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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Fusing angelina with an iron

Fuse Angelina Fibres to Make a Glistening Web

The glistening and iridescent Angelina fibres can be used for a number of craft applications. Here we demonstrate how fast and simple it is to fuse Angelina fibres to create a sheet of “paper” which can then be cut to...
Work experience at George Weil

Welcome to Millie from George Weil

We had the great pleasure of welcoming Millie for her five days work experience last week. Millie worked closely with Allison to create content for the website, social media and this blog. Not only is she is the hand model...
Jo 50th Birthday Cake

A Double Celebration with Extra Cake

We’ve been celebrating two birthday’s here at George Weil today! Susan has been busy baking and made these delicious cakes for granddaughter Sophie, who had her 20th birthday at the weekend, and Sales Manager Jo who reached her big five-o...
Andrea Dawson

Winner of the George Weil Graduation Prize 2019

Congratulations to Andrea Dawson for being chosen to receive the George Weil Graduation Prize for achieving the most accomplished work on her course. Andrea was presented with her prize of a £100.00 George Weil Gift Card during an award ceremony...
Tissue Paper Bunting

Make your own Bunting with Tissutex paper

Here’s a fun project for making colourful bunting with Tissutex paper to decorate your garden, gazebo or Summer house. What is Tissutex Paper? The remarkable Tissutex paper, despite its delicate appearance, can by dyed, painted and glued without disintegrating. This...
Handmade paper flower

Handmade Flower using Canford Paper

We made these stylised flowers using two sheets of A4 Canford paper. Canford paper is available in a range of vibrant and exciting colours. We stock the full spectrum in A4 and A1 sheets which can be ordered from the...
Derwent Inktense Pencils with water wash

Derwent Inktense Pencils on Watercolour Paper

I’ve had a little play with the Derwent Inktense Pencils on watercolour paper. I won’t win any prizes for my drawing but it does demonstrate how satisfying it is to use these water-soluble pencils. Drawing with Derwent Inktense Pencils The...
Louet Megado loom

Louet Megado Dobby Looms

How a Dobby Loom Works A dobby weaving loom has a dobby mechanism, which is used to program the harness combinations for the weave pattern. Dobby is short for “draw boy” which refers to the weavers helper who controlled the...
Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018 Get Together

It’s been a busy few weeks here at George Weil so it was good to get together and let our hair down. Thank you Ian for our Christmas treat! Top, left to right: Cara, Sophie, Jo and Ian Middle, left...
Pearl Ex Glass Jars

Glass Painting with Pearl Ex Pigments

Reduce, reuse, recycle – here’s a fun way to add bling to used glass jars for Christmas, parties or weddings. Simply make up a solution of the glistening Pearl Ex pigments and clear Deka Cristal glass paint and decorate away!...
Procion MX dyes for cotton

Which Dye for Which Fibres?

Have you ever been disappointed by the results of the washing machine dyes you find at the supermarket? The zip or the stitching didn’t take the dye colour? This is why it is important to know the fibre content and...
Jo Aylwin

Dyeing to Weave?

It’s never too late to change direction in life and customer Jo Aylwin is living proof! Before training as a solicitor, Jo had discovered weaving as a student in Norway in 1975. Although in love with the craft, she did...
Dyed towel

Decorating Towels using Procion MX Dyes

Here’s another colourful craft project for children from Cara Barrell. These personalised towels were created using a waterproof adhesive tape as a resist and Procion MX fibre reactive dyes. Procion MX dyes are formulated specifically for dyeing natural plant fibres...
Dye Lishus

Dyeing Dye-Lishus Cotton Sliver

Dye-Lishus Cotton Sliver is an undyed, PFD (prepared for dyeing) cotton fibre that has been treated to accept dye colour directly using any dye stuff. The cellulose structure is changed so that it behaves as if scoured and mordanted in...
Still Life Allison Holland

A Very “Still Life” using Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylics

We’re often asked by customers if we do any of the many crafts featured on the George Weil website. And yes we do! This still life was painted by our colleague Allison using Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylics on Canvas Board...
dyeing polyester

Dyeing Clothes made from Polyester Fabric

Here we include tips on how to dye polyester clothing with Jacquard iDye Poly Dyes or Fibrecrafts Disperse Dyes. These dyes are suitable for dyeing synthetics including polyester, nylon, cellulose acetate, vilene, synthetic velvets and PVC. They are also used to...
Secondary Colours

Basic Colour Theory

Understanding a little about colour theory can help you to decide which colours to choose for art or craft projects. The success of a project, whether it be woven cloth or a watercolour painting, can be determined by choosing the...
Merino Wool Christmas Wreath

Christmas Wreath Decorations made from Merino Wool Tops

Simple and effective Christmas Wreath decorations made from Merino Wool Tops by Cara and Jo Barrell.   How to Make the Christmas Wreath You will need a framework on which to attach the wool tops, and these can be found...
Happy Retirement Julie

Retirement for Julie – and Pastures Anew!

Congratulations to our friend and colleague, Julie Scanlon who begins her retirement journey this week. If you have placed an order by phone, or called us with a query, you may well have spoken to Julie who has been part...
Weald Downland

Natural Dyeing Display at the Weald & Downland Living Museum

A visit to the Weald & Downland Living Museum takes us on a journey through 950 years of English rural history. There are 50 historical buildings which were carefully rebuilt within the 40 acre site, demonstrations and exhibits, plus an...