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A bit of fun for Halloween . . .

Smiling witch, dressed in orange and black with crooked witch's hat, holds a orange pumpkin made out of Lutradur, with two bats behind her, made out of Lutradur Black.

. . . and here’s a Lutradur pumpkin I made earlier.

Myrtle is a friendly witch
Who lives amongst the trees
She likes to ride her broomstick
But it plays havoc with her knees

Sometimes she likes to stay at home
(When her knees are very sore)
By making, not spells and potions,
But things from Lutradur!

Lutradur is a fabulously versatile fabric and remember Lutradur Black is ideal for Halloween crafts as there is no need to colour it when making bats (as illustrated), cats or witches’ hats.

If you would like more information about any of the articles featured on our blog post or to request a free sample please do not hesitate to contact us at sales@spunart.co.uk or by calling 01332 554610.

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Lutradur Pumpkins with Evolon Stalks


Why not add a touch of atmosphere to your Halloween celebrations this year with these pumpkins made out of Lutradur and Evolon?

We used a set of battery operated fairy lights to illuminate our display (£2.50 from Wilkinsons including batteries) and we hope you like the effect as much as we do.

Just imagine how attractive they would look softly glowing in a hall window on a dark and spooky October evening . . .

Three orange pumpkins made out of Lutradur and Evolon, resting on straw and illuminated by battery operatd fairy lights.

For a different effect, the pumpkins could be displayed like lanterns.

To make the pumpkins we coloured some Lutradur 70gms with orange transfer paint and then drew a circle for each pumpkin using a compass.  Keeping the compass at the same radius (and remembering some school geometry!) we divided each circle into six ‘petals’  which resembled a flower when cut out.

For added interest, some surplus strips of Lutradur were machine stitched to each segment, before joining all the outer tips together to form the pumpkins.

The stalks and tops were made out Evolon which we coloured using green transfer paint. A narrow strip of Evolon was tightly rolled to form each stalk and made long enough to pass all the way through the pumpkin. This helped to pull all the sections together and create a nice bulbous shape.

If you have any questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Supplies of Lutradur and Evolon can be found by visiting our online shop.





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Pen Pot or Paintbrush holder – using Lutradur

Two boxes of Pringles, but the one on the right has been covered with blue transfer painted Lutradur and decorated with a series of tiny holes.

A useful pen/paintbrush holder to add a splash of colour to any desktop!

applying heat with a soldering iron to burn holes in Lutradur

Tip: Draw your design on the reverse side, before using the soldering iron.

Now that the children are back at school, why not try decorating a useful pen pot for them?

First find a box of crisps (we didn’t have any trouble emptying ours!) and cut a piece of Lutradur 70gsm the same height as the box and long enough to fit all the way round. Then colour the Lutradur using transfer or acrylic paint, before decorating.

We used a soldering iron to create a series of tiny holes for our design, but you could easily write a child’s name using the same method or perhaps add some other form of decoration?

(We would always recommend the use of a face mask when applying heat to any nonwoven material).

All weights of Lutradur are available from our online shop.

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‘Autumn’ by Sylvia Stead using Lutradur

Light coloured rough bark embellishd with small orange and brown painted leaves and hand sewn moths.

‘Autumn’ by Silvia Stead

This unusual piece was created by Silver Stead and depicts the essence and colours of autumn. The leaves were made from Lutradur 100,  which she hand cut and coloured using acrylic paint in various subtle shades of orange, yellow and brown.

When dry, the leaves were attached to a background of Mulberry bark, creating a tactile and interesting composition.

As a final touch, Sylvia added some small hand sewn moths.
Just a reminder that autumn is on its way!

All weights of Lutradur are available from our online shop.


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Zeelon – available in THREE different weights

Three pieces of Zeelon in varying degrees of thickness, fanned out against a dark blue background.

Samples of Zeelon Light, Medium and Heavy

Do you like textile art? Have you tried working with Zeelon?

Zeelon is great for creating brilliant effects, because it has a soft, smooth finish and you can see through it. At first, you might think it looks like Lutradur, but because of its much finer fibres it has a more even appearance and the drape effect of a conventional cloth.

Just like Lutradur, Zeelon will not tear or fray and is very strong. It can be painted, printed, dyed, sewn and also distressed. Its fine translucent properties make it great for layering or where light transmission is required.

Best of all, it colours beautifully as this sample of transfer painted Zeelon Light shows to great effect!

