| Volume 3, Issue 1
A fabric dyeing technique where certain areas are covered with wax, and
remain protected during the cold dyeing stage. It is also the name given
to a fabric treated by this process. Batik offers unlimited scope for
expression. The patterns, their arrangement, the colours and superimpositions
can change and play a major part in creation. This technique can be used
to decorate clothing or make paintings, cushions, lampshades, curtains,
- Setacolor Paint
- brushes: fan (#12), flat (#12), round (#4, #12)
- silk or cotton fabrics
- foam brush
- batik wax
- tjanting tools (optional)
Stretch the decatised percale on a wooden frame and attach it at regular
intervals. Copy a pattern with a disappearing marker so it can be removed
easily. Dressmaker's pencil or pastel crayon also work.
Melt the wax in a double saucepan (never on direct heat). It must be
hot, transparent and very fluid to soak through the fabric and block the
weave (if the wax is too thick, it
|1) Trace with hot wax the first patterns
using the natural silk brush (brushes made from synthetic fibre would
melt in the hot wax). Apply the wax evenly, without going over the
same line twice. Reserved parts will remain white.
4) Dampen the surface of the fabric then dye with Setacolour Cobalt
blue No.11 diluted with 50% water with the fan brush.
Superimposing with the yellow, green is obtained, and by superimposing
with pink a purplish blue.
Allow to dye at room temperature.
2) Use the foam brush to dampen the surface of the fabric with
pure water. Apply the dyes with the fan brush, Setacolor lemon yellow
No. 17 then setacolor cardinal red No. 24, diluted with 50% water.
Allow to dry at room temperature.
5) Draw new wax patterns with No.10 and No. 4 brushes.
When the wax cools, take the fabric off the frame and crumble it
between your hands to obtain the crackle effect. The lighter the
cotton, the finer the crackling.
Put the fabric back on the frame.
3) Apply the wax with No. 10 brush tracing small rectangles on
the edge, make more strokes with No. 4 brush held vertically.
Reserved patterns will stay yellow and pink.
6) Dye once more with a mixture of Setacolor ultramarine blue No.12
and black lake No.19 diluted with water. Allow to dry for at least
12 hours before removing the fabric from the frame. Note that the
colours lighten on drying.
Place the fabric between several layers of brown paper and iron
at cotton temperature. The wax will be removed and the colour fixed.
Boil, rinse in cold water. If there are still greasy stains, clean
with F alcohol.
New Product Information
Introduced in November this amazing product has been a very hot gift.
It was a favorite for stocking stuffers. We sold out our first order within
three weeks. For those who have forgotten, Fiber-Etch is a chemical that
burns away cellulose fabrics. Used primarily with our silk rayon velvet,
it burns out the rayon pile leaving the silk backing. Quite exquisite
and all the rage now in stores. Fibre Etch can be applied by brush, stencil
or screen printed.
| 4 ounces
| 1.0 Quart
NEW scarf size
We have recently added two new scarf size. Habotai 8mm 22" x 22"
and 15"x72". Please note also that many of the 6mm scarves have
been discontinued. Email us for a
list of the ones available and our sale price - On-Line Exclusive!
A safe colour remover for dyed natural fabrics. Apply by brush, block
printing or screen printing. Afterwards, iron and wash item and the
colour will be reduced in the area you applied the paste. This is used
similar to the Fibre Etch, but instead of removing the pile it removes
the colour. Available in 250mL & 1.0L jars. Instuctions
| 250 mL
|| $ 9.95
| 1.0 L
We've now added a silk twill 15.5mm tie, similar to the 3/4" wide
crepe ties that were introduced last year. Besides being thicker than
our crepe ties, the silk twill also hangs & ties nicely and is less
susceptible to shrinkage. Please note that we still have some 3 1/4"
wide ties with the backstitch out for easy detachment for painting or
dyeing. All three styles of ties are still $10.00 each.
Also unknown to everyone, we have started to be able to custom make ties
for you. By providing us with yardage (minimum 4 yds), we are able to
cut, sew, line, tag and individually bag each tie. Currently we are able
to yield approximately 4 ties a yard. The cost per tie is $7.50 each.
Please call us for more information
Introduced a couple of years ago, transfer
papers have been a steady hit. The ability to transfer any image onto
fabric is extremely appealing. There has been a lot of development in
this line. Today we carry no less than four types.
1) colour photo copy transfers
2) colour photo copy transfers for dark fabrics
3) colour photo copy transfers for hand ironing - NEW
4) computer ink jet transfers - NEWLY IMPROVED
The ink jet and hand iron-on papers are particularly appealing for those
who are using transfers at home. Both papers are an improvements in colour,
hand and washability. Prices start at $1.95 a sheet with discounts at
10, 50 and 100 sheets.
New brocade colours
It has been an overwhelming re-introduction of our silk brocades. We
have done so well, we are continually adding new colours and patterns
to meet demand. Already, we have quietly introduced a few more new colours
and patterns. To get a better look check out our web site or order a brocade
sampler for $5.00 + postage. As an added bonus, all samples for new colours
introduced in 1998 will be sent for no charge (postage extra).
