Tag Archives: Yarns

Light Reflective Yarn – Highlighting Lace

A response to our email asking for your opinions about printing a catalogue this year, gave us this very pleasant response from lace maker and jewellery maker, Louise West. She wrote; ‘I personally like to be able to hold the catalogue and browse through it. It is my first port of call if I want […]

Tried & Tested: Schacht Sidekick Spinning Wheel

Susan Litton’s review of Schacht’s latest spinning wheel ‘The Sidekick‘: ‘I have been spinning for twenty five years and for a long time have been a very happy owner of a Schacht Matchless wheel. This wheel does everything I could want from a spinning wheel, except that it is takes up the space of a […]

Book Spotlight: Tapestry Weaving

Kirsten Glasbrook‘s colourful and exciting book ‘Tapestry Weaving’ will appeal to all lovers of colour and texture. The various techniques of tapestry weaving are explored through Kirsten’s evocative designs. The step-by-step guidance and detailed photographs teach the weaver many techniques. How to create motifs, borders, and shading, as well as finishing techniques such as tassels […]

Iron Age Tools at The British Museum

Evidence that wool has been used for clothing exists at The British Museum as far back as the Iron Age (800 BC – AD 50). There are a selection of combs carved from animal bone probably used to prepare the fibres and stone whorls which were used to weight the hand spindle. The wooden tools […]

Paper Yarn

3.2mm Midnight Paper Yarn - 5kg - 5.5kg spool

We were really excited to see the latest cover of The Journal magazine. Belinda Rose’s colourful and innovative three dimensional weavings shows the versatility of these paper yarns. Allison took this image (below) of the George Weil corded paper yarns in 2005. It shows how the ends have been untwisted. In this cover image featuring […]

Getting Started with Tapestry Weaving

Tapestry weaving is a relatively simple method of creating fabric for rugs, cushion covers and decorative wall hangings. The technique will appeal to the artist as the yarns can be used to ‘paint’ a picture across the supporting warp. A warp, which is the yarn on which the weaving will be suspended, is first wound […]

Water Soluble Yarn for Weaving & Shibori

A 90 denier monofilament yarn which shrinks by 40% when placed in water at 40°C, and dissolves completely at 70°C. This yarn offers weavers exciting possibilities for experimentation. The water soluble yarn can be used to support a low strength warp or weft yarn, stabilise open weaves and create accurately placed holes. The low temperature for […]

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 up. Jo, like many of us, “can’t do with all that faffing about” and decided […]

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