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Welcome to the George Weil Blog FAQs which includes information about the art and craft products sold on this website. There are project ideas, photographs of items created by our customers, product reviews, and step-by-step instructions.  

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  • George Weil has sold litres and litres of H Dupont Classique Silk Dyes to customers during the last two decades. These liquid dyes are used with protein fibres such as silk, wool, feathers, mohair and cashmere, and are more popularly used by silk painters. A Beginner's Silk Painting using H Dupont Classique Our colleague Cara created this silk pain

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  • The silk painters' favourite, H Dupont Classique dyes, provide bright and clear colour results on silk fabric. Although the iron fix silk paints offer a fair alternative, they do leave the fabric a little stiffer than a dye. This stiffness effects the drape of the fabric while dyes retain the fluidity. Our image shows silk fabric painted with H Dup

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  • Learn how to make these marble effect coasters made by Cara from FIMO polymer clay. The clay is available in a large choice of colours allowing you to design your coasters to complement your decor. There are also a choice of effect colours (2 of which were used to make Cara's coasters) plus FIMO Soft which is easily softened into a workable state,

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  • If you are curious about indigo dyeing this blog post may encourage you to have a go! Here we take you through the stages of preparing the indigo dye vat and dyeing your first items with this magical, ancient dye. Dip you fabric, fibre or yarn, lift it into the air and watch as the luminous green turns to the stunning colour of indigo. Materials &a

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  • Here's a great idea for making decorations for your Halloween party - and an excellent use for empty glass jars. The project is so simple that even very young children will be able to make their own Halloween Lantern. Cara Barrell did this project with a group of children (some as young as 3 years old) during the 2018 Autumn half term at an event h

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  • We spend all day with each other during the week and then decide it's a good idea to spend even more time together at the weekend! The Bowers Dynasty - Ian (our Managing Director) with his family Susan, Peter, Victoria, Katie, Sophie, Ian, William and Felix Friends, family and colleagues gathered together to enjoy the sunshine and tasty food at Ian

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  • We thought you would like to see the results of our sun printing using Jacquard Dye-na-flow. Jacquard Dye-na-flow are fluid paints for use on natural and synthetic fabrics. The paint can also be used to stain wood, paint on paper, canvas, leather, suede, clay and more. Designs painted on fabric with Dye-na-flow are made washfast by heat fixing

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  • A recent enquiry from a customer wanting to paint on polyester fabric prompted us to create a swatch sample for five of the paints available from George Weil. The customer is planning to paint a motif on a wedding dress, therefore the performance of the paints is very important. The paint samples were allowed to dry before placing a cotton t-towel

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  • We would like to wish Susan a very Happy 70th Birthday. Susan worked for George Weil for many years as our buyer, and still "keeps her hand in" by dyeing the hand-dyed silk fibres and Wensleydale for the business. Susan is also married to our Managing Director Ian, and busy Mum to her son who is pictured here beside her. We hope you have a lovely d

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  • We had the great pleasure of welcoming Millie for her five days work experience last week. Millie worked closely with Allison to create content for the website, social media and this blog. Not only is she is the hand model in our post Fuse Angelina Fibres to Make a Glistening Web, she also contributed to the wording in the post (correcting Allison'

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  • The glistening and iridescent Angelina fibres can be used for a number of craft applications. Here we demonstrate how fast and simple it is to fuse Angelina fibres to create a sheet of "paper" which can then be cut to shape and glued, or stitched into like a piece of cloth. You can choose from any of the 9 colours which includes Raspberry Sparkle,

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  • We've been celebrating two birthday's here at George Weil today! Susan has been busy baking and made these delicious cakes for granddaughter Sophie, who had her 20th birthday at the weekend, and Sales Manager Jo who reached her big five-o last week. Our friend and colleague Jo has worked for George Weil for 20 years and remembers Sophie visiting us

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  • Congratulations to Andrea Dawson for being chosen to receive the George Weil Graduation Prize for achieving the most accomplished work on her course. Andrea was presented with her prize of a £100.00 George Weil Gift Card during an award ceremony which launched the Cass Summer Show. You can visit the show, which features students' work, at London M

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  • Dyed & Undyed Tissutex Paper Here's a fun project for making colourful bunting with Tissutex paper to decorate your garden, gazebo or Summer house. What is Tissutex Paper? The remarkable Tissutex paper, despite its delicate appearance, can by dyed, painted and glued without disintegrating. This translucent, lightweight tissue paper can be used

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  • We made these stylised flowers using two sheets of A4 Canford paper. Canford paper is available in a range of vibrant and exciting colours. We stock the full spectrum in A4 and A1 sheets which can be ordered from the website or bought through our showroom in Peasmarsh. Choose your colour and follow these simple steps to make your own paper flowers.

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  • I've had a little play with the Derwent Inktense Pencils on watercolour paper. I won't win any prizes for my drawing but it does demonstrate how satisfying it is to use these water-soluble pencils. Drawing with Derwent Inktense Pencils The pencil core (or "lead") feels quite waxy on the rough textured paper, and the pigment transfers easily. I used

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  • How a Dobby Loom Works A dobby weaving loom has a dobby mechanism, which is used to program the harness combinations for the weave pattern. Dobby is short for “draw boy” which refers to the weaver’s helper who controlled the warp thread by pulling on draw threads. The dobby mechanism replaces the treadle/lam combination of the traditional flo

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  • It's been a busy few weeks here at George Weil so it was good to get together and let our hair down. Thank you Ian for our Christmas treat! Top, left to right: Cara, Sophie, Jo and Ian Middle, left to right: Ian, Susan and David Bottom, left to right: Simon, (Cara in the background), Allison and Sophie

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  • Reduce, reuse, recycle - here's a fun way to add bling to used glass jars for Christmas, parties or weddings. Simply make up a solution of the glistening Pearl Ex pigments and clear Deka Cristal glass paint and decorate away! How to Mix the Pearl Ex and Glass Paint Solution Jacquard Pearl Ex Pigments can be combined with practically any viscous m

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  • Have you ever been disappointed by the results of the washing machine dyes you find at the supermarket? The zip or the stitching didn't take the dye colour? This is why it is important to know the fibre content and which dyes to use to get an even colour which stays washfast. Here we include a listing of the dyes available from this website, and th

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