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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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  • 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 ... Our spider is made with felted Merino wool tops. The wool tops are rubbed, rolled and agitated with soap and water until the wool fibres mat together to create a dense fabric. Step 1: The spider's legs are made from pipe cleaners covered in wool tops. Pull wisps of

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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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  • We often send out regular orders to our customers, but our curiosity was piqued when we began to receive an order every Tuesday for polymer clay from customer Cheryl Locke. Julie (who is an important member of our sales team here, and will often answer your calls) decided to investigate Chery's email address which included the word 'artlockedesigns

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  • Look who came back from Somerset with Philippa! This little fella was found at the One Craft Gallery in Shepton Mallet. We think we have identified the maker; jewellery designer Rachel Kerrison needle felts small animals and creatures when working at the gallery. Rachel has shaped the caterpillar so that he can sit on the edge of a shelf or another

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  • An armature is the framework or skeleton used as the base when making models of figures or animals. A good starting point for a model is a scale sketch or marquette. Once the design has been established, the 'skeleton' can be added to a full size sketch. This will help determine the size of the armature framework and where any joints will occur. T

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  • The Schacht Zoom Loom is a pin loom that is very easy and comfortable to use. The instructions contain a step by step process of how to use the loom and a selection of projects. The loom has been designed for creating woven squares which can be joined together to create scarves, place mats, throws and other items. A Trail Run I found the instructio

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  • These special little pots have been created by molding Modroc over the base of an empty bottle. The embellishments have been added while the Modroc is still wet allowing the resin based plaster to act as an adhesive. ModRoc can be reworked while still wet offering itself to detailed work. Once dry, it is lightweight but with a rock hard surface. Th

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  • Most of the materials featured are suitable for dressmaking, needlecrafts, dyeing, batik and interior design. The silk, satin and velvet fabrics will appeal to the Wedding dress maker as they are available in varying weights and differ in their light reflectiveness. They can also be dyed easily with the Acid Dyes to fit in with the Bride's chosen c

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  • There are two types of lino cutters available from George Weil. The traditional lino cutter requires you to push the blade away from you in order to cut the block. It is important to keep your hands well away from the moving blade in case the blade should slip while cutting. The blades for the handle in our photograph are held in the handle with a

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