Onto this large background I will be adding leaf shapes, to make a Tree Of Life. The antependium uses all silk - dupioni, silk habatai and a bit of noile. I drew the heart shaped leaves onto freezer paper and cut the fabric 1/4" larger all around. Because the leaves are not very large, it was easy to place the smooth side of the freezer paper next to the back of the fabric, thus leaving the shiny (sticky) side up. It was an easy job to iron the edges over.
Each leaf got a good pressing (with a press cloth so as not to scorch the silk) and was left to cool overnight. The freezer paper peeled off easily the next day and the creased edges stayed sharp.
When I arranged the leaves in a circle, I used pins very sparingly, and always near the edges. Even very fine pins can sometimes leave a hole which stays. (The funny reflection in this pot lid is a red and blue log cabin quilt which hangs over the work area!)