In Progress

I'm a Textile Design student at Leeds University, specialising in Constructed Textiles. Doing a Year in Industry at the moment. I'm particularly fond of knitting but I'd like to consider myself a Jack of all trades (master of something, hopefully). Here I present a ongoing record of what I'm doing. Happy browsing!

Year in industry: 17-18/7/14

Trying to do more days a week, generally more productive that way. The day started with labelling some stock. I worked with Valpuri to sew on labels and attach tags. A bit of ironing was needed. Rest of the day was spent finishing off the dress I started last time I was in the studio. Finished the shoulders for the back pieces and I did the neck trim for the front and back. This involved hooking the neck back onto the machine and doing a new technique, Carapace (sp?), which involved picking up stitches to create a slight gather along the neck trim.

Next day, I carried on with the dress. I started to make the sleeve bands by hooking the sleeve edge on and knitting but the end result wasn’t that nice. Valpuri suggested knitting them separately and using the linker to attach them on. First time using the linker and I found it easy to use. Bit like a sewing machine in the way it’s operated and it creates a much nicer end product. Once all linked together, I pressed the dress and threaded the ribbon through. Proud of the final result. Really could do with taking photos of more of my stuff. Valpuri suggested I design another dress, so drawing from a sample I did in year one of uni, I thought the same style of dress but with a gradient in the middle would work well. I knitting a sample with some yarns I chose, measured the gauge and worked out the dimensions, using the previous dress’ pattern as the basis for it. Still need to finish writing it up but once done, I can start on it next week. Yippie!

The photoshoot is online! Click through to go to V & Urchin’s (Formerly Cats of Manchester) Facebook page to see more pictures
Photographer: Kane Longden

The photoshoot is online! Click through to go to V & Urchin’s (Formerly Cats of Manchester) Facebook page to see more pictures

Photographer: Kane Longden

Year in Industry: 3/7/14

Knit knit knit. Starting to do some knitting with some fine yarns. Started by trying some different yarns, making a few samples. Then I started knitting a dress that Valpuri had designed. Had to work out a new knitting pattern for the new sample. The knitting went well for the post part. The pattern itself wasn’t too difficult but there were the occasional problems with the yarn snapping, causing dropped stitches etc. First try at a full garment. Had to used the hold function on the knitting machine in order to create the neck line. Had some problems with it when doing the back piece, so I as unable to complete that today. It seems the D position on the knitting machine is a bit unreliable. I will resume it in two weeks. 

Teeny turtle neck for Ianto. Knitting machine is in good order after a afternoon of playing around with it

Teeny turtle neck for Ianto. Knitting machine is in good order after a afternoon of playing around with it

One little bag done

One little bag done

Year in Industry : 27/6/14

Containing the work done on the bags. Stitching together the pieces and punching some eyelets. Made some. Changes to design so that it would take less work and less eyelets. Pleased with the design

Test knit sample on my own machine. Making do with some hand knit yarn. Tried some single bed, double bed, tucking and circular knitting in this sample

Test knit sample on my own machine. Making do with some hand knit yarn. Tried some single bed, double bed, tucking and circular knitting in this sample

Year in Industry :20/06/14

A bit of ironing and label sewing to begin with. Made some. More knit fabric pieces for the bags. Have started noting down timings to work out pricing and labour costs. Made a card pattern for the bag and started production. Had to make some adjustments to the measurements after the first bag as the main piece was too large. The pattern pieces were drawn on card, so they will stand the test of time if lots are produced. Two bags were made, with eyelets and rope still needed.

Year in Industry :13/6/14

Punched the eyelets for two bags. Did some more knitting for more bags. The bags worked out well. Had some trouble. Punching through 3 layers of fabric, so on the second d bag, I removed the in between piece. There are quite a few bag designed. Now ready for next week