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Date: 9/4/13 11:30 AM

I'm looking for inspirations on creating some kind of all-over design on a plain linen-blend fabric. For this particular fabric, I want to keep it fairly subtle, but please share any favorite techniques and maybe show some results. For example, stencilling, batik... whatever you've used.

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Date: 9/4/13 11:57 AM

What are you using it for?
I've used a favorite contemp design on some pillows and even a skirt, don't know where I saw it first.

For the purchased solid skirt, I cut a few small squares and rectangles of various neutral colors of suede cloth or other non-raveling. Sew a vertical line up from the hem, off-center, about 1/4 of the way with your triple-stitch in gold/silver/copper thread, then cross that horizontally with another line part-way. Place the suede pieces at various points on your cross lines and in the corners they make. Nice interest for a solid and it goes with many colors. (Look
at Mondrian-type design at Spoonflower Fabrics.)

If you like flowers, the triple stitch on your SM makes nice stems, then add whatever flower types you like--flat applique, ruched, rolled ribbon, etc.
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Date: 9/4/13 3:30 PM

I suggest trying stenciling first.. you can control how deep the coloring is when you stencil. You can also hand paint in any details you want to accent and so on..
If you decide to do that.. or any other technique Joan.. I highly suggest watching some youtube videos and gathering more net info. the more the better.. You will get some good ideas there and see which products they use for which methods..

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Date: 9/4/13 4:28 PM

It's for a top. I'm thinking about using crayon or painted-on melted wax to make small designs on the fabric, then dyeing it. The piece of fabric isn't terribly big, so I don't think it would take as long as it sounds. I don't mean a really intricate design. Just a small design spaced out quite a lot, like this one, which I found online.

But if anyone here has done batik or stencilling or other all-over fabric decoration, I'd love to see what you did.
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Date: 9/4/13 4:33 PM


I saw techniques like that in class a couple of years back.. didn't seem difficult. Maybe you have some stash you could practice on..
As artistic as you are I say go for it. I would still watch youtubes first for the reasons I aforementioned. but also for just plain motivation ...

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Date: 9/4/13 4:46 PM

Oh batik! A few years back I was starting in batiks and loved it. We were hanging them though, hadn't got my sewing machine then.

Do, try a test first. We used 'church' wax (we actually bought big blocks of the wax from the church) can't get more specific but it was great for our use, however for a garment I'd say we never got ALL the wax out and the fabric might not hang or feel as nice after the treatment. A sample will let you know :)

I quite fancy trying batik again now and sewing it into something... let us know how you get on!

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Date: 9/4/13 7:02 PM

Church wax? Is that the same as candle wax?

You and Pigling are right to point out that I should test this out on a scrap of fabric first. I can't really spare the actual fabric for a test (I think I have about 1.1 meters, which is pushing it as it is), but I can try a scrap of some other linen blend and see what happens.

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Date: 9/4/13 7:28 PM

I think it must be the same as candle wax, but if there are 'qualities' and how those would be used for batiks, I don't know. Maybe some waxes are more easily removed so more suitable for garment making, I've never done research on this?? Maybe I should, I really really have an urge to do it again!

If you get liking it, the mayonnaise tubs used in catering are fantastic for holding the dyes. If you know anyone or if there's any places near you try to get a few, and don't forget to get the lids too

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Date: 9/4/13 10:24 PM

Thanks! But I'm not thinking of doing a true multi-colored batik. More like layers 1 (blue, original color), 2 (dye, another blue, or a compatible color), and 3 (a different compatible color of dye). of -- two layers of fairly subtle dye with wax designs underneath. Some of the wax I would remove after the first layer of dye is dry, and the rest after the second layer is dry.

I really wish I had an extra bit of this same fabric to try this out on. How a particular color of fabric takes dye colors is so unpredictable.

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Date: 9/8/13 2:52 AM

What's your linen blend blended with? If it's cotton or another natural fibre, you're good to go with batik as you have to use cold water (obviously, your wax would melt off in hot or boiling water ).

What about shibori? It's way less of a headache to remove some twine or stitching than it is to remove wax. You can still get a multiple layer effect. And you can experiment on some other fabric to figure out what sort of stitching or tying creates what sort of design or pattern.

But if you're set on batik, you can check out paraffin or beeswax. Paraffin cracks, which some people like the look of. It can also crack right off the fabric -- huge chunks. Some people prefer beeswax with doesn't crack, or a mixture of beeswax and parafin to control how much it cracks. If it matters at all, beeswax has kind of a nice smell to it. If you're vegan or sensitive to animal issues, you may want to pass. Depending on where you get it from, it can have bits of bees in it. But you'd have to have enough fabric to experiment with for that, I think. Soy wax is water soluble. Can't do traditional batik with it.

As far as removing, I didn't have much luck with steaming or ironing. For me, it never seemed to remove the wax and sort of looked greasy, almost, in some spots. You can heat the fabric in a pot of water and skim off the melting wax. It's messy. Or you can try to con your local dry cleaner into removing the wax for you. In my class, there were mixed results with that -- some dry cleaners refused, others had varying degrees of success.

Be careful not to overheat your wax. It's flammable. Lol. Also, unless I'm mistaken, batik is almost always done with more tightly woven fabric. I assume because you want control over the wax design, but I'm not really sure. If your fabric is pretty loose, you may find out why it's normally done on tightly woven fabric

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