Monday, February 13, 2006
I was introduced to lutradur by Dijanne Cevaal, and I hold her entirely responsible for the outcome...which has been a LOT of work with lutradur in it! Every time either of us posts about the stuff, we get lots of questions about it, on the blogs or privately, so we decided to write a worksheet as an introduction to lutradur. It's not War And Peace, you understand, but there's enough information for anyone to get started in using this lovely material. An email to her, or to me, or to email@example.com will get you a free copy of the worksheet. And we are currently writing a book on the subject, which will be available within the next year.
For the uninitiated, lutradur is a non woven polyester fabric. It is intended for industrial use, with a wide variety of weights for different purposes, from the purely decorative (florists use it as wrapping) to the Seriously Heavyweight (agriculture and road building, I believe, are other uses). You can dye it, paint it, cut it up (it doesn't fray), use it by itself or, because of the transluscent nature of the construction of the cloth, use it on top of other patterned cloth (my favourite use) without the handling problems of voiles and other lightweight fabrics . Dijanne makes wonderful prints on hers; the freize at the top of the page here is her work.
We both hope you enjoy using the worksheet, and lutradur, as much as we do.