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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 […]
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! If […]
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 – 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. Iron the […]
‘Tomorrow at Daybreak’ by Ruth Lee (created using Zeelon Heavy) 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 from 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.
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. 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 […]
A Great Idea for Transfer Painted Lutradur & Zeelon Heavy 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 […]
Zeelon Light – Transfer Painted Lavender Sachets I decided I would make some lavender sachets for gifts, but wanted to move away from the traditional cotton style of bags – fancying a different look. New to me was a material called Zeelon – which looked interesting. The lightest version was really strong and semi-transparent and I thought it might be novel to see the lavender through the material. There was no sewing involved, due to the simple design and the fact that Zeelon does not fray. Although only available in white, it colours very easily with transfer paints. Materials Zeelon Light Dried lavender […]
Colouring Lutradur, Evolon and Zeelon with Transfer Paints This technique is great for transferring single colours, designs or painted images, from paper on to any of our Lutradur, Evolon and Zeelon materials. How to use Transfer Paint for Colouring Lutradur, Evolon and Zeelon Using transfer paint directly from the pot, roughly paint one side of A4 copier paper. One colour per sheet in your chosen colours. (Colours can be blended at the ironing stage). Allow paint to dry fully – don’t worry if the paper curls on drying it will unfurl in use. Place one paper, paint side down on […]
Windmills I’ve been trying to think of ways to distract my little grandson who is teething at the moment and 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 the windmills were made from the heaviest Zeelon and the rest using Lutradur 100 and it only takes an A4 sheet per windmill. First, I made a pattern and cut out the basic shapes and then used transfer paints to add a variety of colours before assembling the windmills by simply using […]
Bunting – Acrylic Painted Lutradur 100 Lavender Sachets – Transfer Painted Zeelon Light and Lutradur 30 Brush or Pen Pot – Transfer Painted Lutradur 100 with Soldered Design Make-up Brush Holder – Transfer Painted Lutradur 100 (with soldering design) Transfer Painted Evolon Flowers Equipment – Empty Spice Jar and Pringle Box, Lutradur 100, Evolon, Transfer Paints, Brush and Soldering Iron.