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					GCSE Textiles Coursework Checklist
Use the following sheets to help you improve and complete your coursework

Section 1: Describes work that would be given an A grade.
Section 2: Guidance of the type of work that should be produced.
Section 3: some help notes from the examiners.
Section 4: You may write notes and tick off work completed and checked by me.
Assessment Criteria      Content                                                  Notes                                              Deadlines/
                                                                                                                                     Completion
 AO1                        Analysis of Context and Task:
                                 Highlight the key words or phrases.
Investigating                    Describe exactly what you have been asked
the design                          to do.
opportunity                      Start with a mind map, keep this small!
                                 Write a list of what you need to know                  Research needs to be planned; it must
                                    before you can begin designing.                       be relevant to the design brief and
                                 Plan your research activities.                          carried out intelligently.
                        Sources: Retail outlets/ fabric suppliers or shops/              The examiners are looking for quality
                        charity shops (analysing products)/ magazines/                    rather than quantity so try to keep this
                        prediction reports/ museums/ books/ paintings/ photos/            to no more than four pages.
                        target group/ client/ designers/ buyers/library                  You must use at least five sources of
                        resources/ internet/ catalogue.                                   relevant information.
                        Research methods and information:
                             Moodboard: shapes; colour; decoration;
                                pattern; style; design theme; historical
                                reference; components; fabrics
                             Comparative shop report: prices; fabrics;
                                range; sizes; colour ways; components; pattern;
                                style; target market.
     Analysis of relevant existing products :Look              In order to thoroughly analyse a product
      at 1-2 products draw them then analyse the                 it must be in front of you, you need to
      following: colour; shape; styling; fabrics;                be able to look at it closely inside and
      components; decorative techniques;                         out finding out if the fabric has been
      construction methods; finishing techniques;                altered with the aid of stiffeners, lining
      special features; size; price; labelling; quality of       used and why, stitch details such as top
      all components including fabric; packaging:                stitching, is this for finish or added
      analyse against end use; note any health and               strength? Draw it in detail.
      safety considerations or features; new                    Link your comments and findings to
      technologies used.                                         your specified target market or client;
    Customer profile: Likes and dislikes of                     function; marketability and aesthetics of
      consumers; design and performance                          the product.
      requirements of consumer; aesthetic issues;               If you include an interview carefully
      cost, colour, range issues; moral and                      work out what you are trying to find out
      environmental issues; health and safety                    that you could not using one of the
      requirements.                                              other sources. Make sure it is relevant.
   Analysis of the research:                                    The research analysis can be laid out
       Summarise your design task.                              in a table. This is easily read and
       What you need the research to answer or                  understood. For higher grades an
           tell you?                                             extended piece of writing (6-10
       What research did you carry out and how?                 paragraphs) would be advisable.
       Why did you choose to use these research                Be very clear as to how it will help with
           methods? (pros and cons)                              the next stage of the process. Describe
       What did you find out from each research                 what you have found out and how this
           task?                                                 can aid designing.
       How will this inform your design                        The research must be analysed NOT
           specification?                                        described. This can be done as a table
    Summarise your findings.                                    or sectioned sheet.
Design Specification: Use most or all of the following          It is worth noting that the examiners
headings: (for each one refer to your research analysis)        produced a list of successful products
    Function/ purpose: What is it; what and/ or                and less successful ones:
       who is it for; what should its key features be?     Successful products: garment (top/ skirt/
    Aesthetics: colour; shape; pattern; fit; drape;       dress); accessories (bags/ hats); wall
       detailing                                           hanging; 3D clock; intricate cushions.
    Theme and design inspiration: era; artists work;      Less successful products: Ball gown;
       cultural influences etc.                            apron; scarf; tie; fleece hat; sarong; duvet
    Target Market/ Consumer requirements:                 cover; throw; screen; bean bag; play mat
       gender; age; price bracket; need; fashion trend;    for a baby.
       demand; season;                                     The examiners also noted that they were
    Range content (if applicable)                         looking for products that demonstrated a
    Performance requirements: Function                    variety of skills: decorative techniques;
       requirements for intended use (strength;            finish; altering the appearance and
       elasticity; durability; heat retention;             behaviour of the fabric; manipulating the
       breathability; storage; reflective) Care issues.    fabric with the use of pleating; folding;
                                                           stiffening; dyeing; padding; layering etc.
    Time and resources: Available time for
                                                           They mentioned additions such as buckles;
       production; Resources available; cost of fabrics,
       components, equipment and specialist                tassels; ties; pockets; inserts etc.
       knowledge for production;
                                                              Include images; fabrics and sketches at
    Value issues: Reference to moral;
                                                               this stage it will show you already
       environmental; sustainability and social issues.
