ATV Part 4 Project 1 Exercise 4.2

Experimental yarns and concepts

1. Colour placement and composition

Looking back at Exercise 3.1 and the colour work I developed I chose this palette and fabric design as inspiration to produce this yarn. I plaited red, orange, pale blue and white embroidery threads. At intervals I split the threads and formed circle shapes and then stitched in layered pieces of fabric to produce a light lacy type effect following on from the pattern elements within the textile. I think I successfully interpreted the colour proportions.

The second colour work I chose to work from had a more varied colour palette. There is a lot of neutral colours with accents of bold blues and greens. This time I chose a heavy, thick wool which I plaited together with another finer neutral wool and a couple of strands of embroidery thread for the accent colours. I added pieces of green ribbon to represent the large green mountain in the centre of the textile. The colour placement within the original really draws the eye and I have tried to replicate that by adding the ribbon to only one section of the yarn.

My second piece was a woven piece with fine threads. I tried to incorporate shapes from the original textile. This time I focused on the very dark blue of the mountains and placed that at the centre of my yarn. I think the first yarn represents the colour proportions fairly well but the second piece was not as successful as I had hoped. Getting more pronounced pointed shapes would have perhaps required a thicker piece of weaving, more time and perhaps better weaving skills.

My final piece for the colour placement and composition lucet woven threads in greens to represent the delicate branches in the design. I painted craft paper leaves and stitched them to yarn placing them in a way that directly relates to the original fabric.

2. Materials exploration

The bright colours in this colour study put me in mind of the bright plastic straws that children use. I cut these up in a variety of lengths to represent the sections of colour in the original. I wanted to create a wavy yarn with very varied shapes so I thought more plastic would work and I cut a strip from a bottle. I split the strip in two and threaded the pieces of straw onto it then I twisted the two threads to produce a contorted and wavy yarn.

I used the straws a second time for this piece. I have laced thread through each straw and the straws are cut at different size to give a wavy outline. If the yarn is held at either end and twisted it looks like this, (photo below) making it visually more interesting. For inclusion in the yarn collection it is laid flat.

The next piece was based on one of the neutral samples. I twisted two pieces of white lacy fabric which was cut from non-slip mat together to create a curvy pattern taking inspiration from the paisley pattern shapes in the fabric. I used a silver thread and stitched it in a random loopy style to represent the shiny highlights of the design on the fabric.

I used the same material for my second piece and cut it into circles. I added this to some white packaging material and cut around it in a bubbly shape. I then sandwiched this in between a layer of clear wrapping material and ironed it to melt it together. I then added 3 strips of ribbon to the back so you get glimpses of it through the clear fabric.

The second piece in this photo was a strip of bubble wrap and I inserted little diamanté crystals into some of the bubbles.

I took cardboard packaging and wound pieces of leather around sections. Taking inspiration from the pattern and shapes within this piece of fabric.

My second piece is a section of plaited twine wrapped with bamboo leaves. I took my inspiration from the lines in the fabric which randomly goes narrow and then thick.

3. Textures and tonal qualities

I went back to the paisley patterned neutral for these three yarns. The first is a piece of machine embroidery. I created a shaped yarn with threads. The second is a shiny tasseled piece of decorative rope which I wrapped with a craft ribbon. I think it’s probably the most successful at interpreting the texture and tones of the original piece. My third yarn is a strip of anti slip matting which I’ve wrapped with a variegated fancy yarn.

This yarn was a piece of wool that was a really good match for the original fabric and tones. To create some texture I used a variety of tying, wrapping and pleating.