Get Creative with this Fabulous Cross Between Paper and Fabric
• Discover all the wonderful things you can do with Lutradur®-the exciting new fabric that looks, feels, and folds like translucent paper, but doesn't tear or fray
• Add luminous color and exotic lacy effects to art quilts, fabric or altered books, mixed media art
• Try 27 fun techniques that produce fascinating Lutradur effects
• Book incudes 2 sheets of acid free Lutradur (one sheet regular 70 gram, one sheet heavyweight 100 gram)
Looking to try something that's fresh, fun, and creative? Wait till you get your hands on Lutradur, the new art material that combines the best qualities of fabric and paper. Lutradur is ready for almost anything-cutting, burning, stamping, painting, dyeing, and sewing are just the beginning!
2009 Forward Book of The Year Award finalist (Crafts/Hobbies Category)
Review By: Sue Bleiweiss, suebleiweiss.com - February 1, 2009
"...If you’ve wondered what all the fuss is about working with Lutradur, you don’t need to look any further than this book for the answer. Lesley covers all you need to know to start working with this very versatile textile. She starts with how to add color and pattern with a variety of painting mediums and then moves into techniques like stenciling, stamping, screening, printing and image transfers using several different methods. You’ll even find directions on how to emboss, foil and needle felt with it. Projects range from books and wall hangings to blocks and art quilts by Lesley and other artists such as Claudine Hellmuth, Katie Kendrick and Jenn Mason. The book also includes two pieces of Lutradur so you can start working with it right away. This book is a must have resource for all levels of crafters interested in working with Lutradur."
Review By: Cyndi Souder, - February 7, 2009
"When I started this blog, I never really thought about doing reviews, but Lesley Riley’s new book has made me to want to share. Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur is the book I would have asked for if I had really thought about it. My friend Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts has been talking about Lutradur for a while and I’ve been reading about it on the pages of Quilting Arts magazine. In fact, Laura Cater-Woods talked about it in class last year. Well, hearing about it wasn’t enough; I wanted to know more.That’s where Lesley’s new book comes in. She starts out by telling you about Lutradur — what it is, how it’s made, and why it’s so special. Then she describes 27 things you can do with Lutradur from adding color and pattern (think of the fun things you can do with paint, inks, and dyes), screening and printing, glueing and fusing, needle felting, and even using heat to cut and distort it.After the techniques, Lesley shares a broad array of projects made by a variety of fiber artists. There’s a project for every taste and temperament, incorporating the techniques in the earlier section of the book. Want to stamp and stencil? It’s in there. Want to create three-dimensional objects with Lutradur? It’s in there. It’s all in there. I can’t wait to try some of these wonderful ideas.And she makes a suggestion that I really appreciate: she says to pick a new technique for which you already have the tools and try it on one of the pieces of Lutradur included in the back of the book. Yup! The book includes one sheet each of two different weights of Lutradur. And so once you’ve bought the book, you can actually play with the Lutradur without any additional purchases...Have some fun with this new mystery fiber..."
Review By: Barbara Delaney, CLoth Paper Scissors - March 1, 2009
“Lutradur is a translucent, nonwoven fiber that looks and feels something like paper but won't tear or fray. If you haven't worked with it yet, it's time to give it a try. Lesley teaches all of the interesting and fun things you can do with Lutradur in her familiar and comfortable style. Lots of inspirational artwork will get your creative juices flowing, and you'll color, cut, stamp, stitch, dye, paint, burn, and more. With 27 techniques and 14 projects to choose from, there's something for everyone. There's even a sample of Lutradur included to get you started!”
Review *Bee*You*Tea*Ful* - March 7, 2009
"...You can really tell Lesley has experimented a lot on the Lutradur, with all the different kinds of medium. She's pretty much done all the work for you! I was really excited to learn I can use foiling on the Lutradur, and that I'd be able to transfer onto it.
The book is filled with pictures of some of Lesley's incredible art projects, even the contents page is gorgeous! Beginners through advanced crafters should have no trouble doing the projects in this book. Lesley has provided easy, step-by-step instructions for all of them. In addition, she has sprinkled a lot of fun tips and hints throughout the book. My favorite project in the book (probably because it reminds me of a min-zine I made) is Lesley's, 'Memories of Italy.' I like it so much I'm planning to make one similar to it. Another of Lesley's projects in the book called "Aviary", and that one is my second favorite, although I also love her 'Baby Blocks!'
