George Weil Blog & FAQs

Welcome to the George Weil Blog FAQs which includes information about the art and craft products sold on this website. There are project ideas, photographs of items created by our customers, product reviews, and step-by-step instructions. If there is anything you would like to see included here or if you would like to contribute an item, please email graphics@georgeweil.com

Caterpillar made from Felted Balls

Toy made from felt balls

It is great fun making felt balls – especially with the help from enthusiastic children! The balls can be used to make jewellery, toys, mobiles, embellishments, costume and more. Felt is made from wool fibres, and Merino wool is particularly good for this. It has a long fine fibre which felts readily and is available […]

Feltmaking in a Washing Machine!

Felt made in a washing machine

A quick and easy method of making felt in a washing machine – just parcel up and throw in with your usual wash. 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 moulded around a former such as […]

COVID-19 – Stock & Website Implications

Rug Yarn Delivery

In one way or another, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on all of us. George Weil & Sons Ltd has continued operating during these difficult times, providing materials and tools for artists, students and craft enthusiasts. Stock Problems Over recent months there have been increasing problems in obtaining stock from UK based Sole […]

Ice Dyeing with Procion MX Dyes

Ice dyed cushion cover

Ice dyeing is a technique for creating random patterning on fabrics (or fibres and yarns!). The dyeing method below uses Procion MX dyes on cotton fabric.   Here is how Cara created her one-of-a-kind ice dyed cushion covers for her garden.  Preparing the fabric for ice dyeing You will need to use linen, viscose or […]

Natural Dyeing with Designer Alice Temperley

We’re thrilled to have been mentioned in an article by Rachael Dove in The Evening Standard recently. “How to dye your old clothes with Alice Temperley” shares how to bring new life to discarded garments – using Fibrecrafts Natural Dyes! Award winning British designer Alice Temperley MBE, explains how she uses Madder, Cochineal and Logwood […]

Batik Wax Printing using Procion MX Dyes

Batik patterned cloth

In Batik, melted wax is applied to fabric to act as a resist to dye or paint. The wax is applied using a carved wooden block or stamp, or free hand with a tjanting or brush. When the wax has hardened, the fabric is either submerged in a dye bath or painted with the dye. […]

Screen Printed Flamingo Fabric

Flamingo cushion cover

Screen printed Flamingo cushion covers! These delightful prints were created using Selectasine water-based screen printing ink and a Selectasine aluminium screen printing frame and squeegee. Find out how below. Creating the Stencil Cara’s screen printed flamingo began life as clip-art. The simple image is ideal for creating a stencil, it is a clear representation of […]

Sugar Free Polymer Clay Candy Canes

Polymer clay Christmas candy cane

Candy canes look great on Christmas Trees, but how many of us remember to eat them before the decorations come down? Here’s a way to help save your teeth and save room for all the other leftover Christmas goodies. Take the idea further and make an extra long polymer clay cane and twist it into […]

Christmas Decorations made using Texture Makers

Texture maker on polymer clay Christmas decorations

Here’s a festive project for polymer clay! Cara used the flexible plastic Sculpey Texture Makers to add the patterns to these clay Christmas decorations and then highlighted parts of the pattern with glistening Jacquard Pearl Ex powder. Materials & Tools List Polymer clay – you can use any brand and any colour… Jacquard Pearl Ex […]

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