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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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  • Locker hooking is a fairly simple craft with very satisfying results. Locker hooked fabric can be used to make rugs, mats, bags and wall hangings. You can also use the technique to embellish open weave hats, loose knit sweaters and more. Fibres, fabric strips or novelty yarns are looped through the canvas with a hook (shown in green) and secured in

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  • These notes appear originally on the Yahoo Group 'Natural Dyes' and have been reproduced with the kind permission of the author, Dick Huset. "Three years ago after a trip up to the arctic where the big lichen 'ears' have been an emergency food source for eons, I experimented back at home to add new color to my wife's yarn palette. Started with Cast

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  • It is possible to knit from any continuous length, whether it be deliciously soft wool yarn or a ball of common household string. Knitting directly from the silk Mawata Cap, which we sell to you as a fibre, can work equally well. Mawata Caps are created by pulling out the cocoons over a former creating a silken web pocket. As the fibres have not be

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  • An inkle loom is ideal for learning about the technique of weaving. You can weave long strips of fabric which can be used as straps, belts, and decorative edgings. In woven fabrics, two sets of yarns cross perpendicular to one another. One set, known as the warp, is held taut on the loom. The weft set is woven over and under the suspended warp. We

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  • These alternative indigo dye recipes are reproduced with the kind permission of Alison Daykin at Alison Yule Textiles. Find out more about indigo and how to set up a traditional indigo dye vat. Indigo Dye Vat using Yeast and Sugar Although indigo powder is blue, the indigo molecule does not produce its blue colour until it is oxidised. The indigo b

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  • Here we include an Indigo Dye Recipe and a little about the history of this ancient dye. Indigo is probably the most widely used dyestuff of all time - indeed denim jean material is still coloured using indigo dye as it is extremely wash fast. It was used many centuries before the Christian era in the Far East. Marco Polo saw indigo being prepared

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  • Delicious oddments of yarns, the simple tool of a crochet hook and a piece of rug canvas can pave the way to making an original designer hand bag. This bag, made by Coralie Miles, shows the exciting colours and textures that can be achieved from breaking 'the rules'. Coralie hand spun her yarns using both natural coloured and dyed wool tops, creati

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  • Using foil or metal leaf to decorate polymer clay can be very effective. They technique is surprisingly simple yet very effective. Sue Heaser's necklace was made by rolling out a piece of black clay and laying a sheet of Lisa Pavelka Craft Foil over it. The mylar backed foil needs to be placed shiny side up before it is burnished by rubbing it with

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  • There is a strong relationship between the fittings on the spinning wheel and the type of yarn easily produced. This explains why many spinners have more than one wheel. The working unit on all modern spinning wheels is the combination of the flyer (the 'U' shaped piece) and the bobbin on to which the yarn is wound as well as the whorl. The bobbin

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  • with Sue Heaser (see also pages on using Sculpey Flexible Moulds and Layering colours in Sculpey Flexible Moulds) Sculpey Alphabet moulds can be used to mould letters for children’s name plaques. These have dozens of uses such as for party name place markers or room door plaques. You can also glue them above coat pegs, onto box lids and even onto

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  • with Sue Heaser The flexible Sculpey Push moulds are available in a number of themes and once the moulded item has been baked it can be used for decorating handmade cards, boxes, furniture or jewellery. Click here to see Sue in action with a different Sculpey Flexible Mold. Many of these moulds are intended to have different colours of clay pressed

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  • with Sue Heaser 'Sculpey Flexible Push Molds' are incredibly easy to use for moulding all brands of polymer clay. The moulds are made of flexible rubber, so once you have pushed the clay into the mould, you can flex it to pop out the moulded piece. You can use the moulds for many other materials as well - plaster of Paris, air dry clays, melt and p

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  • Inks made from the Selectasine Binders and Pigments provide excellent wash fastness on fabric. It is advisable to allow the ink to dry for at least 24 hours before fixing them with heat. When the print is dry, the screen inks will require fixing (fixing is also known as curing) before it can be washed or dry cleaned. This completes a chemical proce

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  • Preparation before Firing Great News! Although the following still applies to Art Clay Silver Clay, the New Art Clay Silver clay formula has increased the working time of this product! See our "New Formula Art Clay Silver Clay - Tried & Tested by Joy Funnell" page to find out more! Allow your grey white pieces of Art Clay Silver clay to dry tho

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  • FIBRECRAFTS natural dyes can be used in all natural dyeing techniques and colours with vary depending on the mordant or method used. We suggest you experiment with the dyes and keep notes on how you arrived at the finished result. Alderbuckthorn Bark The Alderbuckthorn is a small tree or bush native to Britain. Shades of yellow to brown can be achi

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  • The Fibrecrafts range of these rich hair fibres which include Alpaca, Camel Down, Cashmere, Mohair and Yak Down. They can be used for spinning soft, fluffy yarns and in feltmaking. The fibres do not felt easily as the scales along the fibre are much further apart than the scales on wool, but felting can be achieved using felting needles. The natura

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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. Most commercial felt is made in a dry process by simply tangling the fibres of almost any material. This is carried out with felting needles; e

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