All of the projects in this book are great, so it was a real challenge deciding which are my favorites. I've been so inspired by them that I can't wait to get more Lutradur and get crafting! Thank you, Lesley, for a truly wonderful book!"
Review fiber & Stitch - May 1, 2009
“If you've wondered what all the fuss is about working with Lutradur, you don't need to look any further than this book for the answer. Lesley cover all you need to know to start working with this very versatile textile. She starts with how to add color and pattern with a variety of painting mediums and then moves into techniques like stenciling, stamping, screening, printing, and image transfers using several different method. You'll even find directions on how to emboss, foil and needle felt with it. Projects range from books and wall hangings to block and art quilts by Lesley and other artists such as Claudine Hellmuth, Katie Kendrick and Jenn Mason. The book also includes two pieces of Lutradur so you can start working with it right away. This book is a must-have resource for all levels of crafters interested in working with Lutradur.”
Review By: Nancy Lefko, - January 25, 2010
"Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur" by Lesley Riley is an all-encompassing how-to guide to working with this revolutionary product. That's the tag-line on the book cover -- "Revolutionize Your Craft Experience," and I certainly see how this could be so, through the addition of Lutradur to your arsenal.
Lesley has organized the book into two sections: one containing "27 Things To Do with Lutradur" and the second devoted to 14 projects using Lutradur, all with detailed step-by-step instructions and materials listed.
"A versatile cross between fabric and paper," Lutradur can be colored, stitched, fused, glued, printed or transferred upon. And that's just the beginning. It comes in 8 1/2" x 11" sheets; regular (70 gram) and heavyweight (100 gram.)
In working with Lutradur, I added color with acrylic paints, oil pastels and water-soluble crayons. I stamped upon it with Staz-On inks and did rubbings over raised elements, using oil pastels, to add texture to the Lutradur. I think I was most impressed by the printing of images onto the Lutradur via my ink-jet printer. I experimented with printing on treated and untreated Lutradur and definitely like the crispness of the images on the treated Lutradur better. (It can be treated with matte medium, gesso or as I did, spray matte sealant.) I also printed onto painted (and then sealed) Lutradur and really liked the effect.
I certainly only scratched the surface of the possibilities Lutradur offers and the techniques which Lesley Riley guides the reader through in her book.
Although the non-fray quality of Lutradur is what attracts so many artists and quilters, I actually would have liked a torn edge on some of my Lutradur pieces. However, one can manipulate the Lutradur with heat to achieve a less than sharp edge or lacy quality.
Lesley Riley has succeeded in writing a thorough resource for newcomers to this "revolutionary" product. Readers can take their experimentation with Lutradur as far as they like; using as few or as many materials and techniques as suits them. There are enough techniques and sample projects to keep multiple levels of artists interested."
Review By: MArtha Heimbaugh, On Track! - February 11, 2010
"Are you ready to be an instant artist? Have you ever wondered what your “artsy” friends are talking about when they say things like, “transfer dyes”? Do you like doing small mixed media projects? Are you looking for an excuse to play?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” then Lesley Riley’s book may be just the creative resource you’ve been looking for. In simple language, Lesley introduces multiple techniques to use when working with Lutradur®, a transparent non-woven web material. This book is loaded with techniques and materials suggestions along with 14 projects to try these techniques out on. If you have a creative side, this book may be talking to you."
Review Cynchronicity - February 20, 2011
I love making mixed media art but sometimes I start to feel like I’m simply repeating the same techniques over and over again. It begins to feel a bit stale and I sometimes look over my work thinking that it has all pretty much begun to look the same. So, when I first saw Lutradur being used, I was more than intrigued. What is Lutradur? It’s a nonwoven polyester material that’s sort of a cross between fabric and paper. It’s tear resistant and won’t fray. Just the description of the product peaked my interest but Lesley Riley’s book Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur really set it into overdrive. Riley provides you with all that you need to know about colouring Lutradur using paints, inks, oil pastels, crayons, and dyes. She moves into teaching techniques such as stencilling, stamping, printing, and transferring. Then, things get really exciting when she shows you how to stitch, burn, emboss, needle felt, and foil with it. Riley even includes a very helpful chart in the book that outlines how Lutradur responds with various common adhesives and when being adhered to other types of materials. In all, there are 27 techniques to add texture, dimension, and interest to a wide variety of art projects. Finally, Riley is joined by other artists such as Claudine Hellmuth, Jenn Mason, and others to present 14 different projects giving you the opportunity to try out these techniques ranging from baby’s blocks to collages to scrapbooks to art quilts.