7: thermoplastics

a thermoplastic is a material( usually a plastic polymer) that softens when heated and hardens when cooled. this week, we used different objects that we could find, to make shapes with the polyester fabrics. This method can be used for creating different objects, such as lampshades, clothing, and jewelry as well.

I made use of pebbles and tied them within the fabric. I also used some aluminum foil to scrunch up the ends of the fabric for a different texture.


then, we wrapped the entire thing up with aluminum so that it was more secure and threw them into a pot to boil.

they were boiled in hot water for 45 mins – 1 hour and taken out to cool and dry.


removed the pebbles and aluminum foil

and this was the result!

(Could look like a necklace piece hahaaaa)

I think the objects helped to shape the fabric more obviously, compared to the scrunching of the cloth. Although it can be seen, the rounded pebble shapes produced a prettier and fuller shape!

6: knitting

knitting is the use of yarn to manipulate to create a textile or fabric and is commonly used in garments. it can be done both by hand or by a machine.

for me, I followed this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_R1UDsNOMk to learn the basics of knitting.

First, you’d need to make a slip knot:



Then to cast on the stitch,

and to start knitting:

first, you slip the needle closer to the “knot”, forming an ‘X’ shape

then grab the yarn that is connected to the ball, and slip it in between the two needles

take the needle (right) and slip it into the left side

and slide it out of the left needle

and pull!

This was my initial try at knitting and it was challenging at first because it kept loosening, and I would mix up on which way to put the needle through.

I decided to try it with a different material, something tougher and more rigid. initially it was a little tough because it got too tight and stiff, but after making more layers it got manageable!

Knitting has always been something that I was very keen on trying and I’m really glad I got to do it for this class! I’m pretty sure that I will adopt knitting for my final piece too :)