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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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  • 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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  • 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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