Category My Journal

Theme Book and Final Assignment

Thoughts on my Theme Book… As I near the end of my three years in Japan, it is fitting for my theme book to be centred round some aspect of life in Japan.  I have been soaking up so much of the Arts and Culture of Japan and have collected a huge amount of photos; […]

Assignment 3 A Reflective Commentary

How does working with fabric in this way compare with working directly with stitch? Working with fabric to create shapes and three-dimensional forms offers so many more  possibilities and the variety of techniques available and products such as Tyvec and Bondaweb opens up so many avenues for exploration.  Stitching can be used in conjunction with […]

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 […]