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  • Congratulations to Andrea Dawson for being chosen to receive the George Weil Graduation Prize for achieving the most accomplished work on her course. Andrea was presented with her prize of a £100.00 George Weil Gift Card during an award ceremony which launched the Cass Summer Show. You can visit the show, which features students' work, at London M

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  • How a Dobby Loom Works A dobby weaving loom has a dobby mechanism, which is used to program the harness combinations for the weave pattern. Dobby is short for “draw boy” which refers to the weaver’s helper who controlled the warp thread by pulling on draw threads. The dobby mechanism replaces the treadle/lam combination of the traditional flo

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  • It's never too late to change direction in life and customer Jo Aylwin is living proof! Before training as a solictor, Jo had discovered weaving as a student in Norway in 1975. Although in love with the craft, she did not encounter weaving again for another 30 years. The workshop she attended at UCA Farnham in 2005 rekindled her interest and now sh

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  • Understanding a little about colour theory can help you to decide which colours to choose for art or craft projects. The success of a project, whether it be woven cloth or a watercolour painting, can be determined by choosing the best colour relationships. Primary Colours The primary colours red, yellow and blue are the only colours that cannot be

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  • I am new to tapestry weaving and this is my first attempt at using a loom. To try weaving I used the Schacht Lilli loom. This is a simple design so it was easier for me to understand how the loom works. The first thing I did was print off a set of instructions on how to warp the tapestry loom and a simple guide on how to weave. This included diagra

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  • For many people the idea of buying a loom, then weaving on it sounds complicated and confusing. Something perhaps best left to professionals and textile artists? This is how I felt whenever I contemplated the practical use of ‘heddles’, ‘warp and weft’ and many other weaving terms. However this week I found myself surrounded by opportunity

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  • Thank you Kathe for posting the following about her book "So Warped" in the Tapestry2005 yahoo group: "My books have been available in Europe through Amazon and Fine Fiber Press for years, but because they were sent by US Mail it sometimes doubled or almost doubled the cost of the books. That problems is now solved because www.georgeweil.com GEORGE

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  • Understanding Weaving Loom Shed The shed is the space between raised and lowered warp threads in which the weft passes through. Floor looms have a range of mechanisms for creating the shed; each has its benefits and disadvantages. The shed shown in the image right demonstrates how the warp is lifted and separated. This small loom creates a shed usi

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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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  • We had great fun making this fish at an experimental tapestry weaving workshop. You can use any flexible materials to weave, so exploring the craft doesn't have to be expensive. For this project we used lengths of left over yarns and wool tops, the technique would work equally well with ribbons, laces, string or strips of plastic carrier bag.  

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  • Selecting a Reed Collecting reeds is often found in the committed weaver. Although it is possible to sley a reed with a wide mix of ends through adjacent dents, to achieve the desired pattern of ends across the width, the call for a new reed is often irresistible. The notes below are a guide in measuring up for a reed, and to ensure that it meets t

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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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  • This balanced double weave scarf (pictured right) set at 20 epi uses a design from Handwoven magazine. It includes a Celtic Knot in the design with a final size of 25cm x 150cm (10" x 60"). The back face is light grey and the image is brought through the weave structure. The yarn is Jagger spun 2/18 wool/silk, giving 10,000m/kg (5,000yd/lb). The sc

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  • Sue Noble from Dulwich College Preparatory School sent us these great pictures of weavings made by the 7 to 9 year old boys who attend her popular club. The boys have been very creative using the chunky coloured wool yarns from Traub. Here are some examples of their work

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  • The choice of a weaving loom is very personal. Many factors influence the decision and these are discussed in general terms below. Equipment costs and the type of weaving loom has to be considered along with the type of fabric to be produced. Loom design is a series of compromises. A balance has to be made between overall size, accessibility in dre

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  • There are a number of techniques that can be used for creating braids. The simplest equipment is the tablet weaving card. Tablet Weaving Tablet weaving (or card weaving) is a method of producing braids, straps, belts, edgings and hair bands and a large range of yarns work effectively with this method. It is necessary to use a strong yarn for the wa

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  • The autodenter is most helpful for sleying the reed when threading the warp onto the weaving loom ‘back-to-front’. You can work left-to-right or right-to-left across the reed, whichever your handedness prefers. The autodenter Looking at the autodenter you will see that it is made of two distinct parts, a wooden handle with two short metal ‘fi

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  • Complex weaver, Ans Drost, emailed these photographs of the weavings she has achieved on her Louët Megado loom. Ans says of the image below 'the same pattern in a different colour. It is still done in tied weave, Summer and Winter. The yarn is 5/2 cotton. I do like this colour better.'

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  • Our resident weaver, Susan Litton, is often heard expounding the virtues of the basic rigid heddle (also known as tabby loom). 'It's a very good experimental loom for creating woven cloth for tea towels, soft furnishings and clothing!' In 2002 one of our regular customers, Alison Butcher (pictured below) arrived wearing her rigid heddle woven skirt

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  • The Schacht Zoom Loom is a pin loom that is very easy and comfortable to use. The instructions contain a step by step process of how to use the loom and a selection of projects. The loom has been designed for creating woven squares which can be joined together to create scarves, place mats, throws and other items. A Trail Run I found the instructio

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