|Amongst the shop bought baubles are our two red and green hand felted baubles and our polymer clay heart-shaped ornament|
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Friday, 16 December 2011
Friday, 9 December 2011
Deka Cristal and Deka Transparent paints have been formulated specifically for painting on non-porous surfaces such as glass, metal and ceramics.
Before painting it is important to clean off any grease or dirt from the surface of the glass. Wash in warm soapy water, rinse and dry with a lint free cloth. Try to handle the glass as little as possible to prevent transfer residue back onto the surface.
|Painting by Maisie Parker|
Cocktail sticks, kitchen paper and cotton buds are ideal tools for fixing mistakes. Dip in water for water based paints or white spirit for solvent based paints.
The Glass Painting Explorer pack (this link will take you to the George Weil website) is a good way to get started with glass painting and includes a selection of glass shapes, 3 jars of Deka Cristal and a brush.
We also have a selection of glass shapes on offer in addition to the glass paints and out liners. Visit the Glass Painting section of the George Weil website to find out more.
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Monday, 5 December 2011
The clay is placed inside the barrel and the handle is turned to push the plunger along the length of the barrel to force the clay through the chosen disc.
The clay extruders come with a choice of discs allowing a variety of shapes which can be used for jewellery making, embellishment, paper crafts and OOAK doll making.
Take a look at our Fact File page Using an Extruder with Polymer Clay to find out more about this fun technique.
Friday, 18 November 2011
|Habotai and Pongee silk fabric was previously sold by |
George Weil & Sons as lining fabric for fur coats and stoles
|Mohair coat with silk lining|
Today, George Weil supplies these luxurious fabrics to artists and craftsmen.
Here we see it used as a lining for quite a different type of coat. Susan Litton painted this colourful silk lining for the mohair coat she wove on her Louet table loom.
Find out more about silk painting from the Fact File on our website.
Friday, 11 November 2011
Although your fabric has been sold as 'dressing free' it should still be prepared for dyeing because it will have attracted grease or dirt during handling.
Another problem to be aware of is residue from deodorants and body lotions. You may have bought a 100% cotton t-shirt but if you tried it on in the shop, there is a good chance that some of these substances will have transferred to the fabric.
Friday, 4 November 2011
|Magical Metal Clay Jewellery by Sue Heaser|
The subsequent chapters include eight Basic Projects such as a charm bracelet and a silver leaf (pictured below).
|Leaf coated with metal clay paste or 'slip'.|
|Cubic Zirconia gemstones can be fired with silver clay|
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
The CZ gemstone has more light dispersion (fire) and is heavier than a diamond, and although a real diamond is about 500 times harder than a Cubic Zirconia, the Cubic Zirconia is relatively hard compared to other gemstones.
There are a number of ways to distinguish the difference between a diamond and a Cubic Zirconia. The fog test is accurate and easy to perform. A real diamond cannot retain any heat, so if you breath on the stone it will fog over but with a Cubic Zirconia the warm breath will clear up immediately.
Choosing a Cubic Zirconia gemstone means you can have the luxury of a real gemstone at an affordable price. The clear and coloured Cubic Zirconia offered by George Weil have a a superior clarity which does not alter when fired with Art Clay Silver clay jewellery pieces. The CZ gems will withstand the heat from blow torch and kiln firing and will not crack or melt.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
The finished silk painting, with flaws. You need to work quickly when painting large areas in one colour, the green paint looks blotchy where it has been painted over and begun to dry. Use a large brush and work confidently, the wet paint will find the gutta outlines by itself. Sprinkling salt on the wet paint will add patterning to disguise blotches, as will drops of water. Alternatively, paint over with another colour. The silk paint is made washfast on the fabric by heat setting with a hot iron.
Visit the website to browse our range of silk painting products >
Friday, 21 October 2011
The autofade pen is an invaluable tool for silk painters, embroiderers, quilt makers, scrap bookers, dress makers and Batik artists. It can be used to sketch out designs before making permanent marks on precious fabrics and paper.
|The Autofade pen being used to trace a design through Pongee silk fabric|
The finished shopping bag with brightly coloured flowers painted with acrylic fabric paints (see our Fact File page for more information on this project).
|A hand painted canvas shopping bag would make a great gift for Christmas|
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
The reed height is normally defined by the size of the opening in the beater. Most looms are flexible in the height of the reed they can accept, which is defined by the shed created between the beater and the upper warps.
