I took Karren Brito’s advice and did a test of the solar shibori against the steam set shibori ribbon.
In the case of the ribbon, I measured a 24″ piece from each type and hung them in the bathroom for a week now. They both still measure 24″. As you can see from the picture, the pleating runs lengthwise so the real change that would occur is in the width (which I didn’t measure!). But after a week the pleating on both remains quite intact. I would say both have relaxed slightly- the solar set piece a bit more. I often steam the pleating open a bit on the ribbon to work with it anyway so all in all I would say it does work. I’ll be working with the ribbon and I’ll see how the pleating fares with handling.
Tomorrow we leave for vacation at a cabin near Yosemite and I picked up a couple of books to read. One I had heard of before and was reminded about again while watching/listening The Colbert Report on my ipod video while working. I get a kick out of that show (& The Daily Show) and download them to my ipod to listen to while working. The book?
Timberloft here I come!