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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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  • These luxurious Fibrecrafts fibres are available in a variety of forms and each is the result of different stages in the silk production. The silk fibres can be dyed to vibrant colours using Acid dyes and the reflective light qualities of the fibre add further dimensions. These silk tops have been hand-dyed and are available in 8 different colours.

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  • Selectasine binders are well established and highly proven for screen printing on fabric, paper, cardboard, wood and other surfaces. The printing system is simple, economic and flexible in use. When combined with the Selectasine pigments, the Selectasine binders produce a soft finish with outstanding fastness. Although designed for screen printing,

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  • There are a range of printing inks which have been developed specifically for printing on silk screens, including the Selectasine Screen Printing System. It is also possible to use commercial dyes combined with a thickener, making the consistency similar to syrup. Silk Screen printing with Fibre Reactive Procion MX dyes Fibre Reactive Procion MX dy

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  • Screen printing is the traditional method of printing images onto fabric and paper. It is possible to duplicate an image many times using a simple stencil placed on the silk screen. An ink colour is poured onto the screen to one side of the stencil and then dragged across the stencil using a squeegee. The ink is pushed through the fine mesh of the

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  • Teresinha Roberts has sent these images of her handmade cards. The cards are made from 100% recycled materials and the decorations include Silk Dupion fabric and Shantung Silk thread which have been dyed with logwood and brazilwood natural dyes.

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  • We had great fun making this fish at an experimental tapestry weaving workshop. You can use any flexible materials to weave, so exploring the craft doesn't have to be expensive. For this project we used lengths of left over yarns and wool tops, the technique would work equally well with ribbons, laces, string or strips of plastic carrier bag.  

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  • Shibori, the ancient Japanese technique of fabric folding and dyeing has been brought right up to date. Traditionally indigo was used to create patterning. However, using modern dyes, discharge agents and fabrics you can easily develop complex patterns. Tying and clamping, dyeing and discharging, re-dyeing and heat setting the fabric creates a new

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  • There are a number of ways to create rust patterns on cotton and silk fabric and here is a simple controlled method. Natural fibres take the rust colours better than synthetic fibres and fabrics should be free from oils or starches. Prepare your fabric by rinsing in a solution of synthrapol and water (half a teaspoon to 5 litres of water). A 5 litr

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  • with Sue Heaser Making your own beads with polymer clay is great fun to do and after a little practice, you will be able to make beads of all shapes and sizes. It is best to start with a simple round bead which uses skills you will probably have already - rolling a ball of clay. You will need: polymer clay in the colour of your choice, a craft knif

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  • The Fibrecrafts reeled silk is the finest quality filament silk, containing 25% sericin and suitable for silk papermaking or couching. After degumming, the silk fibre can be dyed and spun to a lustrous yarn. The Silk Throwsters Waste, Carded Cocoon Strippings, Silk Carrier Rods and Cocoons all contain the naturally occuring sericin which is the ‘

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  • Selecting a Reed Collecting reeds is often found in the committed weaver. Although it is possible to sley a reed with a wide mix of ends through adjacent dents, to achieve the desired pattern of ends across the width, the call for a new reed is often irresistible. The notes below are a guide in measuring up for a reed, and to ensure that it meets t

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  • This is a fun way to use up some of that shredded paper we have all begun to gather! This shredded paper comes from the days when Allison Holland still received paper bank statements. She first shredded the statement and then laid it between two sheets of mesh before gluing it together with CMC medium (see the silk papermaking method). This close-u

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  • Although Acid dyes are usually recommended for protein fibres, you can also use Procion MX fibre reactive dyes (here is the fibre reactive dye recipe for cellulose fibres). Even old dyes continue to work well on wool. Some of the colours will dye more true to type than others. In particular some blues produce unexpected results. These directions ar

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  • Procion MX Dyes, which are also known as Fibre Reactive dyes, can be used to dye vegetable fibres such as cotton, linen, and sisal. They can also be used to dye silk using a simple cold water process and wool using hot water and vinegar, although protein fibres are coloured better with the Acid dyes. As they are a 'cold water' dye they are suitable

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  • Procion MX dyes are suitable for printing on cotton, linen and viscose rayon. They have excellent colour fastness, provided they are set using soda ash. The results are less vibrant when used on silk fabric and we recommend you use Acid dyes, see our printing with Acid dyes page. Procion MX dyes are very reactive and the print paste must be used qu

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  • It is possible to achieve excellent levels of colour fastness when colouring the silk with Acid dyes, making the dyed silk fabric ideal for clothes, linings, and wall hangings. The silk scarf below was painted by Katherine Barney using the Dupont Steam-Fix Acid dyes. A similar technique can be used on fine wool and fabric. The silk fabric also reta

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  • The handmade computer printable album can be used in a variety of ways. Here are some suggestions on how best to use it to its full potential! These instructions apply to printing any image from your computer using an inkjet printer. The album contains beautiful, handmade pages of highly textured, natural Lokta paper. These sheets of calendared pap

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  • Polymer clay is very easy to shape and smooth into shape and using an extruder allows you to create lengths of consistently shaped clay which can be coiled, pressed together to create complex multi-coloured canes, woven or plaited. These Christmas Tree decorations were created using extruded polymer clay which has been wrapped around a cone shape a

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  • Karen Malledent sent us this great photo. 'Thought you might like a photo of my daughter wearing one of my creations using your merino and blue faced Leicester (the one I dyed yellow using your acid dyes). I call this the 'Pineapple Hat'!' Karen has hand spun dye wool tops, and hand dyed and spun Blue Faced Leicester to create this hat which is con

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