A multicoloured 'ball' of Zeelon Light to illustrate how well it takes colour.

Transfer painting on to Zeelon produces vibrant iridescent colour, which can be intensified by bunching or folding the fabric

Free samples are available on request,  or alternatively, all three weights are available from our online shop





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Coffee Cup Sleeve by Wendy Cotterill

A red paper coffee cup, decorated with a yellow band of Evolon Soft with parallet lines of machine stitching running from top to bottom and decorated with reddish flowers made out of Zeelon Heavy with tiny yellow beads in their centres.

So pretty, yet so practical!

Many coffee shops wrap paper coffee cups with a sleeve to prevent burning your hand, so open out one of these sleeves to use as a template and cut two pieces of Evolon Soft, allowing a 1cm seam allowance all round.

Stitch the two pieces together leaving a gap and turn it inside out. Press to complete and machine stitch parallel lines with normal sewing thread.

Create either a button and buttonhole to join the two ends, or better still, use some hook and loop (Velcro) tape or pads.

This sleeve has been decorated with flowers made out of Zeelon Heavy, which have been  painted and then cut out using a soldering iron. The flowers have then been attached using small beads and French knots.

Wendy Cotterill

If you would like to try working with any of our fabrics, please contact us on 01332 554610 or visit our online shop.










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Lutradur – available in SIX different weights

Lutradur is a versatile fabric suitable for any textile project

from the lightest, most translucent 25gms and 30gms . . .

Two small overlapping pieces of Lutradur 25 and Lutradur 30. The pieces are translucent, which shows the dark blue cloth underneath.

Samples of 25gms and 30gms

through to the medium weight 70gms and 70gms Black . . .

Two small pieces of Lutradur 70 and 70 Black on a dark blue background

Samples of 70gms and 70gms Black

to 100gms, 130gms and finally our heaviest weight . . . Lutradur XL!

Samples of the 3 heaviest weights, 100gms, 130gms and XL on a blue cloth background.

Samples of 100gms, 130gms and XL

Lutradur can be painted, printed, dyed, sewn, shaped, layered and distressed, but it will not tear or fray – making it ideal for all manner of art and craft projects!

If you have not tried it before, please take a look at our blog for some creative ideas or why not contact us for some free samples?

All weights of Lutradur are available from our online shop.


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Wall Hanging by Heather Tilley using Lutradur

Long hot summer by Heather Tilley

Wide piece of fabric art, made up of separate sections joined together. Brightly coloured in red, orange and yellow and embellised with embroided butterflies.

Long Hot Summer by Heather Tilley

This image of was sent to us by the artist Heather Tilley.  It is a 140cm wide wall hanging and, we think you will agree, it encapsulates all the atmosphere of hot days and balmy summer evenings.

Heather created this piece using images, which she put on transfer film, before printing them on to the Lutradur. She painted and stitched the butterflies (see top photograph) and then assembled the final work by stitching other printed and embroidered sections to a primed canvas.

If you would like to try working with Lutradur, please contact us or visit our online shop.

Artist:  Heather Tilley
(Heather Tilley holds the copyright for all of her designs)




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Hedgerow by Sian Kibblewhite

Black and white cow parsley stems machine stitched on to a blue and pink background

Hedgerow by Sian Kibblewhite

We are delighted to publish another beautiful piece of artwork by Sian Kibblewhite.

Sian is an accomplished textile artist, who specialises in fabric landscapes and takes her inspiration from natural colours and textures.

Here she has sprayed the Lutradur background with diluted acrylic paint and then carefully cut out the shapes of the cow parsley with a fine soldering iron. The stems have then been attached to the background using machine embroidery. (Lutradur is an ideal medium for this type of work as it is easy to colour, holds its shape and does not fray or tear).

If you would like to see more examples of Sian’s artwork, please visit her website www.fabriclandscapes.co.uk

Our entire range of Lutradur can be viewed by visiting our online shop.

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Lutradur Landscape by Sian Kibblewhite

Sian Kibblewhite has been involved with textiles for many years, not only as a teacher, but also  as a textile artist in her own right. She specialises in creating landscape pictures using various techniques and materials. Here we showcase an example of her work made from using layers of Lutradur. The image above shows the tree featured in her ‘Misty Morning’ landscape in closer detail.

