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Weaving

  • By Allison Holland I have very little weaving experience but wanted to see if I could add a continuous warp to the Mini Loom sold by us here at George Weil. I had thought that the loom was just a basic frame and that the size of the woven cloth would be determined by the looms length and width. However, the warp can be extended so that scarves or t

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  • The range of looms featured on the George Weil website are built by skilled craftsmen from long established manufacturers. There are the GAV Glimåkra AB looms from Sweden, the Louet looms from the Netherlands, the Schacht looms from America and the Ashford looms from New Zealand. The extended range of looms and other craft materials and equipment

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  • The value of a length of woven material lies primarily in the time taken in design, loom preparation, the weaving and the fabric finishing. The cost of the weaving yarn is generally a very small proportion of the final value. At first sight there is a huge range of yarns available to the hand loom weaver. Poor weaving yarn selection can ruin all th

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  • by Allison Holland The mini weaving loom is ideal for learning the basics of weaving. The loom measures 28cm x 39cm and has a weaving width of 23cm. When you get the loom out of the box, you will find that it already holds a weaving sample. The threads which are strung onto the loom (in white) are known as the warp and the threads which are woven o

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  • The Ashford Fringe Twister has been designed to make light work of making twisted fringe for handwoven garments, knitted scarves or for needle work projects - the finishing touch to your handmade items. You can also use the finge twister to create corded cotton, or to twist sliver prior to felting it. Features There are four alligator clips mounted

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  • A 90 denier monofilament yarn which shrinks by 40% when placed in water at 40°C, and dissolves completely at 70°C. This yarn offers weavers exciting possibilities for experimentation. The water soluble yarn can be used to support a low strength warp or weft yarn, stabilise open weaves and create accurately placed holes. The low temperature for d

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  • We are often asked advice about the crafts advertised on our website. Whilst we have a good knowledge of most of the techniques, we cannot always claim to be experts. The traditional crafts of weaving, spinning and dyeing are championed by The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. The objectives of this Association are 'the preserva

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  • The Schacht End-Delivery Shuttle is designed especially and precisely for handweavers. It is lightweight, comfortable to throw and catch, adjustable to a variety of yarns, and easy to thread. The shuttle has a pirn which remains stationary, instead of a free-spinning bobbin. The weft yarn unwinds off the pirn’s tip when the shuttle is in motion a

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  • We source a huge range of craft materials and equipment from manufacturers across the world. Our selection of weaving looms and tools are chosen from three main suppliers, the Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. in the USA, Louët in The Netherlands, and GAV Glimarkra AB in Sweden. Formerly known as AB Gunnar Anderssons Vävskedsfabrik, GAV Glimarkra AB

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  • Tapestry weaving is a relatively simple method of creating fabric for rugs, cushion covers and decorative wall hangings. The technique will appeal to the artist as the yarns can be used to 'paint' a picture across the supporting warp. A warp, which is the yarn on which the weaving will be suspended, is first wound onto a frame. The yarn which will

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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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  • We were really excited to see the latest cover of The Journal magazine. Belinda Rose's colourful and innovative three dimensional weavings shows the versatility of these paper yarns. Allison took this image (below) of the George Weil corded paper yarns in 2005. It shows how the ends have been untwisted. In this cover image featuring Belinda's weavi

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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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  • When ordering a new reed, check the overall length of the reed you are replacing. This includes the end caps which add about 2.5cm to the total length. The reed height is normally defined by the size of the opening in the beater. Most looms are flexible in the height of the reed they can accept, which is defined by the shed created between the bea

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  • Kirsten Glasbrook's colourful and exciting book 'Tapestry Weaving' will appeal to all lovers of colour and texture. The various techniques of tapestry weaving are explored through Kirsten's evocative designs. The step-by-step guidance and detailed photographs teach the weaver many techniques. How to create motifs, borders, and shading, as well as f

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  • An elaborate necklace, created using the advanced luceting technique. The beautiful technique was developed by Ziggy Rytka. The beads were added to the necklace during the process of making the cord. The technique of luceting has been used for centuries, from the Vikings to the Victorians, to produce square sectioned cord. These strong cords were u

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  • With half term and school holidays looming, we'd like to offer you a number of craft ideas for keeping the children occupied and for encouraging their creativity. Tapestry Weaving You will need a tapestry frame or an old picture frame, a selection of yarns (these can include strips of fabric, plastic bags or ribbons, our Mixed Bag of Yarns may be o

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  • Tablet Weaving Tablet weaving is an ancient technique for weaving decorative bands of cloth for use as belts or straps. The equipment takes up only a limited amount of space and provides a surprising diversity in patterning, depending on the technique and the colour and texture of the yarns used. Shelagh Lewins' page about how to weave bands using

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  • Basic Weaving In woven fabrics, two sets of yarns cross perpendicular to one another. One set, known as the warp, is held taut on the loom while the weft set is woven over and under the suspended warp. When the row of the weft is pushed up against the previous row a solid woven cloth is created. This is achieved with a comb on a basic loom, and wi

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  • Monty Don presents a new BBC 2 series 'Mastercrafts', celebrating the nation's craftsmanship and the recent renaissance in traditional crafts. The series kicks off on 12th February 2010 at 9pm. Amongst the 6 episodes can be seen Margo Selby, Weaver and Woven Textile Designer. How were we involved? Margo contacted us to see if we could get hold of t

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