West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Course Details - Batik on Cotton and Silk Workshop

An introduction to the basic techniques for batik with Libby Yule an artist and textile designer who is inspired by the natural world and particularly the landscape and flowers of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Please express interest in this workshop.

Title Batik on Cotton and Silk Workshop with Libby Yule

Batik is an ancient and versatile way of creating of decorative art using wax and dyes. The workshop is an opportunity to learn about and try out the basic batik techniques.

Working on silk, you will learn and use the technique of waxing with a tjanting, (a small brass reservoir with a drawing spout) and brushes. Both the 'painting on method' and dip dyeing with Procion dyes will be used.

An attraction of batik is the range of effects that can be produced. Batik is a wonderful combination of wax, dye, fabric and design, with most exciting of all, the 'rediscovery' of the finished work once all the wax is removed.

About the tutor

I have admired Libby's work for many years. She does a great range of cards of her batiks and paintings.  The watery skies of the Carse of Stirling and the iconic landscape setting of Ben Lomond inspire Libby's beautiful art work.  I can't wait to see how you create these images (Kate Sankey)

You can find a more comprehensive bio here.
Prerequisite knowledge/skills
This is an introduction for those who would like to learn the basic techniques of batik; no previous skills are required to come on this workshop.
Course format

The workshop will begin with a very brief introduction to the history of batik. Then there will be the first 'How to' session  this will cover some initial instructions in the basic techniques of batik.

Working on a piece of cotton fabric stretched onto a small frame, it's your opportunity to try out the tjanting and produce your own sampler batik with different effects.

Next you will work on building up layers of batik by applying wax then dyes. You'll learn how colours interact and give the combination of colour you want in your batik. An important element is letting the fabric dry between applications of wax and dye.

The last part of the process is how to remove the wax from your finished batik. (This will take place at the end of workshop to allow time for the final coat of wax to fully dry).

The second part of workshop will take the techniques used so far, and create a second batik of your own design. The next 'How to' session includes how to transfer your design idea on the cotton or silk fabric. Don't worry if you can't draw. We can look at how to take resource materials such as photographs and illustrations and use those as design starting point. Also stencils, leaves, and all kind of materials can be used.

After completing this course...
You will become familiar with and have used the basic batik techniques. You should have produced two batiks to take away with you. You will also have a handout on batik methods and a list of suppliers of materials.

Duration This is a one-day course, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 16:30
Dates There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
Meals Country farmhouse fare will be provided together with generous supplies of teas and coffee.
Disabled facilities Disabled parking, access and toilet are provided.

More information Contact Libby or Kate (click on a name).
How do I book a place? There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
What should I bring with me?

Please wear old clothes for working with batik dyes and wax. Bring any old newspapers you have  too. And don't forget your camera and notebook.

Specialised cotton for batik will be available on the day for a small cost. Untreated batik cotton or silk gives the best results and is easier for beginners to work with. If you have a drawing or photograph as a design resource for a batik design you want to make, bring them along. Remember this is a one- day workshop so you may have to remove the wax from your final piece of batik at home (instructions will be given).

The landscape around the Centre is inspirational so you may want to reflect that in your batik work. Or maybe you really want to make a batik design of your favourite plant or animal. It's up to you.

Are there any other related courses I can attend? This is the first Batik course that has been run at West Moss-side. Other fibre and fabric workshops include felt workshops and natural paper making
What have other attendess said about this course?

Had a great day. Learned lots and had fun doing it. Sept 2008

Great fun, lots of ideas, thank you Libby. Dec 2009

Wonderful day in a fantastic setting. Dec 2009

Thank you Libby and Kate. I thoroughly enjoyed my day, in a lovely environment. Now I have new found skills. August 2010

Great fun. Hope to come back for another workshop. Great lunch too, Kate. Many Thanks. August 2010