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Thread: Question on Batiks

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    Amanda from South Texas's Avatar
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    I absolutely love batiks, the color, the richness, etc. and have purchased (of course enough for everyone on the board to quilt haha). But I have read so often people discussing how batiks are a challenge to work with and now I am intimidated to use them. Why are they difficult to use?

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    Super Member happymrs's Avatar
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    I love batiks & use them all the time & have no problem. I think it's more a personal opinion really. I prewash mine too, even use some Downy when I do, & have never had a problem working with any of them. Try them, you will probably like working with them!...

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    I'm sure most on here would all love to have as many Batiks as you have so just use and enjoy them.

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    I am making a batik wedding wall quilt for my son and soon to be DARLING DIL!!!
    Anyway, I am hand quilting it and it's working out beautifully! I machine pieced it. No problems and soooooooo pretty!! :D

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    i use batiks all the time and also make my own.

    i have never had a problem working with them.

    i do set the dyes with retayne so they won't bleed but aside from that my experience has been great.

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    I believe that most batiks have a tighter weave. Also the process of dying and using wax gives it a bit more toughness. I have had trouble ( a bit) with putting pins in. Some pins just don't want to pierce the batik fabric. I purchased some button head pins...just for cute. Was going to put a couple in a gift pin cushion. I discovered they are the SHARPEST pins I have found! I got them on the notions wall at JoAnns. Not with the quilting stuff, but by all the pins. Now they are my favorite pin.

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    I'm with fabric_fancy, have had no problems working with batiks but would strongly recommend pre-washing with a colour catcher. I'm not familiar with retayne, but it sounds like a good suggestion.

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    I dont find them difficult to work with. I prefer them over regular prints because they tend to have more body and a stiffer hand.

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    I dont haveany problems with them either!

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    I have discovered I prefer batiks for hand applique`. The tighter weave from all the shrinking that happens in the dyeing process translates to less fraying of edges when doing needle turn. I use silk pins since it is harder to get some of the more "robust" pins and needles through it.

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