Tag Archives: Silk

Nuno Felting

Nuno felt silk chiffon

Nuno felting is an effective felt making technique where wool fibres are placed on an open weave fabric and then felted until the wool fibres shrink, making the fabric pucker. The fabric puckers as the wool fibre shrinks Merino Wool on Silk Gauze Chiffon The example above shows undyed Merino wool tops laid perpendicular to […]

What is Batik?

Applying wax with tjanting

Batik is a method of patterning fabric or paper using melted wax. This creates a barrier, or resist, to prevent dye from colouring the waxed areas. Wax Melting Pot The safest and easiest way to melt the wax is with an electric wax melting pot. The temperature in this wax pot can be thermostatically controlled […]

Prepare Design for Silk Painting

You don’t need to be good at drawing to paint designs onto silk fabric. Here we show a neat trick for utilising designs found around the house including printed fabrics, wrapping paper, wall paper and even from colouring books! Look for a good bold print which will show through the silk fabric, we used the […]

Butterfly Painted on Silk

Deka Outline Paste, 25ml

We thought you may like to see how the gutta outliner butterfly turned out. The clear outliner, which acts as a barrier, was applied by following the lines traced with the autofade pen. The moisture from the outliner makes the ink from the autofade pen start to disappear. It is important to make sure that […]

The Tixor Malam Wax Melting Pot

Wax melting pot for Batik

Planning to do a lot of Batik or Encaustic Art? A thermostatically controlled wax melting pot is an essential addition to your tool kit. This wax melting pot is mains operated through a British 3 pin plug. Temperature Control The melting capacity of the Tixor Malam Wax Pot is 300ml and the adjustable thermostat can be […]

Space Dyeing in the Microwave with Acid Dyes

Dyeing wool with acid dyes

Here we include a recipe for space dyeing yarns, fibres or fabrics. This technique is also known as low water immersion dyeing. The randomness of this microwave method is so satisfying – there’s no need to fret about precise colour measuring and each attempt will give you varying results. The recipe is for dyeing white […]

The Fabulous Autofade Pen

Use the autofade pen to trace images onto silk

This post is for those of you who haven’t yet discovered the magical autofade pen. It is a fibre tipped pen which can be used to trace or sketch out designs on fabric and paper. The violet coloured ink magically fades within 3-4 days or it can be removed immediately with water (see our page […]

Using Outliner or Gutta in Silk Painting

Gutta outliner for silk painting

The purpose of outliner or gutta resist, is to create a boundary around part of an image or pattern so that the silk paint or dye will not run beyond that boundary. Example Work The Javana outliner used in this image has been applied to the silk fabric by following the purple lines drawn with […]

Felted Hats with Hatshapers

Hats made with a wool and a hatshaper

Feltmaking takes many forms. It can be used to create wall hangings, clothing, soft furnishings and toys. Feltmakers can make perfectly shaped and consistently sized hand-made felted hats from our robust plastic formers. The hats above were felted by Susan Litton and Monica Traub. Susan used a dark red wool top which had a hand-dyed […]

Naturally we’re delighted!

Fibrecrafts Natural Dyes

Our MD, Ian Bowers was delighted to receive this email today: ‘A very delayed note to say thank you for the natural dye kit you donated to the All Wales Event – Guilds in Wales – I was the recipient of the kit and had been saying that there wasn’t a lot of choice of […]

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