Leaves by Karen Lane – Feltmaker & Textile Artist

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

A variety of leaves in shades of olive green, gold and purplish brown, in various degress of decay.

An intriguing and lifelike study

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

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.”
Golden coloured leaf with machine stitched veins and holes cut using a fine tipped soldering iron

Close up to show the neatly machined veins and distressed surface

In Karen’s own words, she 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.” You can see more of Karen’s work by visiting her website.      

by Ruth Morgan | September 6, 2018 | Posted in Lutradur