In her own words Sian describes how she makes her pictures –

‘I usually spray the Lutradur with a watered down acrylic paint to get various effects as the paint dribbles down the fabric. By spraying you can achieve various intensities of colour and blend shades together, which is excellent for landscapes.

I spend a considerable time looking at the type of marks/effects that have been achieved by the colouring process and take my lead from this to develop my landscapes.

To cut out the shapes I use a fine tip soldering iron which gives me a fine line for hedges, trees and branches. These are then attached to the background by free machine embroidery to ensure all layers are secure.’


A landscape of abstract shapes of brown and blue with a small simple tree positioned on the righthand side of the picture.

Misty Morning by Sian Kibblewhite

We hope to feature more of Sian’s work over the next few weeks, but if you would like to see
more images of her art, please visit her website www.fabriclandscapes.co.uk

Our entire range of Lutradur can be viewed by visiting our online shop.

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Machine stitched Lutradur Leaf by Marion Barnett

A birch leaf made out of Lutradur which has been dyed pale green and then embellished with machine stitching to create the veins in the leaf.

This technique of machine stitching on to Lutradur can be used for all types of projects.

This pretty little leaf is the size and shape of a birch leaf. (Admittedly, it should have serrated edges, but this one is plain). All of the stitch is free motion machine stitching using variegated cotton thread.

If you would like to try making one for yourself, start with a piece of Lutradur; this is Lutradur 70gsm which has been transfer dyed on both sides, but you could paint it if you wish using acrylic or fabric paint which has been thinned down a little.

Begin by stitching the edges; if you don’t feel comfortable doing this without a pattern, trace a picture, or find a leaf and draw round the edges straight on to the Lutradur. Your stitching with hide the pencil marks.

When you have stitched the edges of the leaf, sew the central line a couple of times and then the veins. Make sure you stitch these several times as it’s important that they stand out. Then, fill in the main body of the leaf by making small circles in stitch. You can go over the stitched veins as they won’t be visible in the completed the piece.

When you’ve finished, cut the leaf out using a pair of sharp embroidery scissors. If you’d like a more delicate look, use a heat gun to melt away some of the Lutradur, but please remember to wear a mask as a precaution.

These pretty little leaves would look lovely on a brooch or corsage, or you could use them to embellish a quilt or wall hanging.

Have fun! – Marion Barnett

To see our entire range of Lutradur please visit our online shop.


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Fabric Jewellery by Marion Barnett

A selection of fabric brooches made from Lutradur XL

I love working with Lutradur XL. It’s great for boxes, bags, postcards . . . and unlike other, similar products, it doesn’t give off dust when you stitch into it. But what do you do with the odd bits of scrap you have left over from larger projects?

Here’s an idea . . .

I love fabric jewellery and often get compliments from people in shops and other places when I wear pieces on my coat.   They make great gifts and being quick and easy to make, are also good for charity sales.

The picture above shows several examples of fabric brooches. Let me talk you through them. All are made from Lutradur XL scraps, cut to the size I wanted. The first one is very quick and easy to make (actually, they all are!). I just wrapped some yarn round the brooch, and added a few little beads to give it some extra texture. It made me think of flapper girls, all that fringing. Easy peasy!

A square brooch decorated with strands of fringed thread in various shades of orange and pink wrapped horizontally and embellished with a few tiny black beads.

Brooch 1

The second brooch also features wrapping, but this time I have used two different yarns to create a square around a lovely hand-made button from Incomparable Buttons; the background has been transfer dyed.

A square brooch with pale green and orange painted background, decorated with four straight strands of wispy thread around a central bird shaped button.

Brooch 2

Brooch three was also transfer dyed, and then some pieces of silk fabric were added, using an embellisher. It might seem unlikely to use an embellisher with heavy weight lutradur, but as you can see, it works really well. Just don’t overdo it; this silk was very light weight and may have disintegrated if I had embellished too thoroughly; I used the needles just enough to hold it in place where I wanted it.

Portrait shaped rectangular brooch with wavy red and black lines at the top and grey foreground decorated with random black stitches

Brooch 3

The fourth and final brooch uses two scraps of XL, one glued onto the other, and held in place by a clothes peg until the glue dried. Both had been transfer dyed; the details such as lines were added using a silver marker pen. Then, to add a bit of textural interest, I wrapped some thread to either side of the central motif, having first cut little slits top and bottom, to keep the thread in place.