If you're not sure how to measure for your reed, please give us a ring on 01483 565800 as these cut to order items cannot be returned.
40 years after decimalisation our weaving reeds have finally gone metric! We've tried to make the transition as simple as possible, and include a dpi equivalent in the product description, find our more about our stainless steel weaving reeds >
GREAT NEWS We have a quantity of mild steel reeds in 4" and 5" heights, which include 6-14 dpi and have been cut to various lengths. We're offering the remainder of this stock at a 50% discount, please contact us to discuss availability.
Friday, 14 October 2011
We'll be adding more Christmas ideas to the blog in the next few weeks...
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
|The Tixor Malam Wax Melting Pot|
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
|Natural Dyes by Domique Cardon|
The hardback book includes 778 pages with 560 illustrations, covering the world wide sources and dyeing traditions, along with details of dyeing technology and the science which lies behind colouring with naturally occurring materials.
The chapters cover history, including the history of Japanese dyeing, and the discovery of successful mordanting with the five core mordants in use today. They then proceed into each of the main colour classes and the related families of dyestuffs of reds, yellows, indigotins and tannins, then on to lichen and fungi and finally the molluscs and scale insects.
Priced at £95.00 the book would be a considered purchase, although the depth of study makes this fascinating and informative title unequalled - it is a must for the libraries of dyers, scientists, designers, artists, weavers, spinners, curators, conservators and restorers, museums and research institutions. In fact all those who have a professional or personal interest in, or passion for, colour.
If you would like to buy this book, please visit the Book Shop on our website, there is free p&p on this item.
Friday, 9 September 2011
|Binders and pigments for making printing ink|
|A screen printing frame and squeegee|
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
The recipe is for dyeing white or pale coloured protein fibres such as wool, silk, cashmere and soy bean. Our photo (top right) shows a random dyed silk yarn on a hand spindle. Susan Litton first dyed the silk fibres using the method below before spinning the fibre into the variegated yarn.
You will need at least 2 colours of Acid Dye and white (distilled) vinegar.
- Mix 2 teaspoons of vinegar to 1 litre of tap water and soak your material thoroughly.
- Line a microwave dish with sufficient cling film to be able to close over the top.
- Squeeze out and spread the material randomly across the dish.
- Lightly sprinkle the acid dye powder onto the surface of the material. The more powder you add, the denser the result of the colour. Add a second and a third colour if desired.
- Dampen with a small amount of hot water and work the Acid dye powder into the fibres.
- Fold the cling film over the dish, ensuring it is airtight, and place in the microwave
- Heat on high until the parcel 'inflates' and then reduce the heat to 'defrost'.
- Cook until the parcel begins to billow up again, turn off and leave to cool.
- Take care when you take the parcel out of the microwave as hot steam may still be trapped in the cling film.
- Rinse the material in warm water until the water runs clear, and hang out to dry.
|Vibrantly coloured space dyed Silk Tops|
Friday, 2 September 2011
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
|Tapestry Weaving by Kirsten Glasbrook|
The various techniques of tapestry weaving are explored through Kirsten's evocative designs and the step-by-step guidance and detailed photographs teach the weaver how to create motifs, borders, and shading, as well as finishing techniques such as tassels and beading.
Weaving a tapestry is like painting with yarn and the inspiring gallery of Kirsten's work shows the versatility of the craft.
If you would like to know more about Tapestry Weaving, you can visit our website to browse the range of Tapestry Weaving equipment, or pop in to the Book Shop to preview other books about weaving techniques.
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
|Jacquard Procion MX dyes|
As this is the only dye you can fix without using heat, Procion MX dyes are excellent for Batik work where it is crucial to have a cold dye-bath so as not to melt the wax resist.
The instructions on each pot are simple to follow and the quantity of dye used is determined how dark you require the finished colour to be. Black (and some darker colours) will require more dye powder as it is notoriously difficult to achieve when dyeing fabrics.
