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  • The Ashford Tekapo yarns are spun from super soft Corriedale wool fibre and are suitable for weaving, knitting and felting. The 200 metre balls of 100% New Zealand semi-worsted wool yarn are especially designed for softness and strength. They are available in a selection of 9 random colours, 23 flat colours, and 5 natural colours. Here are examples

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  • Here are an assortment of creatures crafted from the materials sold at George Weil! Felted Merino The mouse and caterpillar have been made from felted Merino wool tops. The fibres were wetted with soap and hot water before being rolled between the hands to make them felt together. The caterpillar is made from a series of different sized felt balls

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  • Nuno felting is an effective felt making technique where wool fibres are placed on an open weave fabric and then felted until the wool fibres shrink, making the fabric pucker. The fabric puckers as the wool fibre shrinks Merino Wool on Silk Gauze Chiffon The example above shows undyed Merino wool tops laid perpendicular to each other on Silk Gauze

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  • This selection of skeins were hand spun by Coralie Miles. Each of the fibres used can be found in the Spinning Section. Fibres are: a) Grey Alpaca b) Bluefaced Leicester c) Mohair d) Jacob e) Camel f) Black Alpaca g) Cashmere h) Shetland. (See also Coralie's needle felted animals and her freeform crocheted bag.) The samples below were spun by Susan

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  • Are you already fed up with the Half Term holiday? Is the weather stopping you from getting out? Are the children bored? Feltmaking with wool fibres is great fun for children. They can make simple felt balls with little effort and string them together to make a necklace or a caterpillar. If you order some Merino wool tops today, we will get them to

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  • Making felt fabric is fun and relatively simple. You need a good wool fibre (we recommend Merino Wool Tops), hot water, soap and plenty of elbow grease (hence the title of this post). This is what a Merino wool fibre looks like under a microscope. The 'scales' which run the length of the fibre are the key to what makes the wool turn into felt. Whil

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  • After sending a parcel of alpaca/silk tops to an address in Guernsey, we were delighted to receive this photograph of a hand crafted scarf by Karen Malledent, especially when we read the email that accompanied it. Here's what Karen thinks about us! "Hello all at Fibrecrafts, It was good to meet you on our visit there in September. Just had to say a

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  • Imagine our excitement when a delivery was opened here in July 2009 to reveal a deliciously packaged box of chocolates. We all gathered around Jo to share the delight as the lid was slowly lifted. Resisting the urge to reach out and grab the largest, yummiest chocolate in the box, Ian's hesitation was immediately followed by cries of glee! These 'H

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  • From this: To This!: This stunningly colourful 'painting' was felted by Ruth Beer. Ruth wrote 'I just thought you might like to see this picture I made using Fibrecrafts wool tops, I found the wools very easy to work with and the colours strong and vibrant just what I wanted. I then used machine and hand embroidery to sew into the felt fabric addin

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  • We've been delightfully busy here at Fibrecrafts and are pleased and surprised at the success of our Christmas offers. We've noted a particular demand for the Natural Dye Kit which we feature here. The Fibrecrafts (Now George Weil) Natural Dye Kit includes a selection of natural dyes and mordants to enable the beginner to experiment with and gain a

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  • OFFER NOW ENDED TREAT - we hope! Special Offers at FIBRECRAFTS (now George Weil, Jan 2011) include a 30% saving on selected silks and up to 20% savings on Merino Wool Tops until the end November 2007. The silk scarves and ties can be dyed or painted ready for the much anticipated Christmas (eek! is it really only 8 weeks away) and the Merino Wool T

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  • Our delivery of nearly a ton of Merino Wool tops arrived today and the small team at FIBRECRAFTS (Now George Weil Jan 2011) were run off their feet! The large bumps of wool are a challenge to move and store but we've squeezed them in tight to ensure we can meet our customers demands. Whether they're going to be used for feltmaking or spinning, the

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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. On a bad day use the feltmaking process to relieve the tensions, it usually makes a very good felt. Making the felt is simple, it requires only

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  • Jane Rodgers needle felted these delightful teddies in 2005, after attending a course to learn the skill. These charming figures each have their own personality! Wool fibres felt readily with felting needles but we were surprised when she showed us the teddy created solely from Italian Silk Waste (pictured top). A felting needle is very sharp, with

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  • Four factors are considered in the classification of wool fibres; count, staple length, crimp and lustre: Count: The traditional classification of wool fibre was done using the 'Bradford' Count which represented the greatest length of yarn that could be spun from 1lb (454gm) of the wool fibre. The fibre was spun into yarn which was then wound into

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  • It is great fun making felted balls - especially with the help from enthusiastic children! The balls can be used to make jewellery, toys, mobiles, embellishments, costume and more. Merino wool is particularly good for making felt. It has a long fine fibre which felts readily and is available as natural, and in a choice of 27 different colours. The

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