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  • An armature is the framework or skeleton used as the base when making models of figures or animals. A good starting point for a model is a scale sketch or marquette. Once the design has been established, the 'skeleton' can be added to a full size sketch. This will help determine the size of the armature framework and where any joints will occur. T

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  • This simple wooden tool is designed for use with the super sharp, barbed felting needle. The Fibrecrafts Felting Needle Holder. The holder consists of two parts. The comfortable wooden handle has been fashioned to include a guard. This is so your hand does not slip forward onto the needles. The other part of the holder has four holes in which to in

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  • We thought you may like to see what Jo did with the super soft Bluefaced Leicester Roving yarn. Jo hand dyed the yarn before knitting. Jo decided to knit the yarn to make a snood. She knitted the wool into a large square and then sewed up two of the opposite sides. The opening of the snood is placed over the head and can be worn around the neck and

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  • The new range of British Wool yarns are proving very popular with our customers - and our staff. Sales Manager at George Weil, Jo, couldn't resist taking home two hanks of the Bluefaced Leicester Roving Yarn to dye and then knit up. Jo used 'Cyan' H Dupont Classique Dye Jo, like many of us, "can't do with all that faffing about" and decided to exp

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  • Citric Acid is a weak organic acid used as an acidifier in dyeing. It will alter the pH level of the dye bath and is an odourless alternative to white vinegar when immersion dyeing protein fibres such as silk and wool with Acid Dyes. If you are painting or printing with Acid dyes, or using Procion MX dyes as an acid dye, and wish to steam or microw

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  • To spin a light and lofty yarn fibres should be carded before spinning them. A drumcarder makes light work of this process and can also be used for creating blends of fibre such as the Merino Wool and Silk blend pictured below. The blends of fibre can be used by both spinners and felt makers. The Louët Drumcarder is a relatively small machine, wei

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  • When I walked into the warehouse this morning with Sharon's cup of tea, I couldn't resist coming back with the camera to photograph this assortment of coloured wool tops. Merino Wool Sharon was in the process of collating together the wool tops into a 1kg mixed bag of light colours. There are nine colours in this selection and I was struck at how S

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  • You may not have come across this product on our website as we recommend a sample card or a visit to the showroom to help you with your choice. The colours are generally non-repeatable but we do hold reasonably large volumes in stock, we therefore suggest enough yarn is ordered so that you can complete your project. Here is just a small selection o

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  • Felt beads or balls can be used for making jewellery, as embellishments for clothes and accessories, or for making simple toys such as our fun Caterpillar. 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 out from the top and loosely shape

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  • 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 I had expected. As the package was still soapy, I rolled up a h

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  • 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 silk hanky felt

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  • 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 soap has been fully dissolved, you are left with a hollow

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  • 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 dyes to buy at the show, so what a welcome surprise to find I had won a dye kit. Qu

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  • The dyed Merino Wool tops are easily felted and here we show how simple it is for a beginner to learn the technique of making felt balls. Crafting your own baubles adds a personal touch to the decorations on your Christmas tree. Step 1: Use a rolled up ball of cling film as the core for your ball so that the bauble is not too heavy on the Christm

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  • Evidence that wool has been used for clothing exists at The British Museum as far back as the Iron Age (800 BC - AD 50). There are a selection of combs carved from animal bone probably used to prepare the fibres and stone whorls which were used to weight the hand spindle. The wooden tools used for creating the cloth have long gone but the large sto

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  • Sarah Brooker's skilfully crafted and vibrantly coloured felt artwork has been created using Fibrecrafts dyed Merino wool tops. One of Sarah's early works was used on the 1996 Fibrecrafts catalogue cover. The original was bought by Ian Bowers (our Managing Director) and still hangs on his wall at Style Cottage.         Other Wor

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  • Felt making is most effective using wool fibres. The best to use is wool that has been cleaned and combed. The treated wool is known as wool tops, or wool roving. Fibre with a Bradford count of 60 or higher (find out more about wool classification), will felt readily when combined with water, heat and alkali, such as soap (plus a degree of elbow gr

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  • Author Gillian Harris started out as a graphic designer before pursuing a career in feltmaking. She teaches numerous feltmaking workshops and sells a collection of her felted handbags from her website. Her first book 'Complete Feltmaking' covers all aspects of feltmaking. The title includes making flat felt, creating 3d shapes, felted knits, needle

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  • The Ashford Wide Drum Carder has arrived in stock, and is a great investment for production spinning and blending fibres for felt making. Specification The drum carder has an extra wide 29cm drum which can produce batts of up to 100g. Featuring adjustable drum clearance and includes a packer brush to smooth, control and pack more fibres onto the dr

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  • Susan Litton's review of Schacht's latest spinning wheel 'The Sidekick': 'I have been spinning for twenty five years and for a long time have been a very happy owner of a Schacht Matchless wheel. This wheel does everything I could want from a spinning wheel, except that it is takes up the space of a person in the car. So, I have been very tempted b

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