                                                               understand the theme and task.
    Details: Include decisions made on finish;
       style; size etc.                                       NOTE: There may be information or
                                                               details concerning the task that you
    Health and Safety: Risk assessments during
                                                               already know. Explain this and then do
       testing and manufacture; Consumer rights need
                                                               not research it.
       to be addressed ( labelling and product safety)
    Life expectancy: What is it and why?
    Scale of production: Prototype; batch; one-
       off; mass production?
AO2             Initial Ideas
                Produce 1-2 sheets of sketches annotating each idea         The examiners stated very strongly that
 Development of     Wide range of distinct proposals:                        they were looking for quality of design
the Design           On sheet one produce sketches that show                rather than quantity.
Proposals               detail, seams, how the product will sit, fall,      They award high marks for: sketches
(Including              function.                                            that show imagination and original
modelling)           Hint at colour for each idea.                          thought; link closely to the design spec;
                     On the second sheet show ideas in more detail.         are feasible; varied; annotation on
                        Back/ side views should be done now.                 function and detail; some colour;
                     Convey your thinking through annotation for            fabrics suggested; front and back views.
                        each idea.                                          Remember the product is more
                     Label the sketches showing your knowledge of           important than a sheet with beautiful
                        appropriate textile terms e.g.: finishes;            detailed figures.
                        components; structural components; decorative       It can be useful to add in any images
                        techniques.                                          that directly inspired a design idea. This
                     Include close up drawings of decoration;               shows very definite thinking. You may
                        fastenings; stitch details etc.                      already have a sample that has inspired
                     Summarise and evaluate each idea, relate this          a design so add this to the sheet.
                        to the specification.                                Always remember your thought
                     State very clearly which idea or combination           processes are very important.
                        of ideas you will be developing and why.
                                                                          NB: One large product with
                                                                           minimal but good skills will not
                                                                           achieve such a high grade as a
                                                                           smaller product showing more
                                                                           skills and techniques.
Design Development
Produce 6-8 sheets for the development of the final
solution:
On your first sheet: Produce mind maps to help rule
out inappropriate choices so that you only test details
that could feasibly be used. Then write a list of details
that will need to be investigated and tested, state why        This is the most important part of the
and how you will do this. Think about the following:            process and will take a long time.
         Shape, style and size of product                     Show your thinking on paper. The
         Components                                            examiners give high marks to students
         Fabrics                                               who show their knowledge of the
         Decorative techniques                                 subject. This is your opportunity to
         Construction methods                                  demonstrate what you know about the
         Environmental/ sustainability/ social/ moral          fitting; putting together; function;
            issues                                              aesthetic appeal of the product.
         Health and safety                                    Only include relevant samples. You
         Aftercare                                             may find that through this process you
On the sheets that follow carry out the investigation           come up with an idea not thought of
and technique samples evaluating as you go. Try to              before, this is fine but you must explain
include actual components and fabrics. Include price;           your thinking clearly.
where you got it from and any other relevant                   Keep including images that inspire
information. Show your thought processes and                    shape; colour; detail and even the mood
particularly how one test led onto another.                     of the product.
     Produce detailed drawings showing how the                Refer to how CAM could be used in the
        idea is being developed. Annotate these                 production of the product even if a
        drawings and any other work with evaluation             specific piece of equipment is not
        notes and any feedback from target market and           available egPrinting; embroidery; laser
        specialists NOTE: Through these drawings and            cutting; buttonhole production;
        annotation ask ‘why and how?’ for each detail:          labelling.
    colour; shape; pattern; pockets; decoration; size         CAD can be used at this point to
    etc.                                                       demonstrate alternative colour ways etc.
   Produce paper and/or fabric samples at this               Make sure your product reflects currant
    stage to see if your thinking will work. Take              trends, if it does not then alter it.
    photos of this and include them.                          Remember the use of smart materials,
   Produce samples of possible techniques, use                fabrics and dyes.
    fabrics and colours that closely relate to your
    design ideas. These must be well carried out
    and demonstrate your skills. Show how they
    will be incorporated into the design.
   Use star diagrams to evaluate the development.
                                                         Commercial patterns: If you are
   On the final development sheet produce a very
    detailed drawing for your product from               going to use one then research
    different angles. Show everything you’ve             that now. Do not wait until the
    learned and gained from your development and         design is complete as you may
    sampling work. Correct components; stitching
    details; colour; fabrics; style details etc should   find there is nothing available
    all be included. Annotate these drawings.            and you have to radically change
    On this sheet include colour options and             your design.
    possible additions to a range.
   Testing: use drawings and photos to show the
    changes and explain why they had to be made.