A square brooch in various shades of mauve, decorated with a central oblong of fabric, surrounded by vertical lines of thread

Brooch 4

To finish them off, all you need to do is to glue a brooch pin to the back of the piece (or earring posts, for earrings); jewellery fixings are available from bead and craft shops and are very inexpensive. I use fabric glue and hold the pieces together with clothes pegs until the glue has set.

Of course, you don’t need to limit yourself to brooches; try making a whole set, earrings, necklace and brooch and, above all, have fun! – Marion Barnett

To see our entire range of Lutradur please visit our online shop.

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Lutradur Lace for an Easter Bonnet?

Marion Barnett has kindly written the following instructions for making Lutradur lace.
Marion is a very well known and respected textile artist and was one of the very first to work with Lutradur and Evolon, when we introduced these fabrics to the market some 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, in fact, 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 the weight, the stiffer the lace will be. So, lightweight Lutradur is good for lace for trimmings on hats for instance, while I might use heavier weights to make a layered effect on a bag.

A mesh of golden interlocking circles sewn on to light weight Lutradur which has been coloured in shades of green and orange

A mesh of interlocking circles created using free motion machine stitching.

To make the lace, start by colouring the Lutradur using transfer dyes, ironing the colour on to both sides of the cloth; the lace is three dimensional, and needs to look the same on both sides. Then, free motion machine stitch into the cloth. Machine stitch is essential for this kind of work, as you need more strength than hand stitching will provide. I work in circles, making sure that all of the circles join together (as shown in the photograph above). It’s really important to make a mesh, or your lace will disintegrate later, when you burn away the excess material. The circles don’t need to be regular as long as they overlap; go over them a couple of times to add extra strength.

I usually use variegated threads in the machine, because it adds visual interest and means that your lace will mix and match with a variety of different colours. If you like, try using a different thread in the bobbin; that way, you have a choice of which side to use, making a really flexible, double-sided fabric. Don’t use metallic thread, however, as it will melt when you burn away the fabric, which rather defeats the purpose. I use either cotton or rayon threads. I don’t use an embroidery frame to do this, because I like the way that the stitch pulls up the fabric to make a flexible, ‘bubbly’ texture.

If size is important, however, make sure that your fabric is about ten per cent larger all round than the finished area you need, as the fabric will draw up and shrink as you go along. Also watch your fingers as you work the edges of the lace; if you are using the fabric without burning, you need to work right up to the edges. If you’re going to burn out the excess, of course, you don’t need to worry, as you can burn out the edges as well.

Overlapping machine stitched circles in golden thread, on a pale green and mauve background.

A closer view of the interlocking circles.

When you have finished stitching, you should have a fabric that looks a bit like this the example above. Now, take a heat gun and burn out the excess fabric in the holes, until you have something like this . . .

A mesh of blue, red and yellow intertwined circles of machine stitches.

The Lutradur has been melted away to reveal the machine stitched lace.

Hey presto! Lutradur lace!

I use this fabric for a variety of purposes;  like the trim shown on the hat above.

Happy stitching!
– Marion Barnett

To see our entire range of Lutradur please visit our online shop.




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Christmas Elf Hat

Little boy wearing a dark green t-shirt, light green elf's hat with a red brim and matching pointy collar. Same little boy, playing with the bell on his elf's hat.

Elf Hat (& Collar) made from Evolon

If you need to dress up a little person (or a big person) for a Christmas or Fancy Dress party, Evolon is an ideal material to use. It is easy to dye and cut to shape and best of all it doesn’t require any hemming.

Our little Elf is going to a party later this week and we were able to make this hat and matching collar out of some Evolon which we had previously dyed.

He found the bell a little distracting, so we decided to take it off, but otherwise he seemed more than happy with his new hat! To reward our little model we gave him some chocolate money from the Advent calendar, which he seemed to enjoy.

Same little boy, holding a chocolate penny up to the camera.

With best wishes to all our customers for a peaceful
Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

To see our range of Evolon, please visit our online shop.



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Lutradur Illuminated Christmas Trees

Christmas decorations to make at home

Eleven little Christmas trees decorated in shades of green and red and decorated with tiny coloured beads and wire.

The trees can be decorated with stick on gems, threaded beads, coloured wire, glitter glue, tinsel, etc.

Eleven Lutradur Christmas trees illuminated by battery operated tea lights.

Can you see how the pointed tops of the trunks create branch like shadows?

These lovely little Christmas trees are easy, fun and inexpensive to make.

