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  • Karen Malledent sent us this great photo. 'Thought you might like a photo of my daughter wearing one of my creations using your merino and blue faced Leicester (the one I dyed yellow using your acid dyes). I call this the 'Pineapple Hat'!' Karen has hand spun dye wool tops, and hand dyed and spun Blue Faced Leicester to create this hat which is con

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  • This Mohair Loop Yarn just has to be seen and felt! It is luxuriously soft and knits into a sumptuous scarf - ideal for Christmas presents. The scarf was knitted by Allison Holland using the basic knit stitch on size 10mm Surina wooden needles. She cast on 12 stitches and used one 100gm hank. Don't worry if you can't knit very well (Allison is a co

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  • The Fibrecrafts Merino wool tops have a long fibre length which means that it can be knitted or crocheted without being spun, to create a thick, dense knitted fabric ideal for making Afghan squares, scarves and hats. If you would like to learn how to knit, please visit our "Knitting, Casting On" page to get started! The wool tops are delivered to u

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  • It is possible to knit from any continuous length, whether it be deliciously soft wool yarn or a ball of common household string. Knitting directly from the silk Mawata Cap, which we sell to you as a fibre, can work equally well. Mawata Caps are created by pulling out the cocoons over a former creating a silken web pocket. As the fibres have not be

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  • Delicious oddments of yarns, the simple tool of a crochet hook and a piece of rug canvas can pave the way to making an original designer hand bag. This bag, made by Coralie Miles, shows the exciting colours and textures that can be achieved from breaking 'the rules'. Coralie hand spun her yarns using both natural coloured and dyed wool tops, creati

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  • This colourful, tactile scarf has been crafted by Susan Litton. She first spun a small amount of each of the Fibrecrafts silk fibres and then microwave dyed the yarn samples with Acid dye. She knitted the yarn into a long, narrow scarf. Then attached tassels across both ends and at intervals along each side for about 30cm. The photographs do not do

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  • Pat Hodge bought her spinning wheel from Fibrecrafts in September 2002 and set about learning to spin under expert tuition from Phyllis Funnell. Here she proudly shows off her hand-knitted sweater made from the yarn she has spun from Jacob and Shetland fibres. Well done Pat!

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  • Phyllis Funnell sports her Moebius scarf knitted from a pattern in the 'Treasury of Magical Knitting'. She hand spun the super soft yarn from grey Alpaca. In hindsight, we should have taken more photos of this lovely lace knitted scarf but we are delighted to have a photo of the modest Phyllis at last! Both the Alpaca fibre and book are available f

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  • Hand-dyed, Silk Boucle Scarf Jo's hand-dyed Italian Silk Boucle knitted scarf was featured on page 15 of the 2006 Fibrecrafts Catalogue (pictured here, below). She dyed the yarn using the microwave method with acid dyes before knitting it into this pretty scarf. Slub Yarn Scarf Jo, who works here at George Weil & Sons Ltd, also knitted the scar

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  • Chrissie Shepherd hand crafted this handbag by first hand spinning a selection of dyed merino wool tops (drafting the colours at random to create the variation in colour). She then knitted a rectangle before felting it. Once it was felted, Chrissie folded over two fifths of the fabric and stitched the sides. The remaining fifth is folded over the t

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  • Learn How to Knit - The Knit Stitch This basic stitch is also known as the garter stitch. Once you have mastered it, you will be able to knit a scarf, fabric blocks, cushion covers, a bag and more. Many of the knitting books featured on this site include information on the different stitches as well as guidance on how to understand knitting pattern

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  • Learn How to Knit - Casting Off This is the method for casting off (also known as binding off) your knitting. It leaves a neat edge which can be threaded up with tassels if desired. Many of the knitting books featured on this site include information on the different stitches as well as guidance on how to understand knitting patterns and the terms

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  • Learn How to Knit - Casting On There are a number of ways to cast on. This method creates a chain of knit stitches on the needle. Once you have mastered this method of casting on, you are not far off learning the knit stitch (also known as the garter stitch). With this basic stitch you will be able to knit a scarf, fabric blocks, cushion covers, a

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  • If you've never knitted before DO NOT be alarmed! All these scarves were knitted with the basic knit stitch using 100g hanks of yarn and the people that knitted are novices to the craft. Why not join in by learning to cast-on your first stitch. Once you become more confident you can begin experimenting with stitches and yarns. This super soft Mohai

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  • The value of a length of woven material lies primarily in the time taken in design, loom preparation, the weaving and the fabric finishing. The cost of the weaving yarn is generally a very small proportion of the final value. At first sight there is a huge range of yarns available to the hand loom weaver. Poor weaving yarn selection can ruin all th

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  • We thought you may like to see what Jo did with the super soft Bluefaced Leicester Roving yarn. Jo hand dyed the yarn before knitting. Jo decided to knit the yarn to make a snood. She knitted the wool into a large square and then sewed up two of the opposite sides. The opening of the snood is placed over the head and can be worn around the neck and

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  • The new range of British Wool yarns are proving very popular with our customers - and our staff. Sales Manager at George Weil, Jo, couldn't resist taking home two hanks of the Bluefaced Leicester Roving Yarn to dye and then knit up. Jo used 'Cyan' H Dupont Classique Dye Jo, like many of us, "can't do with all that faffing about" and decided to exp

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  • The Ashford Fringe Twister has been designed to make light work of making twisted fringe for handwoven garments, knitted scarves or for needle work projects - the finishing touch to your handmade items. You can also use the finge twister to create corded cotton, or to twist sliver prior to felting it. Features There are four alligator clips mounted

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  • When this charming book The Knitted Farmyard, written by Hannelore Wernhard was first published, the business Fibrecrafts (now George Weil) was still in its infancy. Denise Kitchin was commissioned to knit the farm as a promotion for the Fibrecrafts outlet in Dartington (now closed) and the book flew off the shelves. This popular and successful boo

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  • When I walked into the warehouse this morning with Sharon's cup of tea, I couldn't resist coming back with the camera to photograph this assortment of coloured wool tops. Merino Wool Sharon was in the process of collating together the wool tops into a 1kg mixed bag of light colours. There are nine colours in this selection and I was struck at how S

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