The photo above shows the beginning of some that will get waxed again and go back into the dye. Here's what it looks like when I'm waxing a piece. I usually stretch it with an embroidery hoop, as it helps the wax penetrate the fabric. Most of the times I sketch the designs in with pencil, but sometimes I just go for it and do it free-hand.
I got started with about 20 some pairs in this last batch. I say batch because I like to do several pieces at one time when I do batik. No sense on dragging out all the supplies and messing up the studio just for one pair of drawers! I mix up my dyes in small batches, and like to use up all that I've got at one time so it doesn't sit around and lose its' strength. A lot of the times I have more dye than I need when I finish my batik clothing pieces, so the rest of the dyes get thrown onto random pieces of fabric I have here, a lot of which lately has been hemp.
The latest dyed piece will go to a friend of mine who has traded a lovely skirt with me. I will get pics of me in the skirt and her package I'm working on now. Lily's trade from me will be many dyed goodies! Here's a pic of the applique of Lily's skirt from her Myspace page:
The applique is just beautiful, isn't it! I've already worn the skirt 3 times in the past week! More photos to come of new inventory and me in this skirt!!
I was given this award by Jan over at Wyldewood Papers Blog for my RAOK post. That was so nice of ya, Jan!! Thank you kindly! I shall repay the compliment and give this award to: