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  • The team here at FIBRECRAFTS are delighted with the news that the business has been shortlisted for yet another award! The Surrey Business Awards have decided that FIBRECRAFTS has the credentials of a successful small business. The Small Business Award category, for which we have been entered, is for businesses of 25 employees or less (we fall into

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  • Sorry for the pun (we heard you groan)! Anne Cook has sent us this photo of her hand-dyed skein which she has spun from Milk Protein (Casein) fibre, We love it! The designer fibre is made from casein which is derived from milk. It has many properties similar to wool fibre and can be carded into any fibre to help with drape and breathability. It is

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  • A useful fact to know about silk fabric. The weight, and therefore the thickness is classified by the Chinese system of mommes, pronounced mummy, and normally shortened to 'mm'. The metric equivalent of 1mm is 4.3gm per square metre. A small Pongee scarf, 28 x 28cm, weighs just under 13gm. This heavy Crepe de Chine scarf is 8mm

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  • Welcome to Sharon who has come to join the sales team at FIBRECRAFTS (now George Weil, Jan 2011). There's nothing like being thrown in at the deep end and poor Sharon has joined us at a particularly busy time - our April free gift offer having proved very popular! Sharon attended Godalming College and has an A level in Textiles as well as AS levels

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  • Our delivery of nearly a ton of Merino Wool tops arrived today and the small team at FIBRECRAFTS (Now George Weil Jan 2011) were run off their feet! The large bumps of wool are a challenge to move and store but we've squeezed them in tight to ensure we can meet our customers demands. Whether they're going to be used for feltmaking or spinning, the

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  • Allison, Jennie Bond, and Ian Last night Ian Bowers, MD of FIBRECRAFTS and Allison Holland, our designer, were at the annual award dinner of the European Conference of Mail Order Distributors (ECMOD) - sounds exciting doesn't it? We had entered the Fibrecrafts business for an award as a mail order business in the category 'Home Based Hobbies &

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  • Monday 5 February 2007 will be remembered at FIBRECRAFTS for some time to come. We opened up, as usual, and as a part of our normal routine, checked the emails for orders from the web site. On the previous evening 16 identical orders had been placed by an individual with the name of ‘Sad’. After a few more minutes we realised that a file on the

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  • FIBRECRAFTS was founded by Anna Bowers. She trained as a Physics and Maths teacher, learning to spin on her great grandmother’s wheel when her two children were ‘at that stage’. With others in the village in West Essex she set up a Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. The difficulty of finding good quality reliable supplies at the end of the

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  • FIBRECRAFTS have been short listed for the 2007 ECMOD Awards for mail-order businesses, alongside industry giants John Lewis Direct and 4giftsdirect.com. The major elements sought by the Judges were the quality of the Catalogue and web-site, customer support policy and the business strategy. This picture of the FIBRECRAFTS Team and a press release

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  • FIBRECRAFTS, as it is today, has taken more than 115 years to create. The story is the blending of two distinct family businesses set up by George Weil & Sons in 1891 and Anna Bowers in 1982. George Weil was a Silk Merchant from Alsace in the border region of France and Germany, who moved to London to set up business trading in silk fabrics as

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  • A member of the Trinity Methodist Church in Woking has kindly brought in a photo. It is of one of our products in use at their Friday Night Club. Modroc This Modroc hand was created by a member of our staff and you can see the photo taken at the club behind. The modeller first wrapped his hand in cling film before applying the wetted Modroc. Great

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  • With Christmas out of the way, Coralie couldn't wait to use her coveted present - a Schacht Matchless Spinning Wheel! With a Manx Loaghtan Shearling fleece in the shed begging to be carded and spun, Coralie set about producing this delicious singles yarn. She told us; 'When I've finally finished the spinning, I'm going to have a go at lace knitting

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  • The phone is ringing intermittently and the tape gun is working away in the packing room. There are orders being picked and the sales team are processing them on the computer. It's raining hard and the wind is high... So? I hear some of you say, but others will be pleased to know that we're working as hard as always to supply you with your textile

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  • What is Bondaweb? Bondaweb (known as Wonder Under in the US) is similar to Wonderweb but sold from a much larger roll! Bondaweb is 90cm wide and available in increments of 1 metre, allowing for large areas of application It can be used to bond fabrics and paper together, and onto surfaces such as wood, ceramics, cardboard and felt. It is an extra s

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  • Felt is created by agitating wool fibres until they mat together to form a non-woven fabric. The fibres can be laid flat on a surface or molded around a former such as a hatshaper, cardboard or even a ball. On a bad day use the feltmaking process to relieve the tensions, it usually makes a very good felt. Making the felt is simple, it requires only

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  • Jane Rodgers needle felted these delightful teddies in 2005, after attending a course to learn the skill. These charming figures each have their own personality! Wool fibres felt readily with felting needles but we were surprised when she showed us the teddy created solely from Italian Silk Waste (pictured top). A felting needle is very sharp, with

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  • Four factors are considered in the classification of wool fibres; count, staple length, crimp and lustre: Count: The traditional classification of wool fibre was done using the 'Bradford' Count which represented the greatest length of yarn that could be spun from 1lb (454gm) of the wool fibre. The fibre was spun into yarn which was then wound into

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  • It is great fun making felted balls - especially with the help from enthusiastic children! The balls can be used to make jewellery, toys, mobiles, embellishments, costume and more. Merino wool is particularly good for making felt. It has a long fine fibre which felts readily and is available as natural, and in a choice of 27 different colours. The

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  • Finely detailed castings can be made from paper pulp. The image right shows a dried cast made by Kevin Dyer who specialises in Celtic and Fantasy art. Jan Fairbairn-Edwards made this provocative casting using a corset. The smoothness of the paper pulp has ensured that the detail of the laces and net skirt are well defined. Here are a few pointer

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