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In this collection of four assorted projects, young artisans will learn to batik scarves, book covers, and wall tapestries as they begin to undertake this Indonesian art of decorating cloth by applying wax resists and then dyeing it. This simple and user-friendly approach to batik mixes brightly colored dyes with eye-catching fabrics and papers, demonstrating effective and quick techniques for exotic results.
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Rosi was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, but was educated in England and the USA. She graduated from Vassar College in NY, USA with a history degree, but began to teach art in Primary schools and for the last 23 years has been Head of Art at Cumnor House School in Danehill, Sussex. Her interest in batik began in 1970 and since then she has given batik workshops to adults and children throughout the world. She has exhibited in Europe, Canada, USA, China and Japan, and has travelled widely in Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

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A good introduction to the art of batik. Full colour photos and instructions given for a number of projects. I don't find the projects as exciting as the Start to Patchwork book. However, suing these instructions - you will be bale to create your own projects.-KarenPlatt.co.uk With quick and easy techniques you will discover how to use wax and dye to decorate scarves, wall hangings, bracelets, bags and more. Let your imagination loose to inspire and create a riot of colour!-Craftsman Craft & Design This book is brightly coloured, well illustrated with good photography and great step-by-step instructions. In fact, I really wanted to start to make some of the projects right away. Aimed at young teenage girls with easy to make projects such as book covers, bags, scarves and boxes all incorporating the batik method. There's also a little history on batik and information on useful websites and more books to read.-Fabrications This quick and easy technique lets us use wax and dye to decorate gorgeous things including scarves, wall hangings, bracelets and bags. The book includes four projects with numerous variations. There are step-by-step photographs, easy to follow instructions, simple techniques and lots of creative ideas. It's definitely one to share with teenagers.-Machine Knitting Monthly Designed with beginners in mind these books are from the 'Start To' series, which also includes Knitting, Felting, Beading, Applique, Embroidery and Quilting. They provide a comprehensive introduction to material, equipment and techniques on each subject, before embarking on simple but fun and useful projects. The illustrations, photography and numbered instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow and each project contains a list of the required materials. There are four quick and easy Batik projects using wax and dye to decorate scarves, wall hangings, bracelets, bags and books. Seven Patchwork projects including a pet's quilt, a pin cushion, a belt, a pillow and a bag are all funky, stylish and fun.-Sew Today

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