Monday, August 31, 2009

Custom Fabric Order -- Turquoise and Blue Batik - Minoan Fishscale

I have really struggled with the stamp for this fabric. I mounted the stamp to a piece of hard foam with various adhesives and still can't find one that will withstand the heat of the wax pot for more than 30 minutes without falling apart. Aargh. Hot wax seeps under the stamp and pretty soon it's a big mess.

Having said that, I managed to produce a yard of this fabric. I started out by dyeing a yard of Kona cotton in a turquoise dyebath. I used a cup of Glauber salt and it resulted in a deeper value of turquoise than when I use just plain old salt.

I then stamped the turquoise fabric with the fishscale design and submerged it in a navy dyebath. I used nearly 2 oz. of navy dye, but the resulting color was more cobalt than navy. I suspect the lower thread count and heavier weight of the Kona cotton requires a higher percentage of dye than most.

A half yard of this fabric was purchased by Jamie Ribisi Braley, a fellow artist and shop owner on Etsy. She's making a scarf with it. Can't wait to see the pictures! In the meantime, check out Jamie's store on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=1633

Monday, August 3, 2009

Navy Hand Dyed Batik Caracol

Caracol is a new pattern in my batik patterns. What I really love about swirl pattterns is that you can create very different overall patterns just by adjusting the placement of the swirl motif.

For example, in this piece, I changed the direction of the swirl every other row. One could get a very different overall pattern by placing the motifs in a square pattern instead, with the openings of the swirls meeting each other in the middle of the square. I might have to try that next.

I have tried Caracol in red, turquoise and navy so far. This kind of bold, large motif seems to work best where there is a strong contrast between the white motif and the colored background. I have some wonderful lichen green dye I need to try it with next.

The pattern would look fabulous on some very large pillows - 20 inch square would look terrific. It needs to be used on a large enough piece that you can see the repeat.

Navy blue Caracol is available now in my Etsy shop. I have a limited number of fabric swatches available in this pattern also.

Like the pattern but don't have a use for navy? I can dye this batik in at least a dozen colors and combinations of hues. Send me an email to discuss your custom needs.