Thursday, 9 July 2009

Chapter 13 - Study 3 Artist




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Module 3 documentation

Evaluation of completed work

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?

  1. I would try to make it smaller so that it would be more like a 'fascinator'.
  2. I would make it in 'synnamy' if I could get it.
  3. I'd include a comb of some sort so that it could be attached to the head without having to use hat pins.
Costing for Module 3

  • 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
Health and safety rules observed

Cutting Tools
  • 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
Iron
  • Unplug after use and never leave unattended when leaving the room
  • Use parchment paper to protect iron when needed
  • Store correctly when cool
Sewing machine

  • 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)
Fabric dyeing

  • Use breathing mask when mixing dye powders
  • Bend from knees if lifting a heavy bucket with wet fabric in it
Miscellaneous
  • 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