Thursday, 18 February 2010

Chapter 2: Exploring Textures with Papers

I only had small pieces of black card to use (A6) so I put 2 tester pieces on each.  Ripping and folding with different types of paper.

Sample 1
Sample 2
Sample 3
Sample 4
Sample 5
 An A4 piece of card (or I should say 2 x A6 pieces taped together) for an experiment of scrunching paper down from A4 to fit in to a smaller section.

a - tissue paper
b - brown wrapping paper
c - tracing paper
d -  drafting paper
e - newspaper 
f - rice paper
g - kitchen roll
h - copy paper

A6 pieces of card with 'Manipulated tissue paper' samples.

Sample 1 - strips twisted and knotted
Sample 2 - holes punched then scrunched and holes glued around

Sample 3 - twisted strips then tissue glued over them

Sample 4 - piece of tissue put through a pleating machine

Sample 5 - pleated

Sample 6 - pleated, twisted and knotted 

Sample 7 - pleated, twisted and knotted

Sample 8 - pleated, scrunched with holes

Sample 9 - twisted, scrunched with holes

Sample 10 -  pleated, pleated with holes

Sample 11 - pleated

Sample 12 - pleated

Sample 13 - pleated and twisted

Sample 14 - pleated

Sample 15 - pleated, twisted and knotted

Sample 16 - scrunched, pleated and twisted

Sample 17 - pleated, twisted and knotted

I misread Sian's instructions - I should have combined 2 processes in the same piece of paper which I have done in some samples but in most of the them I  combined 2 processes in a sample.

Module 5 'Touching Textures' Chapter 1 Textures in Landscape

I've used photographs that I've taken in my local park of trees and plants for this module.  I've converted to black and white and used Photoshop to add various filters.

No 1: Plant - original and with filter

No 2: Plant - original and with filter

No 3: Frosted leaves - original and with filter

Grasses original

No 4: Grasses with 2 different filters

No 5: Tree branches - original and with filter

 No 6: Tree bark - original and with filter

Tree bark original

 No 7: Tree bark - original and with filter

No 8: Tree bark - original and with filter

Tree bark original

No 9: Tree bark filters 

NB added these on 17th May.


No 10: tree bark

No 11: back of ivy fallen from wall

No 12: grasses

Got a bit carried away with filters in Photoshop with the last photo

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Monday, 15 February 2010

Module 4 Documentation

Evaluation of completed work

The completed embroidered assessment piece for Module 4 is an 'Embroidered panel'

How do you feel about the resulting conclusion?

I am really pleased with how this has turned out.

Is it fit for its purpose - give reasons?

Yes - I wanted an unusual album for family photos.

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 perhaps print onto the paper I used for the 'star book' instead of leaving it plain.

Costing for Module 3

  • 1/2 metre linen scrim = £1.50
  • 1/4 metre scrim =50p
  • Embroidery threads = 50p
  • metal washers 10p 
  • Cartridge paper = 80p
  • Photo paper = 50p
  • Printer ink = £1
Total = £4.90

Timing for accessory

  • Design work 6 hours
  • Hand embroidery 12 hours
  • Photograph scanning and printing 4 hours
  • Making star book 2 hours
Total time for Design work and embroidery 24 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
Health and safety rules observed

Paper Making

  • Take extra care when using a hand blender to make pulp.  Never put fingers by the blades and unplug before cleaning.
  • Make sure blades are below the pulp so it doesn't spray everywhere
  • Dont use your blender for food preparation, keep it especially for textile/art work
  • If you spill pulp or water on the floor wipe up immediately so you don't slip on it.  It doesn't matter on carpet, it will get soaked up but on wooden or tiled floors it can be dangerous
Hand stitching
  • Use a thimble to prevent top of needle piercing skin especially when sewing through thick fabric or hand made paper.  If you are having difficulty sewing through the paper, piece through the back with needle first.
  • Take breaks frequently to ease shoulders when hand or machine sewing
  • When doing close work rest your eyes every half hour, look at middle distance then long distance so your eyes don't become strained.
  • You will need to replace needles frequently when sewing through paper as they will blunt easily.
  • Don't use your good scissors to cut paper, they will soon be ruined for cutting fabric


  • 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

Module 4 Composite Sheet

I'm never sure if I've done these correctly???

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Chapter 11 embroidered panel revisited

Sian thought my panels needed a bit more embroidery on them so I've add some cretan stitch loosely all over the previous stitching.

Close up of stitching.

I felt it still needed some more stitching so I wove thread through the top and bottom to finish it off.

Close up of woven stitching.

I've re-done the composite sheet as well.

Instead of using a black background I've put the different components on to a background of various family documents i.e. birth and marriage certificates.  I'm not very good at this side of things so I hope this is the sort of thing you meant Sian.