Butterflies using Lutradur
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 . . .
‘Shoreline’ by Sylvia Stead (using Lutradur)
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/
‘Forest Floor’ using Lutradur by Karen Lane
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. […]
Abstract Artwork using Lutradur by Karen Lane
We’re delighted to showcase two more pieces of work sent into us by Mixed Media Textile Artist, Karen Lane. The first is a beautiful composition using Lutradur 30, painted with acrylics which has been cut into long thin strips with a soldering iron. This was then layered randomly with organza (also cut with a soldering iron), textured paper and dyed scrim on a backing of Lutradur 70. Karen says – ‘When I’m creating abstract work, I don’t work from sketches, I simply arrange and rearrange the pieces until they look balanced and they tell me that that’s where they […]
There’s nothing like a few flowers for heralding the start of Spring and these should last a very long time! They are easy to make and would add a splash of colour to any room. We made the petals from Lutradur 30gsm (the lightest weight we supply) and coloured them using Orange, Lemon, Wine Red and Vivid Violet transfer paints. The leaves were cut from Lutradur 70gsm (a medium weight Lutradur) and coloured using Lime Green and Emerald Green transfer paints. (However, we could have used a double thickness of Lutradur 30gsm to achieve a similar result). Please do […]
Bull’s Head in Lutradur & Evolon
Inspired by the Chinese New Year of the Ox, we decided to make a collage of a bull’s head using a mixture of Lutradur and Evolon. All we need to do now, is paste or sew it all together!
Lutradur Artwork by Sheila Dalgleish
Sheila is an accomplished Textile Artist, who has kindly contributed to our website on several occasions. We are delighted to bring you three more examples of her work, as pictured below – Sheila tells us that Beinn na Moine is a rocky hillside on the island of Barra. To create this piece of work, she applied a fusible to the Lutradur and then drew the areas she wanted to cut out, before using a sharp pair of scissors to remove the unwanted material. She then fused the Lutradur on to the background fabric, carefully choosing where and how the […]
Lutradur & Zeelon Capes – ‘Cloaked in Darkness’ – by Ruth Lee
Ruth Lee (born Coventry, UK) is a textile artist, print-maker and visual story teller, currently living in Central Portugal, having relocated from Cumbria in April 2013. She made these dramatic cloaks for a recent exhibition entitled ‘Roses in January?’ after being inspired by The Legend of the Miracle of the Roses. The story goes that Rainha Santa Isabel left her castle deep in the winter to distribute bread, concealed in her cloak, to the poor. Challenged by the King (who did not approve of her charitable work), she declared she was carrying only roses. Suspicious, the King exclaimed “Roses? In […]
Lutradur ‘Poppy’ by Sandy Williams
We have just received this image of a piece of artwork created by student, Sandy Williams. Sandy used a soldering iron to cut out the shape from a piece of painted Lutradur. The cut out is a ‘negative’ and the piece was stitched on to denim.We felt it was appropriate to feature a poppy, as we are so close to Armistice Day and commemorating the end of the war.
Lutradur Pumpkins for Halloween
To make each pumpkin we coloured a piece of Lutradur 70gms with orange transfer paint and then drew a circle using a compass. Keeping the compass at the same radius (and remembering our school geometry!) we positioned the point of the compass on the circumference and drew an arc; then repositioned the compass on the point where the arc met the edge of the circle to draw another arc and so on, until we had drawn several arcs and completed a ‘flower’ shape. After cutting out the shape, we machine stitched strips of Lutradur to the centre of each segment, to give […]
Halloween Bats made from Lutradur Black
We made our first batch of bats in 2015 and they have proved to be one of our most popular Halloween projects. Lutradur Black was the ideal choice of material, not just because it’s the right colour, but also because it’s semi-transparent and lightweight, just like a real bat! Best of all, Lutradur does not fray or tear making it incredibly easy to cut and sew. Each bat was made from two layers of Lutradur 70gsm Black, cut from a single A4 sheet, machine stitched along the top edge, with additional machine stitching to represent the bone structure of […]
‘Butterfly Effect’ by Merle Axelrad (incorporating Lutradur)
This large suspended sculpture of butterflies was commissioned by Los Angeles County for The Arcadia Mental Health Centre and installed in the main entrance lobby of the outpatients department in 2015. It measures 10 feet x 16 feet x 12.5 feet and depicts a cluster of approximately 10,000 Monarch butterflies made from hand-painted and silk-screened materials (including Lutradur), hanging from six aluminium eucalyptus branches, 23 feet above floor level. A symbol of transformation and new beginnings, the artist, Merle Axelrad states on her website that ‘The outpatient mental health clinic is all about change’ and ‘butterflies are the perfect […]