Sample Making – Auditioning Ideas

The other day I found an interesting image called “Ruffles” from Peggy Ostercamp’s weaving on Pinterest. It consists of a core some fibre covered by a sleeve of her diaphanous hand woven silk fabric which is much longer than the core, so as it hangs it settles into wrinkles. Intrigued, I pinned the image to capture the essence of what inspired me at that moment, and immediately made a sample of a core with wrinkled fabric around it. I used firm plastic for my core and covered it with a tube of plain cotton, then added a few little needleweaving things – because when I saw Peggy’s work it immdiately struck me that this could be a framework/canvas for some kind of needleworked construction.

I’m busy oversewing fabric strips with gold onto a black background which I hope to finish today, but now I have this little sample kicking around, I can think about some possibilities:

  • use something non-crushable like nylon organza or some glittery fabrics I have in my stash?
  • make a soft rollable or foldable core rather than firm plastic sheeting?
  • hanging arrangement – sleeve? grommets?

Making a sample can show if an idea works, and may even lead to an unexpected ‘aha moment’ a long time after you make it. It can also eventually show that just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should !!!


One Response to “Sample Making – Auditioning Ideas”

  1. Lynda Heines says:

    Alison, This is so interesting. And as you said, just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should!! But it’s always great to try. I met you yesterday on SAQA zoom meeting and just had to come visit your website. Thanks for the inspiration today. Look forward to seeing you again there.

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