The procion dyes also work well in a washing machine and Jacquard have included instructions for this process on the label (you may have to adapt it slightly as the directions relate to a front loading machine).
|A selection of the handy dyers tools |
available from www.georgeweil.com/
The Fibrecrafts Procion MX dyes can be used in exactly the same way. Although there are less colours to choose from, the powders can be mixed to produce any colour and as the dye is available in 50g pots, it is more economical to use when working on larger projects. We recommend note keeping to record the quantities used to create your own colours.
Visit the website to find out more about these Procion MX dyes from our Fact File, or to browse the range of Procion MX dyes available.
Friday, 19 August 2011
There are 17 titles to choose from covering a variety of crafts including
weaving, knitting, surface decoration and dyeing, spinning, crochet, and polymer clay, and a selection of these outstanding magazines explore the history of textiles and modern innovation.
Please visit the website if you would like to see the choice of magazines available on subscription or browse the choice of single magazine issues currently available. Our 'Back Issue Lucky Dip' offers an excellent value way to preview a random selection of 5 of the
magazines for just £5.50. Here we feature our latest issues:
|Handwoven magazine, Issue 156, September/October 2011 |
A special fashion edition featuring 15 weave patterns for garments. There is the prettily textured short sleeved top which incorporates a woven bodice and a knitted 'skirt', the 'Kodachrome Coat' (cover image) woven on a rainbow-painted warp, and a woven shibori dress created using a polyester weft and a gathering thread to make pleats which become permanent when the fabric is heat treated.
See this issue on our website >
|Interweave Knits magazine, Fall 2011 - Vol 16, Number 3 |
Time to dust off your needles and dig out that chunky yarn, this autumn issue of Interweave Knits includes some super warm chunky cable knitting patterns, including the fabulous sweater featured on the cover. There is also a selection of pretty and delicate lace knits, and a selection of mittens, socks and sweaters to knit in rustic colourwork...
See this issue on our website >
|The Journal Magazine for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Vol 239, Autumn 2011 |
Articles in this issue include 'From Student to Professional Weaver: an Interview with Holly Bradley-Gill' who won the Texprint Weave Award in 2010, and 'Weaving a way of life: Kyrgyz Woven Textiles' examines the textiles of Kyrgystan and how they are woven into their homes and industry. We discover the intricate batik work from the Javanese co-op members in 'More Meetings with Remarkable Dyes: Java' and a visit to Gainsborough Silk Mill highlights their unbroken legacy of silk and weaving.
See this issue on our website >
|Surface Design Journal "Paper & Books" issue, Summer 2011 Vol 35, No 4 |
If you're fascinated by paper and handmade books, this issue should not be missed. The article 'Handmade Papermaking in Kumasi' visits a community of paper makers in Ghana and shows how their paper is made. Mixed-media artist Karen Guancione uses paper, fabric and recycled items (inlcuding a bra!) to create one of a kind handmade books, and 'Paper in the Hood' discovers the work of six artists using the medium, and all working within Santa Cruz.
See this issue on our website >
|Quilting Arts magazine, Aug/Sept 2011, issue 52 |
A great opportunity to experiment with fabrics. There are ideas on how to customise your stash of prints with painted-art additions, the findings of this issue's 'Resists from the Kitchen: Tapioca', and tips on adding foil to your designs. You can learn how to print fabric using moldable foam stamps, create exciting patterns with ice dyeing, and experiment with layered marbling...
See this issue on our website >
Monday, 15 August 2011
Felting wool fibres together creates a warm, dense fabric. The wool can be felted on a flat surface, or it can be shaped round a former such as a Hat Shaper. The former needs to be smooth, non-porous and able to withstand heat and water. A plastic bag or bubble wrap can be used between layers of fibre to stop it from felting and to create hollow forms. Linda Chapman's bag, pictured below, was made using this method.
There are numberous techniques for felt making and many of them are covered in the Fact File pages on our website. Our page Making Felt by Hand will help get you started and our selection of fibres and tools can be found in the Felt Making section.