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Batik : 20 beautiful projects using simple techniques
Light, Diana.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Lark Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
80 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.

Subtitle on cover: 21 beautiful projects using simple techniques
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TT852.5 .L53 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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With some plain fabric, dye, wax, everyday materials, and the streamlined simple-to-learn process that unfolds in colorful photos, you can create 21 magnificent projects of all kinds. Unusual pillows to spruce up an old couch? A breathtaking card for a certain someone? It's all here along with many more fun things to make. You can jump right in, creating these wonderful items as you try out a variety of techniques that take a fresh, contemporary approach to this traditional art. Spice up lunchtime with a pretty decorated bag for carrying your food; the attractive circular pattern is stamped on with an ordinary spool. Decorate delicate caf#65533; curtains with petals and a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A craft derived from ancient Asian cultures adopts a decidedly modern visage under the tutelage of artist Light. This volume in the Weekend Crafter series simplifies the art of wax-resist dyeing, or batik, enough so that novices can handily turn out one of the 21 easy-to-emulate projects--perhaps not in two days, but in less time than readers might envision. The secret? The book provides robust how-to color photographs and specifies, for the most part, readily available household equipment (eliminating budgetary strains). Armed with a traditional tjanting or wan pen and enough safety precautions, a newbie batiker chooses, then, from household accessories--lunch bag, pillows, slipcovers--to wearables and gifts such as a wren t-shirt, wine gift bag, or chiffon sarong. To ensure project perfection, Light adds sidebars and tips at appropriate text points--the right fabrics, symbol interpretations on dye packages, avoiding the clinginess of chiffon while working. The demystification of a much-valued, centuries-old textile art. --Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Another volume in the "Weekend Crafter" series, this introductory project book reduces batik techniques to a minimum of equipment and time, giving anyone who aspires to learn this method of fabric dyeing an opportunity to make some 21 different projects with ease. Many of the projects require "blanks," or undyed fabric already made up into pillow covers, lunch bags, etc., so a list of suppliers would have been handy. Instead, the reader is referred to the Lark web site for a list of craft supply sources-an easier way to maintain the list but a stumbling block for browsers. Projects include a T-shirt embellished with a grouping of birds, a tablecloth and napkins, and a brightly colored canvas lunch bag decorated with wooden spool heated in wax and then used as a stamp. A good value for public library textile collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.