Water Based Resist
No more sticky and smelly solvent gutta. No more toxic fumes and no more
dry cleaning. Introducing our new waterbased coloured gutta line, consisting
of black, gold and silver. These resists set with an iron and are washfast
& dry cleanable. They hold a crisp line and can be applied with a
bottle, brush, screen printing and with our new AirPen.
|| Black, Gold, Silver
|| $ 5.95
|| $ 8.95
| 1.0 L
Pebeo Soie 20 Colours Now
||After slowly introducing this great line of silk paints
over the past few months, we now carry 20 colours in stock (see list
below). Although the line consists of 80 colours, we feel that these
20 are all great colours by themselves or for mixing an even larger
palette. The price for a 120mL bottle is $9.95
| 00 diluent
|| 01 yellow
|| 03 buttercup
|| 05 tangerine
|| 07 red poppy
|| 08 cherry
|| 09 fuchsia
| 20 amaranth
|| 23 ultramarine
|| 24 cobalt blue
|| 26 turquoise
|| 28 cyan
|| 33 jade
|| 34 firefly green
| 36 bottle green
|| 40 sea blue
|| 45 moss green
|| 48 old gold
|| 56 hazel
|| 78 tobacco
|| 80 jet black
It's time for the section that everyone really cares about.
January - Introductory price, all orders for the new ink jet transfers
will be priced at $1.95/each reg. $3.25.
February - Hybrid pens, Setascrib, Fabric Fun Dyes and Pastels, Niji
Black - 15% off
March - Silk painting frame $52.95 (separate purchased $65)
Questions & Answers
Q: What is an easy mixing guide that I can follow?
A: There are millions of colour combinations but the following is a good
starting guide. I have chosen 8 colours to mix with. Note that I have
used generic colour names but all formulas should apply to most brands
of colours. Also 'p' is an arbitrary amount. If you deem that a part is
equal to 50mL keep that consistent for the formula.
- bright yellow, marigold (warm yellow), scarlet, fuchsia/magenta,
turquoise (cyan), marine blue, red brown and black.
|Bright Orange =
1p bright yellow and 1p scarlet
- Orange =
- 2p marigold + 1p scarlet
- Burnt Orange =
- 6p orange + 1p red brown
- Peach =
- 1p marigold + 4p scarlet
|Watermelon = 1p fuchsia
+ 1p orange + 2p water
- Hydrant Red =
- 2p scarlet + 1p fuchsia
- Raspberry =
- 3p scarlet + 2p fuchsia
- Orchid = 5p fuchsia + 1p turq.
+ 5p water
- Violet =
- 5p fuchsia + 2p turquoise
|burgundy = 4p fuchsia + 3p violet +
2p red brown
||royal blue = 5p turquoise + 1p fuchsia
||cornflower blue = 2p turquoise + 3p
||riviera blue = 42p turquoise + 5p fuchsia
+ 1p mari
- Sapphire Blue =
- 2p riviera blue + 1p marine blue
|lime green = 20p bright
yellow + 1p turquoise
||green teal = 2p bright yellow + 5p
||lizard green = 2p marigold + 3p turquoie
||olive = 2p black + 1p red brown + 3p
||flagstone = 1p marine blue + 1p marigold
||khaki = 1p marine blue + 3p marigold
+ 1p red brown
- gold =
- 2p marigold + 1p red brown
|sand = 3p marigold + 1p
red brown + 6p water
||chestnut = 9p marigold + 3p red brown
+ 1p violet
||soft brown = 4p red brown + 1p black
What better way to educate your spouses or significant others by having
them join you on one of our extremely entertaining and educational workshops.
We offer silk painting, dyeing, marbling, screen printing and batik dyeing.
As an added incentive, we are offering a 50% discount off the price of
the workshop for your significant other. That's a savings of up to $60.
"The truth is finally here"
by: Rita Campagnaro
To all of you that are some what skeptical about taking Advance Silk
Painting classes, I (Rita) would like to reassure your fears or skepticism
about taking them. The Advanced Silk Painting classes are for those
interested in learning a little history about silk , colour theory (and
putting the colour to practice) other techniques such as; blending,
linear underpinning, polychromatic printing, alcohol, stencils, toothbrush
techniques, freeform, painting on treated silk and if time permits wax
resist techniques. There is a of course lot's of hands on painting and
lot's of FUN. These classes are designed to help anyone that wants to
learn. My previous classes were filled very enthusiastic individuals
that not only learned from me, but I learned from them. Each class was
unique with various lessons that perhaps were not introduced within
another class. The reason had to do with the level each student was
at. I have enjoyed each class I have taught, to those of you that have
taken my previous classes, thank you for the opportunity to have met
you, sharing ideas and enjoying the Art of Silk Painting.
Batik Workshop is going to be taught by Louie Kizito
Louie has years of experience teaching all sorts of batik using Procion
MX dyes. The course that Louie will be teaching is an intensive two day
affair. It will be held on Feb 24 &25 at our Markham store.
Workshops Coming Up
| Basic Silk Painting
|| Jan 17 & March 14
| Advanced Silk Painting
|| April 4
| Fabric Dyeing For Quilters
|| Two days on Jan 24 &25
| Marbling on Fabrics
|| Feb 21
| Screen Printing
|| Two days Feb 14 & 15
| Batik Dyeing
|| Two days Feb 24 & 25
All workshops are one day (10 - 4) and are held at our Markham office
(see map below) unless noted otherwise. To register or to receive more
information, please drop check out the workshop
G&S News - January '98