The second in a textile series with materials generously supplied by Dharma Trading Co. I experimented with marbling on fabric, using a Jacquard kit with silk fabric. I pre-washed and mordanted the fabric and found working with smaller, fat quarter size pieces easier to manage.
After rinsing, I allowed the fabric to dry and the ink to set overnight, then used an iron to heat set. I folded the marbled fabric on the bias, cut 1 1/4 inch (3.2 cm) wide strips and joined them to make bias tape
The resuling pre-folded bias tape using an 18 mm bias tape maker. The colors faded slightly after rinsing. I love the way the fine lines of the pattern look after cutting the fabric, like an agate.
I used the bias tape for the neckline of a Shirt no. 1. This ikat really brings out the purples and red - the two prints work so beautifully together.