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From Papercraft to Fashion Statement : Introduction to Textile Origami

teacher avatar Eva Dragoeva, Fashion Designer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      1. Introduction to Textile Origami - Trailer


    • 2.

      2. What Will You Need for this Project?


    • 3.

      3. Things to Consider Before You Start


    • 4.

      4. The Importance of a Surface Base


    • 5.

      5. From Shape to Concept - Creating a Paper Sample


    • 6.

      6. Paper Sample Variations


    • 7.

      7. How to Choose the Right Fabric?


    • 8.

      8. How to Narrow Down Ideas?


    • 9.

      9. From Papercraft to Fashion Statement Folds


    • 10.

      10. Textile Origami Application


    • 11.

      11. Final Thoughts


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This class explores  a creative, hands-on technique for developing beautiful origami textures that can be added to clothes and soft interiors. You will learn how to come up with unique textural concepts on paper and transfer your ideas onto fabric. You will learn, which fabrics are best to use for origami. You will be encouraged to experiment with variety of ideas and choose one of your ideas to create an A4 sample in fabric. Once you create a fabric sample you will be able to apply this technique to items or create beautiful textile wall art. This class is for students, who love and are interested to learn about fashion design and interior design as well as hobbyists and sewing enthusiasts. Some experience in using a sewing machine is needed.

