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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.


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.

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 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.




An English Summer – Cheers!

An English summer, sunshine and rain means plants grow including meadows and elder.

Both in my studio and in the kitchen I have been getting summery.

The garden certainly neaded some attention this week, but today I am able to relax and enjoy a refreshing glass of elderflower cordial.



Look out for the creamy white elderflowers. Go out prepared with some scissors and bags for collecting. Something to help lower the branches can help  harvesting these slightly scented flowers which can tend to grow high up.


Since this is the only time of year they can be found, it is worth collecting a good number of heads to make a large batch of cordial concentrate. This can be frozen  to be enjoyed throughout the year!


Home Coaching Elderflower Cordial 1

Once home put 2½ kg white sugar (either granulated or caster) and 1.5 litres/2¾ pints water into the largest saucepan you have. Gently heat, without boiling, until the sugar has dissolved. Give it a stir every now and again. Once the sugar has dissolved, bring the pan of syrup to the boil, then turn off the heat.

Pare the zest from 2 unwaxed lemons using a potato peeler, then slice the lemons.

Give the elderflowers a gentle swish around in cold water to loosen any dirt or bugs. Gently shake cut off any leaves and stem and  transfer to the syrup along with the lemons, zest and 85g citric acid (from chemists)

Home Coaching Elderflower Cordial 2

Stir well. Cover the pan and leave to infuse for 24 hrs.

Home Coaching Elderflower Cordial 3

Line a colander with a clean tea towel, then sit it over a large bowl or pan. Alternatively set up a jelly bag. Ladle in the syrup – let it drip slowly through.

Leave to drain ...

Leave to drain …

Discard the bits left in the towel/jelly bag. Use a funnel and a ladle to fill sterilised bottles (run glass bottles through the dishwasher, or wash well with soapy water. Rinse, then leave to dry in a low oven). The cordial is ready to drink straight away and will keep in the fridge for up to 6 weeks. Or freeze it in plastic containers or ice cube trays and defrost as needed.

There are lots of different recipes, some are to be found in this Telegraph article

In my studio I have been able to celebrate summer, even during rain. I have been using the faux chenille technique to create a summer meadow panel.

 Faux Chenille Meadow

Faux Chenille Meadow

This is an easy technique and I suggest it to help practice straight line sewing on a sewing machine.

It is a great way to use fabric which you don’t know how else to use, such as bright, garish fabric designs! In this meadow there is a bright yellow printed scarf as well as a plain orange fabric and layers of sheer green fabric. These were all pinned securely onto a base fabric. I chose to vary the width of my stitching lines and have some a little wavy. I wanted a meadow rather than imaculate lawn effect!

You need a slash rotary cutter which can usually be got for less than £10. This allows you to cut through all the fabric layers except for the base one. There is an offer on one from stuff4craftsebay also have one.

You then need to get rough, with your slashed fabric. I use a suede brush which I find works well, but rubbing and washing also help to fluff open the layers –  so you get to see glimses of the different fabric layers.

I would love to see your faux chenille projects.

If you would like to have a go, then this is an option at several of the textile art workshops I have planned. All forthcoming workshops I am doing are listed on my textile art facebook page.

I hope you get chance to get outside to enjoy your summer, and hopefully walk in a meadow, maybe finding some elderflowers.

Home Coaching Wild Flowers