Water is an infinite source of creation.
I`ve tried a new method to mould fabric: steaming.
It is by far the cleanest one and also you don`t need any special stuff, just the steamer you use for cooking and any kind of material to give the shape. I´ve used cork balls, but you can use anything you can wrap and tie to your fabric (mines were already covered with plastic because last time I used them with stiffener, but with this steaming method it´s not necessary to do so. Although I think it can be “safer” to avoid to tranfer unwanted colours).
I chose a green silk gauze for this first attempt. I´ve heard that synthetic materials also shape well with steam, but I can´t assure it. Usually natural fibers react better to most of the fabric manipulation techniques and I also tend to choose them, so… silk it is.
Wrap your fabric to the chosen objects and tie them with cord or rubber bands.
You can use any “mould”, balls, coins, nails, buttons, dices, bottle cups, whatever. Just make use that the material accepts heat and that it´s not dirty.
Steam for at least 10 minutes.
Wait until the fabric is cold, and take it out of the pot.
Leave it to dry.
Time will depend on the temperature of your space and the fabric you´ve used.
The important thing is that it must be completely dry before the next step.
Ready? Cut the ties and unmould it…