Posts by Ruth Morgan
These ghostly apparitions were made using Zeelon Light – an ideal fabric for this type of project as it is translucent and beautifully sheer. We began by dipping strips of Zeelon Light in a diluted solution of PVA glue, before draping them over a proforma, made up of a plastic bottle, a small ball for the head and garden wire arms. To give extra height to our ghost, we stood the model on a couple of paint tins. We applied the Zeelon strips all over the proforma until it was completely covered and left the glue to dry. To achieve […]
These photographs have been sent in to us by Elizabeth and Lynn from Kidderminster, who attended a ‘Fun with Lutradur’ session at their local Craft Club. The Group used Lutradur 70gsm and 100gsm to make a selection of leaves and flowers. (The leaves were made from Lutradur 70gsm and the flowers from 100gsm) First, they prepared the Lutradur with colour (Inktense pencils and paints), before stencilling their chosen design on to the fabric. They then used free machine embroidery to define the outline of their images and also to create veins and texture. (As Lutradur is a strong fabric […]
We made these colourful butterflies by following an origami pattern and using Lutradur 30gsm, a few pipe cleaners and some black paperclips! Although Lutradur is very strong, it has a lovely translucent quality, making it ideal for projects that require a delicate finish. For these butterflies, we used 30gsm, which is the lightest Lutradur we stock and supply. We used transfer paints to colour the Lutradur and, of course, all sorts of additional decoration could be applied, such as free-style machine stitching, sequins, etc. If you would like to know more about this, or any of our other projects, […]
An experienced Reflexologist has recently told us she has found Lutradur to be an invaluable tool for creating teaching aids to help her students. She was able to make several templates of feet, cut them up and colour code the sections with acrylic paints. This enabled her to identify the various areas, pressure points, muscles, etc. to her pupils. She chose Lutradur 100gsm, which is one of the heavier, denser weights of Lutradur and although quite flexible to handle, it is stiff enough to keep its shape and remain flat. The durable nature of Lutradur also means she has […]
The coronation is only a few weeks away and, if you’re planning any sort of get together or street party, you may like to get into the spirit of the occasion with some suitable headgear. We used Lutradur 130gsm to make these crowns – it is much stronger than paper or card, yet wonderfully flexible. Transfer paints were used to colour the Lutradur (although acrylic paints would have worked equally well). We chose Golden Yellow for the basic crown and Scarlet and Vivid Blue for the large decorative spots. Using the same basic template as above, we made a second crown, but this […]
These Evolon carrots are filled with dry rice, which gives them a realistic weight and knobbly feel. Evolon is a superb material for craft projects, such as this, as it can be dyed, cut, embroidered, glued, painted and machine stitched, plus it doesn’t tear or fray! If you would like to know more about Evolon and Lutradur or any of our other materials, please do not hesitate to contact us. Samples are available on request. We would love to hear from you!
Marion Barnett has kindly written the following instructions describing how to make Lutradur lace, as illustrated above . . . Marion is a very well known and respected Textile Artist and one of the very first to work with Lutradur and Evolon, when we introduced these fabrics to the market several years ago. Making Lutradur Lace by Marion Barnett One of the great things about Lutradur is that, although it looks and feels delicate, it is actually remarkably strong. That makes it a wonderful base for all sorts of stitch techniques. I often use it to make a form of embroidered lace; the heavier […]
LOVE MAYBE IN THE AIR THIS FEBRUARY – BUT NO-ONE LIKES A DRAUGHT With so many of us trying to keep warm this winter, why not make your home extra cosy with a colourful draught excluder? We used a piece of Evolon (which had previously been dyed a gorgeous shade of dark blue) to make the basic sausage shape, but a remnant could work well, or even the leg from an old pair of trousers! The letters and hearts were also cut from a piece of Evolon which, as it doesn’t fray or require any hemming, is ideal for this type […]
These little Christmas trees are easy and fun to make out of Lutradur. They can be painted and decorated with stick on gems, threaded beads, coloured wire, glitter glue, etc. For an extra touch of festive magic, we used battery operated tea lights to illuminate them. We chose Lutradur 70gsm (a medium weight Lutradur for this project) as it’s fairly stiff, yet translucent enough to allow light to pass through it.