Leaves by Karen Lane – Feltmaker & Textile Artist

Now that the trees are starting to display their lovely autumn colours, we are delighted to share these images of leaves, created by Karen Lane using Lutradur 100gsm.

They are so exquisitely made, it is hard to believe they are not real!

A close up photograph of a hand made golden coloured leaf with machine stitched veins and stalk, resting on other autumnal coloured leaves. The leaf in the foreground has been distressed by a series of tiny holes to give the impression of it decomposing. It looks extremely life like.
Close up showing the detailed machined veins and distressed surfaces

Karen says “I’ve become addicted to making these Lutradur leaves. They are fun to make and have been added to art quilts, hats, wall hangings and pictures.”

In her own words, Karen describes how they are made –

“I begin by drawing the shape of the leaf directly on to the Lutradur 100gsm fabric. If you are not too confident with drawing, simply use a real leaf as a template. The veins are machine stitched using a free motion foot and heat resistant thread i.e. Rayon, Viscose or 100% Cotton. The leaves are then cut out using an 18w fine tip soldering iron and coloured with Derwent Inktense blocks. They can be further distressed with a heat gun to curl the edges or to create a beautiful lacy skeletal leaf.”

If you would like to see more wonderful examples of Karen’s work, please visit her website lincsinstitches.com

by Ruth Morgan | September 7, 2022 | Posted in Lutradur