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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.  

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  • It's here! The 26th FIBRECRAFTS mail order catalogue containing page after page of textile crafts materials and equipment. There are lots of new products including the Bubble Jet Set 2000, Ashford & Louet Spinning Wheels, block printing inks, handmade papers and papermaking materials as well as new fibres and yarns... You'll need to take a look

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  • The Recycled Silk Sari Yarn is very tactile. It is an unusual, varied and colourful coarse yarn made from recycled sari fabric and can be knitted, crocheted or woven. The sari yarn will create a robust fabric suitable for bags, hats and rugs. The frayed strips of brightly coloured, and often metallic, sari remnants have been tightly spun into an ex

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  • We've been without internet access for 2 weeks here at FIBRECRAFTS (Now George Weil, 2011). Up until three years ago we didn't even have an internet connection and email was still a novelty - a great surprise to us therefore that its been so difficult to cope without. Ian's been dragging the server back and forth to download and upload emails, so w

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  • It wasn't until we were at the mercy of torrential rain this morning, that we began to understand what some of you have been experiencing with the flooding across Britain. It's quite amusing to look out the door here and see our temporary lake, but just a short while ago the water was lapping at the warehouse door threatening to creep in across the

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  • Hey, I’m Sam and I’ve just finished my GCSE’s. I’ve been at Fibrecrafts for almost a week now doing work experience with them. I’ve found it different to how I thought it’d be, I imagined an office full of grumpy employees with a new kid to baby sit. Instead I’ve entered a massive world of colour and texture, with a continual flow of

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  • We've had some very exciting visitors today. Apart from our usual welcome customers, a family of ducks have popped by! When asked if there was anything in particular she would like to see from the showroom, Mother duck politely quacked that she was just looking. Later she was overheard to say that she rather fancied having a go at silk painting and

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  • The International Feltmakers Association Conference and AGM was held in Swansea between 29th March and 1st April 2007. FIBRECRAFTS were pleased to supply member Kirsten Hill-Nixon with 6kg of sample fibres and 20 lengths of needlefelt fabric for use in her Egyptian inspired felting competition. We were delighted to receive her letter thanking us fo

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  • Wendy Smith has very kindly sent us this photo taken at the Cameloid Show held at Ardingly, Sussex at the beginning of May. Wendy is a member of the Kent Guild of Spinners, Dyers and Weavers and took a sample of our Camel fibre (basket on left) to demonstrate spinning. Wendy says in her letter to Fibrecrafts '...thank you very much for your generos

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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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