We’re in full-on summer mode here in Toronto this week – twenty eight degrees and humid. The hot summer season could also be known as icy, frigid air conditioning season too. I made a lightweight, summery scarf recently at a wonderful batik workshop at The Shop, a makerspace on College Street in Toronto. Find them here.
You can certainly find a ton of tutorials on YouTube or Pinterest with instructions on batik, I’ve looked. However, it’s so nice to have someone set everything up and have all the right equipment and experience to show you how it’s done. Seriously… having someone else clean up after you is a true luxury.
Full confession, I’m not a huge fan of traditional batik. I bought some fabric when I was in Thailand years ago and still have done nothing with it. My challenge going into this workshop was to take the traditional craft and make it something I found more appealing which to me meant less fussy and more spontaneous feeling.
Traditional batik can be very complicated and intricate but in a nutshell it is a resist dying method where you apply melted wax and dye to fabric. I applied the wax which you can see still in the fabric below with a large paintbrush in abstract shapes.
Above is the dyed fabric with the hardened wax. After ironing and washing the wax is gone and I’m very happy with the soft, unique pattern seen below.