    E.g. you trialled digital embroidery and then
    found the results were better and more
    professional when done free hand on a sewing
    machine or your bag design had a front pocket
    but after modelling it looked too bulky and was
    uncomfortable to carry.
         Manufacturing Specification
            On this sheet produce detailed drawings
              showing different views of the product.             From the Manufacturing Specification
              Annotate the drawings with any notes that may        someone else should be able to make
              be helpful for production particularly               your product. Therefore the details and
              measurements.                                        drawings must show all the details.
            Include: fabric swatches; stitch details
              (sample); components; costings; sources;
              decorative details; specialist equipment and a      Your paper patterns/ templates and
              care label.                                          toiles (prototype) will be assessed in
                                                                   this section

AO3      Production Plan                                          Produce a rough plan that can be added
Making       From your modelling and commercial pattern           to and altered as you go along then a
               (if you are using one) produce a flow chart         final correct sequence for your folder.
               showing how the product will be put together.      Refer to pages101 and 113 in the text
               Remember to use the correct shape for each          book.
               step: Action; Quality control checks;              Examiners commented on how students
               movement; input (equipment and materials)           copy word for word from a text book.
               output (product). A sub-assembly line may be        Avoid this at all costs. It is better to
               needed to produce pockets or a decorated            have less information and it being all
               section.                                            your own work.

                                                                  You may like to produce a chart
                                                                   showing how you managed your time
                                                                   during the production. However, do not
                                                                   use a whole page. If you have to, shrink
                                                                   it to fit onto the production plan.
Photographic Diary
      Take photos as you produce your product. This         If CAM is not available for the
        is very important as it can help you get extra        production of your product then say
        marks. Particularly take pictures when you are        how it would be done if the equipment
        doing something complicated or something that         were available or how it would be done
        needs specialist equipment.                           in industry.
      Keep this record as you go along. Annotate the
        resulting sheet.                                     Changes made: This is not where you
 The following are good ways to show changes                  say you ran out of time or the sewing
made:                                                         machine would not work.
Even with the most thoroughly planned product it can         This is a good opportunity to gain extra
be necessary to make changes during the final                 marks. The examiner will be looking
production. Mistakes can be made, a slip with scissors        for a mature and imaginative response
and the result is a hole. This can be turned into a           to problems and the subsequent need for
feature, contrasting fabric can be put behind and a           changes.
decorative stitch used. The iron could be too hot and a      Remember: Always put your thoughts
burn could result. The mark could be covered with             and actions down on paper, justify
embroidery or a pocket. The changes may not be the            changes.
result of a mistake it may be for aesthetic reasons. A
panel in a wall hanging needs more detail or decorative      Your product needs to have a degree of
stitches enhanced your bag strap.                             complexity. Even if a product is
Your product must show case a variety of skills,              beautifully made if it is simple you will
they must be:                                                 not get a high grade.
      Appropriate
      Varied
      Eye catching
      Skilful and consistent
      Show the use of modern technology
      Used/ carried out safely
This is an example of a high grade product:
                                                          NB: A high grade will not be
      A wall hanging with shaped, hand dyed
       machine embroidered and beaded tabs. The tabs       gained if you use a commercial
       are secured to the hanging with a covered           pattern with no changes or
       button. The bottom edge of the wall hanging is      modifications.
       wavy in shape. There are hand made tassels
       hanging from this edge. The design on the wall
       hanging is based on the work of Gustav Klimt.
       There are a variety of textures achieved by the
       use of dying, pleating, embroidery, appliqué,
       layering, beading and burning. The patterns
       were made by the student.
For the higher grades your product must be:
    Complete (therefore do not over stretch
       yourself, keep the product small)
    Well finished (overlocker used if appropriate)
    Secure sewing
    No raw edges (unless part of the design!)
    Fit for purpose
    Relate to the design specification
    Aesthetically pleasing
    Function as intended
    In line with health and safety guidelines
    Ethically produced, where possible
    Cost effective
AO4           Test: Testing is done throughout the project. You will
              already have tested techniques, fabrics etc. Your
Testing and   finished product will need to be tested also. Below are
Evaluating    suggestions for completing this:
                   At the development stage you will have
                      produced samples of techniques including:             The product and how you get to the
                      seams; decorative techniques; components;              finished item is what the examiners
                      details such as pockets and fastenings. Test           want to know about. Do not evaluate
                      these against your design specification and            the project, they do not want to know if
                      record the results as you go along.                    you enjoyed shopping for fabric or liked
                   During the making of your product tests can be           using a particular sewing machine!
                      carried out. These will be your quality control
                      tests.                                                To gain high marks you will be
                   Once your product is made you will need to test          constantly asking yourself questions
                      it. This can be done in two ways. The first test       about what you are doing and making
                      is against the design specification. Produce a         changes or modifications as you go
                      chart with four headings: Specification                along.
                      criteria; Test; Result/ findings; Modification.       The examiners like the use of testing by
                      The second is to test the product carrying out         real and potential end users.
