Now it was decision time...we first had to choose the color for under-dyeing our scarves. This color would determine the color of the shapes in the end. The dye powder was mixed with a little water and added to the dye bath with a citric acid mix. We wrung the excess dye from the scarves and microwaved them to set the dye. The scarves were then rinsed and dried.
|Kira, Paige and Jill with our scarves after the first dyeing
|Batiking workstation - you can see where we practiced waxing on newsprint
|Kira applying wax with tjanting Kira and Jill applying wax with Faye in the background
|Scarves drying after wax had been applied
|Paige applying the final dye
We gave the scarves a final wash in hot water with textile detergent and a rinse with the softener and hung them to dry.
While our scarves were soaking, we ate lunch. Not only is Faye a talented artist, she is was wonderful cook. We had turkey noodle soup, bread and cookies, all delicious.
|Jill with her beautiful scarf
|Kira's beautiful scarf
Faye gave us additional tips and hands-on instruction with other dyeing and stamping mediums.
It was a fun-filled day and we cannot thank Faye enough for her workshop. Faye encouraged us to see ourselves artists. After seeing our finished scarves, we truly are artists thanks to Faye!
Faye plans to have a spring batik scarf workshop for those who were not able to attend this workshop.
|Parting shot...a rare selfie with one of my scarves