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Thread: Why so few red batiks?

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    I have a new pattern I want to get started on but it appears I chose the wrong color and fabric type combo. I want to do it in an assortment of red batiks but I'm having a heck of a time finding reds. I never realized the majority of batiks were in blues and greens, but that appears to be the case. I can find a few 1895's and mottles in reds but I want some with designs too. I have shopped several times with batiksplus.com and really like them, but their site is impossible to search by color so you have to click on each different fabric to see what colors it comes in. I gave up on that. I tried fabric.com, thousandsofbolts.com and HOP, but not very much on any of them. I'm gonna wait 'til this weekend and try my LQS and another quilt shop that's out of town. Hopefully between the two of them I can collect up enough reds and avoiding a bunch of shipping charges.

    Hate to think I might have to change my plans. :P

    Oops, this is in the wrong section. Mods can you move this please? :oops:

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    My LQS has some. I can give you web address if you wish~

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    check A THOUSAND BOLTS great selection good prices. no connection, just love the online store

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    i agree finding reds in batiks are very hard especially when you want more then 5 or 6 different shades.

    i think its because red goes into a pink shade very quickly when doing a 6 step gradation.

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    Try hancocks-paducah.com. They have a huge selection of Batiks.

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    Also try www.fabricdepot.com they have a couple in the clearance section, a few in the Artisan Batiks by Lunn Studios area and a few more in the Tongas and the Island Batik section.

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    Try Seawatch Fabrics.

    http://www.seawatchfabrics.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachelcb80
    I have a new pattern I want to get started on but it appears I chose the wrong color and fabric type combo. I want to do it in an assortment of red batiks but I'm having a heck of a time finding reds. I never realized the majority of batiks were in blues and greens, but that appears to be the case. I can find a few 1895's and mottles in reds but I want some with designs too. I have shopped several times with batiksplus.com and really like them, but their site is impossible to search by color so you have to click on each different fabric to see what colors it comes in. I gave up on that. I tried fabric.com, thousandsofbolts.com and HOP, but not very much on any of them. I'm gonna wait 'til this weekend and try my LQS and another quilt shop that's out of town. Hopefully between the two of them I can collect up enough reds and avoiding a bunch of shipping charges.

    Hate to think I might have to change my plans. :P

    Oops, this is in the wrong section. Mods can you move this please? :oops:
    Hi, After you find your Red Batiks make a Extra effort to Set the dyes, I've also heard that salt/vinegar don't work to set the new dyes.
    8-)

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    Try this website...http://www.quiltshops.com/ type in "red batiks" this is what I got," Your search for red batik returned 1859 items from 112 shops, page 1 of 39"

    I don't know why there are so few in the stores. :D On page 4 of this website the tattered rabbit has a beautiful bright red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Try Seawatch Fabrics.

    http://www.seawatchfabrics.com/
    Oh. My. Gosh. Thank you!!! What a fantastic site! I can see what I'll be doing at naptime today! :D

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    Try Batiktextiles.com, they may have what you need.

    Lanny

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    Quote Originally Posted by amazon
    Try this website...http://www.quiltshops.com/ type in "red batiks" this is what I got," Your search for red batik returned 1859 items from 112 shops, page 1 of 39"

    I don't know why there are so few in the stores. :D On page 4 of this website the tattered rabbit has a beautiful bright red.
    This website is a lifesaver anytime you are looking for a particular fabric. Whether you do it by manufacturer,color or very specific, you can usually find what you are looking for. It has saved me tons of time in my searches. Hope you find what you are looking for. I too, love batiks. They make gorgeous quilts.

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    If you think searching for red is hard, try finding grey:< I'm talking grey with no brown, blue or other colors. Not an easy task!

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    OMG, I have TONS of red batiks and dearly love every single one. Keep looking for they are out there waiting for you!! :D

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    Here's Carley Mul's WebFabrics.net red fabrics:

    http://www.webfabrics.net/cgi-bin/St...&product=bcred

    I can report from experience what a reliable and helpful company they are. (For instance, I enjoy doing OBWs and the like. I can call and they will cheerfully check the length of a repeat on a fabric so I can calculate how much to order. I've also had help on choosing various fabrics to graduate across the depth or hues of a color. :-)

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    Here is a link to equilter.com's red batiks. Hope it is helpful.

    http://www.equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc...32111204324.70

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachelcb80
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Try Seawatch Fabrics.

    http://www.seawatchfabrics.com/
    Oh. My. Gosh. Thank you!!! What a fantastic site! I can see what I'll be doing at naptime today! :D
    I forgot to add that their fabric is top quality and they are great to do business with. Very quick shipping, orders have always been correct. Prices are less than local shops selling the same brands. They also have some "exclusive" prints that you won't find anywhere else.

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    WOW!! Great site...love the red/black FQs. Have bookmarked!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachelcb80
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Try Seawatch Fabrics.

    http://www.seawatchfabrics.com/
    Oh. My. Gosh. Thank you!!! What a fantastic site! I can see what I'll be doing at naptime today! :D

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    it is funny too because there are so many RED dyes available..I bought several yards of reds at the Dallas show because they are harder to find and I use them in a lot of holiday items!

    when in doubt try sewbatiks.com, or batiksplus.com
    sew batiks is my fave!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amazon
    Try this website...http://www.quiltshops.com
    That is one cool web site; thanks for the link.

    What's also interesting is that when there ARE reds, they are either pinky-purpley reds or orangey-peachy reds. VERY few true reds in batik. Must be a dye challenge (or cost).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine
    Quote Originally Posted by amazon
    Try this website...http://www.quiltshops.com
    That is one cool web site; thanks for the link.

    What's also interesting is that when there ARE reds, they are either pinky-purpley reds or orangey-peachy reds. VERY few true reds in batik. Must be a dye challenge (or cost).
    I don't where you are finding unRED batiks, but I have some that are amazingly red, and they do not bleed!

    I do know that when I dye my own, it is hard to get one that is not too orange or pink...you usually have to add a touch of black or brown or even blue to it to keep it TRUE red...

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    I have quite a few reds. I broke my fabric moratorium Saturday for a gorgeous one with Chrysanthemums at JoAnn's. Pricey, but I used my 40% coupon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherrio
    check A THOUSAND BOLTS great selection good prices. no connection, just love the online store
    Um, she posted that she already checked with A Thousand Bolts. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherrio
    check A THOUSAND BOLTS great selection good prices. no connection, just love the online store
    Great place to find anything you need! :-D

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    I've used Synthrapol and Retayne on red batik and treated six times and still have bleeding. I have a bundle of red and white half yd cuts which are now red and pink. I always prewash all of my fabric, so I have no surprises later. My friend had to replace parts of the quilt she made for her sister after her sister washed it for the first time. (Always wash quilts in cool water with Orvus or Ivory dish soap for handwashing.)

    Check these websites regarding bleeding (especially red):
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-5337-2.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-94599-1.htm

    Synthapol and Retayne - description and directions
    http://www.prochemicalanddye.com/store/home.php?cat=323

    Retayne: http://www.prochemical.com/direction...DF/Retayne.pdf

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