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

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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 […]

Felt Wrapped Soap

Felt wrapped soap

Why wrap soap in felt? I hear you ask. Well, felting this beautiful wool and silk blended fibre around the soap makes it lather a little more than it ordinarily would and provides a lovely texture against the skin. The fibres felt together more tightly as the soap is used and by the time 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 […]

Merino Wool and Silk Blended Top – FELTED

Wool and silk felted together

You may remember our item about Felt Wrapped Soap and the lovely Merino wool and silk blend we used. Impatient as always, I decided to unwrap the soap before it had all been used. After carefully cutting open the package at one end I found that the fibre had not felted quite as much as […]

Felt Beads made from Merino Wool Tops

Wool felt ball beads

Felt beads or balls can be used for making jewellery, as embellishments for clothes and accessories, or for making simple toy. The trick to making a regularly shaped ball or bead is how you start it. I used a bowl of hot water with a good squirt of washing up liquid. Pull wisps of wool […]

The Tool Kit: getting started with Polymer Clay

Tools for working with polymer clay

The tools you will need for working with polymer clay are determined by what you want to make with it. If you’re on a budget, and just want to try the clays out, many of the tools can be found around the house. Once tools have been used with polymer clay they should not be […]

Polymer Clay: Embellishment and Inclusions

Mica Powder on Polymer clay

Most polymer clay manufacturers offer effects clays such as pearlescent, glitter and translucent. There are also a number of materials which can be used to add effects to the clays including foils, mica powders such as Jacquard Pearl-Ex, resins and liquid clays. These are perfect for jewellery making. Metal Leaf Sue Heaser’s necklace (above) was […]

Using Outliner or Gutta in Silk Painting

Gutta outliner for silk painting

The purpose of outliner or gutta resist, is to create a boundary around part of an image or pattern so that the silk paint or dye will not run beyond that boundary. Example Work The Javana outliner used in this image has been applied to the silk fabric by following the purple lines drawn with […]

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