Chapter 9: Assessment Piece – Samples



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Revised Bag shape


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As suggested, I have adjusted the shape, and added compartments where they might work. I shall not make a paper mock-up, but a toile instead as the compartments won’t work in paper.  Also, I think an invisible, purchased catch will not detract from the motif as much as a hand-made one might.


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Microwaved Fabrics:

(L to R) Poly/cotton sheeting, Polycotton twill, Wool and Viscose felt


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Threads and Piping cord


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Threads for making up cord – Passementerie yarns (viscose) and silk/wool thread


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Cord sample and multi-coloured thread including gold and blue, used to stitch the cord.


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20 metres of cord for edging and strap

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Stitched threads L to R:  Madeira 40 1278, 1297, 1029, 2036, 1467, 2022.

Mettler Silk Finish 9812; Superior Rainbow 835; Coronation Silk Fast Colour*

* This was amongst some threads turned out by a down-sizing friend.


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Print Block – a simplified form of the flap motif


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Printed paper


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Printed fabric


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Printing on plain blue poly/cotton

(I found the poly/cotton when I was looking for something else, and decided to use it for the samples as it is about the same weight as my dyed fabrics).


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Pintucks on poly/cotton with machine pattern

There is too sharp a curve on the top sample, the curves on the large motif work better

(see page 103)


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Printed fabric with pintucks and machine pattern.

The machine pattern is a similar shape to the motif.  I did try using a twin needle to stitch the pattern – I used this idea successfully on my previous Bernina, but I think this pattern is too complicated and it didn’t work – see top right.  I would print on the fabric to be used for the front of the bag, leaving enough space between the rows to work two rows of pintucks alternating with two rows of pattern instead of the one of each shown here.  (I hope to use the  machine pattern to stitch the pieces together, before adding the cord).  The idea is to unify the whole bag by using pintucks on each separate piece.

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Pintucks on sheer (some cheap curtaining I found in Minehead while on holiday).

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Polyester organza, not sure about the bobbin thread showing.


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This didn’t melt very well.

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This was a better proposition


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Melted sheer over curved pintucks

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Melted sheer over straight pintucks.

I came to the conclusion that I didn’t really like the sheer (melted or otherwise) over the worked surface as it would obscure the dyed fabric.  On the other hand, the idea of using a dyed or plain poly/cotton as a visible stabiliser for the organza would produce a pretty result.  (Note to self: Party Bag for Granddaughter’s un-Birthday present?)


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Stitched sample motif

  • I drew the motif onto the cotton soft, but it was invisible through the poly/cotton, so I used this sheer.
  • I hadn’t made up my mind about the sheer when I did this, and there wasn’t a lot of the plain organza left, so I kept it in case I needed it.
  • Again, in order to unify the piece, I used pintucks on the edges.
  • I have a 6mm twin needle so I used that on one side, and worked two rows with the 3mm on the other side.  I preferred the definition of the two rows.
  • The multi-coloured thread is used on the bottom of the cross-hatched shape.  Originally, both shapes were going to be single hatched, but I didn’t like the multi-colour, so I cross-hatched with the navy blue.
  • This helped put a darker, heavier weight onto the bottom of the motif, which is what I wanted.
  • I like the whip stitch top and bottom, but wonder whether the introduction of the green and mauve Superior thread works (is it an unnecessary distraction although I really like it), or would the Mettler blue random be better, although I intend to use it for all the hatching.

Chapter 8: Assessment Piece – Planning


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When it came to considering the Bag idea, I discovered that I already knew what I wanted to do, although up to that moment, I had not been absolutely sure.  (The Curate is having a baby in October, so I shall make SuperBird for a Christmas present).

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Chapter 7: Design Development


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(I decided I liked it better.)

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The small distortion, (top above) turned out to be off a sword pommel cap.

Staffordshire Hoard, p. 25.

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Using Comuter Programs


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Bird Wing as Kaleidoscope (PaintShop)


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Bird Wing Rippled.


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Bird Wing twirled

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Tiled distortion


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Twirled distortion

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Warp distortion

I printed most of the distortions off, and also enlarged the top of the original tracing.  I tried isolating sections of two, and have earmarked the one above as a possible candidate for the use in the assessment piece.


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