Bark Made Using Lutrador

by Sandra Wagner
2008 Bernina Fashion Show Designer

I was sitting in a class on Lutrador with Leslie Riley and thought this
is bark.


  • Paints: Transparent, Opaque,
    and Metallic (Seta-Color, Lumiere by Jacquard, Stewart Gill and Golden all
    work well.
  • Foam brushes
  • Water
  • Plastic to cover workspace
  • Yarn, Thread, Heat Gun
  • Sewing machine
  • Piece of fabric for under the
    Lutrador 14″x14″
  • Lutrador 13″x13″
  • Peltex II or other stiff


Lutrador is a woven product made by Pellon and is used for many consumer
products i.e. cover on the bottom of your box springs, roofing material etc. It
does not burn but melts away. Place plastic and a piece of fabric on your work
table — the fabric will produce a secondary piece — this fiber is very porous.

Process For Our Pine Bark

1. Place the white piece of Lutrador on the fabric and with foam
brush paint with water — the water causes the paint to migrate — when wet,
paint different colors on the Lutrador — you can blend color by adding more
water on the foam brush and blending the edges. Paint until you are happy with
the colors.

2. Remove the fiber from the fabric and lay on plastic or hang up to
dry. (If you use paper towels under the fiber be sure and remove to dry as the
towel will pull the color out of the Lutrador. If it is very wet the color will
travel when hung. I used Seta Color Transparent paints, Lumiere Metallic and a
bit of black from Stewart Gill. After the fiber was dry I sprayed it with
Glitter Spray and let it dry overnight.

3. Using the heat gun I put holes in the fiber — then couched yarn to
the piece and stitched between the yarns to give the effect of knots in the
tree. When using the heat gun — preheat — then keeping the point about 2″
above heat the Lutrador — it takes a little longer for the heat to penetrate
the paint — then use a pulsing motion to control the burning of the holes, BE
careful it will melt quickly when heated. If it bows turn it over and heat the
other side. When using the heat gun do this in a ventilated area — it produces
a slight smell which may affect people with allergies or chest issues.

4. I then covered the peltex and wrapped it around so that it became
the back of the post card. Stitched everything down to secure. Stitching around
the card works well with the Lutrador you may also want to paint the edge to
seal it.

5. Finished postcards and Cloth from under the painting.

Lutrador can be used for as many things that
your mind can think to create. It will go through the printer, using
transparencies and a printed picture you can burnish the image to the Lutrador,
using a wood burning tool you can fuse two pieces of Lutrador together, cut out
patterns on a single piece and add to something else. GO FORTH AND PLAY