I was excited with the results from my previous tries with heat set Shibori and of course I had about 65 new ideas based off of it... Sooo... I picked one to play with.
Using Mokume Shibori I revisited the ginko design and tried heat setting it.
Here it is step by step:
1. scetched the ginko design on poly fabric and stitched it using the
Mokume (wood grain) technique, running stitches, in this case following the curve of the design.
2. Once the entire design was stitched I pulled the stitches and tied them off to create the resist effect.
3. I heat set the design by submerging it in water and microwaving it for 6 minutes on high ( 3 min at a time for safety)
4. Once it was heat set I removed the stitches, I didn't even let it dry you can see the water droplets on it.
It looks much better with dramatic lighting!
5. I finally decided to try cutting out the shape and singing the edge to keep it from unraveling, leaving (ha!) me with this sculptural form
I really like it, now I have to decide how to use it in a larger piece of work!