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Hot Textile Art

Hot textiles refers to using heat with spun textiles, creating new effects. Use them in creative stitch textile art and crafting projects.

The spun textiles do not fray or tear and come in different weights for different effects and finished  textile art creations.

Colour with paints, stamps, writing, inkjet printing …

The technique used for drying painted spun textiles will also vary the results: flat, draped, on a textured surface …

Appy heat using an iron, craft heat gun or a soldering iron.
Take care not to breath in the vapours, working in a very well ventilated area and wearing a respirator if doing more than a small piece.
At my workshops we are able to use the conservatory for the heating part, working by the open French Door.

 

Workshops at Ecclesall Textile School

Workshops start with exploring a wide range of spun textile art products, and their different weights. Then it’s time to play, experimenting with small samples and making notes so we know which treatment(s) give which effects.
Participants can then choose one or two to work with choosing from a range of projects.

Please get in touch if you are interested in finding more out about our workshops.

Just want to mention a couple of suppliers.
If you are calling in to the Sheffield shop, or placing an oder with ColourCraft, they stock these spun textiles, but don’t necessarily have all of them, or all the weights available.

For a wide range of Lutradur, as well as Evolon, then get in touch with Spunart who give knowledgeable and quick service.

I am genuinely recommending these suppliers without any benefit to myself other than the warm glow of passing on textile art tips.

Tyvek

I have used tyvek quite a lot and mentioned it in a previous blog: textile landscapes.
It makes some wonderful skies when misted and then sprinkled with a few Brusho crystals. Some skies can be stormy, some with a Northern Lights like effect.

The paint, or indeed anyhing, can’t pass through the Tyvek, so both sides can be painted/printed/stamped, differently.

It also makes a lovely “vegan leather” book cover as the tyvek takes the paints revealing  a textured effect.

Children at one of my children’s stitch workshops, enjoyed decorating tyvek and then using them to make durable luggage labels.

I have also wired leaf shapes and then distressed them with heat.

The lighter weight Tyvek, which is used in the white crime scene investigation suits, needs careful heating as it heat distresses easily, but makes some great additions to paint and stitch pieces. The unpredictability of this medium needs to be grasped and is all part of the fun.
One piece became part of a rock pool inspired piece. Another a bubbling stream, another a stone wall.

Lutradur

Lutradur comes in six different weights, which suit different uses.

Lutradur 25/30g Lightweight has transparency which can be utilised in applique, enabling the background(s) to show through. Further heat distressing will allow total reveal in places.

Lutradur 70g, Regular is lovely for brooches, having enough body but having a little drape.

Lutradur 100g, Medium weight, is probably the most versatile as it has a little transparency, and distinct shapes and distressed areas are easy to achieve.

Lutradur 230g, heavy weight, is the heaviest weight, enabling self-supporting art work, such as small screens, or lanterns.

Helen Moyes Designs Lutradur Lantern

One of my favourite Lutradur projects is making vases which can then become lanterns.
The textile is decorated, stitched and embellished before being heat distressed.
It is then formed around a glass jar which will hold either water or a tea light.

Always take care when using flames, don’t leave unattended and keep checking as further heat distressing can occur. If in doubt use the battery operated tea lights.

Just time for a quick mention of another couple of my favourites…

Evolon

Evolon is Soft, similar soft suede. It drapes wonderfully and takes paint is lovely ways.

I used Evalon for the background here:

Bondaweb

Bondaweb is a lightweight spun web which has adhesive on both sides. Beyond its many uses in applique, art quilting,you  can paint it and then adhere in segments to textile art projects.

Do take care when ironing any of these textiles to use a sandwich of baking parchment to protect both your iron and ironing surface.

I would love to talk more about textile art resources, and how to use them, but will leave some for another time.

I would love to hear about your creative journey with “hot textiles”. Please do comment.

 

 

 

Enjoying My Textile Art Landscapes

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This Summer my Landscape Textile Art cards have been popular, especially on the cream card. These are available at my Etsy Shop Helen Moyes Designs

I have started to produce Card Kits so that others can get creative with (most) of the necessary materials to hand.

I thought I would share with you here the process of making up the cards so that if, like me, you have lots of fabric scraps you could have a go yourself.

I love to produce sky effects with two of my favourite materials: tyvek and brusho paints.

Made from 100% polyethylene, Tyvek® can be used to create many unique surface effects. It shrinks and bubbles when heat is applied – which is another story I will save for another time. Tyvek produces interesting distressed/3D effects when used with a heat gun, can be moulded, overprinted and layered. I use different weights of Tyvek for different textile art. I cover  the different uses in my popular Paint and Stitch workshop. Future workshops can be seen on my facebook page.

Tyvek Paper

For the landscape sky,  I like the stability of Tyvek Heavy Weight Paper

You may have a tyvek envelope that has been sent to you that you can open up and upcycle!

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Brusho® is a non toxic,  water-based paint medium. It’s super-highly-pigmented, unpredictable and it’s bags of fun to paint with and you only need a small amount as it goes a long way. I use it on paper, fabric as well as on tyvek. It works really well on watercolour paper. It is made in Sheffield by Colourcraft.

I wet the tyvek paper and then sparingly sprinkle on some brusho powders. You can use a brush to alter the spontaneous design.

When dry, cut the painted tyvek the right size for a third of the card design. The size will depend on the size card you use and how much of the card front you want to have as textile. The card border really adds to the finished design so don’t make your textile too big!
I use a piece of calico as the base for the land and attach this to the tyvek sky with a row of stitch.

Another textile art material I love to use are silk carrier rods. Again I buy local

silk carrier rod

Silk carrier rods are a by-product produced during the silk reeling proces, They come in lots of different colours, including varigated, which I also use in my art and workshops. They contain the natural gum which makes them quite rigid, but they can be split down into thinner layers which are more pliable. Put the piece of natural silk carrier rod into water to soak.

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This will be used for clouds later.

Layer different textile pieces to create a landscape.

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Audition pieces until you are happy with the effect.
Choose appropriate threads. As a minimum use a green for the land and a whitish one for the sky. I love to use embroidery threads, especially varigated ones.

Sew along one of the layered fabric pieces, to join it to the calico base. I usually start at the horizon.
When you reach the side, turn around and come back, incorporating more pieces as you move down the picture.
You can stitch by hand or by machine.

 

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Trim the sides You can use the off cut to add depth in the foreground as shown

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Take the silk carrier rod from the water and gently tease it out to create wispy pieces that can be used for clouds.

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I also use some sheep wool that I collect from barbed wire when out on walks. Arrange these and stitch down.

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Add some details, such as trees, using small scraps of fabric and stitching. Variegated thread and different kinds of stitch can produce good details.

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When your design is finished, apply double sided tape or glue to the back and attach to the front of the card. Don’t forget to initial your design!

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I would really like to see your textile landscapes and to hear how you get on. Please comment below or email me.