George Weil Blog & FAQs

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Glossary Of Dyeing Terms

Glossary of Dyes and Dyeing Terms

When you begin to learn about different dyes and dyeing techniques you will encounter many words that you have never come across before. This glossary of dyeing terms has been designed to provide a helpful summary. BC DEF GHI JKL...
Understanding Yarn Count

Understanding Yarn Count Measurements

Common Yarn Count Systems Various methods are used to determine yarn counts. The yarn count is basically a way of defining the thickness of a yarn, and this is done by measuring the length of yarn to a specific weight;...
Marbling Fabric Paper Wood

Marbling on Fabric and Paper

Think of marbling as a printing process. Paints or inks are suspended on the surface of a prepared solution of size. Size, is a jelly-like mixture of a thickener such as Manutex RS or Methyl Cellulose (CMC powder) and water...
Andrea Hennessey Rug

Andrea Hennessey’s Special Rug made from Hand-dyed Wool Yarn

Customer Andrea Hennessey has kindly sent us some photographs of a rug she was commissioned to make for a recently renovated chapel in France. Using the bespoke stained glass windows as her inspiration she set about hand-dyeing her wool yarn...
Stick Shuttle Passing Through The Shed

What is a Rigid Heddle Loom & how does it work?

Are you thinking about buying a loom for weaving, but don’t know where to start? Looms vary in complexity; a simple frame can be used to produce a plain weave (see illustration) while a large floor loom will provide the...
Bluefaced Leicester Top - White

The Classification of Wool Fibres; count, staple length, crimp and lustre

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...
Glimakra Countermarch And Myrehed Draw Loom

The Myrehed Draw Loom

Take your weaving further with a Myrehed Draw Loom A draw loom gives the weaver dramatically extended fabric design options using a traditional Countermarch floor loom. The draw loom controls individual warp threads to build up patterns on a ground...
Jacquard Iron On Transfer Light Grey Marl T Shirt

Printing with Jacquard Iron-On Transfer Paper

Print images onto fabrics such as t-shirts, bags, bedding, jackets, home textiles, banners, art quilts and much more with the iron on Jacquard Transfer Paper. There are two types of transfer sheets Jacquard Iron-On Transfer Paper for Light Coloured Fabrics...
Polymer Clay Snowman Mobile

Snowman Mobile made from Sculpey UltraLight Polymer Clay

Sculpey UltraLight polymer clay is exactly what it says – an ultralight clay that can be used in so many brilliant ways. It is perfect for making things just like this snowman mobile! The simple snowmen were made by rolling...
Art By Walt Doormouse Feature

More Art by Walt – Felted Pictures

Walt Underwood has kindly sent us photos of some of his recent felted pictures. “Art by Walt” demonstrates and sells at craft shows and Walt is a regular and valued customer at George Weil.       If you would...
Website 2022 Fi

NEW Website Layout for 2022

The George Weil website has had a Spring Clean to brush away the Winter cobwebs – and all without reducing the product range! The new category structure is designed to take you straight to the products you are looking for;...
craft ideas for Spring

Springspiration 2022!

Spring is springing (so are the March hares!) and Easter is just round the corner. Are you feeling inspired to create? Felt Making Ideas Feltmaking and Needle Felting techniques can be used to create 3-dimensional objects and there are many...
Botanical Eco Printing with Leaves

Experimental Botanical Print with Leaves using Alum Mordant

Print with leaves found in the garden or out on a walk; explore, experiment and take notes! Creating these Botanical Prints is so satisfying as each experiment will give you a different result.  You can find further information about this...
Overview of Botanical Prinintg

Botanical Printing – an overview

Botanical Printing, Eco Printing, Botanical Dyeing, Eco Dyeing, Botanical Inks – just some of the terms being used to describe this increasingly popular and exciting approach to transferring plant colours and patterns onto fabric and paper. The varying methods use...
Botanical printing using petals

Experimental Botanical Print with Petals using Alum Mordant

Here is a first attempt at creating a Botanical Print with petals gathered from around the garden (you can find further information about this technique from our Blog post Botanical Printing – an overview). It is difficult to get a...
Needle felted fox - Art by Walt

Art by Walt – Felted Pictures

We’re always delighted to receive photos showing what has been made using the materials sold by George Weil. Browse the range of wonderful wool fibres to choose from for your felting projects here! »...
Customised Garden Table

Painting with Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colours

I got my set of Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colours last Summer as they promised to be a good all rounder for both oil painting and craft applications. The set includes Winsor Yellow, Winsor Red, French...
Pinata Alcohol inks on cups

Jacquard Pinata Drips on Cups and Saucers

The vibrant colours of the Jacquard Pinata alcohol inks are stunningly showcased here against the background of white ceramic. The alcohol base means that the ink dries to an indelible and moisture resistant finish. The effects of the inks vary...
Toy made from felt balls

Caterpillar made from Felted 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...