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« on: July 04, 2008 05:53:24 PM »

So, I actually finished this a couple of months back but as it's coursework I wasn't sure about posting it straight away. 







The toddler in the pictures is my cousin's baby.  I was supposed to show the product in use.  I don't actually have any pictures of it without her and now it's been taken away for marking so I can't take more but nevermind.

So, the fish has 3 fins - one rainbow felt, one batik with a mirror and the fin in the centre was tiedyed and stuffed with crinkly material.  (I asked for help finding crinkly stuff on here awhile back.)  Attaching the mirror turned out to be one of the hardest parts.  I ended up using shiny card, mounting it onto a piece cut from a ringbinder (which was ridiculously difficult to cut and sew through - the cause of most of the problems with it) and covering it in stickyback plastic.

Of the rest of the fish, the orange section is screenprinted and I attached a squeaker behind the eye, the blue section is couching (last minute design change), the green section is different coloured and textured circles with cording around the edges and the pink tail has braiding handsewn on.  The back is just black fleece with a button fastening the opening.  When I was designing it, writing cost lists, buying fabric etc, I completely forgot about the fact I'd have to stuff it until the very last minute.  It ended up needing about 3 huge bags of stuffing and a load of white material to make the cushion part.


Crinkly material and squeaker in action

My teacher gave it full marks (subject to change by the official moderators).  She also took the class' projects to a textiles show and entered them in the GCSE category.  I got 3rd prize (and a pretty rosette. Smiley)  No-one else from my year won anything but there were a few prizes in other years and a kid a couple of years below won best in show.

Anyway, comments anyone?
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2008 06:08:25 PM »

Well done! I teach textiles and I am not at all surprised that you got full marks for your product, you use so many different techniques and show a lot of construction skills. I bet the moderators loved it too. Are you going to do textiles AS/A2? I hope so!
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2008 06:23:25 PM »

WOW!! U deserve the full marks!!!ne chance of tute?? Wink
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2008 08:00:19 PM »

amazing and awesome!
I just love it, thanks for sharing
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2008 04:32:23 PM »

WOW!! U deserve the full marks!!!ne chance of tute?? Wink
For the whole thing? That'd be a very long tute... What exactly do you want to know how to do?  The individual pieces were decorated using the techniques listed above. The fins and the front and back were sewn together using zigzag stitch on the inside.  The different coloured pieces at the front were attached using cording with black wool but I wouldn't recommend that, it didn't hold very well.  The black fleece was attached to the backs of the fins using a rolled hem with blind hemming stitch by hand.

Thanks for the comments and no, I'm not doing textiles next year, or music which is my other passion.  (I have my grade 8 clarinet exam tomorrow....)  For several reasons, one - the amount of coursework for those subjects nearly killed me, two - I can do as much as I like of them in my spare time without all the stress and restrictions, three - I didn't have enough options to take everything I'd like to, and four - I don't, currently, intend on a career in either of them.
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2008 03:00:45 AM »

That is great.  I wish my school had done somethign along these lines for GCSE when I did them!  That was 17 years ago!   Shocked
I think if they had then I'd have gone for textiles/sewing then instead of a set of GCSE's and A levels I don't use!  Sociology and Economics!  I'm an Accountant who wishes to be a full time craftster producer person!

Great job though.  If I pay you would you make one for my Great Niece who is going to be born in October?
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2008 10:17:04 AM »

It's very cute. The colours are so bright! I think my toddler would appreciate that. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2008 10:37:10 AM »

That is great.  I wish my school had done somethign along these lines for GCSE when I did them!  That was 17 years ago!   Shocked
I think if they had then I'd have gone for textiles/sewing then instead of a set of GCSE's and A levels I don't use!  Sociology and Economics!  I'm an Accountant who wishes to be a full time craftster producer person!

Great job though.  If I pay you would you make one for my Great Niece who is going to be born in October?
Wow, well, yes I would.  The only problem is now that I'm out of school until September I'd have trouble getting ahold of the equipment for batik (the bottom fin), screenprinting (the face) and felting (the top fin).  I could make one (or a different design in that style) just using fabric though instead of those techniques?  I.e. strips of fabric instead of felt for the rainbow, patterned fabric or something different instead of the batik - which I never liked anyway and doesn't really fit the rest of the design - and more fabric or possibly cording for the eye and mouth.
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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2008 02:18:53 PM »

this is really great, i love it!
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