.

The Silk Painting Explorer Pack offers the materials and equipment to get started with free-style silk painting and you'll also need an gutta outliner if you wish to emulate the effects used in my painting. Have fun! Allison

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Over the Sea and Far Away...

But not so far that we couldn't get Mrs Malledent's parcel out in extra fast time! Ordered only yesterday, Mrs Malledent's alpaca/silk tops arrived in Guernsey this morning. Here's what she thinks about us!

Hello all at Fibrecrafts,

It was good to meet you on our visit there in September.

Just had to say a big thank you for my order. I only ordered the alpaca/silk tops yesterday and it arrived this morning! I had a stall at our local coffee morning in aid of Cancer Research UK and I sold a scarf I made in this lovely blend, and I have an order for another one - hence I needed more tops!

I'm attaching a photo of the first scarf, but my photography is not as good as my spinning and knitting!

Thanks again.

Kind regards,

Karen Malledent

Handspun and knitted scarf by Karen Mallendent
Thanks for the (not so bad!) photo Karen

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Kiln Offer Until End October 2009!

This table top kiln is ideal for firing precious silver clays such as Art Clay Silver; small ceramics; fusing glass; beadmaking and moulding; and annealing and hardening of metals.

We're offering a massive saving of 20% on this kiln until the end of October (price after discount £296.00!). Visit the Polymer Clay Pit (now to find out more...

Thursday, 15 October 2009

What Strike? - the Royal Mail Dispute & the George Weil Group

As you will be aware from recent news, the Royal Mail are undergoing strike action which may cause your order from Fibrecrafts, Papershed or Polymer Clay Pit to be delayed.
George Weil sends small packets of less than 2kg via 1st Class Royal Mail. Generally, the majority of orders are usually delivered the next day although we have been advised that due to the current situation it may take up to 1 week for delivery.

Royal Mail do not consider an item as lost until 15 working days have elapsed from the due date of delivery. They allow 15 working days for items to be returned to the sender find out more...

To ensure delivery of urgent orders, we are offering courier delivery (from Monday - Friday) for an additional £5.00 on top of the usual handling charge. Please contact us if you would like to add this option to your order. Delivery to an address during a weekend will incur an additional charge. Telephone us on 01483 565800 or email us for further information.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Art Clay Silver Conference in Jersey

Art Clay Gold Paste
The Art Clay Silver Guild held their conference in Jersey this year. We went over for several reasons -

We wanted to present a 1.5g of AIDA art clay gold paste to the first prize winner of the raffle. Everyone at the conference was a more than competent artist craftsman using art clay silver; they deserve a piece of luxury!

More importantly we wanted to meet our customers to say thank you for all their support and encouragement - our new website and the ability to take your shopping basket across all our sister sites is clearly proving a great success with them.

And most important, there are two new products on their way from AIDA. We needed to find out more about them from the manufacturers and see if they are products that will get your artistic juices flowing!

The first product is copper, easy to use. It can be worked on its own or joined with Art Clay Silver. It is kiln fired first, then a silver clay rivet formed to join it to the silver and fired again. The artist will need to own a kiln, then pickle the fired piece and finish it off with an acrylic lacquer. It will be a valuable material for creating small sculptures and games pieces.

The second new product is an Art Clay Silver, called Lite, which gives your greater volume at a lower price. Otherwise it looks and works just like Art Clay Silver. The finished product is 93% silver rather than the 99.9% of Art Clay Silver, which in itself may not be very important, but needs to be quite solid for rings and fine jewellery. We think that it would be wonderful for making larger decorative pieces for the table, and serious silver 'bling' which does not weigh the wearer down!

These two new products are not going to be available for some time yet, but post ideas and thoughts about them here.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Silk Hanky Spinning

Thank you to Dannelle Frost who took the time to email us regarding our page 'Spinning from a Silk Hanky' which can be found in the George Weil Fact File.

"I love spinning silk hankies. I read a long time ago that rubbing your fingers with lemon helps the silk not stick to rough spots on your fingers when handling the silk. This really does work! I keep a wedge of lemon in a small bowl right next to me when preparing and spinning the hankies. The oil in the lemon keeps your hands smooth and spinning a breeze. I have noticed no harm done to the silk by the lemon. I have hats created from yarn spun using this lemon method that look just as nice today as when created years ago."

