Stage 4 of this part of the course involves making a storyboard:
I arranged some of the above source and development work as well as some of my trial samples and materials on a piece of A3 thin card to make my story board:
As you can see it is still a bit basic but contains my initial ideas; the gerbera flowers, my trial technique sample, colour study and fibres.I feel this board gives me a sense of what I am trying to achieve; love the bright zingy colours and although the samples are not quite working (I think I need to make some felt then apply it, rather than adding raw wool roving). it has shown me the way forward.
Now this is complete I can move on to the really exciting bit – sampling and developing my ideas into a finished piece:
I already have a strong idea in my head. I would like to make a small bag preferably with a round base which will make use of the flower design. I have been trialling various shapes and designs but have settled on the idea of a Japanese knot bag. They are incredibly simple in form with just two sides and a base which means the minimum number of seams. As the bag will be very detailed I need a simple construction to avoid cluttering the design with excessive seams and panels.
I want to keep the strong lines and shapes developed so far and want the felt to remain slightly raised with the background being flat, however I want the background to contain detail and markings similar to the drawings I have been developing. To achieve this I am adding hand stitch and fibres to the background before machine embroidering over the top as shown below.
The felt being applied to a preprinted calico background then hand stitch and fibres being applied to the background. Finally machine stitch is added using variegated threads.
Now I am happy with the technique I can move on to the final planning and making stage.