I have a book full of fabric manipulation techniques that I've been too scared to try, but I think an accent piece like this might be doable...
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Fabric manipulation swatches - pinch, tuck, scrunch textiles techniques
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Learn how to create a fabulous sample or product using the seductive technique of FABRIC SLASHING. Quick and easy clear instructions with pictures...
Scared Stitchless: Shadowfolds
Use unexpected details to create interest... could mimic evil queen from Snow White and the Huntsman, if done for whole dress/cloak.
English Smocking textiles sample by Ruth Singer - fabric manipulation techniques - smocking, shirring, gathering
Rippling Pleats - textured surface pattern creation using fabric manipulation techniques; creative textiles // Claire Goodwin
This particular photo demonstrates the fabric manipulation techniques of pleating, pinning, tucking and dipping. The fabric has then been dyed.