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Shetland Delights

Imagine our excitement when a delivery was opened here to reveal a deliciously packaged box of chocolates. We all gathered around Jo to share the delight as the lid was slowly lifted.

Resisting the urge to reach out and grab the largest, yummiest chocolate in the box, Ian's hesitation was immediately followed by cries of glee!

These 'High Fibre content. Sugar free, Fat free, Gluten free and Nut Free' teasers have been hand felted by hand spinner (and felter!) Anne Cook.

Thank you Anne for 'sharing' these with us and we appreciate your card saying 'Thanks for all being so friendly on the phone'

Friday, 24 April 2009

Felted Flowers by Ruth Beer

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Above is a detail from a piece of Ruth Beer's stunning felt work. Ruth felted the colourful flowers from Fibrecrafts wool tops and then added stitching and sequins for a 3d effect. Here is a link to Ruth's page so that you can see the entire piece or you can browse the whole of the Fact File to see other felt making ideas

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Institute of European Design

We often get positive feedback about our service and we're very grateful that so many of you make the effort to contact us and thank us. This email was sent from the Institute of European Design and we feature it here with two of the photographs that accompanied it.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and everyone at Fibrecrafts (now George Weil) for your help and participation in my Fibre Materials seminar at the Institute of European Design. Thank you so much for the rush service, It was spectacular. The quality of the goods was also excellent and lead to some great projects. Your professionalism and personal attention speak well not only of your business, but of your country. Expect another order from the IED soon, as they have asked me to do the same seminar in Rome.

My heartfelt thanks,
Troy Robert Nachtigall

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Another Celebration!

Schacht have brought out a special limited edition of the 8 Shaft Baby Wolf in walnut wood and the Matchless Spinning Wheel in cherry wood to mark their 40th Anniversary.

They're also running a competition 'I made it on my Schacht' (see more, the web site will open in a separate window).

Let us know if you enter the contest as we would love to see what you have created and we will add a link from the Blog. Visit our website to see the range of equipment available from Schacht

Louët Celebrate 35 years of trading!

To mark their anniversary, Louët are offering a FREE loom bench when you order any of the following Louët looms: David*, Spring*, Delta*, Magic Dobby, Octado* and Megado or a FREE skeinwinder when you order any of the following spinning wheels: S10*, S51DT*, S75DT* and S15*
Louët Megado Loom
The offer applies to any order (for the products specified above) placed through George Weil. The items marked * are available to special order from George Weil, as are any of the Louët products. Please ring 01483 565800 or email us for further information.

If you would like to know a little more about the history of these quality weaving and spinning products, visit the Louet web site and click on the link 'History' (the page will open in a separate window).

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

News in Brief

Here is a quick catch up on the latest news from Fibrecrafts.

Despite the perceived doom and gloom of the current financial climate, Fibrecrafts continues to grow from strength to strength. The problems of slow page load on the web site have now been eradicated and we apologise for any delays you may have experienced. Shopping online can be frustrating at the best of times and we hope you haven't been put off (go on, have another go...)

We're also delighted to report that sales have increased on last years figures - confirmation of a stable future for both the customers and employees of the business.

The learning curve for the Polymer Clay Pit was relatively steep but we've reached the peak now and things are starting to level out!

We've used and explored the products, tweaked the web site and designed a new catalogue (hopefully available in the next 4-6 weeks).

The polymer clays are so versatile. Once baked, they set into a hard plastic which is suitable for buttons, toggles and beads. The clay is so easy to manipulate and can be used for making dolls and dolls house miniatures, models, boxes, frames and more.

If you would like to receive our regular email news letter, which includes news and special offers, please click on the link to the right.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

New Year, New Beginnings

Giraffe made from polymer clayWe're nearly two weeks into the new year and have only just got round to wishing you a happy one - HAPPY NEW YEAR! We've been very busy here learning all about a new product range.

We hope this is a positive piece of business news during this glum climate, George Weil & Sons Ltd (which is the parent company of Fibrecrafts and Papershed) is now the proud owner of the Polymer Clay and Silver Pit. You can see the products by visiting the web site and we're currently working on a paper catalogue which we hope to have available by April.

The polymer clays are much like a smooth, but superior, plasticine. They can be worked into detailed models, colourful beads, unique buttons, dolls and more. Once oven baked, the clay becomes hard, strong and durable. The exciting and precious Art Clay Silver clay can be fired with a blow torch or on a gas hob. It can be used to make unique pure silver items such as jewellery, beads and more.