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Lutradur is a non-woven polyester material. At first glance, it looks like dressmakers interfacing, but its unique spunwoven structure makes it see through in nature.
It comes in a variety of different weights; the lighter the cloth, the easier it is to see through it.
Spunart currently supply white material in weights of 30gsm,70gsm, l00gsm, 13Ogsm and XL. Lutradur 70gsm is the only weight that is also available in black.
It is a truly versatile material. It doesn’t fray, has a slight sheen, is see through can be combined with all other types of material, can be painted, dyed, distressed with a soldering iron or heat gun, glued, stitched, embroidered … there are no limits to what you can do with Lutradur!
It is also suitable for paper arts, such as making books, altered books, card making, Artist’s Trading Cards (ATCs) and postcards.
Just recently, we’ve noticed there seems to be some confusion as to how many different weights of Lutradur are available to buy. Some sources say only one or two, whereas we are happy to confirm we stock and supply 5 (yes 5!) different weights, namely 30gsm, 70gsm (white or black), 100gsm, 130gsm and XL and have done for a number of years. As one of the most versatile and easy to use fabrics on the market, Lutradur is a wonderful non-woven material suitable for all manner of projects – just take a look at the examples on our website. […]
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 time used Wine Red transfer paint and added some little diamond shapes of white and purple. Again, the same template, but with a mix of spots and diamonds as decorations, plus […]
You can colour Lutradur, Evolon or Zeelon using transfer paints and a hot iron. Our short video demonstrates how easy it is to create vibrant colours. This method of painting is a great technique for transferring single colours, designs or images from paper on to any of our fabrics. Paint a piece of paper with transfer paint directly from the pot. (Use one colour per sheet, as colours can be blended at the ironing stage). Allow the paint to dry thoroughly and don’t worry if the paper curls, as it will unfurl when ironed. Place the paper, paint side down on to the Lutradur, […]
These delightful (and very impressive!) orbs were created by Carolyn Sinclair. She was inspired to make them after seeing a tutorial on how to make paper versions on a site called ‘Creative in Chicago‘. The idea of turning a flat object into a 3-dimensional structure really appealed to her and, as a regular write for Bernina, they became her chosen project for the 15th December issue of Bernina’s blog. Carolyn used Lutradur 30gsm to make the lanterns as, not only is it beautifully translucent, but it also has a certain stiffness, making it an ideal fabric for creating lightweight […]
If you need to make an outfit for a fancy dress party or play this festive season, our fabrics are an excellent choice as they are easy to cut, easy to colour and, best of all, they do not fray! A couple of years ago, we made a costume for our very own Christmas Star, who was making his acting debut in the school nativity play. We chose Lutradur 100gsm to make the tabard and matching hat, as it is beautifully lightweight, yet strong enough to hold and keep its shape. Some thin elastic, sewn on to the hat […]
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. We began by searching the internet for images of witches, spooky trees, haunted houses, bats etc. and then printed them to the desired size. Here’s […]
You can colour any of the non woven fabrics we supply, namely Lutradur, Evolon or Zeelon using transfer paints and a hot iron. Our short video demonstrates how easy it is to create vibrant colours . . . If you would like to try working with our fabrics, please contact us for some free samples or visit our online shop.
We made these colourful butterflies by following an origami pattern and using Lutradur 30gsm (the finest Lutradur we supply). Although Lutradur is very strong, it has a lovely translucent quality, making it ideal for projects requiring a delicate finish. 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. These butterflies could be used to make a colourful display or maybe a mobile . . .
Sylvia created this lovely representation of the sea shore, by incorporating two weights of Lutradur. The pale green ‘foam’ was made from Lutradur 100, coloured with acrylic paint and perforated with holes using a soldering iron. Whereas, she used Lutradur 30 (a much lighter weight) to provide additional texture. The piece is complemented with real seashells covered in a variety of coloured silk threads. You can see more beautiful images of Sylvia’s work by visiting – https://www.instagram.com/sewinstead/
Karen made this intricate and beautifully detailed piece of work as a sample for her Forest Floor Workshop – a fun two-day event using Lutradur and other materials. Techniques include painting, use of heat guns, soldering irons, plus hand and machine stitching. Karen says she used painted, heat-distressed and stitched Lutradur 70gsm to create the leaves and various yarns and hand embroidery for the mossy forest floor. The fallen tree bark is painted and heat distressed Tyvek, again hand embroidered and the whole thing has been sewn on to Calico, before mounting on a canvas. Size 32cms x 28cms. […]