I decided I would like my sample to take the form of a scroll, rolled up and fastened with a hand-made button or toggle and a made cord. The outside would be fairly subtle, the fabric in a cool aqua colour, printed with ammonite shapes in a slightly different tone of the same colour and with minimum linear stitching. I like Sian's phrase "fragility of line" which I would aim for here.
|3.9.RS1 Initial idea|
I looked online to do some more research on ammonites to see if there were any fresh ideas to help me. I found that the nearest relative to the pre-historic ammonites is the chambered nautilus and I found a copyright free image of one.
|3.9.RS2 Chambered Nautilus|
I liked the look of the tentacles coming out of the end of the shell and thought a fringe on the bottom of the scroll would be an interesting idea, since once rolled up, it would form a tassel. This fringe could be formed of machine wrapped cords or beaded. I didn't want to make too many rigid design decisions at this stage, since I wanted to leave the freedom to take some design decisions during the making process. To see what it might look like, I rolled up my beadwork sampler and photographed it.
|3.9.RS3 possible treatment for fringe|
On the inside of the scroll, I would like to make 7 large ammonite shapes, each one having a different treatment, for example beadwork, pure stitch, shadow applique, cut-away applique etc. Again, the decision could be taken as the work is done. (The number 7 was chosen simply because it is a number I like and I often find myself designing motifs in sevens.)
I did a few samples to try out various ideas for the inside ammonite shapes.
|3.9.RS4 ammonite sample using French knots|
|3.9.RS5 ammonite sample using free machine embroidery|
|3.9.RS6 ammonite sample using shadow trapunto|
|3.9.RS7 ammonite sample using cut-away applique done by machine|
I initially thought of each separate ammonite as being applied as a slip as in historical crewel work embroidery, but then I came across an old, unfinished piece of embroidery I had done where I had cut out circles and moved them around. This follows the idea of replacing one element with another and also re-visits a technique from Module 1, that of inlay applique.
|3.9.RS9 inlay applique|