Materials required –

Lutradur 70
Acrylic paints
Battery operated tea lights (available from Hobbycraft, Wilkinson’s etc)
Decorations, such as glitter glue, adhesive glass beads etc.
Thin green wire (optional)

Here’s how to make them –

1.   For each tree, cut a semi-circle of Lutradur 70 with a radius of approximately 10 cms. This can be done by drawing round a dinner plate, saucepan lid or by using a compass. (This size allows two trees to be made from an A4 piece of Lutradur and fits well around the battery operated tea lights)

2.   Place the semi-circle on a protective surface  such as kitchen towel or a plastic sheet.  This is important because the paint applied to Lutradur will soak through to the underside, colouring both sides.

3.   Paint the Lutradur using acrylic paint (not too thick or the light will not shine through). Random brush strokes and an uneven density of paint give the best and most realistic results.

4.   Allow the paint to dry or use a hair-drier to speed up the process.

5.   When dry, form the tree by rolling the semicircle into a conical shape and staple or pin the bottom edges into position

6.   Cut a piece of Lutradur to form the trunk. Wide enough to go around the tea light and tall enough to stand the tree off the table, (approximately 4 cms or 1.5 inch high) and paint brown. Cutting angles into the top edge will make shadows to resemble branches when the tree is illuminated.

7.  To make the name holder, wind a piece of thin green or coloured wire twice around a wooden spoon handle, twist the ends together and thread through the top of the tree, leaving the ends long enough to balance the wire loops and keep them secure.

8.   Position the tea light towards the top of the painted trunk to allow the maximum light.

9.   Decorate the tree with glitter glue, beads or adhesive gems to imitate Christmas baubles and place on top of the trunk.

10.   Switch on the tea light and enjoy a little bit of Christmas magic!

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Poppies by Wendy Cotterill – Textile Art Teacher

Five red poppies with black painted centres on a white canvas background

The Zeelon fibres make the petals look very realistic.

Beautiful poppies made using Zeelon Heavy

To make the poppies, Wendy printed a paper template for the petals. She then placed a piece of Zeelon Heavy into an embroidery hoop and painted the Zeelon a lovely scarlet red.

When the Zeelon was dry, she placed the hoop directly over the paper template and, keeping the hoop completely flat, carefully cut out several flowers using a soldering iron.

To complete each bloom, Wendy used some black watercolour paint to dab into the centres as shown in the photograph below. A helpful tip from Wendy, is not to overload the paintbrush as Zeelon is very absorbent!

A close up photograph of the centre of a poppy showing how the black painted centre has 'bled' into the base of the red petals.

See how the black paint has merged into the base of the petals giving a realistic softness

If you would like to see more of Wendy’s work, you can visit her website at www.gallerytextiles.co.uk

Zeelon and our other non woven fabrics can be seen and bought by visiting our online shop.

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Tropical Fish using Zeelon Heavy

A black, yellow and white striped Moorfish made out of Zeelon Heavy, with transparent blue fins and a bright sequin eyes.

Brightly coloured tropical fish are fun to make

Let’s go fishing . . .

These little fish have been made from Zeelon Heavy and then hung on invisible thread inside a deep frame. The water and fins have been made from scraps of Zeelon Light which has been transfer painted in various shades of blue and green.

We made ours to life size proportions (2 inches or 5 cms from nose to tail), so from a distance they look quite realistic!

To make –

  1. Find a picture of a fish from a book or the internet, copy and print the image on to paper and colour with transfer paints.
  2. Iron the image on to a piece of Zeelon Heavy and cut out carefully. Do this again to create a  a front and a back piece. (The transfer paint will pass through the Zeelon to colour the reverse side, but the colour will not be as vivid)
  3. Either machine stitch or glue the two sides together. We only machine stitched the fish at the base of the tail and in front of the eye. (It is not necessary to sew all the sides, as Zeelon Heavy will keep its shape and won’t fray).
  4. Sew on sequins to represent the eyes.
  5. Make a small incision near the front of the fish and thread a thin piece of Zeelon light through to the other side – enough to make a fin on both sides.
  6. Push a small amount of stuffing into the body and your fish is complete!

You can make just one or two fish or enough for an entire aquarium!

All 3 weights of Zeelon are available from our online shop




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Ruth Lee – Textile Artist

‘Tomorrow at Daybreak’ by Ruth Lee
 (created using Zeelon Heavy)

A flock of swallow silhouettes cut out of a top layer of blue coloured Zeelon, to reveal the white background underneath.

