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Topic: Whale Scarf - Batik on Silk with Embroidery & Buttons  (Read 6675 times)
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« on: September 01, 2014 07:53:07 AM »

My swap partner finally received so I can post!  Crafted for the Under the Sea Swap for Alittlemusthave.

Batiked silk scarf with simple embroidery and buttons.  Alittlemusthave had a whale on her swap list and so I decided to do a batik of the largest animal alongside the smallest (microscopic and single-celled animals).  The batik was done in 7 steps, preserving white, light teal, light cornflower blue, another bath of cornflower blue to create a darker blue, magenta, another bath of cornflower blue to create a dark purple and a bath of burgundy. 

Unfortunately, my sink was too small for batiking (can hardly wait to get to the new house so I actually have proper facilities!!) so the whites got a bit dirty because the wax pulled off in a few areas, but for the most part, it turned out just about how I was expecting.  I also didn't get one of the corners heat sealed quite enough before sending it off to the cleaners for the final wax removal so it faded a bit, but it's not too terribly bad.

Then, I embroidered……a lot.  I kept the embroidery simple (running stitches, chain stitches, satin stitches and a few random stitches) but it still took FOREVER!  In addition, I added a few buttons.

My camera had some sort of filter added to most of the photos so the color is off.  I corrected it somewhat, but this first photo is the closest to the original color (the only one left on the camera that I was able to remove the filter before uploading).  Enjoy!

The entire scarf (sure wish I'd measured it before I sent it…..can't remember the exact size, but it's about 4' long):

The whale had so much detail in the batik that I didn't add much in the way of embroidery….I tried to keep it simple so it wouldn't get overwhelming:

and details (this area didn't get much damage to the white):

These areas got a little bleed-through of the magenta:

This bottom section probably got the most bleed-through, however, you can kind of see the variety of stitches I used:


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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2014 08:18:47 AM »

I think it is absolutely beautiful!

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2014 08:32:46 AM »

This is so incredibly beautiful!!! You did an amazing job!

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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2014 08:33:15 AM »

This is really well done. I love how you've repeated the shape of the humpback throughout the piece in the other organisms. The whole thing is rendered really beautifully. It's too bad about the faded corner but, having embraced the DIY mantra, I rather like the unexpected elements like that that show up and add to the rare and hand-made nature of a piece like this. This is inspiring.

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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2014 08:41:15 AM »

Beautiful work!  The unexpected things in dyeing is what makes each piece unique and special...the embroidery really enhanced the shapes...this was worth the agony of waiting for the mail delivery...I am so glad it made it to a new home!

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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2014 09:49:22 AM »

This is super crazy awesome. You are brilliant! There are so many layers of the unexpected.

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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2014 10:11:15 AM »

wow wow WOW! This is beyond amazing! I couldn't dream of pulling anything off like this. I can tell this took a long time to accomplish, but it is absolutely worth it, wish I got it hehehe

Going to have to search through more of your work!
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2014 04:00:58 PM »

Holy whale that's awesome, your batik work with the layers of blues and purples is simply gorgeous.  And the design is ingenious with the two elements, very special.  This rocks for sure.

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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2014 06:19:46 AM »

WOW!  Shocked

« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2014 06:24:31 PM »

I'm amazed by your batik skills!

I love the colors and the whale.
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