Author Archives: Allison Holland

Springspiration 2022!

craft ideas for Spring

Spring is springing (so are the March hares!) and Easter is just round the corner. Are you feeling inspired to create? Felt Making Ideas Feltmaking and Needle Felting techniques can be used to create 3-dimensional objects and there are many resources on the internet for making a needle felted Easter – try colourful Easter Eggs, […]

Experimental Botanical Print with Leaves using Alum Mordant

Botanical Eco Printing with Leaves

Print with leaves found in the garden or out on a walk; explore, experiment and take notes! Creating these Botanical Prints is so satisfying as each experiment will give you a different result.  You can find further information about this technique from our Blog post Botanical Printing – an overview or search the internet to […]

Botanical Printing – an overview

Overview of Botanical Prinintg

Botanical Printing, Eco Printing, Botanical Dyeing, Eco Dyeing, Botanical Inks – just some of the terms being used to describe this increasingly popular and exciting approach to transferring plant colours and patterns onto fabric and paper. The varying methods use leaf and flower cuttings to extract colour and ghost-like images of the foliage. The potential […]

Experimental Botanical Print with Petals using Alum Mordant

Botanical printing using petals

Here is a first attempt at creating a Botanical Print with petals gathered from around the garden (you can find further information about this technique from our Blog post Botanical Printing – an overview). It is difficult to get a clearly defined print with petals as the colours tend to bleed into the fabric. A […]

Painting with Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colours

Customised Garden Table

I got my set of Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colours last Summer as they promised to be a good all rounder for both oil painting and craft applications. The set includes Winsor Yellow, Winsor Red, French Ultramarine, Phthalo Green, Indian Red and Titanium White in 37ml tubes – a good selection […]

Jacquard Pinata Drips on Cups and Saucers

Pinata Alcohol inks on cups

The vibrant colours of the Jacquard Pinata alcohol inks are stunningly showcased here against the background of white ceramic. The alcohol base means that the ink dries to an indelible and moisture resistant finish. The effects of the inks vary depending on the method of application and the surface to which they are applied. Pinata […]

Caterpillar made from Felted Balls

Toy made from felt balls

It is great fun making felt balls – especially with the help from enthusiastic children! The balls can be used to make jewellery, toys, mobiles, embellishments, costume and more. Felt is made from wool fibres, and Merino wool is particularly good for this. It has a long fine fibre which felts readily and is available […]

COVID-19 – Stock & Website Implications

Rug Yarn Delivery

In one way or another, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on all of us. George Weil & Sons Ltd has continued operating during these difficult times, providing materials and tools for artists, students and craft enthusiasts. Stock Problems Over recent months there have been increasing problems in obtaining stock from UK based Sole […]

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