Tomorrow at Daybreak by Ruth Lee

As part of our commitment to showcase the work of accomplished textile artists, we are pleased to feature a piece by Ruth Lee.

Ruth was inspired to create this exceptional example of textile art after observing migrating birds.  The swallows have been laser cut out of Zeelon Heavy, which has been dyed a beautiful royal blue. The blue Zeelon has then been layered over a white background to create a three-dimensional effect, emphasising the free flight of the birds over the ever-changing landscape.

You can see our range of fabrics, including Zeelon, by visiting our online shop.


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Flowers by Wendy Cotterill – Textile Art Teacher

Wendy began her career in the fashion industry as a designer, pattern cutter and tutor before developing an interest in broader textile related subjects.  She is now a teacher of textile art and regularly exhibits her work.

Approximately nine simple purple flowers made up of four or five petals attached to fine copper wire stems.

Delicate Zeelon flowers on fine copper fuse wire stems

For these purple flowers, Wendy printed a sheet of petal shapes to use as a template.  She then took a small piece of Zeelon Medium and fitted it into an embroidery hoop,  before painting the Zeelon with watercolours and leaving it to dry.  By placing the painted Zeelon over the paper template of petals, Wendy was able to cut out several shapes with a craft soldering iron, using the pattern beneath as a cutting guide. To add extra texture, the soldering iron was dabbed on to the petals to form small holes.


Approximately ten green flowers set on a white canvas and placed in a symmetrical pattern to form a piece of wall art.

Green Zeelon flowers form a stylish piece of wall art

This canvas of green flowers was made in a
similar way to the purple flowers above. The
petals were painted in various shades of
green and allowed to dry and then painted
with small dabs of purple. The flowers were
then used to adorn a small canvas as a wall
piece, by placing the petals in a symmetrical
pattern and securing them to the canvas with
small blobs of silicone glue , (although they
could also be attached with small stitches and
beads if preferred). Green flower template.

We hope to be featuring more of Wendy’s work, during the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can see the full range of our fabrics by visiting our online shop.


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How to Make a Kite using Lutradur

Let’s Go Fly a (Lutradur) Kite!

Two diamond shaped kites, one coloured with patches of blue, pink, purple, yellow and green. The other coloured in four sections of blue, red, yellow and turquoise.

Kites made from Lutradur 70gs

As Fathers’ Day is just around the corner, this is one project for all the family, no matter what their age or ability. With elements of measuring, design and painting, everyone can contribute to the construction, not to mention mastering the best flying technique.

We made our kites out of Lutradur 70gsm because it is very strong, yet still lightweight. It doesn’t rip, fray or need hemming, which makes it ideal for projects such as this.

Here’s what you will need –

1 square metre of Lutradur 70gms
Measuring tape
Transfer or Acrylic paints
2 metres x 6mm wooden dowelling
6 metres of ribbon or tape
Kite string

Click here to view Kite Diagram

Here’s how –

1. First take the Lutradur 70 and lay it flat on the floor or a table. Carefully measure and mark a point 75cms from the bottom edge on the left and right side of the material.

2. Draw a line from the centre of the bottom edge to the 75cms marks and then draw a line from the centre of the top edge to the 75cms mark to create a diamond shape.

3. Carefully cut out the sail, saving the 4 triangular offcuts.

4. Now think of a design or pattern and decorate your sail. Maybe in your family’s favourite football team colours? We chose transfer paints to colour the Lutradur because they adhere well to the fabric and don’t run or fade, but you could use acrylic paints instead if preferred.

5. Next cut four triangular pieces from the saved offcuts large enough to form pockets at each corner of the sail to hold the spars. We used the sail as a pattern to cut these and sewed them on to the underside of the kite, although they could be stapled or taped if preferred.

6. Using the handsaw, cut two spars from the length of dowel to form the vertical and horizontal braces for the sail. Lay the dowel across the kite to mark the required lengths, ensuring a taut and snug fit when the spars are inserted into the pockets so that the sail stays nice and rigid.

7. For extra support, tie the spars together where they cross with tape or string.

8. Make a tail using ribbon or tape. (This needs to be at least 5 metres long for a kite of this size) and attach to the base of the kite.

9. Bows or ties can also be made from the offcuts and attached to the tail to give the kite extra balance and ensure it stays upright when being flown.