                      ‘user trials’. Take photos of the product being       They also suggest the use of consulting
                      used or worn and get feedback. Ask about: the          buyers; designers and teachers.
                      fit; colour; function; value for money etc.           All evaluation needs to state
                      Record these findings and maybe produce star           modifications in the light of findings.
                      diagrams.                                              No product is ‘perfect’ and this is a
              Evaluation: Your work needs to be evaluated as you             useful way to show your mature
              go along. You will need to do a final evaluation of the        thinking.
              finished product. This will be a sheet including photos       The examiners like to see comparisons
              of your product. Include:                                      made with an appropriate commercial
                   Comparison with a similar commercial product.            product.
                         Talk about the following in relation to your
                          product: Is it safe for the end user? Is it made to
                          a high standard? Will it sell for the correct
                          price? Does it fulfil the design task? Are the
                          materials appropriate and do the work well?
                          Are the components satisfactory? Is the product
                          as you intended it? Is it aesthetically appealing?
                          Will the end user be satisfied with the product?
                          Does the product have a low impact on the
                          environment? What modifications would be
                          needed to the product if it were to be batch or
                          mass produced for industry? For each of these
                          you will need to fully explain and discuss final
                          decisions.
                    Your product must closely reflect the:
                        Design task
                        Target market
                        Design Specification
                        Final drawing of the product

              The evaluation is your chance to explain how your
              product satisfies these criteria.
                  All sections in the specification must be met if you
                  are to attain the high grades.
AO5           In your folder use different types of presentation and               The examiners are very clear that the
              communication styles as appropriate. You might like to                over use of decoration on your work is a
Communication use the following:                                                    waste of time and will not gain you
                   Quick sketches to show initial thinking                         marks. They do say, however, that
                   ICT to show alternative colour ways                             simple and related imagery and colour
      ICT for recording results                                 is useful and shows you understand and
      Collage to show a number of ideas in a small              are relating to the context and theme of
       space                                                     your task..
      Reduce the size of your work, particularly time          The examiners are looking for
       charts, production plans, mind maps,                      communication that a third party will
      Use charts and tables, these are easy to read and         understand what you are doing, how
       are helpful for project development.                      you are doing it and the results of that
      Try to avoid too much of your own hand                    work..
       writing this can look messy and is not as easy to        Do not leave blank paper, this makes
       read as word processed.                                   work look unfinished. Filling the page
      Scan in patterns and drawings, manipulate                 always makes it look more exciting.
       these, flip and repeat for interesting effects. Try      Each page should be easy to read, flow
       out the negative of an image, repeat a detail             from one to the next and exciting,
       such as an eye. Play with the shape, stretch and          conveying your thinking and ideas.
       repeat.                                                  The examiners want to see original and
      Use actual fabrics and components, always                 exciting ideas.
       displaying professionally.
Notes on a quality product: A quality
product: Your product must be safe; appropriate for
its intended use; aesthetically pleasing; be able to be
sold at a correct price; made to agreed standards.
Quality Assurance: In order for the quality of your
product to be assured you will need to have in place set
tests.
Use the following: (some of these will need to be
added into your production plan and others at
designing and testing stages)
      Monitor materials used for: flaws and colour
                              variations.
                             Set tolerance levels for length and size e.g. the
                              length has to be no more that 2cms out each
                              way.
                           Tests for the function of the product                 See page 113 in the text book for an example of
                           Checks for the equipment                              this.
                           Testing against the specification at the design
                              stage
                           Checks at specific stages in the production
                      Quality Control: It is important that during the
                      production of your product the quality is being
                      monitored. You will need to create feedback loops in
                      the plan. Once a short stage is complete ask yourself a
                      question e.g. Are the sleeves the same length? Then
                      create a loop to go back to the previous stage if the
                      answer is no for the stage to be redone. If the answer is
                      yes then you will obviously carry on with the
                      production plan.



Quality of Written Communication (A maximum of 6 marks are available)
An assessment for the quality of written communication shown in the completed design folder will be made separately from the designing grade.
Your work should:
    Show information clearly and logically and present your work using an appropriate form: the colour of the pages a logo or image used
       that relates to the theme; break the sheets down using boxes. It is important that your work is eye catching and consistent, however, it
       should not take too long to produce and above all it is easy to understand and read.
    The text must be legible. Try not to use hand writing as this can look unprofessional and messy. Word processing is always the preferred
       option.
    You must spell, punctuate and use the rules of grammar accurately, enabling the meaning to be clearly understood.

				
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