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1. 1. Introduction to Textile Origami - Trailer: Hello and welcome to this introduction to textile origami. In this class I will show your fun and exciting way to create a regarding takes. Choose for fashion on interior design use. You will learn what fabrics suitable poor text out regarding use on fabrics aren't you will learn how to create a unique and interesting regarding pieces and takes. Choose in paper I will entrance but this onto fabric. My name is ever drug Arba. I'm a fashion designer on a freelancer based in South East England. This class is for students with interest and passion Design Terry Design A swell was hobbyists. People die. Enjoy seven general. A swell US people just like together Creative London creative skills. This class will teach you how to think more creatively on. You will find the embrace the process of experimentation. This class is suitable for students who have used a sewing machine in the past. By generous class, you learn how to create beautiful text organic samples. You will be encouraged to create your around sample at the end of this course on to post your sample and project gallery. Thank you very much for watching 2. 2. What Will You Need for this Project?: to complete this project. You own age. Paper, paper, scissors, pencil ruler, glue. ST. Barbara My Brooks's is for rotary culture threat Coaching says is thread hints on fabric joke. You will also need an iron and a sewing machine. 3. 3. Things to Consider Before You Start: there few things that we need to consider when we work with text. Our government first wanted to bay how big the area off. Whatever you want to apply this technique to is, in our case, will be creating samples. But once you learn how to create design using this technique, Andi you want apply Teoh other things such a Z panels, dresses or a whole black it or ocean. It's good to have idea what you want to translate your designs onto. The reason being is that if you have a larger area, generally larger pieces of gamut with better. If you have a smaller area, my one to use more good folds. Another thing that you need to consider if you want to apply this particular object is what this object is made out of. If the actual object has a really thick material on edge or thin material and what fabrics may be compatible, we'll talk about fabrics a bit later on in this lesson on the final thing that you need to think about other than the public's is how intricate you want your regarding designs to pay . If you're a complete beginner, I will suggest less complicated desires to start with. Sometimes you'd be surprised what beautiful textures you can create with very few fault. If you create too intricate origami, then you will need to find wage stitches. And when with situated, you will see that sometimes less is more. 4. 4. The Importance of a Surface Base: This technique requires a paper base to stop with. Today you can use an a full a pie shaded paper Later, Ron, you can use a section of a garment, for example, garment pattern if you doing passion or part of a cushion. Pano, if you are doing and terror. But today we're going to stab with paper. So I've got my April sheets. Andi got penso. It's important to have a nice shop, and so God says on my part, master passion kind of really big. Just use normal. 5. 5. From Shape to Concept - Creating a Paper Sample: just start cut small shapes of paper around 25 or 30. These could be basic shapes such as rectangles, circles, triangles or less obvious shapes such wrong. So trapeze shapes size is entirely up to you. Paris, um, a little sheet of different shapes that you can use as an idea. You can use random shapes they come up with. However, as you just starting, I suggest you start with more simpler shapes. This'll kind of shape means it's more difficult to exactly the same. Another 10 inch times might get frustrating. While these straight forward on When you're just starting, it's good to use something simple. Choose to work with one type of shape only for each sample. For example, for my first sample, have cut 30 rectangles measuring five centimeters by five. Take your first piece and folded in a way that you like. Creating a couple folds from different sides on corners can result in the very interesting effect. Remember that even if you go for a simple design, the final sample will look very complex. Come up with a few different designs to choose from. It's like having a visual graced organization. You may be surprised how naturally you will start to come up with new shapes and phones on ideas. She's your favorite shape from the bunch you have just created on make around 10 to 15 more pieces to play with. All right, they're placing the shapes and various sequences on top of the base sheet. I take photos as they go using my phone, because this way it is easy to compare and choose a preferred seconds. Combinations can be very dense off based out. You can also combine the pieces in the way to form a new shape like I have done here. You can see that even using one shape on one type of fold, there still variations to work with. If you're not happy with any of the sequences, take another 10 of your Krekar pieces and use different golden does. You may need to use more extra pieces away, just reused the wants. You post folded differently. Keep going until you have filled the space on your bed sheet. Repeat the steps off, rearranging port, taking and choosing a paper. Sometimes simple rotation off a road by 180 degrees will create a very different overall effect Once you choose sequence that you like, take a glue stick on, stick each piece onto the base sheet in the position chosen. This is another reason why referring to photos is a good idea. Now it's your turn. 6. 6. Paper Sample Variations: Once you have created your first sample, you can start experiment the different things that you could do to experiment. You could play around with the actual size off single unit Oregon like 1/2 done here. You've got these two the same kind of origami, but one is a couple of centuries to smaller than the other on. You could see that the reading of different so they will have different applications if their own same kind of thing, for example, from Hanover Top. Then there will be a very different on. It's a good idea, like have done here to your variations. If you're not sure on a piece of paper and write down how big that. So you know when you refer back, what's the difference? You will find that even if using just one starting shape, for example, a square, you will be able to create lots of different variations of origami phones, for example of God to the one that I just showed you, which is very simple. And this is how I did it. Andi, the other one, that I did exactly the same starting pieces, this one, which looks more complicated. It's not really that complicated? Just how to play around on this is how it did it. So same starting shapes, completely different results. You can imply the technique while maintaining one type of shape for sample design. This will create unique textures in a very unicorn tidy order. Once you have done this, you can mix it up. You can use two types of shape on the same sample on alternate for each line placement. You can also work with curves like I've done with this Opal on You could space things out a little bit on it would be either way to decide. Good thing, Teoh. Try using the April paper because you could see what what's your preferred way of how they go. They're not the same shape on one side, and the other also have a more dance version of this, as you can see could play with density. Also, they with varying things that have gone the same shape but different where folding on layering together earlier, we mentioned or re Gary surface designed specifically for parts of a garment. In such instances, you can copy the patch in, for example, of your choice a few times on regular paper and places. Did your gamma shapes onto it. This could be all over the collar or just in places like I have done here. Make sure you exclude the same allowances. 