10. Attach a piece of string to the horizontal spar on either side of the centre and a third piece to the vertical spar and join them together to form a triangle.

11. Tie the main kite string to those on the kite.

12. Head off to the park!

When not in use, the kites also make interesting room decorations, maybe for a child’s bedroom or conservatory wall or ceiling.

The entire range of Lutradur is available from our online shop

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Lutradur and Zeelon Windmills


A Great Idea for Transfer Painted Lutradur & Zeelon Heavy

Picture of six brightly coloured two-tone windmills arranged in a large earthenware pot.

An attractive and imaginative display to enhance any patio or garden!

I’d been trying to think of ways to distract our little grandson who is teething at the moment and I came up with these colourful windmills. They make him smile when they whizz round in the breeze, but there’s still no sign of a tooth!

Some of these windmills were made from the heaviest Zeelon and the rest using Lutradur 100. It  only takes one A4 sheet of either fabric to make each windmill. The template was made by copying a design off the internet (approximately 12cms x 12cms), Two sets of sails were cut for each windmill and then coloured using transfer paints, before being folded and nailed together to a thin piece of dowelling. A small fluted pastry cutter and a 10p piece provided the patterns for the centres.

Although the Zeelon produced more vibrant colours, the windmills made from Lutradur did seem to hold their shape better. Also, since neither material will absorb water, these windmills can be left outside to decorate a garden, or add a splash of extra colour to a planter or window box even when its raining!

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Wall Hanging created by Heather Tilley using Lutradur

Hollyhocks by Heather Tilley

Hollyhock stems with pink and red flowers against a light blue sky and dark foreground

Hollyhocks painted using Lutradur 70 and Lutradur 70 Black

This image of was sent to us by the artist Heather Tilley.  It is a 140cm high wall hanging and, we think you will agree, it is an exceptional piece of decorative art.

Heather painted the white Lutradur to create the stalks, buds and some of the leaves using fabric paint. For the background she used Lutradur Black, with layers of two different types of blue nylon lace for the sky and black and purple lace for the lower section.

If you would like to try working with Lutradur, please contact us or visit our online shop.

Artist:  Heather Tilley
(Heather Tilley holds the copyright for all of her designs)

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Lutradur Tulips for Easter

Brighten your Home with a Colourful Spring Bouquet

What a great gift for Easter, a bunch of tulips that you can make using Lutradur 25, and some simple soft plant ties for the stems.

Make your own flowers, cut to shape with Lutradur 25, then transfer paint them in a variety of colours.

We think you will agree that this is a super colourful gift to make, and  to give at Easter.

A vase of tulips made using Lutradur 25 colours are red, yellow and pink

A bunch of colourful tulips make an ideal centre piece for Easter

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How to use Lutradur to make a Gift Wrap Bow

Transfer Coloured Lutradur – a versatile alternative to ribbon!

Three potted herbs in a white wrought iron frame wrapped in a large decorative bow made from Lutradur 30 which has been coloured with lime green transfer paint

This lovely bow will not tear or fray and holds its shape beautifully.

Lutradur is perfect for gift wrapping, as it looks delicate, yet is very strong. It also holds its shape beautifully and can therefore be ‘tweaked’ to form the perfect presentation bow.

These two examples were made from strips of Lutradur 30gsm, a synthetic lightweight material. Since it is only available in white, we used transfer paints to produce the exact shade required – a pretty feminine pink for the box of chocs and a gorgeous lime green for the herb planter.

Of course, the Lutradur can be colour co-ordinated to suit any theme, whether it be for a wedding, christening, birthday, anniversary or a special Easter gift . . .

Here’s what you will need –
Lutradur 30gsm x 100cms x 15cms (as used for the planter) or other suitable size
Copier paper
Transfer paints and brushes

How to Make this Gift Wrap Bow

A superb way of adding that personal touch to any gift!

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An Easter Bouquet of Daffodils using Evolon & Lutradur

And how to make them . . .

Items required to make the daffodils, including white fluted pastry cutters, scissors, transfer painted Evolon, a pack of green garden canes and a pencil.

Items used to make the Evolon daffodils.

A fluted pastry cutter provided the ideal template for drawing the basic shape of the flowers.  A slightly smaller pastry cutter provided the pattern for the inner layer of petals.

We made a dozen daffodils in total and no two are the same!

