To mark the arrival of Spring, we are delighted to showcase these beautiful floral cards sent into us by Vivienne Challans . . . After colouring some pieces of Lutradur and Evolon with transfer paint, Vivienne cut out a variety of flower shapes, petals, stems and leaves and then arranged them on a background of light weight Lutradur. She then machine stitched the flowers, leaves etc. into position, and created more detail with some additional free machine stitching. Finally, Vivienne selected a few small buttons to create the flower centres, which she attached by sewing them on by hand. […]
This week (bearing in mind it’s Mother’s Day next Sunday) we’ve been making beads, by rolling up strips of transfer painted Zeelon Medium . . . We made a large selection of plain coloured straight beads (approximately 3cms wide), with a view to cutting them up into smaller beads to suit a particular design or colour way. To make bevelled beads, we cut 10 to 12 long thin triangles out of a sheet of A4 Zeelon Medium, which we had previously coloured using lemon and wine red transfer paint. We then applied some clear drying Tacky Glue all the way along the length and then, starting at […]
There’s still time to make a lovely personalised card for your wonderful Mum . . . Lutradur is ideal for card making as it can be painted, stitched, dyed and also printed. Our cards have been decorated with Lutradur 70 and 100. Pink acrylic paint was used to colour the Lutradur 70, while all the words and messages have been printed on Lutradur 100 (which is slightly thicker) using an ink jet printer. (For best results, remember to select the bold type setting).
The striking table lamp (pictured below), will soon be on display, alongside some of Sylvia’s other work featuring Lutradur, at an open exhibition – ‘Painting with Words’ which is on from 14th March to 2nd May 2020 at –Willow Gallery, 56 Willow Street, Oswestry SY11 1AD Tel: 01691 657575 Following the exhibition, on Saturday 30th May 2020, Sylvia is running aOne Day Workshop, creating Lutradur Tea-Light Holders (like the ones picture above) For more information or to book a place, please contact Willow Gallery on 01691 657575 Sylvia created this lovely lamp by covering a straight sided vase with […]
Here are a selection of items we’ve made over the past few years to celebrate Valentines Day . . . and this year, being a Leap Year, tradition says that THE LADIES can pop THE question! If you would like further details on any of the projects featured below, please do not hesitate to contact us.
This Saturday marks the start of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat, and to celebrate the occasion we decided to make a few little rodents of our own! In Chinese culture, the Rat is the first of twelve mythical animals, which achieved its prime position by outwitting the rest of the animals. Seen as a sign of wealth and surplus, people born in this year are thought to be quick thinkers and possess characteristics such as creativity, intelligence, honesty, ambition and generosity. Recent years of the Rat are: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020. To make […]
Karl Marius Sveen is an award winning Interior Architect and Furniture Designer, who studied at the National College of Art & Design in Bergen, Norway. He draws inspiration from the Scandinavian way of thinking and living, by creating products and furniture which are simple in design, yet also aesthetic and functional. Given his background, we were very excited when he ordered a roll of Evolon and were absolutely delighted when he sent us the following images of his work . . . Big, bold, bright and colourful – they are a vibrant and stunning collection. In Karl’s own words he explains his technique – […]
These little snowmen have been made from rectangular pieces of Evolon (20cms wide), which have been curled up into cylindrical shapes and stapled in position. They range in height from 6cms, 9cms to 12cms and are very quick and easy to make. Simply cut a small hole in the position of the nose (approximately 6mm in diameter) and, using a black biro, draw on some eyes and a friendly smile. Then colour a semicircle of Evolon (6cms in diameter) with acrylic paint, before rolling into a cone shape to form a carrot nose. Push the nose through the hole until it fits snugly and stays in place and then decorate your snowman to […]
Vivienne was inspired to make this piece based on the last few words that Scrooge exclaims in Charles Dickens’ famous tale, A Christmas Carol. The Chairman of the Derbyshire Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild issued the challenge ‘To use A Christmas Carol as a source of inspiration.’ – the results to be exhibited at the Derby Theatre over the festive period. In her own words, Vivienne says – “I created this piece using heat transferred dyed Lutradur 100gsm for the background. The words were also printed on heat transferred Lutradur using a printing set and Versacolour printing ink. The figures were based on sketches and formed using machine embroidery on […]
Carolyn Sinclair is a textile artist/designer and an expert in computer embroidery and software. She recently sent us these photographs of an ingenius new development for embroidery machines with special needles, which can cut; thereby turning an embroidery machine into a creative cutting tool!Carolyn tells us Bernina (who were the first to introduce this technique), actually developed a tool called the ‘cutwork tool’ with 4 different positions which replaces the normal sewing needle. Bernina patented their invention, so other manufactures have produced 4 needles which do a similar job. In her own words, Carolyn describes the process – “I took a piece of Lutradur […]