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.
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 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.
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 is Soft, similar soft suede. It drapes wonderfully and takes paint is lovely ways.
I used Evalon for the background here:
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.