Category Archives: Model Making

Felix and his Knitted Farmyard

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 […]

The Tool Kit: getting started with Polymer Clay

The tools you will need for working with polymer clay are determined by what you want to make with it. If you’re on a budget, and just want to try the clays out, many of the tools can be found around the house. Once tools have been used with polymer clay they should not be […]

Felted Hats with Hatshapers

Feltmaking takes many forms. It can be used to create wall hangings, clothing, soft furnishings and toys. Feltmakers can make perfectly shaped and consistently sized hand-made felted hats from our robust plastic formers. The hats above were felted by Susan Litton and Monica Traub. Susan used a dark red wool top which had a hand-dyed […]

More on Art Clay Silver 650 Clay

Although the price of Art Clay Silver has been affected by the rise in price of silver, this valuable clay remains popular with our customers. Work Smart and Plan Take care when working with Art Clay Silver to get the most out of it with little waste. Here are some tips: Plan your project before […]

Felted Christmas Baubles

The dyed Merino Wool tops are easily felted and here we show how simple it is for a beginner to learn the technique of making felt balls. Crafting your own baubles adds a personal touch to the decorations on your Christmas tree. Step 1:  Use a rolled up ball of cling film as the core […]

Polymer Clay Tree Ornaments

The malleable polymer clay can be shaped or moulded using a number of methods. A simple way to create consistent shapes is to use a cutter and rolling strips (or CD cases as in the example below). The polymer clay is first conditioned by holding and working it. The heat from your hands makes the […]

Using an Extruder with Polymer Clay

The ability to create long lengths of uniform shapes from polymer clay helps with the cane making process. A simple chequered cane can be accomplished from the square shaped disc. Using 2 in black and 2 in white, the square extruded shapes can be pushed together (as in the image, right), reduced and then sliced […]

The Art Clay Silver Starter Kit

The Art Clay Silver Starter Kit contains everything to learn about making silver items out of this precious metal clay. There’s no need to invest in expensive items such as kilns while you’re learning. The kit contains a firing mesh which can be used on a gas hob. The decision to invest in a kiln […]

Crafted Creatures

Here are an assortment of creatures crafted from the materials sold at George Weil! Felted Merino The mouse and caterpillar have been made from felted Merino wool tops. The fibres were wetted with soap and hot water before being rolled between the hands to make them felt together. The caterpillar is made from a series […]

Craft Ideas for Half Term

With half term and school holidays looming, we’d like to offer you a number of craft ideas for keeping the children occupied and for encouraging their creativity. Tapestry Weaving You will need a tapestry frame or an old picture frame, a selection of yarns (these can include strips of fabric, plastic bags or ribbons, our […]

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