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Module 1: Stitched samples

There are five stitched samples in this module.

Linear Stitches:

The first sample was to make use of linear stitches and I chose one of the design developments as the framework for the stitches. I used variations of chain, straight stitches and blanket stitches, as well as lines of french knots. The colour scheme is varying tones of blue, brown and orange.


Sample 2 was to show texture. Several sketches had been prepared for this, and I used various elements from them as inspiration for this sample. I used a limited colour palette of green, purple and brown; but then decided to add white as an accent.


Sample 3 was to stitch blocks of colour. I didn't have a design for this, just random shapes as I stitched. I used different stitches and combinations of stitches in each section. I did not need to pay particular attention to a colour scheme.

Isolated Stitches:

Sample 4 focused on the use of isolated stitches. I chose an example from my design developments for this. It was interesting to see how isolated stitches could create texture. Again, I used a limited colour scheme.


Sample 5 was an experimental piece:

After several design developments were completed and various colour schemes tested, I had to decide on one to make into a stitched sample. I made an enlarged copy, dividing the design into clear sections, then labelled each section to work out which colours to use.

The diagram was then copied and cut up to give templates for cutting the shapes.

Materials included: wrapping (gift) paper and hand made mulberry paper. The fabrics are scraps of upholstery fabric from sample books. Stitches were then worked to give additional texture and to bring the design together.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this piece. It was interesting to compare it with the original drawings and design developments. I also used stitch samples 1-4 as reference for stitches and patterns.

Record Sheets:

These records are essential ... I designed sheets to collect fabric and thread samples ... necessary for your evidence. Have your sheets ready as you work each stitched sample, so that you can stick samples and snippets as you go ... making life much easier in the end!

Additionally, I used record sheets for evaluations (just a sheet to jot down notes as I went along); lists of materials needed for a project; purchases (I wrote everything down .. an OCD trait) ;)

Portfolios were sent off for assessment and a few days later ... First Module under my belt ... phew! I can tell you that it really was a really steep learning curve, but thoroughly inspiring and enjoyable.

Luckily, I knew how to use PowerPoint software (through my primary teaching) and so building up a portfolio wasn't too bad. Each module consisted of basically 2 PP presentations: 1 for the stitched samples and 1 for everything else.


You really do need a basic PowerPoint knowledge and also a reasonable camera. Shots of you working; your work in progress; planning stages... basically everything could be useful! It's during this module that you will begin to develop systems to help you along the way.

Here's a tip! Spend time making a PP file containing every page you can think of: Title Page, Contents, sections for each part of your portfolio (e.g. artist study; theme study, such as: line, colour, etc; Bibliography, evaluations. When it is done, make duplicates for each Module, then all you have to do to get it ready for adding content, is to tweak it ... background colours / design / etc.

If you really need help with this then contact me :)

Next comes Module 2: Shape

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