Thursday, 13 November 2008

Chapter 12 revisited again....

After Sian had seen my last piece she suggested I have another go as it still wasn't large enough for an assessment piece. Hopefully this 3rd attempt will be suitable. It's 10 inches tall and about 8 inches from back to front, more of an oval shape than round and it stands up properly this time because I used buckram for the base and between the lining and outer decorated fabric.

Front view

I replaced the eyelets with buttons covered with some of the decorated fabric I had left over.

Side view

Back view

After a few attempts at finishing the ends of the cords I finally came up with these.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Module 3 Line & form in spirals

I got Module 3 last week so I had it ready to start once I'd finished Module 2. I'll be glad to work with some colours after working with black and white for so long.

Chapter 12 Finished

I've finally finished Module 2.

I used the camera bag as a practice piece and concentrated on a vessel for my final 3D Embroidered item.

I had to make a couple of new pieces of fabric

When I came to cut and piece them into a new piece of fabric it seemed to have a mind of its own and told me what shape of vessel to make with it......

so this is what I ended up with.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Chapter 12 continued

I need a bag to protect my camera so I've started to make my design up even if I don't use it for my 3D embroidered item.

I've realised I didn't put measurements on my design drawings. My camera is what is known as a 'bridge' camera - in between a compact and a DSLR but it's considerably larger than a compact. I've put a ruler beside the bag to give an idea of size.

The base is a 6 sided shape but once it's been sewn into the sides the bag becomes rounded.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Chapter 12 - Ideas for Designing a functional 3D Embroidered Item

After a few months of not having the energy to do much on this Module I'm on the last leg. I started with a spider diagram of ideas for a 3D item.

Stage 1

Firstly I drew various 3D shapes in my sketchbook.

Then developed them further. Lots of ideas for future use.

Stage 2

Full size mock up using calico.

Stage 3 - paper template.

Stage 4

Decorated papers on the paper template.

Stage 5

My first idea was a bowl but after doing some preparatory work I changed my mind.

My second idea is based on a 'Dolly' bag.

Fabric I'll use to make finished bag. I used strips of decorated fabric sewn together.

Then cut them up and rearranged them before sewing together with the seams to the outside.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Chapter 11 -Further Design Exercises leading to Fabric Samples

Stage A

Using decorated papers I made 4 samples which I translated into fabric samples using decorated black and white fabric.

Stage B was similar to the challenge in Chapter 10. Take a section of the original fabric sample and cut and seam it until you couldn't do it any more. I hadn't made a big enough piece to start with so had to do another sample to do the third part but I think you can see from the photot what I was aiming for.

All the samples are placed on A3 sheets of black card.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Chapter 10 - 'Piecing' A Method of Cutting and Seaming

I used Photoshop to do this first exercise in Chapter 10. The idea is to cut and rearrange black and white paper until you get interesting patterns.

Next I made one of the design up in fabric but by the time I'd finished it wasn't anything like I intended.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6

Stage 7

Sian set an additional challenge to take a section of the original fabric sample and cut and seam it until you couldn't do it any more. I should have cut it into uneven sizes because it got smaller and smaller as I went.

Friday, 29 August 2008

Chapter 9 - The Fibonnacci Sequence

This Chapter explores the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Section. The samples are following the instruction in Chapter 9 using decorated paper.