The completed embroidered assessment piece for Module 3 is an accessory based on 'spirals'.
How do you feel about the resulting conclusion?
I am really pleased with how this has turned out. I've had the idea for something like this for a long time and this was the perfect opportunity to make it.
Is it fit for its purpose - give reasons?
Yes, both my mum and I have tried it on and it is very light, you wouldn't know you were wearing a hat.
If you were asked to make it again, what changes would you make to the way you designed it and the way made it?
- I would try to make it smaller so that it would be more like a 'fascinator'.
- I would make it in 'synnamy' if I could get it.
- I'd include a comb of some sort so that it could be attached to the head without having to use hat pins.
- 1/2 metre buckram = £2.50
- 1/2 metre scrim = £1.50
- Silk paints = 50p
- Threads - Blue cotton = 85p
- Orange cotton = 25p
- Embroidery threads - Blue = 30p
- Orange = 30p
- 1 metre of Millinery wire = £1
Total = £7.20
Timing for accessory
- Design work 6 hours
- Embroidery machine and hand stitching 8 hours
- Hat base with lining and top fabric 6 hours
Total time for Design work and embroidery 20 hours
Storage of work, materials, tools and equipment
- Design work in progress - in A3 folder to keep it flat and away from sunlight
- Completed design work - as above in separate folder
- Papers for design work - as above
- Ink and paints - separate plastic containers, inks upright with lids secure and in a cool place
- Embroidery in progress - stored in plastic bag to keep clean
- Completed embroidery - in acid free tissue paper
- Fabrics - stored in stacker boxes on shelf unit
- Thread - in various boxes according to type e.g. embroidery, sewing, and kept in drawer of storage unit
- Beads - various containers from multi space to individual pots
- Sewing machine - on sewing table with cover on when not in use to keep free from dust
- Other electrical equipment - iron on ironing board ready for use, with flex loosely coiled when not in use
- Never pull the blade towards you when using a Rotary cutter
- Change blades regularly to keep them sharp for ease of cutting
- Even though it can be time consuming close up cutter between use
- Keep scissors and rotary cutters out of reach of children
- Unplug after use and never leave unattended when leaving the room
- Use parchment paper to protect iron when needed
- Store correctly when cool
- Switch off and unplug when not in use
- Cover with machine cover when not in use for long periods to prevent dust getting in the works
- Clean out dust from bobbin case regularly and oil if the machine requires it (mine doesn't)
- Don't allow lead to trail over the floor to stop accidents
- If the machine starts to sound clunky check switch on foot control hasn't been accidentally moved (mine can be altered to go slow or fast)
- Use breathing mask when mixing dye powders
- Bend from knees if lifting a heavy bucket with wet fabric in it
- Pick pins up from the floor immediately they are dropped so you don't step on them especially if you walk around bare foot
- Have good lights when sewing especially close hand stitching to avoid eye strain
- If you need reading glasses, make sure that you wear them when doing close work to avoid eye strain or headaches
- When making a cord on the sewing machine remember to stop working every so often, look to middle distance then far distance to rest your eyes