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Intermediate Shibori Indigo Dyeing

Lesson 11 of 11

Removing Wax from the Cloth

Kaari Meng, French General

Intermediate Shibori Indigo Dyeing

Kaari Meng, French General

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11. Removing Wax from the Cloth


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1 Introduction Duration:02:46
2 Creating the Dye Vats Duration:03:40
4 Stitching the Fabric Duration:12:25
5 Testing the Vats Duration:02:40
7 Untieing the Cloth (Nui) Duration:06:25

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Removing Wax from the Cloth

So now that our wax pieces have dried we're going to go ahead and we're going to remove the wax so to do this I use old washcloths or terrycloth towels I put one on the bottom and one on the top and I start with the wax facing up so the wax side is facing up towards the top of the iron and with the iron on as hot as you can get it you simply press the whole cloth and what this is doing is it's releasing the wax onto the cloth and so we've got this steam on and we're just going to keep ironing it until it's nice and hot and eventually you'll see that the wax we'll come through the cloth a little bit and so now hopefully we've taken most of the wax off and you can kind of check your cloth and see if there's an area here where maybe it's still a little thick you can go back in and and press the wax and then what really helps take the wax out is will wash this so all of the pieces that we died today we will put in a washing machine later and washed them and the washing machine really kind ...

of pushes that wax out just a little bit a little bit more but with all back teak pieces there's always an element of wax that's still in the fibers and I think that's ok as long as it's not coming off onto you so there it is you can see there's still a little more wax in these top pieces but the washing machine will take care of that and they will come right out but there's the resist the really simple powder and we did the polka dots, the stripes and the larger dots and that was created simply by painting wax on so now we're going to go ahead and we're going to remove the wax from our into go bag and to do this we'll do the same thing will take a washcloth or terrycloth towel and we will place it on the inside of the bag and make sure you cover the whole whole design and then we will take another cloth on that out of it another cloth and we will put it on the top and then we're going to do the same thing we're just going to use the heat from the iron to push the wax in and through the fiber and again once we do this then we will put this in the machine and that will wash out any last bits of wax that might be in the bag you can check them so there it is so you know if you're if you pick up your design on your cloth you know that the wax has come off and then we can take out this piece of cloth that means you can actually reuse eyewash, thes, and the cloths are reusable, and there you go. So that's your wax resist, or your batik into go bag. And as you can see here, we got a little crazy with the wax, and we, you know, had a little extra and that's just kind of adds to the uniqueness of the bag or the handmade element of the bag. Unlike my introduction to chivalry, class, this class with the new wii and the batik wax resist. Take a little more materials and a little more time. But I'm sure you will agree that the actual product, in the end, turns out to be a beautiful handmade item and it's worth your time and effort. People have been dying with indigo, and practicing should worry techniques for thousands of years. I hope you continue to evolve the craft into something of your own and make each and every piece unique.

Class Description

Add a layer of sophistication to your Shibori dyeing projects with the help of Kaari Meng in Intermediate Shibori Indigo Dyeing.

The Nui technique incorporates stitching into the Shibori process and adds incredible detail to your hand-dyed fabrics. In this intermediate class you’ll learn about:

  • Selecting the right fabrics for Nui and Batik dyeing
  • Stitching and preparing the fabric
  • Dipping, redipping, finishing, and rinsing the cloth

Kaari will also demonstrate the batik (wax resist) dyeing technique and show you how to apply the wax, dye the fabric, and remove the wax to achieve long-lasting color.

Intermediate Shibori Indigo Dyeing will teach you how to create captivating designs in the signature, deep indigo color of Shibori.


Bonita Davis

The class was very enjoyable. Good for beginners or intermediate indigo dyers. I can hardly wait to try. Please do some more classes. Well worth the money. Highly recommend to anyone who loves Indigo.

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I love this class. What a wonderful and easy techniques, Only problem is streaming. this class stopped at least 20 times.


Great class, I look forward to trying Shibori techniques very soon.