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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, Procion MX dyes

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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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  • The range of beautiful Papershed handmade papers are both high quality and unusual. They are mostly sourced directly from the country of origin. We aim to provide colour, texture and value whilst contributing to the economic survival of a whole local community. The Papershed handmade papers have been categorised by weight to help with selection. Th

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  • We offer a range of water based acrylic paints specifically formulated for use on both natural and synthetic fabrics. Most of them can also be used to paint paper and card and some, such as Jacquard Lumiere are effective on knitwear, leather, wood, and clay. Silk and fabric paints contain pigments that settle on the surface of the fibre from which

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  • These paper-backed Organza fabric sheets can be used for printing on inkjet printers and copiers. They can be used to build up layers of printed text and photographs giving interest and depth in cardmaking, scrapbooking, montage, patchwork and 3d embroidery. You can use images from scanned photographs, digital cameras, web pages, clip art, paint an

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  • We love these needle felted animals created by Coralie and Phil Miles. This is their first attempt and we can't wait to see how their skills progress! Coralie used to work here with us before she retired. She is a keen spinner (see her skein samples and her freeform crocheted bag) and crafts person, as is her husband Phil.

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  • Natural dyes tend to fall into one of three types, mineral, substantive or adjective. The type of natural dye will determine if a mordant needs to be used. Adjective Dyes There are many adjective natural dyes which only give a worthwhile colour and a good level of wash and light fastness if the fibres are prepared with a mordant. There are a host o

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  • The Papershed handmade Mulberry paper is made from the bast (the long strong fibres from the inner bark) of the Mulberry tree. The fibres (also known as Kozo) are stripped and beaten to separate out the longer, tougher fibres for this quality paper. With characteristic, floating strands of fibre embedded throughout, and the bright colour range, the

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  • This Mohair Loop Yarn just has to be seen and felt! It is luxuriously soft and knits into a sumptuous scarf - ideal for Christmas presents. The scarf was knitted by Allison Holland using the basic knit stitch on size 10mm Surina wooden needles. She cast on 12 stitches and used one 100gm hank. Don't worry if you can't knit very well (Allison is a co

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  • with Sue Heaser A spiral cane is one of the easiest types of cane to make out of polymer clay. The spiral cane slices can be applied to all kinds of projects for a stylish and modern look. These beads have been decorated with slivers cut from a red and white spiral cane. To make your own spiral cane, You will need polymer clay in two contrasting co

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  • with Sue Heaser The working possibilities of polymer clay are endless. By blending fully pigmented colours with a translucent colour it can be made to emulate semi-precious stones or it can be inlaid with coloured resin to create faux enamel. The surface can be brushed with pearlescent powders to make polymer clay 'metal' or it can be carefully ble

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  • with Sue Heaser Polymer Clay is a marvellous material for making your own buttons. The huge range of mixable colours means that you can create buttons to match any fabric, fibre or hand knit. Polymer clay buttons are machine washable on a normal wash at 40°C but should not be tumble dried. Do make sure, however, that you have baked your buttons th

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  • Translucent Liquid Sculpey is a bakeable liquid polymer medium. That means that it shares many of the same properties as solid polymer clay but has a number of characteristics that offer unique and unexpected possibilities. Find out more about Translucent Liquid Sculpey. Making a Transfer To make a transfer with Translucent Liquid Sculpey choose cl

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  • The Fibrecrafts Merino wool tops have a long fibre length which means that it can be knitted or crocheted without being spun, to create a thick, dense knitted fabric ideal for making Afghan squares, scarves and hats. If you would like to learn how to knit, please visit our "Knitting, Casting On" page to get started! The wool tops are delivered to u

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