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

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