batik with washable glue

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100% Cellulose Fiber- I'm using 100% Linen

If you prefer to use an indigo kit this is a good one- 

-Jacquard Indigo Kit:

Indigo ingredients for a 2x2x1 vat

- Pre-reduced indigo-

-Soda Ash- Sodium Carbonate-


-Bucket 3-5 Gallons-

-Synthrapol- dyers' detergent-


-Ironing Mat-

-Ironing Board-

-Washable Glue-

-Drop Cloth-



-Drying Rack-

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Resist dyeing is typically done with wax, but I tried it with washable blue Elmers glue.  I made a simple geometric pattern that was pretty easy to draw. It's easy clean up and you can throw it in the washing machine.  I used a thiox indigo vat to dye this linen piece of fabric.  The linen takes the indigo very well.  I like to use a thiox vat because it doesn't need to soak for very long.  The glue gets soft when it's wet for too long and then it sticks to its self and starts to lift.  Using a dye that dyes quickly is the best way to avoid this. Thiox indigo vats are typically reliable and give a pretty consistent color.  

Before I started I made sure to wash the fabric without fabric softener.  Then I divided it up into equal parts by accordion folding the fabric.  That way I had a mark of how long to draw each dash with the glue.  you can also use a disappearing fabric marker to mark where you want to draw with the glue.  The tip of the blue glue is not very fine, so i would recommend using a pattern that is abstract for best results.  I then started to draw with the glue.  this pattern has a lot of dashes so it took me a while.  I then let it start to dry.  I eventually took out my blow dryer to help speed it up.  

Once it was completely dry I was ready to dip in my indigo vat.  I dipped it for less than a minute and let it dry on the drying rack.  Then I rinsed it and dipped it again. When I rinsed it I noticed that the glue was starting to get soft, so I worked quickly.  I dipped it again and the glue was starting to stick to itself.  I got it all unstuck and let it dry again.  I got a very dark color and I was pretty happy with it.  Then I soaked the piece in warm water and washed it with synthrapol (by hand).  I wanted to make sure that I got all the excess indigo off of the top of the glue.  I let the piece soak for about 20 min.  Then I washed it on hot with more shibori pieces I had to wash that day.  I used synthrapol as the detergent and then I dried it on hot.  Have you tried this method?  Please tell me about it in the comments.  

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