I decided to use one of my prepared papers as my inspiration and my source of information.
I wanted to cut the fabric (calico) in a similar way to how I did with the paper, using repetitive flower motifs. I soon realised that the fabric wasn’t stiff enough, so for the future if I wanted a clean sharp edge I would need some interfacing. I decided that I wanted the fabric to fray.
I used my sketch book to put my ideas down and do some planning.
I deliberately put some of my previous samples on a pin board to inform me of some of the effects and techniques that previously worked for me.
I like the frayed effect on the edges of the sun flower but I think if I had to do it again I would back the flower with interfacing or a stiffer fabric just to make the lines cleaner.
I like the organic lines and the way the lining underneath shows in random areas, reminding me of the research I did with the Elisabethan dress where they used to slash their sleeves to show the colourful fabrics underneath. I used a similar concept to try and give this sample a 3D effect.
I don’t know how I feel about this sample? It’s weird, I think I need to step away from it and reflect on what I have done.The only thing I’m clear about is what I would do differently; I would cut the motifs beforehand and maybe over-lock them and back them up with a stiffer fabric but at the same time, I like the messiness and the almost children like scribble that with this sample I have achieved.
After reflecting I added some more texture with some loose stitching, I feel it needed more ritchness in texture and colour contrasting the plain calico. I have also added some crochet to the sunflower,framing the circle. I have gone as far as I can with this sample and I’m happy to move on to the next.🤗