7. 7. How to Choose the Right Fabric?: before we choose sequence to recreate onto a farm, for example, we need to talk about fabrics, Sunfire, brooks and materials suitable on some fabrics and materials are not suitable for this kind of origami making text out technique. We need to consider five things when it comes to fabrics and materials. First of all, does the public friend How thick is the fabric? Does increase well, isn't woven? Or is it knitted knitted material? Stand up? Stretch on Finally does. It is a quite rigid or is a quiet soft. Andi was an example. I got a few fabrics to talk it through. I might be helpful to see actual examples. Let's start with this. This is recycled wool. It's felt on. It's really good to work with. The reason being is because it's not to pin. It's not too thick. It's nice about millimeter to yeah, about that thickness. I also increases really well and holds shape. Well, what you want when it comes to regard me is to have something that holds it shape really well, and it doesn't really pray, doesn't have much softness to it's actually quite ridge it. It presses well. Andi, his Wolfson If it's got stretch chances, I'll be too soft. And it's not going to stick out in the way that people does and therefore didn't get the results that we initially wanted. So Belt is a one of those materials that works really well for using with this kind of technique. The next one eyes denim denim is Why good? Because it's also quite Bridget and also presses really well, and it's also woven now. It does actually pray, but with some fabrics that fray, it can look really, really nice, as you can see. Of course, a couple of examples where have used deigning origami on actually prayed ages on purpose on it looks really nice on you could do that. Searching fabrics. You just need to peel off the side like this. Andi, as much as you want to you, my end up having quite a lot. I don't know sides. The other thing about Danny is that it's really, really nice that there is this difference between the reverse side on the side. The right side should decide that you normally see. So when you start formed A. You look a nicer than paper because you get that contrast, and that looks really nice on South also. Maybe that's kind of sample that you might want to choose to create Next fabric is just question. It's There's so many types of fortunes I couldn really show you, all of them. Corton can be good, but again, it does pray because it's just Wilbur public. And so I suggest praying it all the way around. When you pray this kind of material, we could have a really good from play wet. So I've got a few more examples here to show you. You could have just plain as the is. And sometimes less is more as you can see, just layer lots of afraid ages. I fold in half on just on grades example like that to show you Andi, uh, the other thing you can do, though, is you could take how so instead of frame just the outside or us well, us brain just outside. You can also pray. Take It's out from the middle, for example, doing here, show you where already have prayed Our aside that could simply take one strung out like this. Andi, that creates a little, um, line. I could continue doing this and I could just so many different things with that. I mean, I could for a whole section where I've got hardly any of these Strunz on when you fold Cooperate that you've done this kind of thing to its already quite different and so you can see the difference between there goes away Got this one. I'm just made onda. We got this one which is more unit form, and it will still, even if I folded it just in half your story still pretty denies. And we also have this one where I crossed it. And then you end up having quite interesting to check like, um, Patton on you. Just hold it and prayed this So there many options when you give a fortune that praise well on general court intends to be nice and firm and increases well if you're happy with having create edges, it's quite a winner. The other thing is that if you actually using patterns that have oval shape to them or circles, you might want to avoid materials that fray because when you're trying to trade them, it will still stay. You'll keep the shape. But then the actual material that's not afraid will end up being a rectangle or square rather than on oval. So something to bear in mind. Another material that is quite good can be silk. I'm not genuine advocate about, you know, silk, but I've got this one for some time ago. I don't show you. This is a rule silk Rose think is very different to a lightweight, so they might have come across. It's kind of rough to touch, actually on. The only phrase won't way on a phrase really easily on then that reveals a really beautiful , then strung. You can play with the amount off praying that you have. When you phoned things, they'll look different. So that's real. Still on a dust crease. Really, really well, swell corduroy here. I wouldn't use corduroy because even though I mean sometimes, some corporate voice prayed more than others. But it's way too soft. It doesn't have a stretch, however, it's too soft. A new Gordon keep a rigid shape, and therefore it's not good Teoh to use. I've got this material, which is called Ultra Door on. Got It on Monica. Behind me, a swell Notre Door is a very versatile material, which it's a little bit like fabric into pacing. It's made from fibres mesh together on. It's really great material to play where it's very, very rigid, machine washable. I takes color really well off all round, Great one. It's no great soft on the skin, so use you want to have some form of lining. But for this kind of I think we're doing today, it's kind of a perfect material because it's very close and properties to paper. It's also very, very strong. Stretch materials have mentioned no idea I've got here. Some scuba on have got some jersey, I have no idea because the stretch drapes them. Actually with the scuba, it's know as bad because it's rigid. However you come really on scuba, which is we'll be doing with shapes and bet on it would increase very well, so it's no great material. For that reason, I have got some polyester kind of felt. This one is good because generally doesn't pray. Which gives you a nice and edge is a little soft, though, so maybe using your smaller shapes would work better. Another material which can be used is leather on leather. It the buff require experimentation there many different types, and they're treated with different chemicals generally when it comes to direct heat, leather red could melt on release harmful chemicals. Leather could shrink on de depending on its coating. It could also release fumes. If you decide to work with leather or leather, it always use a cloth between the material and the iron on and also use appropriate protective equipment. On last but not least, when you talk about Paulista on some home police to make the main place to so many police GIs, it's they'll have to come properties at a march of testing. This one that got here doesn't actually create very well until we always bounces back. So for this reason, I wouldn't use it. Some police STIs might be okay to use, but it is a lot of experimentation. Andi. Lastly, we really talked a