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. See also our USEFUL LINKS page which includes a listing of websites offering information about the products sold on our website, training resources and Guilds.

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Painting with watercolours

Fine Art Supplies Coming Soon!

We have some very exciting news for our George Weil customers. We are pleased to announce that George Weil & Sons Ltd will shortly be extending the range of products to include fine art supplies for artists and students from...
Makins Clay

Makin’s No-Bake Polymer Clay

MAKINS CLAY HAS NOW BEEN DISCONTINUED BY GEORGE WEIL, we recommend DAS air drying clay as an alternative. Makin’s Clay has been formulated as an air-dry polymer clay and the ‘safe non-toxic’ message on the box makes it ideal for...
Cotton Bol

Plant Fibres for Spinning and Papermaking

Fibres derived from plants are also known as cellulose fibres (except for Soybean which is a protein fibre, see below). These cellulose fibres are used in spinning and papermaking (using both the traditional technique and the silk papermaking technique), 3d...
Valentine Cards Large

Unique and Beautiful – a Valentine Card to Keep

These lovely cards have been hand crafted in coloured Lokta paper which is a medium weight, textured paper with a soft handle. The pale pink heart is cut-out from silk rag paper and the smaller hearts are made from silk...
Jacquard Lumiere paints

Jacquard Lumiere Metallic Fabric Paint

Jacquard Lumiere paints come in a range of highly pigmented metallic and pearlescent colours. They can be used on a variety of materials including fabrics, leather, wood, paper, clay and knits. This thick paint is smooth to apply and does...
Art Clay Silver Clay by Joy Funnell

New Formula Art Clay Silver Clay – Tried & Tested

The new formula Art Clay Silver clay will shortly be available from the George Weil website. We asked expert Joy Funnell (see Joy’s website where you can find out about her courses) to test and comment. Here is her very...
Bluefaced Leicester Roving Dyed and Knitted

Bluefaced Leicester Roving Knitted

We thought you may like to see what Jo did with the super soft Bluefaced Leicester Roving yarn she hand dyed using H Dupont dyes. Jo decided to knit the yarn to make a snood. She knitted the wool into...
Japanese Fibre Crafts Magazine

A Japanese Twist on British Wools

Masumi Honda, the owner of Spinnuts has been a customer of Fibrecrafts, and more recently George Weil, for approaching 30 years. Over that time we have selected the cream of British hand spinning quality fleece from across a wide range...

Happy 2nd Birthday Felix Bowers!

You may remember this little boy from previous posts? In a blink of an eye, Felix has now reached the ripe old age of 2 and we helped celebrate his birthday today with delicious chocolate cake brought in by Mum...
Learn to Spin by Anne Field

Book Spotlight: Learn to Spin by Anne Field

We’re often asked to recommend a book about specific crafts featured on the George Weil website. Anne Field‘s ‘Learn to Spin’ ticks all the boxes when it comes to learning everything you need to know about spinning a fibre to...
Deka Silk Painting Mediums

Silk Paints and their Mediums

Silk paints are made from insoluble dye particles suspended in water and combined with a fixative which is set by ironing the back of the painted fabric. The paint is very fluid and formulated specifically to simulate dye. The brands...
Painted silk scarf

Two Colour Silk Scarf

I was quite daunted when I first pinned my 90cm x 90cm Pongee silk scarf to the stretcher frame. I had two colours of DEKA Silk (black and lemon) and wanted to demonstrate how they could be used effectively to...
Screen printing puff binder

Selectasine Screen Printing Puff Binder

The Selectasine range of binders and pigments offer the textile artist a variety of options for screen printing and painting. Puff Binder This test shows how the Selectasine Puff Binder combined with Selectasine Pigment performs on finely woven cotton fabric...
Small weaving loom

Beginners Weaving Loom

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...
Art Clay Silver Earrings

Silver Earrings made from Art Clay Silver clay

These silver earrings were made from Art Clay Silver clay. They are a simple project for anyone who has never used this precious metal clay. I used just 10g (5g for each earring) which I divided into two pieces. Digital...
Painted Silk Tie 01

Hand Painted Silk Tie

We thought that some of you may like to paint a silk tie and give it as a special present for Christmas. My sons and I painted a silk tie for their father many years ago and we got tremendous...
Bluefaced Leicester Roving Jo

Hand-dyed Bluefaced Leicester Roving Yarn

The new range of British Wool yarns are proving very popular with our customers – and our staff. Sales Manager at George Weil, Jo, couldn’t resist taking home two hanks of the Bluefaced Leicester Roving Yarn to dye and then knit...
Ashford Fringe twister

The Ashford Fringe Twister

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...
Art Clay Silver 1

Art Clay Silver Clay – Tried & Tested

By Allison Holland The new Gedeo silicone moulds from Pebeo have been added to our range of craft products to compliment the exciting new resins introduced in the previous post. There are two moulds, one offering a selection of cabochon...
Curly Wensleydale Wool

Lowering the pH for Acid Dyes

Citric Acid is a weak organic acid used as an acidifier in dyeing. It will alter the pH level of the dye bath and is an odourless alternative to white vinegar when immersion dyeing protein fibres such as silk and...