This week I am on an excellent batik course at the Grennan Craft Mill in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Facilitated by Alexandra Meldrew, our diverse group are basically having a crash course in different techniques and applications of this facinating craft. My idea was that after the week, skill peremitting, I would be able to incorporate some of my pieces into some nuno felt work. Here is a selection of my work in progress.
The fabric that we are working with is quite tightly woven so I have waxed and dipped on a piece of scrim today to see what that will turn out like, just realised that I left it in the bucket of dye when I finished this evening!! I find that scrim is great to nuno felt with so hopefully this experiment will work out and I can have fun next week incorporating it into some bags or vessels.
Tomorrow I am going to bring along a couple of white silk scarves which I got from Wollknoll, I am intending on waxing them with simple designs and dipping in just one colour of dye. I probably will keep one as is and then use the others in pieces of felt as well, will just wait and see how I feel next week.
Nice cource i suppose.. picture “Felting and batik” looks pretty nice
I am teaching myself to card and felt wool. Am wondering how batik would work on felt, anyone out there can shed some light?
interesting as I tried to nuno a piece of silk umm I forget which kind but it is a mid-weight silk tightly woven that I had dyed, then, discharged dyed and the wool just did not grab , not even one fiber. I wondered if I had roughed up the silk with a wire brush if it would take a hold. Naturally, I was disappointed plus wasted all the wool I had used.