Monthly Archives: May 2013

Assignment 3 My Sketchbook

Stage 4 Raised and structured surface textures – Final Sample

Having tried out lots of interesting techniques and had fun on the way, I was disappointed with the last exercise, which did not inspire me one bit.  We were asked to use a pain piece of fabric approximately 30 cm square, preferably calico and then work with this piece of fabric to allow shapes and […]


Stage 4 Raised and structured textures – Shibori

As mentioned in a previous post, I was lucky enough to attend a two consecutive Shibori workshops at West Dean College last September.  At the time, I took the opportunity to enroll on this course whilst in UK as it was proving difficult to find courses on Shibori in Japan in English and this was […]

Stage 4 – Raised and structured surface texture – Felting

I was keen to try some wet-felting to produce a textured piece of woollen fabric.  I have never done this before so read up.  i ordered some books in readiness for inspiration and instructions:  ‘Nuno felt ‘ by Liz Clay; ‘Complete feltmaking’ by Gillian Harris and too impatient to wait for delivery of these, I […]

Stage 4 Raised and structured surface textures – Tearing, fraying and slashing

‘Tearing, fraying and slashing’ really appealed to me as I love layers and peeling back layers to reveal what’s underneath!  I had a little go at this technique when working towards Assignment 1 and was looking forward to this section of Assignment 3. I started off with a simple piece.  I used a sample I […]

Stage 4 Raised and structured surface textures – Gathering, Folding, Pleating and Tucking

Gathering I started off by practising gathering pieces of muslin, using a machine.  I used elastic thread and practised a single line of gathering and then three rows, which gave a smocking effect.     I then experimented with hand stitching, gathering different fabrics:     Inspired by a photo of Mt Fuji, I took […]

Stage 4 Raised and structured surface textures

Before starting this assignment, I ordered a book called ‘The Art of Manipulating Fabric’ by Colette Wolff.  I was excited when it arrived but when I opened it and browsed through the pages , I felt a huge amount of panic!   I have little experience of sewing and my first thought when I looked […]

Stage 3 Final Sample

Deciding to further develop my work inspired by the photo of the leaves on the grill, I thought of doing a big piece, using the Mokuba Free lace I have been saving.  I wanted to include the mesh over the grille in some way and decided that the scale would be all wrong if I […]

Stage 3 Applied Fabric Techniques – Felting

Last year I attended the Knit and Stitch Show and booked myself into a number of workshops in readiness for Part 3 of the module.  I was keen to have a go at some different methods of felting.  At one of the workshops I did some wet-felting; applying scraps of paper; threads; fabric; wool and […]

Stage 3 Applied Fabric Techniques – Mokuba Free Lace

I first discovered ‘Mokuba Free Lace’ last year in Tokyo and thought it looked interesting.  There were some beautiful lacy scarves on display next to the product but I couldn’t read the instructions as they were in Japanese!  i bought the Free lace anyway. Getting it home, I looked up the product on the Internet […]