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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Rug Yarn Delivery

COVID-19 – Stock & Website Implications

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...
Christmas 2020

Happy Christmas 2020 & Looking forward to 2021

The team at George Weil would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Joyful Christmas and a VERY Happy New Year. With 2021 just over a week away, we will all be reflecting on the events of...
Felt made in a washing machine

Feltmaking 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...
Ice dyed cushion cover

Ice Dyeing with Procion MX Dyes

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...
Alice Temperley Natural Dyeing Madder

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!...
Batik patterned cloth

Batik Wax Printing using Procion MX Dyes

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...
Screen Printed Cushions

Screen Printed Flamingo Fabric

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...
Caras Noel Cane

Sugar Free Polymer Clay Candy Canes

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...
Polymer Clay Christmas Tags

Christmas Decorations made using Texture Makers

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...
Eco Printing Leaves

Eco Printing by Yvonne Appleby

Customer Yvonne Appleby has very kindly sent us some photographs of her Eco Prints on watercolour paper. Ash Leaves “My first attempt at eco printing was, to my great satisfaction and no small surprise, a success. The leaves used were...
Ring holders made with polymer clay

What to do with Left Over Polymer Clay – Ring Holders

Here is a quick project for using up leftover polymer clay. These ring holders were made from what remained of the FIMO clay mix that Cara used to make her coasters. There’s no need for any special tools, just a...
Painting with Dupont dyes

Silk Painting with H Dupont Classique Silk Dyes

George Weil has sold litres and litres of H Dupont Classique Silk Dyes to customers during the last two decades. These liquid dyes are used with protein fibres such as silk, wool, feathers, mohair and cashmere, and are more popularly...
Steam fix silk dyes

How to Steam Set Silk Dyes in the Microwave

The silk painters’ favourite, H Dupont Classique dyes, provide bright and clear colour results on silk fabric. Although the iron fix silk paints offer a fair alternative, they do leave the fabric a little stiffer than a dye. This stiffness...
Fimo Coaster 5 6

Coasters made from FIMO Polymer Clay

Learn how to make these marble effect coasters made by Cara from FIMO polymer clay. The clay is available in a large choice of colours allowing you to design your coasters to complement your decor. There are also a choice...
Indigo dye vat

Preparing an Indigo Dye Vat

If you are curious about indigo dyeing this blog post may encourage you to have a go! Here we take you through the stages of preparing the indigo dye vat and dyeing your first items with this magical, ancient dye...
Halloween Lanterns

Make a Halloween Lantern

Here’s a great idea for making decorations for your Halloween party – and an excellent use for empty glass jars. The project is so simple that even very young children will be able to make their own Halloween Lantern. Cara...
Bowers Family

Barbecue at the Cottage

We spend all day with each other during the week and then decide it’s a good idea to spend even more time together at the weekend! The Bowers Dynasty – Ian (our Managing Director) with his family Susan, Peter, Victoria...
Sun print with Dye Na Flow

Sun Printing with Jacquard Dye-na-flow

We thought you would like to see the results of our sun printing using Jacquard Dye-na-flow.  Jacquard Dye-na-flow are fluid paints for use on natural and synthetic fabrics.  The paint can also be used to stain wood, paint on paper...
Paint Test Polyester

Paint Test on Polyester Fabric

A recent enquiry from a customer wanting to paint on polyester fabric prompted us to create a swatch sample for five of the paints available from George Weil. The customer is planning to paint a motif on a wedding dress...
Susan's birthday

Surely not? Happy 70th Susan!

We would like to wish Susan a very Happy 70th Birthday. Susan worked for George Weil for many years as our buyer, and still “keeps her hand in” by dyeing the hand-dyed silk fibres and Wensleydale for the business. Susan...