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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Screen Printing Supplies from George Weil

Screen Printing with Selectasine

The Selectasine screen printing products offer an economical alternative to ready-mixed screen printing inks. They are used by schools, colleges, professional screen printers, and textile artists. The screen printing system comprises a large selection of binders. These can be mixed...
Macmillan Coffee Morning Cake

Macmillan Coffee Morning at George Weil

Thank you to everyone who joined us for coffee and cake on Friday. We managed to raise £90 for Macmillan Cancer Support and got to meet some very nice people and eat lots of lovely goodies while doing it! Cake...
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Fibrecrafts Turquoise Blue Natural Dye & Forest Green Natural Dye

These exciting soluble indigo natural dyes are derived from fermented natural indigo and alkanet. The Turquoise Blue natural dye gives a good blue and at lower concentrations provides a fine teal green. The Forest Green, which also contains fermented pomegranate...
Jacquard Solarfast for printing with the sun

Solar Fast Dyes – catching some rays

Need something fun to do in the sun? Make the most of the bright sunshine to create detailed prints without a camera! Jacquard Solar Fast dyes are used to create photograms, continuous tone photographs, shadow prints, and ombre on fabric...
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Double Dyeing Devore Fabric

Double dyeing devore fabric involves using two distinct and different colours in one dye bath, and a fabric made from two different fibre types which take up the two dyes independently. The image below shows how the silk net on...
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Miniature Picture Frame from Art Clay Silver Clay

An Art Clay Silver project by Sue Heaser Art Clay Silver clay is made of pure silver powder, water and binder. It can be modelled like modelling clay or polymer clay and is easily fired at home using a gas...
Doll making polymer clay

Doll Making with Polymer Clay

Polymer clay is an ideal medium for doll making. The smooth finish and ease of working means you can create lifelike dolls of all kinds – from baby dolls and full size dolls to fairies and miniature dolls. Beginners find polymer...
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Disperse Dyes for Dyeing and Printing

Disperse dye can be used with various techniques and will readily colour synthetics such as polyester, nylon, cellulose acetate, vilene, viscose, synthetic velvets and PVC. They can also be used to colour plastic buttons and fastenings. Their effect is less...
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Wool Fibres for Spinning or Felt Making

Prepared Wool Fibres Wool fibres that have been washed and carded into a roving are commonly known as Wool Tops. The fibres are prepared so that the wool tops are consistent in their staple length (the length of the individual...
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Wax-Out! for removing Batik Wax from fabrics

What is Wax-Out! Wax-Out! offers an alternative solution to removing wax from finished Batik items. It is a mix of products which, individually, are already in commercial use in the textile industry for removing oils and waxes from fibres, yarn...
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Weaving, Understanding the Shed

Understanding Weaving Loom Shed The shed is the space between raised and lowered warp threads in which the weft passes through. Floor looms have a range of mechanisms for creating the shed; each has its benefits and disadvantages. The shed...
Stretcher frame for silk painting

Stretcher Frames for Painting Fabric

The best way to paint fabric or apply Batik wax, is to suspend the fabric on a stretcher frame. The fine weave of the silk fabric makes it ideal for painting, and silk paints or dyes give vibrant results leaving...
Stone Effect Polymer Clay beads

Stone Effect Beads from Polymer Clay

These effective beads were made using FIMO Soft polymer clays. The white coloured clay is FIMO Soft Translucent and the photo does not show its full ice-like effect. Combined with the Peppermint colour and the Opal Green. I created a...
Spiral Bead made from Polymer Clay

Polymer Clay Bead with Spiral Cane Slices

with Sue Heaser This project shows you how to decorate a round bead with slices from a spiral cane made with polymer clay. The technique works equally well with slices from a millefiori cane. You will need a spiral cane...
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Spinning Directly from a Silk Hanky

Susan Litton shows us how to prepare a silk hanky ready for spinning. A silk hanky is produced from a silk cocoon and is made up of one continuous gossamer thread. The sericin (the glue that keeps the cocoon together) is...
Speedball Inks

Speedball Screen Printing Inks

The range of Speedball Fabric Screen Printing Inks and Speedball Permanent Acrylic Screen Printing Inks, plus screen printing mediums are all available to order from the Sceen Printing section of this website, along with the popular Diazo Photo Emulsion system...
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Silk Painting with Silkpaint Resist

Silkpaint® Resist can be used for a number of applications and is a worthwhile addition to any painter’s studio. You can dilute Silkpaint Resist with water (adjust to your desired consistency), or it can be diluted or coloured with a...
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Tapestry Weaving in the Falkland Islands

Thanks to the wondrous invention of the world wide web, George Weil receive orders for craft tools and materials from all over the world. One of the furthest delivery destinations is the Falkland Islands. Although it is more than 8,000...
Painting With Acid Dyes

Silk Painting with Acid Dyes

Acid dyes produce bright, intense colours and are ideal for silk painting. The simplest method is to use pre-mixed liquid silk colours such as Dupont Steam Fix Dyes or Jacquard Silk Colours, as silk painters can rely on the consistency...
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Silk Papermaking / Silk Fusion

Silk papermaking (or silk fusion) is similar to Papier-mache. The fibres are sandwiched between two pieces of mesh netting and then stuck together using an adhesive, such as CMC paste or watered down PVA glue. Other items can be included...