The caskets that are being produced are 'modular'; this means that we started with one base and top and have been working from those external dimensions for all the caskets. It took quite a bit of work to get to this - but it has been working out really great. We used a real casket for the external and internal dimensions to get the right proportions. What this means for the designs is that the top of a flat type casket is the same no matter if the piece has doors, is short or is tall. And the friezes for a top are the same for any of the caskets. So there is design portability, which is great because there can be more designs published in the class for use and they can be used on more than one casket type. As well as you can change your mind on the type of casket you want to buy and not have to throw out your whole design - just some minor modifications need to be made.
And that means that we have made templates - these templates can be filled in with drawings or the
|Example of templates in class for|
|A design that is a collaboration between stitcher Judy Laning |
and graphic artist Dave Rickerd
We just added a set of graph templates to the mix in four common linen sizes. That is helping those who want to do a tent stitch or other counted technique work through the design.
The first three months of the course are devoted to helping the design process get moving for those who want an original piece.