First Stages Of My Final Outcome…
Above are all photos of me using the laser cutter to create the top layer of my scarf.
But before I started this, I went to Abakhan Fabrics to buy the fabrics that I would need to make my outcome. I knew I wanted to make the actual scarf out of a thin wool-like material that would be easy to sew onto, so after feeling a few black fabrics around the shop, I decided on the black material featured above. It was labelled as ‘wool’ but it is extremely thin but it has quite a rough texture so I thought it would be perfect for a scarf. I got 1.7 metres of this fabric as that was all that was on the roll, however, the employee did measure this fabric up against a scarf that I was already wearing as I knew I wanted the one I was making to be the same size as it so the garment would be super wearable, and it was a perfect length match, but it was a bit wider. I weren’t fussed that the fabric was a bit wider as it would give me more room for designs, so I would just have to make more designs to fit the material. I then made sure this fabric could double up as I would need two layers, and there was enough fabric to have the scarf be the same as the one I had on but with two layers.
After that, I went shopping for the fabric that I needed to make the designs on top of in the colours that I have selected in my previous post – yellow, brown, mauve, grey, green and dark blue. This didn’t need to be any specific fabric, I just wanted it be solid colour with no patters and as cheap as possible. I also only needed the smallest amount of fabric that the shop sold, which is 25cm. 25cm didn’t seem a lot at first, but when the employee started cutting out the fabrics that I selected, 25cm was more than enough.
It cost me around £14 in total, which included a black, grey and white tassel spread for the ends of the scarf as I wanted the scarf to be a bit more modern and I felt like tassels at the end is a big trend right now. I also got my student discount on top, which was a bonus! £14 is so cheap for all the fabric that I bought so I was quite pleased with that!
Now onto the start of the creation of my outcome! I booked the laser cutter first because I wanted to get to know how to use it as soon as possible because it is something I haven’t used before and it is a good machine to know how to use because it is a skill I can take anywhere with me. I measure my fabric, folded it over to make sure I had enough for two layers of the same size, and then cut it on the fold. After this, I one layer of the fabric with me to the laser cutter and got started. I was with a technician who was teaching me how to use this as we were going along. First, I put my fabric onto the machine and I discovered that it was too big for the base and if I folded it under it would cut into the layer in the incorrect position, so in order to solve this problem I tucked the excess fabric underneath the base and out of the way. Then, I looked at the software attached to the laser cutter on the computer. I have previously decided that I wanted to cut circles out of the top layer and this shape has come from my primary photos of candles. So, I put some circle shapes on the template software and the laser cutter then showed me how big the circle would come out and I adjusted the template to my preferred size. This was just a continuous thing that I adjusted as I went along in order to fill the fabric with circular holes. I knew if I cut the circles too close to the edge or too close to each other, it would be difficult to sew so I spaced the circles apart from the edge and each other in random positions.
Once all the circles were cut out, that was the top layer of my fabric complete. I really enjoyed using the laser cutter as it was so technical so I really developed a great skill and technique that I will use in the future in my work. Seeing the circles actually get cut out of the fabric was fascinating, and I actually kept the circles that I had cut out of the fabric because it was perfectly good fabric and I knew I would be able to find a use for it somewhere.