Today was incredibly helpful when it comes to the guidance and progress I did. It was because of few reasons explained below:
Firstly, I showed my samples to my tutor and I was told to organize the idea of how am I actually going to place the holes in a garment, so that they would look good and made on purpose rather than randomly made and without particular consideration.
To achieve that I learned how to cast on with an E wrap which helped me to do a clean start of a sample and a straight line of knits. Then my tutor showed me how to do a lace stitch on a machine, so playing around holes and ladders. I understood how to make a pattern and how to read it - to make it I should count the needles I am using and number of stitches I want to do up. Then count the rows and place holes and ladders in each number of rows I will consider appropriate for a pattern. When stitching I just have to count the rows and the pattern appears.
I also learned that to do a hole I should pull the needle to the front and to do a ladder I should pull the needle to the back.
All of that was extremely helpful, because now I can take it further and make my own patterns.
I experimented with these techniques for developing a sample with holes in a blue knit and some fringes. The effect was really good, because the patterns that I experimented with looked much more considered and appealing. There is a repetition which lacked before and when I included it into my samples it all started to look much better.
Secondly, I know how to do a really considered color proportions. I did it by doing one long stripe of knitted fabric with horizontal stripes of chosen colors and varying the proportions of the stripes. I was counting all rows of the stripes and I written them down on a long stripe of paper, so that when I place it next to the stripe of knit I see number of rows next to the color. My tutor told me that the color scheme looks a bit too dark and I should change it into something more vibrant and at least add some contrast. To do the one long stripe I have looked back at my research and I choose navy blue, bright red, bright green and olive green with some additional orange hue and grey. When I found right proportions of my chosen colors I enlarged them accordingly to a bigger sample, so I multiplied each number of rows by six. It worked really well, because the proportions remained the same but the sample was six times bigger.
When doing the bigger sample I also used the pattern that I experimented with a bit earlier today. Apart from this pattern I also learned how to do holding. I placed each second needle forward and changed the carrier into a H position, then I did three rows and changed the position of the carrier back to N again. When repeated a very fragile but vivid pattern appears. I'm very happy with the way it looked even though that was only some experimentation. I know I still need to consider my color choices much more and to do that I will do what I was told to do yesterday- analyze a chosen image and find right colors.
I was told to focus on color scheme and samples now and give two days only to making samples. The draping comes next, as I should know more precisely how the fabric will look like and how will it work on the body.
An idea I was given by my tutor:
Stitch a plain piece of knit, print on it and unravel. Then knit will that printed thread but a new piece. I think it's a really good idea, because it responds directly to the idea of painting the air - if I do it on a light blue piece of knit and then stitch it into holes I will literally be able to paint the air. I want to do some experiments with that but I need to develop some print first. I am thinking of using parts of a broken fax for that. I did some paper mark making yesterday to eventually use it for collages today, but I didn't. I still need to think about it but the general concept is really intriguing.
Feedback session with partners from the course. Reflective questions we were given to answer:
What techniques did you learn today?
I learned new stitches for a knitting machine - a lace stitch, holding. I know now how to do a ladder and how to do holes. I know how to measure stitches and enlarge them into a sample and how to edit color scheme.
How am I going to use it in the future?
I want to experiment with stitches of holes and ladders and develop samples with them, especially that now I know how to plan a stitch. Holding gives a really great effect that I want to develop in next samples too. This can be still combined with other techniques I was exploring before, but the most important part is that I know how to organize it. I know how to edit the colors so as soon as I have analyzed picture of my research I will be able to edit it. The only thing is that I can't go to Archway tomorrow, because I have a merry with ual student services and student support shortly afterwards as well as a talk I would like to attend. I need choose my color scheme and do a good yarn research before I continue sampling, so I have to be quick. I will use the technique of enlarging samples to define my final proportions in the project as well.
What went well?
I'm really impressed by the possibilities that open when having a right pattern of stitches. The development of samples is much more visible now and it gives me a hope that I will make my samples better.
What didn't go well?
Actually today was really successful and I learned a lot of techniques I want to use, so I consider all my work today as successful. Of course I need to edit down the colors but I overcome a bit of confusion when it comes to sample ideas.
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