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    Didn't think I liked Batiks

    I haven't used Batiks before because I just didn't care for them. Well, I'm making a French Braid and I picked out all Batiks for it. I LOVE batiks! I don't know what I was thinking. I think I was thinking they were muddy looking or something, I don't know. I was use to traditional fabric and Batiks were too far out there for me. Well, not any more. Now, I want to work only with Batiks. Too bad I have only traditional in my stash. Dang!
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    They can be muddy but can also be bright and cheerful or more subdued and calming. Check out this link and you'll see some very colorful batiks.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...n-t192382.html

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    Yes, that's what I mean! I love batiks now because I found out they look like that. Thanks for pointing that out to me quiltsRfun!
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    Another convert! Now you know why we like them so much!
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    Oh, lands, I do pity your budget!
    Where are the pics of what you're doing now? The rest of us Batik lovers wanna see!

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    I love Batiks too...after going through the same stage you did...not liking them....I've now become a fanatic!
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    I didn't like batiks until I started working at a quilt shop nearly 5 years ago. Now I think they're fantastic!

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    I think the batiks call me or something when I'm in the LQS, because I always seem to end up in that section.
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    They raise problems when used for backings. Hard to puncture and get pokies easily

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    They are very addicting.

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    welcome to your new addiction...check out www.stitch-n-frame.net they always have batiks on sale...TONS of batiks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by momto5 View Post
    I love Batiks too...after going through the same stage you did...not liking them....I've now become a fanatic!
    I'm right there with you. I think they used to not be as FABULOUS as they are now. They were kinda heavy & stiff back in the day. Now they're just yummy & need to come live at my house! My only little complaint is I wish there were more pastel ones. I think they're hard to come by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    welcome to your new addiction...check out www.stitch-n-frame.net they always have batiks on sale...TONS of batiks!
    Connecting Threads has beautiful, reasonably-priced batiks, too.
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    jcrow...I can see several "shopping trips" in your future...why you ask? for Batiks for your stash!!! LOL I too love them..but make sure you get some of the lighter colors too. I never thought about that until I was watching Fons and Porter one morning. They were saying how they liked the darker ones but also need lighter ones too. It hit me them...lighter ones. OK..more shopping was in my future too!!! VBG

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    I adore batiks ... not just the yummyness of the colors, but the fabric itself is typically a tighter weave and the fabric has much less fray. The work I like to do the most is with small pieces, which means the fabric is handled a lot more, which means more fray as you continue to work with it. When I work with regular prints by the time I am finished with the piece I have strings from frayed edges EVERYWHERE. Not so much with batiks. Batiks also seem to hold starch better and stay crisper.

    My only complaint about batiks is that I can't find enough in grey. I need/want several shades of grey in "tonal" (no "print") batiks. I don't trust shopping online as I can't tell if they are true grey - some have beige, blue, or green tones which I don't want.
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    Until about a year ago I didn't like batiks. Now I can't get enough of them. I don't know what made me change my mind. I recently made a whole quilt with batiks that were left over from other projects. I also found some batiks hidden in my stash that I didn't remember buying. Perhaps "they" were sneaking in when I wasn't looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I haven't used Batiks before because I just didn't care for them. Well, I'm making a French Braid and I picked out all Batiks for it. I LOVE batiks! I don't know what I was thinking. I think I was thinking they were muddy looking or something, I don't know. I was use to traditional fabric and Batiks were too far out there for me. Well, not any more. Now, I want to work only with Batiks. Too bad I have only traditional in my stash. Dang!
    I will gladly take your "traditional" stuff off your hands!

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    My only complaint about batiks is that I can't find enough in grey. I need/want several shades of grey in "tonal" (no "print") batiks. I don't trust shopping online as I can't tell if they are true grey - some have beige, blue, or green tones which I don't want.[/QUOTE]

    I buy the grey batiks then using a spray bottle with a mixture of fabric paint (Pebeo Setacolor) and Tsukineko ink spray them so the tones go together. I have been buying and using batiks since about 1994 when they were $4 yd. They have changed a great deal since then!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I haven't used Batiks before because I just didn't care for them. Well, I'm making a French Braid and I picked out all Batiks for it. I LOVE batiks! I don't know what I was thinking. I think I was thinking they were muddy looking or something, I don't know. I was use to traditional fabric and Batiks were too far out there for me. Well, not any more. Now, I want to work only with Batiks. Too bad I have only traditional in my stash. Dang!
    for sheer laziness----that would be me---------I like them because you don't have to worry much about matching prints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    Now, I want to work only with Batiks. Too bad I have only traditional in my stash. Dang!
    And the problem with mixing "traditional" with batiks is . . . ?
    Last edited by Evie; 06-23-2012 at 07:37 AM.
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    Yes do show us what you are doing. I have never bought any batiks. Didn't know what to do with them (still don't).

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    I agree with you that some of them are, IMO, ugly, but some of them are absolutely gorgeous! The colors are intense and vibrant (some of them such as the other person linked to).

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyquiltmom View Post
    I didn't like batiks until I started working at a quilt shop nearly 5 years ago. Now I think they're fantastic!
    What a brave soul you are! I could NEVER work in a fabric store of any sort, I'd wind up owing them money every week over and above my paycheck.
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    Batiks are my favorite, glad you discovered how wonderful they are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evie View Post
    And the problem with mixing "traditional" with batiks is . . . ?
    I love the batiks, but I think they look much nicer mixed with other fabrics.
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