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  • with Sue Heaser Decorating a polymer clay bicone shaped bead with self-made canes, adds to the diversity of bead making techniques. Cane slices give bicone beads a wonderful central swirl to the bead. You will need the following tools and materials; a spiral cane (see here for how to make a spiral cane), polymer clay - in a contrasting or matching

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  • with Sue Heaser Bead making is such as satisfying pastime. Working with different combinations of polymer clay and various techniques, you can create your own unique beads. Bicone beads are almost magical to make and only need a little practice to get them perfect. You will need the following tools and materials; polymer clay in the colour of your

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  • Bead makers will delight in the versatility of polymer clays and the speed at which the beads can be crafted. This simple necklace (right) was crafted in less than an hour. A black polymer clay was loosely mixed with a pearlised polymer clay and then rolled into a log. The cane was divided into 9 and these were then hand rolled into the long beads

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  • Susan Bush very kindly brought in these necklaces and butterfly to show us. The bottom necklace has been made using wooden beads and washers covered with fabric scraps. Susan also made this charming bag for her daughter. The remnants of fabric have been 'knitted' together using an embellisher machine. The needle felting attachment can be used in a

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  • The autodenter is most helpful for sleying the reed when threading the warp onto the weaving loom ‘back-to-front’. You can work left-to-right or right-to-left across the reed, whichever your handedness prefers. The autodenter Looking at the autodenter you will see that it is made of two distinct parts, a wooden handle with two short metal ‘fi

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  • The magical medium of Art Clay Silver clay consists of finely ground pure silver mixed with non-toxic binders and water. Presented as an off-white putty, this malleable clay can be easily worked into unique and personalised jewellery or ornaments. Items can be made as thin as 1mm thick. Once fired, the binders (which are made from harmless pulp fib

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  • Complex weaver, Ans Drost, emailed these photographs of the weavings she has achieved on her Louët Megado loom. Ans says of the image below 'the same pattern in a different colour. It is still done in tied weave, Summer and Winter. The yarn is 5/2 cotton. I do like this colour better.'

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  • Here we have discovered a fun and simple way to bind the heat bondable Angelina fibres into a three-dimensional shape. The fibres need only a very small amount of indirect heat to make them fuse, in this instance, boiling water is involved so please take care! Please note, this project is not suitable for children as it involves the use of boiling

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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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  • Our resident weaver, Susan Litton, is often heard expounding the virtues of the basic rigid heddle (also known as tabby loom). 'It's a very good experimental loom for creating woven cloth for tea towels, soft furnishings and clothing!' In 2002 one of our regular customers, Alison Butcher (pictured below) arrived wearing her rigid heddle woven skirt

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  • Ali Lester left us these samples of her handmade cards to include on the website. The designs have been created from many layers. Handmade Mulberry paper and Natural Tissue paper, silk paper that Ali has handmade herself, wire yarns, beads and findings

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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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  • Acid dyes provide a simple dye system for use with wool, animal fibres and nylon. They give a brighter colour on silk than Procion MX Fibre Reactive Dyes. They can be used to dye fur, feathers, soya bean fibre, angora, cashmere but are not effective on synthetics, other than nylon. There are a range of names, both historic and current for these dye

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  • The dye recipes included in this post are for dyeing protein fibres such as silk and wool using Acid dyes (a synthetic dye which is set with vinegar or citric acid). We hope you will find the acid dye instructions helpful. The following dye recipes are for dyeing wool, silk, fur, feathers, soya bean fibre, angora, cashmere with Acid Dyes. Althou

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  • We wanted to let you know that work has commenced on our new website. We have a vast amount of data to move around and get right so you won't see any changes until later in the year. Two of the areas we want to improve are the Blog and the Fact File pages. We want you to be able to find what you're looking for quickly and easily. Subscribers may re

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  • Milliput is a remarkably versatile putty. It can be used to seal or bond many materials. Metals, plastics, masonry, wood, glass, tile brick and ceramics, and can also be cast or used for mould making. The two-part epoxy putty is cold setting, non shrinking and available in 5 colours; Standard Yellow/Grey, Terracotta, Silver Grey, Black and Superfin

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  • If you enjoy painting on the move, these robust beach wood pochade boxes are the ideal companion. These boxes are light and practical, the perfect gift for the travelling artist. Available in two sizes, they include an easel, a palette, secure storage for materials and space for up to four wet paintings. They also come equipped with a convenient ca

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  • Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey, along came a spider... a felt spider made from Merino wool tops!   Making a Felted Spider for Halloween This is a fun and simple project for all ages. The wool tops are rubbed, rolled and agitated with soap and water until the wool fibres mat together to create a dense fabric. S

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  • We love this great new product from Derwent. The Graphik Line Painter pens are filled with opaque ink which leaves a permanent mark on most porous surfaces including paper, board, leather, clay and wood. The pens also work on natural fabrics such as silk, linen and cotton. Ironing on the reverse will set the ink marks so that finished items can be

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  • Oil pastels are a drawing medium that can be used on their own or along with other pastels. The pigment is mixed with a non-drying oil and wax binder making a soft, buttery consistency which fills the grain of the paper. They create no dust at all and can be used on almost any surface including slick surfaces that would not hold a regular pastel. T

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