Batik Scarf


I’ve finished a couple of projects lately, but I find myself completely undone by the thought of photographing them and blogging about them. Does this happen to everyone, or is it just me?

The above scarf is a bit of an experiment that came out pretty well. It’s my second try with batik, and it came out much better than my first try! The fabric is a silk/cotton organdy. It’s very light and sheer, and took the wax well. One of the tricks with batik is that the wax needs to be very hot. After it melted, I continued to heat it for around 10 minutes before it was hot enough to penetrate the fibers.

After I applied the wax, I applied the dye with a spray bottle, like this. The scarf started out white, and I dyed it yellow and blue.

In other news, I went to London Textiles in Cherry Hill New Jersey this week with Karen to stock up on fabrics for the next year or so. They have great prices there on high-quality fabrics, but you have to know what’s what and be willing to dig through remnant bins. I about doubled the size of my fabric collection in one fell swoop. I was entirely out of knits, so I bought a bunch. I was also almost out of light-colored silk for my dyeing projects, so I got a lot of that, too. And I’m going to a black-tie wedding at New Year’s, so I got several fabrics that will work for that. I’m set for a while.

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3 Comments

  1. Shams
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That is a very beautiful batik, Claudine! I’ve never heard of that fabric store, but it sounds tempting. 😀

  2. Posted July 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Photographing is definitely the hardest part of the project.

  3. Posted July 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I think I’m actually allergic to photography. At least, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.

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