George Weil Blog & FAQs

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. If there is anything you would like to see included here or if you would like to contribute an item, please email graphics@georgeweil.com

Simple Tribal Beads

Polymer Clay Necklace Black White

An ethnic necklace made by a complete novice from left over polymer clay! The ratio of colours was approximately 70:30 black to white, both colours were rolled into logs of the same length. The logs were then placed side by side, folded in half and rolled together into one log. The log was divided evenly with […]

Mixed Media Embroidered Message

Mixed Media Card 2

Linda Chapman worked for George Weil as our Sales Manager. She studied a BA Honours degree in Design and specialised in fine art. Her love of textiles was inspired by her travels to Malaysia, India, Nepal and Australia. Her experimentation with mixed media textiles and felt making has now progressed to making and selling her […]

Tried & Tested: Schacht Sidekick Spinning Wheel

Schacht Sidekick Wheel Review

Susan Litton’s review of Schacht’s latest spinning wheel ‘The Sidekick‘: ‘I have been spinning for twenty five years and for a long time have been a very happy owner of a Schacht Matchless wheel. This wheel does everything I could want from a spinning wheel, except that it is takes up the space of a […]

Polymer Clay Pendant & Earrings

Hazel Hampshire

Here’s proof of just how colourful and versatile polymer clay can be for jewellery makers. This pendant and earrings were created from Premo Sculpey clay by customer Hazel Hampshire. Hazel began by making a number of different style canes (Learn how to make your own effective Millefiori cane flower). She then pushed them all together […]

Ashford Wide Drum Carder

A wide drumcarder for blending wool

The Ashford Wide Drum Carder has arrived in stock, and is a great investment for production spinning and blending fibres for felt making. Specification The drum carder has an extra wide 29cm drum which can produce batts of up to 100g. Featuring adjustable drum clearance and includes a packer brush to smooth, control and pack […]

What is Batik?

Applying wax with tjanting

Batik is a method of patterning fabric or paper using melted wax. This creates a barrier, or resist, to prevent dye from colouring the waxed areas. Wax Melting Pot The safest and easiest way to melt the wax is with an electric wax melting pot. The temperature in this wax pot can be thermostatically controlled […]

Book Spotlight: Off the Deckle Edge

Deckle Edge Cover

Neeta Premchand was born in India but spent her adult years living in London and Germany. Her papermaking began as a hobby but developed into a passion which she writes about in her book ‘Off the Deckle Edge‘. This, her first book, follows in the footsteps of Dard Hunter, whose accounts in the 1930’s documented […]

The Jacquard Tie Dye Kit

Funky Groovy Tie Dye Kit

The Jacquard Tie Dye Kit has been designed for children, and is especially fun while enjoying the Summer weather (this activity is guaranteed to pry them away from the Xbox!). Children over 8 (and adults too) will enjoy making their own tie-dyed t-shirt. The kit includes 3 colours of Procion MX dye in red, yellow […]

Merino Wool Tops for Felt Making

Merino Wool Tops for feltmaking

Felt making is most effective using wool fibres. The best to use is wool that has been cleaned and combed. The treated wool is known as wool tops, or wool roving. Fibre with a Bradford count of 60 or higher (find out more about wool classification), will felt readily when combined with water, heat and […]