Monday, July 11, 2016
Working with Lutradur Part 1
I have to admit to being fascinated with "hot" textiles, and the works of people like Kim Thittichai. So I got her book at the library in the hopes of learning a little more about them..and since she is based in the UK, it's almost like learning a foreign language when trying to interpret the supplies used, it seems that just about everything is called something different here in the US.
I also want to share a tip: If you want iridescent paint and only have regular acrylics or fabric paints, add some Iridescent Medium to your paint (available in craft stores.)
Not wanting to give up yet, I layered some interfacing (painted), organza in various colors, nylon netting, and lutradur on top. I stitched some leaf shapes into it, then hit it with the heat gun.
You can hardly tell I added all those layers, the lutradur melted really fast, and not much else because I was afraid of melting the whole piece. Obviously I need more practice using the heat gun!
Now more on Lutradur. Lutradur comes in two different weights (probably more, but that's all I could find here in the US).
And I learned that Lutradur is sold on Fabric.com as yardage, not just the little sheets generally found at craft shops, and at a way better price. Check it out Here.
I painted some Lutradur with acrylic paints, then layered some organza on top, and stitched some designs into it using free motion quilting. Then got out my stencil tool, which is just a fine-tipped soldering iron, and started tracing the edges with it.
Sample 2 - with some angelina fibers sandwiched in between the lutradur and organza
Positive and negative
Next, I stitched some designs onto painted Lutradur and using my stencil tool, melted some sections by applying heat. The stitching was SO tedious, I'm not sure if I'll ever want to try this again...
Anyway, more on this topic next time!