Key Aspects of Part Four: Yarn and Linear Exploration

This part of the course is laid out as two projects, five exercises and one research point, followed by Assignment 4. The key aspects of the coursework are experimenting with and developing a series of yarns, which translate linear qualities from previous course and assignment work. I feel that observing source material, sample making, visual evaluation, and decision-making will be very important tasks for this part of the coursework. Once again, keeping a visual and written record, including development and technical notes, with my reflections on the process, will be vital.

Research Point 1

I will research yarn design and manufacture; the presentation of yarns to businesses; and consider applications for yarn – recording the findings on a separate page in my Learning Log (LL), thus allowing me to add to it and refer to it in future.

Project 1: Exploring Lines

This project is about seeking inspiration from 2-D marks, which will then be made into 3-D yarns.

Exercise 4.1

This exercise involves selecting inspiring line work from previous coursework, and designing and making yarn samples.

The key tasks are:-

  • select 1 or 2 pieces of work from Part 1 (drawings) and/or Part Two (stitched paper, and stitched textile samples);
  • photograph or scan selected pieces for future presentation purposes;
  • collect materials from which to make appropriate yarns;
  • working from original sources, make assorted yarn designs, 30cm long, with different repeats/patterning;
  • make three more yarns, based on the first samples, 100cm long. Focus on evolving interesting yarn and line qualities;
  • mount the samples on yarn wraps with the images of the original source of inspiration;
  • make notes in my LL.

Exercise 4.2

This exercise is about referring back to work from Part 3 of the course, to inform yarn development centred on colour analysis. Use of unusual materials is encouraged.

Key tasks:-

  • select a set of paint chips derived from a colour print fabric;
  • find representative materials for designing and making ‘linear concepts’;
  • make 3 yarn designs focused on colour placement and composition;
  • create 5 experimental yarn concepts developed from the previous 3;
  • consider texture and tone in making a further 3 yarns;
  • reflect on the process in my LL.

Project 2: Creating Linear Forms

The aim of this project is to develop my skills at building and deconstructing materials to form new linear concepts, again inspired by the work of Part 3 of the course. I am encouraged to take a new approach in this section, and to push boundaries.

Review Point

At this stage, I am asked to consider my creative thinking and creativity exhibited so far, and to explore ways of developing and extending it, and to make notes in my LL.

Exercise 4.3

This exercise aims to develop my use of colour and mood rendering in sourcing and designing yarns. Highly experimental, large- and small- scale design concepts will be explored; and I must keep detailed notes on my processes.

Key tasks:-

  • select reference material from the yarn wraps of Ex 3.2 and source more materials;
  • research 1 or more methods of manipulating simple textiles or constructed forms (P118 refers). Make 5 or so experiments with simple yarns;
  • test materials for appropriateness with a further 5 samples; also test combinations of found and made yarns, building on the discovery process;
  • design and make an assortment of yarn designs and concepts inspired by the source image. Give consideration to surface qualities and colour;
  • select an apt method for making a textile/form from the created yarns;
  • make detailed notes of research and experimentation, and place them in a research file;
  • write a 300 word reflective piece, covering:- processes used; discoveries; successes and failures.

Exercise 4.4

This exercise is focused on developing more delicate and transparent aspects in yarns.

Key tasks:-

  • refer to work carried out in Ex 3.3 (watercolour interpretations of a glass arrangement) and gather appropriate materials that can be deconstructed;
  • experiment with the materials by taking apart and re-assembling to form 5 developed yarn designs or concepts;
  • keep records of all experimental work and sampling;
  • show ‘before’ and ‘after’ samples of materials.

Exercise 4.5

The aim of this section is to improve my skills in yarn development and design, with reference to previous collage work. Created yarns will be flat in profile.

Key tasks:-

  • select one or more collages from Ex 3.4, to work from;
  • analyse the character of the source image to inform the designs;
  • research flat yarn forms;
  • consider joining methods for the yarns;
  • consider contrasts and combinations;
  • consider handle and appearance;
  • create 5 or more yarn designs with flat constructions;
  • keep notes that demonstrate the links between the collages and the yarns, including numerous tests and samples;
  • reflect on the process in LL.


Assignment Four: A Yarn Collection

This assignment requires me to present the whole of my design process in a selective and analytical manner.

Key tasks:-


  • select successful yarns to feature, but include all work in the collection;
  • consider:- the order of work; evaluations; highlighting ‘happy accidents’; labelling; annotations;
  • include images of the source materials;
  • show consistency in the presentation of work;
  • reflect in LL.

Submitting The Work To My Tutor

I will send:-

  • the completed yarn collection;
  • LL url;
  • related sketchbook work;
  • 300 words of written reflection (also in LL);
  • 500 words of reflection of my performance against assessment criteria (also in LL).

Reworking The Assignment

Following feedback from my Tutor, I should rework items highlighted by her, and reflect on what I have done in my LL.

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