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 think the use of lace and how I embroided on top, works well as it blends in creating one texture.

I find the reverse just as fascinating as it creates a completely different effect in the stitching.

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.

I decided to add some colour to follow the mood of what I have done so far.

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.🤗

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