lot about fabric, but I thought, you know, it's good to know what kind of fabrics you need to use for the base. You need to really consider what kind of placement you have when it comes to the basically have for samples. You could just choose normal woman based, but let's say you are working on a garment or cushion on, of course, stretch kind of base, which is what the government would be made from. So you probably you could still do their regard me, like done here. But because of the stretch into, to make sure you still have that important, you can space your shapes so they don't prevent the fabric from stretching. Andi, if you are working on something that is a bit then you might want just based things out again. I've just done this to give you an idea. I mean, this is not particularly water found on, so it will carry Bet you might want to have a look. Density, Dan. It was my good nice dance day on versatility. It's worth mentioning that the base bob break and you're regarding fabric can be different for can be the same. That depends on you the resources they have, whether you just adding just something or you are creating something from scratch. However, the compatibility off the fabrics is important, so if you have a really lightweight base, you will want lightweight material such as, for example, organza Joe is a little bit see through But you want to know way the rest of the fabric down. So you want to think about that? So now, knowing all about what fabrics appropriate on what fabrics aren't You can choose your sequins. Jury create 8. 8. How to Narrow Down Ideas?: a few things to consider when going from paper to take stuff. One of Themis fabric, Andi, the fabric off the base on the fabric off the actual regard me shapes. They could be different. If the fabric base is a bitch, then we want to I the juice placement that's quite spaced out. So we don't wait the rest of that. Or we could choose a fabric that is similar all the same to the base. So also light weight by also rigid because it needs to hold shape. Rigid lightweight materials you could use, for example, what you're such as organza, which is a lightweight see through silk something to consider if you're working. What see through materials is to have a thread, which is possibly night long something pain and not very visible because otherwise stitches will show. You need to consider the complexity of your sequences based on what you have learned. Perhaps if you are a complete beginner, you want to start with not very cold legs. Designs on. Then later on, move on to a lot more Next designs. Another thing to consider is the fabric thickness. If you have got sequence is quite intricate designs. You will want them fabric, so it's easier. Just felt the thin of a fabric. The thing of the public is the morphology can get out, come out of it, but because that also means that it will be a lot more cold next. And so if you are to begin a level, I suggest medium thickness. Brexit. If you're fabricates to thank you need to have a very simplified design. Your pieces could be a bit bigger. Swell. Teoh. Take into account the thickness off fabric on. Do nothing you need to consider, especially if you are creating for placement on two governments. Pillow cases, for example, is the placement off where you want the pan open, half they created to pay. This doesn't apply if you're just sampling right now, but you are working away a top they want. Teoh aren't a nice panel to on if it's on, say the tummy area. Do you really want to have a big, dense area off extra three dimensional pieces? If your design is going to be in a low replacement, where best be placed? If it is on a sleeve, then where on the sleeve? Who did look best would be more better to be on the cuffs because that's smaller area off the arm and so could take extra bulk. Or perhaps it could be on shoulder because off trends on bond, big shoulders paying off trend, for example. So it's just things think about if you are actually working two words, adding your design onto something for the sample that you're creating first, I suggest to pay attention to the tablet materially have tough material, have a base on the complexity of sequence less is more. 9. 9. From Papercraft to Fashion Statement Folds: So we have now chosen our fabric. We have chosen the sequence they want to recreate. Andi, we're now ready to go for your fabric sample. You need to cut the same type of pieces on public choice that you used in sequence that you have chosen. You could count how many pieces you have. Sequins. So you know how many pieces you need to cut out? You could actually use one of your pieces for that sequence. If you have any leftover pieces as a patch in its very straightforward toe, work with something like a square or rectangle because I needed the measurements of the pieces. Otherwise, it's good idea to use peace. Us. A pattern is a guideline. You then with an iron need Teoh press everywhere that need folds according to yours. Example again, if you use a piece you already have, you could do it in the way shown here to create phones onto fabric. Do this. But all the pieces required. Continue pressing until you have pressed all the pieces that you need. Andi. Well, then place them onto the base. Pop. We're ready to paint our gary pieces onto the base fabric to do this. We just need Teoh instead of gluing bases like original paper. Just pain down one at a time. You need to determine where you want to stitch on each piece. You will have a least one crease. I want to stitch very near that crease so the fold over that crease will cover the actual stitching. You can do this all the way or one step at a time. 10. 10. Textile Origami Application: when I'll have everything pinned and play. So we need to attach it. You can use a needle on and thread for hands to junior people are otherwise the BET application is using a sewing machine on. And here you will find that I've got Crease around here on this side of the design that I'm going to stitch right next to it. No, all the way. But just about a full five stitches along because the fold over that is going to hide my stitch, sew on your designs, you need to find the crease, which is the best hidden Andi Stitch right next to that. So let's go ahead and do it. Another thing you want considers to have marching thread. It's a good practice to do that, even on a sample could just drag and continue on trim later. As long as you do report stitch of the beginning and g n like this turn and continue on. All right, so when you're finished, you just want to trim all the thread. Lee have, uh, that's extra for wood trim everything. So there we have it. We got a sample from initial idea on paper, through to finished sample. You might want to press your samples using an iron dress, A little final press, because whilst you sewing, they do. Sometimes the creases gay a bit less crease like so it's good to just reformed up one more time on Did you are ready to go? I can't wait to see what you come up where? 11. 11. Final Thoughts: I hope you have enjoyed this class. I'd love to say when you have come up with by the end of this class, you should be able to create your around sequences, origami and paper. Choose the correct fabric origami on also for base on a recreate your sequences from paper onto textiles. You have hopefully enjoyed the process of experimentation on have come up with a lot of ideas on have chosen successfully One idea to translate onto fabric. Please do post your ideas in the project Gallery on and give me a follow. We have enjoyed this class as I'm very excited because I want to show so many more things. Thank you very much for watching see?