I have been playing around with some ideas in this category already so am very happy to be trying more techniques.
We were given notes about a way to make a template from an existing object that I tried. I chose a vase that I like as the template. The vase has a narrower top than middle, so it was good to play around with, it is not one that you could mould the fabric onto and then slide the vase out.
I covered the vase with masking tape, each layer perpendicular to the previous. I think I did about 5 layers. Then I got out some sharp embroidery scissors and cut through the tape. I was a bit worried about scratching the vase, so I used a seam ripper to cut through the tape.
It wasn't a very exact template as I just ripped it away. I am sure I could do a more symmetrical one if I concentrated. But perfection isn't my goal, so the one I ended up with is fine.
Then I took an old paper bag that I had saved and used it to stick the template onto - it was a good size, bigger than the normal paper size, and sturdy.
I then laid out the soluble fabric on top and traced the template. I used a permanent marker but it didn't all wash out properly, so I will try a different marker next time. I think I may have had this problem previously but my most recent 3D works were in black, white and grey and it didn't show up.
Then I free motion sewed over the arms of the template, and the circular bottom. I tried to make them all similar density as that can affect the shrinkage rate. I wasn't entirely successful with this, some bits are shorter than others after washing out and drying.
I laid it out over the vase to dry, in hopes of getting a flat bottom. As it had shrunk, it wouldn't fit on the vase very well.
When it dried, the bottom seemed much softer than the rest. I'm not sure if I didn't sew it as thickly or if I had used a different fibre for the lighter pink that went up the sides. Or I might have rinsed it out unevenly.
I hand sewed the arms together. At first I used the embroidery thread but, after a very frustrating time, I changed to cotton that doesn't just slip straight out again!!!! And it would't stand up at all.
The next morning I could see that there were little bits that the soluble fabric had left and they were looking shiny and annoying. So I ran it under the water again and found a flat container that I could dry it on. Lo and behold, it stands up now! And doesn't have the annoying shiny bits.
I'm not sure what I will do with it, it is an experiment at this stage - really, a sample for the course. It is suggesting a floral theme to me, maybe a bell-shaped flower. I might follow that up, I might not.