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

Prepared for Dyeing?

Wool Yarn

When buying fabric you may occasionally come across the term Prepared for Dyeing or PFD. This means that no starches, sizing or finishes have been used on the fabric. These treatments, including optical whiteners, will interfere with the absorption and therefore the effectiveness of dye. Although your fabric has been sold as ‘dressing free’ it […]

Using an Extruder with Polymer Clay

Extruded Polymer clay

The ability to create long lengths of uniform shapes from polymer clay helps with the cane making process. A simple chequered cane can be accomplished from the square shaped disc. Using 2 in black and 2 in white, the square extruded shapes can be pushed together (as in the image, right), reduced and then sliced […]

Iron Age Tools at The British Museum

Wool Fleece

Evidence that wool has been used for clothing exists at The British Museum as far back as the Iron Age (800 BC – AD 50). There are a selection of combs carved from animal bone probably used to prepare the fibres and stone whorls which were used to weight the hand spindle. The wooden tools […]

Polymer Clay Tree Ornaments

Polymer clay Christmas Tree Ornaments

The malleable polymer clay can be shaped or moulded using a number of methods. A simple way to create consistent shapes is to use a cutter and rolling strips (or CD cases as in the example below). The polymer clay is first conditioned by holding and working it. The heat from your hands makes the […]

Quick & Easy 3 colour Polymer Clay Beads

Simple polymer clay beads

I was trying to recreate Sue Heaser’s perfectly worked spiral cane when I started to make these beads out of left over polymer clay. However, a lack of practice and patience resulted in a skew-whiff pink and white version which I decided to use regardless. The black and white ‘spiral’ cane was deliberately made to […]

More on Art Clay Silver 650 Clay

Art Clay Silver Clay

Work Smart and Plan Take care when working with Art Clay Silver to get the most out of it with little waste. Here are some tips: Do not expose the clay to air until you are ready to use it. Keep wrapped in cling film and place in an air-tight container with a piece of […]

Naturally we’re delighted!

Fibrecrafts Natural Dyes

Our MD, Ian Bowers was delighted to receive this email today: ‘A very delayed note to say thank you for the natural dye kit you donated to the All Wales Event – Guilds in Wales – I was the recipient of the kit and had been saying that there wasn’t a lot of choice of […]

Polymer Clay Hearts Valentine Card

Polymer clay hearts card

The simple design for this handmade card can be used for Valentines Day or any other romantic occasion. Polymer clay is very lightweight when it is rolled out thinly and once baked it remains robust and durable. Step 1 Break off a lump of red clay and knead it until soft and flexible. Do the […]

Felted Hats with Hatshapers

Hats made with a wool and a hatshaper

Feltmaking takes many forms. It can be used to create wall hangings, clothing, soft furnishings and toys. Feltmakers can make perfectly shaped and consistently sized hand-made felted hats from our robust plastic formers. The hats above were felted by Susan Litton and Monica Traub. Susan used a dark red wool top which had a hand-dyed […]