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Flower themed cards by Vivienne Challans

by Ruth Morgan | March 20, 2020 | Posted in Evolon, Lutradur

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. […]

Mothers’ Day Cards

by Ruth Morgan | March 6, 2020 | Posted in Lutradur

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).

Lutradur Lampshade by Sylvia Stead

by Ruth Morgan | February 26, 2020 | Posted in Lutradur

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 […]

The Year of the Rat

by Ruth Morgan | January 24, 2020 | Posted in Evolon, Lutradur

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 […]

‘A Christmas Carol’ by Vivienne Challans

by Ruth Morgan | December 3, 2019 | Posted in Lutradur

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 […]

Machine cut mat by Carolyn Sinclair

by Ruth Morgan | November 11, 2019 | Posted in Lutradur

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 […]

‘Roots’ by Karen Lane

by Ruth Morgan | October 25, 2019 | Posted in Lutradur

This beautiful piece of work by Karen Lane, seems to embody all the colours, textures and essence of autumn, so is very appropriate for this time of year. It is a great example of how Lutradur can be adapted to represent all the various textures from sturdy tree bark through to delicate leaves. Karen is a Feltmaker and Textile Artist and we are fortunate to have featured her work several times in the past. Each piece always meets with a great deal of appreciation for the life-like accuracy of her work and her attention to detail. In Karen’s own words she describes how it […]

Shadow Puppet Theatre for Halloween

by Ruth Morgan | October 10, 2019 | Posted in Evolon, Lutradur, Zeelon

We had a lot of fun putting this Halloween scene together and think it is possibly the first project where we have used all three of our materials, i.e. Lutradur, Evolon and Zeelon. Evolon provided the perfect screen, which we stapled as taut as possible to the sides of a large sturdy box.  The clouds of cobwebs around the house and pumpkins were formed by teasing apart the fibres of some Zeelon Light. Everything else was made with Lutradur. Here’s a brief description of each item – Haunted House and Spooky Tree Both made from two layers of Lutradur XL (the […]

Dragonflies by Alison D’Oyley

by Ruth Morgan | October 4, 2019 | Posted in Lutradur, Zeelon

We were delighted to receive these beautiful images of dragonflies, created by Alison D’Oyley, which are both silkscreen prints, but on different materials. ‘Dragonfly II’ is a silkscreen print on Lutradur with hand stitch, while ‘Dragonfly III’ is a silkscreen print with hand stitch on Zeelon. Lutradur has more ‘open’, random fibres, whereas the Zeelon has a much smoother, uniform appearance. We think its interesting to compare the two, but difficult to decide which we prefer! Artist: Alison D’Oyley holds the copyright for all of her designs.

Printed Images on Lutradur with Lace Overlay by Heather Tilley

by Ruth Morgan | September 20, 2019 | Posted in Lutradur

These gorgeous pictures were created by Heather Tilley using sheets of lace sewn on to Lutradur and then passed through an ink jet printer.  By covering the Lutradur with lace, the images appear ‘softened’ and where Heather has chosen lace containing a shiny thread, the pictures also have an iridescent quality. Heather says – “The images are from drawings and from photographs which I’ve photoshopped etc, and I’ve adjusted them mainly by using smaller sections of the originals.” “I start by cutting a piece of net/lace slightly larger than an A4 piece of Lutradur, to provide a 1cm overlap all the way round and then […]

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