Archive for June, 2010
Having only just returned from a trip to Bali last week, I am still in awe of the fantastic level of craftmenship which I saw from this small island in Indonesia. The Balinese people truly are a skilled race with a strong tradition in stone carving, wood carving, weaving and – what I wanted to write about today – batik processing.
I was lucky enough to witness how the Indonesians use Batik printing techniques to colourfully decorate their sarongs which are worn for religious ceremonies. It’s a time consuming process, yes, but I wanted to share with you a piece of their tradition and eye for quality… and maybe one day you might want to try out this method on your own work.
1. Choose the cloth you wish to use. Try silk, muslin or cotton for the best results and ensure it is clean.
2. Trace your design onto the fabric with a pencil. For traditional Batik design inspiration visit www.batikdesigns.org
3. Decide on what colour dye you wish to use for the first colour and then trace wax over all the parts that you do not want to be that colour. Repeat on the other side of the material for the best results and then leave the wax to dry completely.
4. Mix up your dye by following the instructions on the pot and place the fabric in the dye bath for approximately 30 minutes or however much is recommended by the dye manufacturers. Remove from the bath and leave to dry.
5. Next we need to remove all of the wax by placing the fabric into some boiling water. This will allow you to start a new colour.
6. Make sure the material is dry and then trace wax over the parts of the fabric where you don’t want the second colour to take hold. This will likely include the area that you have already dyed unless you wanted two colours on the same spot!
7. Mix up and dye with the second colour, leave to dry, remove the wax again and repeat the colouring process as needed to finish off your design.
Note: The Balinese use the traditional colours of blue, brown, and light yellow.
For all you crafty Sydney dwellers, brace yourselves. The craft & quilt fair is back in town. This instalment will housed at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour. From June 16th until June 20th you will be able to buy unique craft supplies, be inspired by the variety of crating displays, and participate in free workshops. I’m bummed that I’ll be overseas at the time. Oh well, there’s always next year!
If you’re like me and your iPhone is just one of those things you could never live without, then you’re not alone. I use my iPhone for just about everything and this doesn’t stop when it comes to crafting. Today I’d like to share with you my top 5 iPhone Apps for crafting – be it knitting, felting, crocheting, or sewing. Theres an App for just about anything right?
We all have to start somewhere when it comes to our crating skills. This particular app is great for crafting beginners in knitting, crocheting and embroidery. Step by step instructions are provided for all the main stitches and abbreviations you’ll come across in any pattern book, and there are even a few free patterns to get you started.
Price – $3.99 AUD
Website – www.technicalmadeeasy.com/
Lion Brand Yarn
I was really surprised by this app because it’s just such great value. If you’re into knitting, crocheting, or sewing, this app is a must. There are thousands of patterns you can search, download, favourite and keep notes about. You can even search the pattern by level of difficulty.
Price – Free!
Website – www.lionbrand.com/
This is just a nifty little app, useful for when you find yourself stuck without a real ruler. Great for knitting, sewing, pattern making and especially useful when having to run out and buy supplies for your latest project. Measurements are in cm and inches.
Price – Free!
Website – bananasdesign.com/rulerplus/
We all love the crafty online store Etsy, so why not take it everywhere with you and view all the new fabulous creations crafters from around the world are producing. This app allows you to search the store easily, without having to deal with any annoying mobile web browsers.
Price – $1.19 AUD
Website – etsyaddict.com/
If your creating your own patterns and unique creations then you’ll need a sketching app to jot down all these ideas. There are a number of free sketching tools out there but what makes this app stand out above the rest, in my books is the ability to create your own colour schemes for your sketches.
Price – Free!
What are your favourite iPhone Apps for crafting?