In the last blog post I gave you ideas of what to collect to bring to Moreton Morrell next year for Summer School. You will see that the title says Design Development, this is what we will do once our art work has begun and when ideas pop into our heads. Design development uses samples to try ideas to see if they work in practice
Now I know you will all have different projects in mind, so you will all be designing for different disciplines, knit, weave, crochet, embroidery, etc., etc. So here is a list of materials and equipment that you might want to bring appropriate to your discipline:
· Woven fabrics – yarns in the colours of your inspiration to match the colours in your mood board in a range of fibres that you may feel appropriate for your project. Textured yarn to match colours and textures in your inspiration and mood board.
◦ A small loom with any number of shafts that you are used to working with. Associated warping equipment to help you make short warps, such as posts, guide string, raddle, ties, threading hooks, bobbins, etc. Record sheets. Tape measure.
· Tapestry – yarns in colours and/or textures of your inspiration and mood board.
◦ Frame loom, small loom, tapestry warp, tape measure, bobbins, etc.
· Knit – yarns in colours and/or textures of your inspiration and mood board.
◦ Needles, stitch markers, tape measure, pins, etc.
· Crochet – yarns in colours and/or textures of your inspiration and mood board.
◦ Hooks, stitch markers, tape measure, pins, etc.
· Embroidery – fabrics and yarns in colours and/or textures of your inspiration and mood board.
◦ Needles, tape measure, frames, hoops, pins, Wonderweb. Notebook and record sheets.
· Patchwork – fabrics in colours and/or textures of your inspiration and mood board, sewing thread to match, wadding, paper for templates.
◦ Pins, tape measure, chalk, etc.
· Spinners – fibres in colours of your inspiration and mood board. Anything you might want to insert into your yarns.
◦ Spindle or spinning wheel, bobbins, niddy noddy, lazy kate, etc.
· Everyone - other bits and bobs you'd like to use in your samples, such as ribbons, feathers, cords, lace, felt, noils, etc. Books with stitch/weave ideas. Notebook and pen, labels, file and clear pockets.
I'm sure I've not included every discipline that you might want use your designs for, nor have I written an exhaustive list of materials and equipment you might need. I am a weaver, spinner and dyer and have touched on knit, crochet and embroidery in the past and have tried to remember what I've used in the past, but you are the best person to know what extra things you are likely to need. Equally, some of the things I've listed may not be appropriate, it's for you to decide.
Don't forget that the aim of the course is to give you confidence and to have fun so don't be intimidated by the list. What you've not got someone else might and you'll have plenty to work with at Summer School and when you get home.