Key Aspects and Tasks for Part Two: Surface and Stitch

Key Aspects of Part Two

I will be selecting from, observing and analysing the drawings made in Part One, to produce paper and textiles samples and three textile Assignment pieces. The skills developed in this part of the course will help me to develop an understanding of the creative design development process.

Main Activities

The main activities are:

  • exploratory/experimental work
  • translating and interpreting surfaces, marks, lines, media, qualities and textures, from 2D drawings into 3D samples and larger pieces of work
  • sampling in paper and textiles (selecting, manipulating, transforming)
  • reviewing and evaluating
  • textile creation combining surface and stitch
  • recording reflections, process and decisions made in Sketchbook/Learning Log



Exercise 2.1 Selecting

2. Review textile and plant drawings from Part One. Select six that show variety and are appealing.

3. Write notes in my Learning Log about the interesting visual qualities of the selected drawings.

Exercise 2.2 Paper Manipulation Library

4. Decide upon substrates, base materials or surfaces to use (informed by drawings).

5. Choose papers to work with.

6. Produce 20 paper manipulation samples exploring a range of techniques.

Project 2: Drawing With Stitch

This Project involves investigating and applying stitched marks to the paper samples, using stitch as a drawing tool.

Exercise 2.3 Drawing With Stitch Onto Paper

7. Referring to chosen drawings, gather appropriate materials (needles, threads, yarns) to translate drawn marks into stitched marks.

8. Cut ten 10 cm square, or larger, pieces from the paper samples.

9. Use a viewfinder to isolate areas of interest within the drawings.

10. Make ten or more experimental samples using stitch on the paper samples.

11. Keep notes in Learning Log.

Exercise 2.4 Developed and Composed Samples

12. Evaluate the success of the samples from Ex 2.3.

13. Plan new ideas in sketchbook considering scale, composition and layout.

14. Select materials and processes.

15. Use two different drawings to make two larger (A4 – A3 sized)  stitched paper pieces.

Assignment 2 Stitching: Placed and Spaced

This Assignment requires me to learn how to build a strong design and development process. I will develop, building upon the earlier work,  three exploratory, A4 size+, stitched textiles (forming a small collection or series). The textiles should focus on repetition, variety of scale and include a placement design.

16. Research Point: research the work of an artist or designer who works with re-purposed textiles.

17. Review the work already created and select which pieces you will carry forward for development.

18. Choose the imagery and qualities to feature and accentuate.

19. Record and plan out choices in sketchbook and Learning Log.

20. Source and manipulate, or develop my own base textiles, making links to drawings/samples.

21. Select materials and tools to use in making the textiles.

22. Make notes and drawings in my sketchbook and Learning Log about the stitches, lines and direction of marks I could make.

23. Make exploratory samples experimenting with marks and lines.

24. Make exploratory samples experimenting with texture (consider techniques such as recessing and building relief).

25. Sketch out possible plans for my stitched sample (considering a variety of compositions with regard to design, placement, repetition and scale).

26. Repeat the process 17 – 25 twice more, evolving ideas from the first textile to produce the next, and then from the first two textiles, for the third piece).

27. Written reflection: 300 words on the strengths and weaknesses of the work in my Learning Log.

28. A review of my work against Assessment Criteria in my Learning Log.

Submitting Work

The date for submission of this work is 14 October 2016. I do have one week (and several odd days) away from home in this period, so may need to request extra time added.

29. Work to be submitted includes:-

  • work for Assignment Two;
  • work from Projects 1 and 2;
  • Learning Log url;
  • relevant sketchbook work; and
  • a review of work against Assessment Criteria.

30. Rework the Assignment with reference to my Tutor’s feedback.

31. Reflect on the rework in my Learning Log.



2 thoughts on “Key Aspects and Tasks for Part Two: Surface and Stitch”

  1. haha! Yes, that is the way my mind works, I’m afraid. I don’t think I could keep track of what I need to do for this course without working through it all like this first. But, as you say, everyone will have a different approach and the art world is all the better for the variety imho.


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