I spent the day at Janet Lasher’s studio on the 16th learning to do soy-wax batik. What fun! I chose to work on 8mm Habotai silk scarves. I want to use them to make a petal skirt for dance. I also bought a charmeuse silk scarf from Janet and did some batik on it as well.
We used soy wax as it is more environmentally friendly and a little easier to remove once the process is done. We learned about the tools used (most can be found at your local hardware store or even your thrift store!), how to melt and use the wax and then how to apply the dyes.
If you are at all interested in batik and live in the area, I highly recommend Janet as a teacher. We had fun, we learned, she answered EVERY question we asked, and we went home with some gorgeous stuff! You can contact her through her website: http://www.janetalasher.com/
Here are 3 of my scarves with soy wax applied – you can see a subtle difference in the white:
And here is one of them with dyes applied:
And here is the charmeuse scarf:
And here are some of the things made by the other students, hanging on the line to dry. Janet is there in the background.
I have washed all the wax out of my scarves and they are ready to overdye. I am waiting for an order from Dharma Trading Company with the dyes I want to use; as soon as they arrive, I’ll do the dyeing and post the finished results!