November 13, 2009

Lutradur Ideas collected by Brenda at Satin Moon

Posted in Techniques and Materials tagged , at 1:07 am by satinmoon

Because of my work with the fad members I have developed resources and suggestions for art quilt products. Here is some information I have collected on Lutradur:


Lutradur is a spun bond web material manufactured by Pellon. Originally created as a roofing product.

It combines the best qualities of fabric with paper and is suitable for almost anything – including cutting, stamping, painting, dyeing, printing, and sewing, gesso and gloss gel medium, Lumiere and Dye-na-Flow.
It has the body of paper and the strength of fabric. Unlike fabric, it will never fray or unravel. Lutradur is a 100% nonwoven polyester translucent web. Technically speaking, it is a thermally spun-bonded fabric, meaning the raw materials, some of which are cotton fibers, are melted and then spun through narrow jets to form endless fibers that are then stretched by hot air and laid into a web. Lutradur’s open, airy structure absorbs paint, ink, image transfers, and more, creating a surface that filters light, yet has body and retains its shape. It is available in two weights: 70g, which is softer, lighter, and more flexible, and 100g, which is stiffer and good for books and direct printing.

Lutradur is thermoplastic, which means it changes when heated. It shrinks away and disappears when subjected to a heat gun or heat tool, producing the kind of organic and artistic effects that fiber and mixed-media artists love. It is an excellent surface to stitch, stamp, stencil, felt, and embellish.

Suggested supplies and tools for play list:

• Two lg WHITE plastic trash bags
• 3- 1-in foam brushes
• water container
• paper towels
• heat gun
• apron or work shirt
• gloves if you use them for painting
• scissors
• Aleene’s Tacky Glue (look for a jar or easy squeeze tube)
• Lutradur- variety of weights, black and white
• transfer images
• paints
• embossing powders
• gel medium
• fusibles

What to do
You can heat it, paint or stamp on it, burn the edges to create an interesting effect, burn a window from the middle, stitch and bead it… it will not ravel when cut so your edges stay tidy.

Lutradur allows paint, ink, and other materials to interact with a surface that filters light, yet has body and retains its shape. Due to the random structure of the spun bond fibers, you can create interesting surface textures. Lutradur can be heat set at 300 degrees F, takes heat transfers, can be sewn, and does not fray or ravel. It can be laminated and lends itself as a sculptural medium due to the simplicity of its structure, color, and presentation. Lutradur always remains in a state that could be worked with. There are various possibilities for sheets of Lutradur when you paint and then stitch or paint, distress, and stitch, add beads and other embellishments, fibers, ribbons, etc.

Colouring Lutradur:
Lutradur can be coloured in the same way as any polyester fabric, using transfer dyes, acrylic paint, silk or fabric paint, pens, pencils etc. Follow the instructions for each provided by the manufacturer. Most textile colouring techniques, such as stamping, painting, printing etc, can be used successfully on lutradur.

Apply several colors Lumiere directly to the Lutradur. thick and the thin, and dabbed, swooshed, and sprayed, then left it to dry.

(Shiva) oil sticks can be drawn, stencilled, painted on and zapped with a heat gun Keep the air moving and watch how the Lutradur is reacting. Too much heat will cause it to shrivel into a messy bit of nothing.

***WARNING*** Heating Lutradur causes odor to be emitted. Be safe, sane, and sensible… ONLY do this in a well ventilated area or outside. Lot of areas either lightly painted or with very little coverag then heat zap. Use the soldering iron to bond synthetic fabric onto the lutradur – the two synthetics melt together.

Stitching Lutradur.
Lutradur may be stitched using hand or machine. Though it is strong, it is easy to stitch through. It is a good idea to make samples that demonstrate the effects of different sizes of machine needle. Hand stitching can look particularly effective.

Valdani Threads

The heavier weights of Lutradur can be run through the printer without backing paper; however, because of the structure of the material, some of the ink is inevitably lost. The lighter weights can be run through attached to freezer paper.

Using Lutradur.
There are a number of different textile applications. For example, lutradur can be used as the main cloth, or top, in a quilt, or it may be applied on top of other cloth, using Wunderunder or stitch, to add a depth of colour and pattern that is quite intense and striking. It can also be used to sandwich scraps and threads together as a base for stitching.

Use Mistyfuse Black with any fabric or with tulles and sheers to create shadow and other special effects.

Use acid free Tsukineko Fabrico marker pens on a variety of surfaces such as fabric, paper, wood, leather, unglazed ceramic, paper mache and shrink plastic. The markers feature a brush and bullet tip, specifically designed for smooth ink flow. Perfect for adding details, lettering and coloring in. Heat-set with an iron for added permanence.



1 Comment »

  1. Heidi Rand said,

    This is a great post on lutradur! Very comprehensive. I love using lutradur and have made many different kinds of things from it. My favorite is coating it with Digital Grounds and inkjet printing on it… then sewing into art quilts or other things.
    Thanks for this! Heidi

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