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Thread: Batiks - Telling Front From Back

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    Super Member Barb_MO's Avatar
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    I use whatever side the pattern looks most interesting to me. right or wrong, that what I do.

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    I agree, most of the time there is no real difference. There are a few that after they are dyed have an additional design printed on the front, usually in a metallic or something. Otherwise since on most they are shaded and colors change throughout it wouldn't make a difference.

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    Super Member LAQUITA's Avatar
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    Well we just won't tell the 'batik police'. That WE can't see the difference. Lol.
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    Batiks aren't 'printed', they're immersion dyed. The design results from the wax resist (called that because it resists the dye) applied to one side. The side that had the wax on it could probably be called the 'right' side, but the only difference is that sometimes the design edges appear sharper/cleaner on that side.

    For most quilts (including Tropical Nights ), you can just use whatever side you like best for any particular block and not worry about whether you've flipped some over ot not. Tell your sister (politely and with a smile) that it's your quilt, so your rules.
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    Super Member mom-6's Avatar
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    I've noticed that there is sometimes a slight difference between the two sides on batik fabric. If there is I pick the one I want to use as I stitch each seam. Most times it is not enough to matter.

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    Sometimes there a slight variation in clarity of the edges. I usually use that as the right side. I can tell by the smoothness of the surface on most batiks, but there just isn't enough difference to worry about.

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    Super Member Boston1954's Avatar
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    My goodness, you're right. I did pay for both sides. That put a smile on my face. Well, I feel better now that several have said it does not matter to them either.
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    Super Member ckcowl's Avatar
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    it really doesn't matter- even if there is a slight difference- you can use which ever side you like best---sometimes one side will be a little more vibrant than the other- but batiks are not printed fabrics- they are dyed-so both sides are beautiful and very close to the same-
    i tend to use which ever side i want/like with every fabric- i pay for both sides-no reason not to use both if the back side works better for my project than the (right side) i use it- sometimes that muted/washed out color is just right. but true batiks like hand dyed fabrics can be used with no noticable difference....
    tell your sister---there is no (Right or Wrong) only different-
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    Junior Member Shazeeda's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn View Post
    Hard to tell on lots of them ~ and hey I paid for both sides!
    Ha! That made me LOL Brilliant!

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    I use the "wrong" side of other fabrics as well - sometimes the pattern isn't as muted as I would like it so I will use the backside as the front. Works for me.

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