Module 5

Texture in Landscape

Chapter 1

I started by making a collection of photographs of different types of textured surfaces and views. These are divided into four groups.

An English hedgerow.





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The second section was taken in The North Yorkshire National Park.





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The next section was in my garden in Malawi





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For the final section I wanted to move away from natural textures and include some man-made so I took these at a fishing harbour.






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These are just a small selection of my texture in landscape research. I have lots to work with, when I’ve completed the first few chapters I will know which direction I want to work with.

Evaluation of Assessment Piece

This completed embroidered assessment piece for Module Four is a handmade journal based on the design topic of the Red British post box.

How do you feel about the resulting conclusion?  I really like the hand-made paper, the colour, and the easy way in which the pages turn. The design idea was a good one, although the addition of the stamp details does look a bit like an after thought.

Is it fit for purpose give reasons?  It was designed to secure and present snippets of work made in this and other modules, to keep a record that I could look back on. So in that context it is great, because of the fabric hinge on the pages being flexible it will allow work to be inserted without turning the book into a stuffed wedge shape.

If you were to make it again what changes would you make to the way you designed it and the way you made it? I would try to make it larger. Although it is not easy to produce large pieces of hand-made paper, I think I would have used commercial paper for the pages and worked on a composite piece for the cover. Using stitched together patches of paper on a backing fabric. I did not do this as I wanted to use the lovely white samples of  paper that I had made for the pages. The design was based on the red post box and the red paper frames that I had made fitted this idea perfectly. If I made it again I would think of a more interesting fabric hinge it was difficult to use withdrawn work for this as with use I was not sure if it would be strong enough being such a small strip. But on reflection it would have been ok if it was machine stitched over and would have added a nicer detail.



Embroidered Boxes  Janet Edwards

Paper Metal Stitch  Maggie Gray

The complete book of handmade paper  Claudia Lee

Numerous online sources.


Costing  of assessment piece  £1.25

recycled paper  —-

thread/yarn  30p

Paint/ dye   30p

starch            5p

fabric          35p

stamps      30p


Time taken for design  2 days

Time taken for complete construction  7 days

Authentication form






Final Assessment Piece

This final piece was designed with a red post box as my theme and was to be a small journal like album to store snippets of work completed in this and previous modules. I made another quick sample with some recycled envelopes as a guide on the structure.





I noticed these bar-code like marks on the envelope that looked like stitches, that I wanted to added to the front cover.




I made up a sample of withdrawn thread work to put in the frame and added stitching to the paper frame. This was then backed with another sheet of the red paper and stitched around to make a strong cover for my journal.

4.FA.3 Detail of front cover.



4.FA.4 Front cover with hinges added cover 25cm x 20cm




Black hinges were then stitched onto it,  the back cover was made in a similar way this time using a paper grid that I had made previously for the centre.

4.FA.5 Back cover



4.FA.6 Back and front cover, width 45cm  height 25cm




Some of the white paper I had made before was used for the pages. I hand stitched a strip of dyed fabric down each one. withdrawn thread detail was added weaving in a strips of paper text, raffia and recycled pink folded tea bags.

4.FA.7 Pages



4.FA.8 Woven detail




The pages were then tied together with two strips of fabric to correspond to the hinges on the cover.

4.FA.9 Pages joined together




The pages were then tied into the cover and a few vintage red stamps were used as a detail to help represent the letters inside the post box.

4.FA.10 Joining the pages and the cover.



4.FA.11 Stamps added




And so the journal album was completed.

4.FA.12 Front Cover


4.FA.13 Back Cover




4.FA.14  Inside


4.FA.15 Spine


4.FA.16   Composite Sheet  45cm x 56cm  for finished assessment embroidered panel Module 4.


Health and safety observed in module 4

Some of the health and safety aspects that were taken into consideration in this module.

1, Ensure work areas has appropriate seating and lighting to avoid neck strain.

2, Work areas should be kept clean and tidy at all times including tables floors and exits to avoid accidents.

3, Work should be stored in appropriate conditions to avoid spoilage.

4, Sharp items such as needles, pins, knives, scissors are to be used sensibly and stored properly after use.

5, When using a cutting boards stand on a firm surface and always cut away from you.

6, Use of chemical substances ( paint dye glue bleach)  To be used  responsibly, in a well ventilated area, stored correctly after use in appropriate containers with secure lids. Spillages should be dealt with immediately. Hands should be washed after use or protected with gloves when necessary.

