My Not So Secret Love Affair With Batiks

It is no secret that I love fabric.  Actually, I think I would be safe to say that most quilters love fabric and gather most of their inspiration from the fabrics that make their hearts sing.  Among the fabrics that I love you will find bright, bold, unusual, and fun fabrics.  But one type of fabric that I can always turn to is Batiks.

There is just something about batiks that make me want to cut them up and sew them back together.  They fall into all the categories that I mentioned above, plus they also have great variation in colors with each fabric you look at.  No two are the same.  You just can’t find that in any other fabric, except maybe hand dyes (which I also love and covet)!

But I digress, this is about Batiks.  If you don’t know a lot about Batiks, here is some quick info… They are made with a wax resist technique usually using a chop or stamp.  This chop has the design (kind of like a rubber stamp but made of copper).  The chop is dipped into the wax and then pressed onto the cotton fabric.  Then the fabric is dyed.  Where there is wax the dye will not be absorbed, thereby creating the pattern or motif on the fabric.  This can be repeated until you get the color and design just right.

Most batiks are produced in Indonesia and then imported.  They are truly unique.  To work with them, as a quilter, they are heavenly!  They not only have saturated color but also retain a crease really well when you press.  They are some of the biggest sellers in my shop too!  But once a batik is gone you usually can’t get it again as they are that unique.

Have you every tried batiks?  What types of projects have you made with batiks?  Leave me a comment letting me know  your thoughts on batiks! If you haven’t tried them yet, I sure hope you will now.  I wanted to share with you several photos of some of the projects that I have created using batiks.   So here you go…

Jackie Kunkel

Canton Village Quilt Works

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