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Friday, May 2, 2014
Exploring Lutradur with the Experts....
In my area it was a long cold snowy winter. Our spring
flowers are starting to bloom in some areas. I love Spring!Somehow it brings a
sense of renewal and gives me more energy. Energy to do new things and stop hibernating!
So let’s get started with talking
about the properties of Lutradur. Heading to the manufacturer seems a pretty
good place to start. The Pellon Corporation
the manufacturer of Lutradur website gives a good description. http://www.pellonprojects.com/products/lutradur-100g/
“Lutradur® is a cross between fabric
and paper. It is the perfect medium for many crafting, sewing, quilting,
scrap-booking & three-dimensional wall art projects. Lutradur® absorbs both
paint and ink. It can be heat set up to 400˚F. It has amazing body, retains its
shape, and is incredibly strong yet delicate & lightweight. It will never
fray or unravel. It can be melted, singed, or cut into with a heat tool to
create extraordinary antique effects. It can also be used for a base for
embellishments and embroidery. Lutradur® is really a ‘must-have’ for all your
·20″ by-the-yard width
·100% Heavyweight (100g) Spun-Bonded
·Machine wash warm. Tumble dry low or
dry clean. No bleach.
·Inkjet printer and sewing machine
safeAvailable in White & Black”
100 g Heavy weight by the yard
70 g weight by the yard. Notice the difference in the transparency
C & T publishing describes Lutradur from their 10 sheet
– 8 ½ x 11” package as “A Versatile Cross Between
Fabric & Paper
–Revolutionary new material for
sewing, crafting and mixed media arts. –
- Ultra-strong sheets are easy to
print, fold, cut, stitch, distress, and embellish
- Perfect for ink-jet printers or
-Create delicate translucent effects with
paints, inks, dyes, and stamps
-Use for art quilts, scrapbooks,
ATCs, bookmaking, altered arts and more
Mixed package of 70 g and 100 g Great for putting though your printer.
My description is to sewers that it looks like non-woven interfacing.
The other descriptions are much better.
Keep the above descriptions in mind as we explore some of my
favorite of the 27 ways that Leslie Riley writes about in her book.
When I agreed to present this topic I wanted Leslie to know
that I had used her book and was going to use her book as a basis for my
experiments. I asked her if she would be willing to answer some questions and
she generously said yes! I sent Leslie 10 questions about working as an artist
and with Lutradur. She replied with the answers to the questions, some photos,
and her bio. So I am going to put up the questions as they become relevant to
the conversations we have this month as “Hints from Leslie.”
Today’s "Hints from Leslie" are to share her bio and the first
three questions I asked.
Lesley Riley wears many hats. She is
an internationally known artist, art quilter, teacher, writer and Artist
Success coach and mentor who turned her initial passion for photos, color and the written word into a dream occupassion.
Her art and
articles have appeared in too many places to keep
count. As former Contributing Editor of Cloth
Paper Scissors magazine, Lesley developed a passion
for showcasing new talent in mixed media art. Her first book, Quilted
Memories, brought new ideas and techniques to quilting
and preserving memories. A second, Fabric
Memory Books, combined fabric and innovative
ideas with the art of bookmaking. Two more books, Fabulous
Fabric Art with Lutradur
with Transfer Artist Paper, introduced versatile new materials to the
quilt and mixed media art world. A fifth book
Creative Image Transfer will
debut late summer 2014.Her 2013
self-published, Amazon best seller,
Quotes Illustrated, will be expanded and republished November 2014
by F&W Publications as Inspiring Quotes
ongoing effort to find the best ways for quilters and mixed media artists to
get permanent photos on fabric,
Lesley introduced Transfer Artist Paper™, named the Craft & Hobby
Association (CHA) 2011 Most Innovative new product.
the former host of BlogTalk Radio’s Art & Soul show, recording over 75 podcasts on art and the creative
process through in-depth interviews with contemporary artists. Her passion and
desire to help every artist reach their creative dreams and potential has led
to a growing specialty as an Artist Success coach and mentor where she draws
from her own experience, insight, and a knack for seeing the potential in
everyone to provide guidance and solutions for artists of all levels.
creates her magic on an idyllic horse farm in Frederick, MD, where she lives with her high-school sweetheart
husband and two of her six children. You’ll find her in her studio from sunup
to sundown unless, of course, any of her seven granddaughters come to visit.
connected and inspired! Sign
up for Lesley’s free bi-weekly dose of inspiration and motivation at lesleyriley.com
Then the first three questions.
you explain a bit about how you became a fabric artist?
When I was pregnant
with my first child the wife of my husband’s college baseball coach took me
under her wing and introduced me to quilting. It was also the beginning of the
art quilt movement. I was hooked and fell in love with fabric, quilting and
expressing myself with fabric.
It wasn’t until 1999
when, after a long interruption (and 5 more children), that I found my voice
creating small fabric collages with photos and quotes. I called them Fragments
because they were made with fragments of fabric in small
fragments of time. It was the beginning of my career as a fiber and mixed media
Berman (resident artist of the “and then we set it on fire” blog) would like to
how you learned about Lutradur and all the properties of the fabric?
I discovered Lutradur
through a bookmaking article quilter Virginia Spiegel wrote for the 2004
inaugural issue (#1) of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. I fancied myself a
“natural fibers” snob but this spun polymer “fabric” caught my attention. I had
to check it out.
those who have never used Lutradur, could you explain what are your favourite
properties of this product?
As Virginia showed in
her article, you can create beautiful organic shapes by melting Lutradur with
heat. A heat gun held to it will create what I call a lace effect. A heat tool
(think soldering iron) will melt edges resulting in a beautiful organic,
to note that the material and things that I am presenting has been largely
based on the work and book of Leslie Riley author of Fabulous Fabric Art with
Lutradur. C&T Publishing c.2009
books I own have also influenced my experiments and will be noted in a
bibliography available on my blog Jo' Blog. As I go through the month I will add
suggestions from those sent in and the ones I use.
What’s up next?
Gather your colouring tools. For the next few posts we will be looking
at putting colour on our Lutradur.