7, Use of electrical equipment including sewing machine, iron, computers.    Always use electrical appliances  in a safe environment away from all liquids.  When ironing take care to use a firm flat surface and be aware that some bonded and other samples can remain hot for longer than expected.  When using a sewing machine take care of fingers in moving parts.  When using a computer for any length of time be sure to use correct seating to avoid back and neck strain, take breaks to avoid eye strain.   Never use electrical appliances in a thunder storm always switch off unplug and store for future use. When working with water and electrical appliances when making paper take extra care

Storage of work, materials and tools

Correct storage of work materials and tools are very important. To avoid disappointment of spoilt work and waste proper storage and maintenance should be followed. This leads a tidy and safe environment in which to work. Many of these practises are common sense but it is important to remind yourself of them.  It can save time and money and also creates  a pleasant space in which to work.

My proposal

I am quite aware that I have missed out media of today, technology, social media ect in some of my research. But when looking at a printed circuit or the book of kells. I know which is going to inspire me.

However the irony is without the digital technology that we take for granted (until it goes wrong) we would not have access to all the inspiring historical images we have online. And without it I would certainly not be doing this course.


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Media ” the art of mass communication”

I have not found it easy to choose an assessment piece. Maybe the vast area this module encompasses. I have decided after a lot of thought and research and mind changes to draw inspiration for my final piece on the Great British mass communications icon the red post box.







The structure will be similar to the small book below. With black hinges and gold details, using some of the red handmade paper. The cover will be a frame echoing the letter posting space. This space will be filled with a piece of withdrawn thread work. The back cover will be similar, trying to incorporate some of the samples of work already made.



The pages of the journal will be handmade white paper like letters inside a post box. I am sure there will be some changes along the way. With more stitching  into the paper and some sort of stamp detail in keeping with the theme.

Images below are of my trial sample book I made for the final piece. I learnt how I need to reinforce the hinge on the pages so they don’t rip the paper, and may be even insert space papers between the pages near the hinge. Or stitch the pages to a strips of fabric so they are easier to open.

Book size 15cm x 15cm






Quite a few things still to work out but I look forward to developing a pleasing final piece.

Chapter 10

Book like structures to try out

I made a series of book like structures before I decided on my final piece. First some small note pads exploring different types of hinges for holding the cover and pages together.

4.10.1  Note pad size 6cm x 10cm


Using handmade, paper text beads and a cocktail stick hinge, hand and machine stitching.




Another small folder structure using recycled cardboard and raffia stitched edge with tied hinge.

4.10.3 folded structure 10cm x 10cm


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Next I tried some circular idea’s folding a used page of a desk calendar into a concertina book.

4.10.6 size 10cm diameter circles




Also a continuous circle book that might be a nice way of displaying photos.



Some scroll type ideas.



Both stitched together with raffia.




An envelope book with tied hinge.





A cover using handmade paper and tea dyed fabric and stitched.

4.10.12 size 20cm x 35cm


Another idea holding pages together with an elastic band and a paper clip.



Some of the ideas I have made up with thoughts on my final piece. Beginning to think living in Africa on a tea estate, means you have to include tea in every thing some how. Or may be it is because Africa is the recycling capital of the world where there is a secondary use for every thing.


Chapter 9

Stitched Edges

In this chapter I had to keep reminding myself to keep on theme. It was tempting to get carried away with any edge treatments. I started with a series stitched on recycled envelopes, Machine stitched with black thread.

4.9.1  Size  A5


Adding text with free motion machine stitching.

4.9.2  size A5


Hints of words.

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Adding loops of raffia, mimic text.

4.9.4  size  A5


Used Stamps stitched down. Think this is a little bold and brash  they could be more subtle ad folded over the edge to strengthen it.

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Some edge samples using hand and machine stitching, paper text and used tea bags.

4.9.6   size background A4.



Two more ideas using hand stitched text top, and bottom using a cord made in a previous module to look like a spiral note pad.

4.9.7 size background A4


Rolled paper text beads stitched along edge. Dovetailed these might work as a hinge for a book structure.

4.9.8  size beads 1.5cm



Hand stitching on handmade paper trying to keep the natural edge


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More stitching on handmade paper, painted  to highlight the natural edge, small squares of used tea bag paper to support the hand stitched letters.

4.9.10 size 18cm x 12cm



An experiment to see if machine stitched handmade paper would hold stitched without a backing, seemed to work quite well.

4.9.11 size 18cm x 12cm




Finally some small samples on non starched paper with machine stitching and no backing. This might need some support it is going to work because of the perforating effect.

4.9.12  size 6cm x  5cm


Some good samples and ideas to work on for my final piece.

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