Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The Schacht End-Delivery Shuttle

The Schacht End Delivery Shuttles ready for weavingThe Schacht End-Delivery Shuttles are designed especially and precisely for handweavers. They are lightweight, comfortable to throw and catch, adjustable to a variety of yarns, and easy to thread.

The shuttle has a pirn which remains stationary, instead of a free-spinning bobbin. The weft yarn unwinds off the pirn’s tip when the shuttle is in motion and stops unwinding when the shuttle stops. The yarn comes off the pirn and goes through a set of tension pads and comes out of the shuttle at a constant tension.
Schacht End Feed Shuttle
The shuttle minus its loaded pirn
This even delivery of weft causes less draw-in, which in turn makes better selvedges.  The weaver should resist the temptation to handle the weft yarn at all. Simply adjust the tension to suit the yarn and allow the shuttle to do the work.
Schacht Wooden Pirns
Hand crafted wooden pirns
Visit the website to view the full range of weaving shuttles.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Weaving Looms from GAV Glimarkra AB

We source a huge range of craft materials and equipment from manufacturers across the world.

Our selection of weaving looms and tools are chosen from three main suppliers, the Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. in the USA, Louët in The Netherlands, and GAV Glimarkra AB in Sweden.

Formerly known as AB Gunnar Anderssons Vävskedsfabrik, GAV Glimarkra AB started out making reeds for weaving looms in 1926. Over the years, production expanded to include high quality looms and weaving equipment.

The Standard Weaving Loom
Ian at the Standard Weaving Loom

The Standard Floor Loom from GAV Glimarkra AB is particularly valuable for weaving high quality rugs where a linen warp is used, as the loom is capable of taking the very high tension involved in opening the shed. The image above shows Ian Bowers (owner of George Weil & Sons Ltd) at the loom when the business was still called Fibrecrafts and run from his cottage and barn in Godalming.

GAV Glimarkra AB supply George Weil with tapestry equipment, temples, weaving shuttles, reeds and many other weaving tools.  You can browse the range of products from GAV Glimarkra AB on our website.  Their selection of quality weaving tools is so extensive that we are unable to keep the full range in stock but we do invite enquiries about special orders for items not listed on our website. Please email our sales department for further information.

Weaving tools from GAV Glimarkra AB
Weaving tools from GAV Glimarkra AB

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Making Canes from Extruded Polymer Clay

You can use the Makin's extruder to create consistently sized and shaped polymer clay 'logs' for making canes to decorate beads etc.  The extruded polymer clay shapes below were pushed together to make a three coloured cane, see our Fact File page Making a Polymer Clay Cane Using an Extruder.

Polymer clay extruded from the Makin's Extruder
 Slices of the cane were placed on the surface of the bead and rolled until the slice became merged with the clay of the bead, below. 

Polymer clay beads decorated with cane slices

Cane slices add colour to the simple handmade bead and give a different appearance depending on what colour background is used.

Polymer clay beads decorated with a swirl cane

A spiral patterned cane was used to decorate the beads above, visit the Fact File to see Sue Heaser's instructions for creating this spiral shaped polymer clay cane.

Polymer clay beads decorated with slices from a flower cane

Hazel Hampshire's accomplished millefiori beads were created from a complex polymer clay cane. Our Fact File page Millefiori cane flower explains the basics of this decorative technique.

George Weil sells a large selection modelling tools for clays and there are also a choice of extruders and disc sets.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Colour and Texture in Paper Making

George Weil sells a number of additives for the paper maker to use in their papermaking. Here is an overview of their use:

Pigments & Dyes
A pigment can be added to the pulp and the Cationic Retention Aid will help to bind it to the fibres (see Selectasine pigments in dispersion). Pulp can also be coloured using natural dyes, Deka L Direct dyes or Procion MX Fibre Reactive Dyes.
Natural Dyes were sprinkled into the pulp for this
Handmade cotton, find out more...
Cationic Retention Aid
The Cationic Retention Aid helps to bind pigments, dyes and other additives to the fibres in the pulp.

CMC (Carboxymethyl cellulose) powder granules
CMC offers a versatile acid free adhesive which can be added to the pulp to promote fibre to fibre bonding. It gives strength to paper castings and makes the surface of finished art pieces more durable.

Soda Ash
Soda Ash dissolves out the non-cellulose parts of materials such as onion skins, corn husks and bark to be used for handmade paper. Add 250g to each kg of fibre and boil in a stainless steel or enamel pan (not aluminum) for 2-4 hours depending on the fibre.

Titanium Dioxide
This strong white pigment acts as a filler and makes paper whiter and more opaque, giving a smoother surface with less “pick”. Although the filling effect is much stronger than with calcium carbonate, Titanium Dioxide does not have the ability to neutralise acids in the same way.

China Clay
China clay (opal gamma kaolin) is a fine white powder, which is used to make paper more opaque and smooth and reduce shrinkage. It is especially useful in paper casting and will appeal to papermakers and model makers alike.  

Calcium Carbonate
Calcium carbonate provides an alkaline reserve in paper which promotes acid-free archival qualities. It retards shrinkage in paper castings and makes for a smoother surface. In paper sheets it improves opacity and whiteness.

Paper Sizing
Add Paper Sizing to pulp at anytime during the process, to make paper less absorbent so that ink or paint does not run or feather. It improves paper stiffness and helps protects the fibre from oily media as well as dirt and pollution. This alkyl ketene dimer emulsion has a neutral pH and meets archival standards. It is essential if you intend to use your paper for screen printing or artwork.

Visit the Paper Crafts section of the George Weil website to browse the range of materials and equipment for paper making.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Check this out!

Unless you have ordered from the George Weil website, you may not be aware of the Saved Shopping Basket or Check Out options. 

Before you arrive at the Check Out, you can add a separate delivery address to the billing address you use to register with us, this is very convenient if you prefer your order to be delivered to where you work, or if you want to send something as a gift.

When you arrive at the Check Out, we want you to feel happy that your details are safe.  Your credit card information is gathered at our secure checkout via Sage Pay. Sage Pay is level 1 PCI DSS compliant and are active members of the PCI SSC (Security Standards Council). Sage Pay has multiple private links into the banking network that are completely separate from the Internet and which do not cross any publicly accessible networks. Any cardholder information sent to the banks and any authorisation message coming back is secure and cannot be tampered with, the information remains with the bank and George Weil & Sons Ltd have no access to this sensitive data.

If however, you still don't want to pay online, we provide you with 2 alternative methods of payment.  You can choose to pay later with a credit/debit card (your order will be electronically sent to us and you can telephone through your payment details quoting the order number given), or you can choose to pay later by sending us a cheque.

If you're undecided, there is also be the option to save your basket for later.  The contents of the shopping basket will be saved for 7 days and you can add or remove items at any time.

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