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  • George Weil has sold litres and litres of H Dupont Classique Silk Dyes to customers during the last two decades. These liquid dyes are used with protein fibres such as silk, wool, feathers, mohair and cashmere, and are more popularly used by silk painters. A Beginner's Silk Painting using H Dupont Classique Our colleague Cara created this silk pain

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  • The silk painters' favourite, H Dupont Classique dyes, provide bright and clear colour results on silk fabric. Although the iron fix silk paints offer a fair alternative, they do leave the fabric a little stiffer than a dye. This stiffness effects the drape of the fabric while dyes retain the fluidity. Our image shows silk fabric painted with H Dup

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  • The glorious sunshine has given me a chance to use the Fibrecrafts Cyanotype Blue Printing Kit. Include in the kit are enough chemicals to make up to 1 litre of solution, a 1/2 metre each of silk and cotton fabric, and a step-by-step instruction leaflet. Cyanotype printing is a negative process - where light cannot reach the sensitised areas the co

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  • Disperse dye can be used with various techniques and will readily colour synthetics such as polyester, nylon, cellulose acetate, vilene, viscose, synthetic velvets and PVC. They can also be used to colour plastic buttons and fastenings. Their effect is less potent on polyester, due to the molecular structure, allowing only pastel through to medium

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  • What is Wax-Out! Wax-Out! offers an alternative solution to removing wax from finished Batik items. It is a mix of products which, individually, are already in commercial use in the textile industry for removing oils and waxes from fibres, yarn and fabrics. These contaminants arise both as from the original raw materials, wax in cotton and lanolin

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  • The best way to paint fabric or apply Batik wax, is to suspend the fabric on a stretcher frame. The fine weave of the silk fabric makes it ideal for painting, and silk paints or dyes give vibrant results leaving the silk with a soft handle. Silk paints can also be used on cotton fabric, although the results are not as bright as on the light transmi

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  • Susan Litton shows us how to prepare a silk hanky ready for spinning. A silk hanky is produced from a silk cocoon and is made up of one continuous gossamer thread. The sericin (the glue that keeps the cocoon together) is removed from the cocoon by simmering it for 30 - 45 minutes in a solution of water, soda ash and synthapol. When the cocoon has

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  • The range of Speedball Fabric Screen Printing Inks and Speedball Permanent Acrylic Screen Printing Inks, plus screen printing mediums are all available to order from the Sceen Printing section of this website, along with the popular Diazo Photo Emulsion system. The Speedball Fabric Screen Printing Inks are for use on cotton, polyester, blends, line

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  • Silkpaint!®Resist can be used for a number of applications and is a worthwhile addition to any painter's studio. You can dilute Silkpaint!® Resist with water (adjust to your desired consistency), or it can be diluted or coloured with a small amount of paint or dye. These flowers have been painted by Jenny Lacey using a gutta outliner and adding t

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  • Thanks to the wondrous invention of the world wide web, George Weil receive orders for craft tools and materials from all over the world. One of the furthest delivery destinations is the Falkland Islands. Although it is more than 8,000 miles away, there has never been a lost parcel yet! Our sales manager Jo has built up quite a 'close' relationship

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  • Acid dyes produce bright, intense colours and are ideal for silk painting. The simplest method is to use pre-mixed liquid silk colours such as Dupont Steam Fix Dyes or Jacquard Silk Colours, as silk painters can rely on the consistency of colour results. The most cost effective however, and with more opportunities to develop your own palette, is to

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  • Silk papermaking (or silk fusion) is similar to Papier-mâché. The fibres are sandwiched between two pieces of mesh netting and then stuck together using an adhesive, such as CMC paste. Other items can be included with the silk fibres, such as dried petals and skeleton leaves, or the silk papermaking process can be applied to any absorbent, natura

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  • Painting silk fabric can be very exciting and satisfying. The silk paint colours flow easily and readily the moment the loaded brush makes contact with the silk. Silk fabrics such as Pongee and Habotai are smooth and finely woven and the surface diffuses colour evenly. Painted scarves are light and airy with a good smooth handle. The photograph

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  • Luxurious, light transmitting silk fabrics give vibrant results when dyed or painted with acid dyes or decorated with silk paints. What is a Momme (mm)? The weight, and therefore thickness, of silk fabrics is classified by the Chinese system of mommes, pronounced mummy, and normally shortened to 'mm'. The metric equivalent of 1 momme is 4.3g per s

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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