I love melting and heating stuff. Heat distressing fabrics create fabulous, textural surfaces that you can then include in your projects. All man made fabrics can be distressed and texturised with heat. A heat gun and soldering iron are the best tools to use to do this.
Before I go any further, I need to remind you of some basic safety when heating meltables. First always do this in a well ventilated space. Man made fabrics create fumes when they are heated so be careful and stop if the smell is causing distress. Secondly when you are heating man made fabrics, they may scald, smolder and eventually burn. Ideally don’t get to this point, but if the charred look is part of what you are after (and it often is) then be prepared with some water nearby. I bowl or bucket is fine. When heating or distressing the fabrics, I place them on an old baking tray and use a bamboo skewer to hold them in place so I don’t burn my fingers.
Scared you off?? I hope not.
Lutradur and Evolon…. These are some of my favourite fabrics and I am currently incorporating them into lots of different projects. So what are they and how do you use them?
Lutradur is spunbound polyester fibres. The fabric is not woven or knitted – it is spun like fairy floss. It comes in a number of different weights, colours and even textures. I have taken a photo of each of the different weights in white on a cutting mat so that you can see the difference. Here they are:
the light weight lutradur also comes in “Crash”. Personally I think this is some sort of translation error and it should be called “Crush” as it is the light weight lutradur with a scrunched up textured surface. I really like using this because it keeps the texture, even after it has been ironed a few times. These next two images are Crash.
I will load pictures of some of the projects I have used the Lutradur in later. I have only just brought in the Evolon, so you can expect to see more done with this from here on.