You will need –

Lutradur 100
Copier paper
Transfer paint and brushes
Fluted pastry cutters
Garden sticks

  • First, using the transfer paints, we coloured some of the Evolon in shades of yellow and orange, leaving some of the material white to give a contrast. We also coloured some Lutradur 100 in green for making the stamens and leaves.
  • Using fluted pastry cutters as a pattern, we drew some basic flower shapes and then formed the petals by cutting six evenly spaced slits about an inch long from the outer edge towards the centre.
  • To make the inner trumpet of the daffodils, we drew around the pastry cutter again and cut out a semicircle of Evolon. (This can be painted the same as the outer petals or in a contrasting colour). We then rolled up the semicircle to form a conical shape.
  • After making a small slit in the centre of the outer petals we pushed the tip of the trumpet through the hole. Provided the slit is not too big, you should find the trumpet will stay in place without the need for it to be fixed.
  • A few wisps of the green Lutradur 100 were also inserted to represent the stamens.
  • Then, using the smallest pastry cutter, we drew and cut out a fluted circle and coloured this green to cover the back of the daffodil before attaching each flower to a green garden stick.
  • To complete the arrangement, we cut strips of the green Lutradur (about 1.5cms wide) and shaped them at one end to form the leaf tips.
  • To give an attractive display, make several flowers of varying sizes and colours and cut the stems to different lengths for a natural look.


You can obtain Lutradur and Evolon by visiting our online shop

Artist –  Ruth Morgan

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Mothers Day Cards

A lilac coloured card with white inset repeating the words Mothering Sunday, embellised with a pink vase containing 8 stems with curled ribbon flowers.

A pretty bouquet of flowers for the special lady in your life.

A Mothers Day card for the ‘Best Mum in the World’ using Lutradur

There’s still time to make a lovely personalised card to give to your mum this Mothering Sunday, using Lutradur 100,  a few strands of ribbon and some paint!

Here’s how to make this card –

  1. Use your computer to write your sentiment and your (ink jet) printer, to produce your message on to a piece of A4 Lutradur 100. (Remember to use the bold setting for maximum impact and clearer results)
  2. Cover the front of a blank DL card, leaving a narrow border.
  3. Hand cut a vase shape from Lutradur and colour using acrylic paint.
  4. Attach strands of narrow ribbon to form stems in the bottom right hand corner.
  5. Curl thin lengths of contrasting coloured ribbon to form flowers and use strong adhesive to position them at the top of the stems.
  6. Use sticky foam pads or craft dots to attach the vase, covering any messy ends of ribbon to finish.
  7. Write your message inside and deliver to your mum with a heartfelt hug!


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St Valentines – Crafting with Evolon and Evolon Soft

A white dinner plate and black napkin, beneath a single red rose made from Evolon Soft. There is also a heart shaped note next to the rose which reads 'Loved you then, love you still, always have, always will. xx'

Romantic note next to a single red rose.

Two white candles on a dark slate tile, surrounded by red roses and scattered green leaves made from Evolon Soft.

Red roses made with Evolon Soft which has been coloured using transfer paint

 Why not add a little Extra Romance to your Valentine’s Day by making these lovely Evolon roses

Evolon is ideal for crafting as it colours well, does not tear or fray and holds its shape beautifully. Our photographs show how the roses can be used, from a single symbolic stem, to a stunning centre piece or to decorate a card.

How to Make the Petals

Simply colour some Evolon (or Evolon Soft) with red transfer paint and then cut out a series of ‘balloon’ shapes to make the petals (i.e. a softly curved top edge, narrowing to a point at the base). We used 5 or 7 petals in gradually decreasing sizes to make one rose.

Start by rolling the smallest petal into a tight curl and sew through the base to hold it in position, then add the next largest petal, pinching it at the bottom to form a natural looking fold and sewing it to the previous petal and so on, until the largest petal is secured to the flower. Once the roses are complete the petals can be arranged, tweaked and folded back to make them appear even more realistic.

You can of course, add sepals and leaves to each rose by colouring some Evolon with green transfer paint.

These roses will last a lot longer than the fresh variety!

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A trio of red rose buds and green leaves made from Evolon Soft attached to a ring of green garden wire.

Rose buds linked together with green garden wire to form a pretty table decoration.

A square red corrugated Valentine's card with a single red rose on a wire which appears to be growing out of a square aperture in the centre of the card.

The variations of colour intensity on this rose, gives it a natural and interesting appearance.