Fabric Origami ProcessIn Selecting a fabric: 100% cotton broadcloth is the fabric of choice. It will always produce a crisp crease when stiffened. Fabrics with synthetic blends do not absorb a stiffening agent very well. Taffeta and silk will lose their iridescence but retain a unique beauty of their own. Metallic threads also perform well if they are woven into a natural fiber. I have worked with cotton eyelet, pin striped worsted wool, English lawn, metallic madras, taffeta, batik, kimono silk, cotton upholstery and brocade. There's no limit!
Scale and Proportions: A twill or heavy woven fabric will make a larger item than a thin one. Coarse weaves make structurally stronger pieces. Fine weaves suit smaller pieces and produce crisp finishes. The size of your print should reflect the proportions of the finished piece.
General Approach: Rough cut a piece of fabric a little larger than the desired size. Apply stiffener and let dry on a screen. Review the folding process in paper while the fabric dries. Remove the fabric when dry, iron, trim to size, and fold the fabric to make the finished piece.
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