Thursday, April 16, 2009

Soy wax batik class with Janet Lasher

I took a wonderful soy wax batik class today from Janet Lasher. Soy wax is considered more environmentally friendly than beeswax, and it is much easier to remove from the fabric once the batik and dyeing process is finished.

Here, Janet talks to Grace Howes (left) about stamping on her silk charmeuse:

Here is one of Grace’s pieces in progress in Janet’s wet studio:

Here is one of mine, from the front (the side to which I applied the wax):

and from the back:

DeLane Rosenau made a bunch of silk scarves in similar colors and motifs to use in a belly-dancing costume:

Linda Stegall started with a piece of fabric that had already been batiked (and that is her yellow and green piece hanging on the line behind her):

She drew big circles on the fabric, then brushed on blue dye in some areas:

It was gorgeous!

Here are some of mine:

Here’s another set of front and back photos:

You can see how different the two sides look. I’ll be curious to see if there is still this much difference after the wax is washed out. I’ll post more photos in a few days so you can see how they turned out.

What a fun day!