It was about Christmas time last year when I retrieved the thin silver ribbon from the top closet shelf. I had just begun to wrap packages when the phone rang. So, snipping off a length of about a foot, I ran to answer the phone. Upon my return, that piece of silver ribbon was missing. Hmm. Had I really cut that piece? Being the age that I am, one can never be sure, know what I mean? Honestly, I didn’t give it another thought until about two days later when, from the corner of my eye, I see a silver flash dart past me…like a silver worm flying thru the air. What the heck, worms don’t fly! Doing a double-take, I note that in all actuality the silver flash was really our cat Friend, a length of silver ribbon protruding from his lower orifice. He was aghast by that thing that fluttered from his hind quarters and around the room he flew, almost airborne, silver ribbon flapping as he went. I am sorry that I do not have a video to share of that moment, but I think you already have a picture in your mind of the scene. And I apologize for that. When I got over the initial shock I decided to take evasive action. After all, one should not have a piece of silver ribbon permanently attached to…well, there. Not even a trouble-making cat should have to endure that. So, I took a chance and grabbed the end of that ribbon as it flew by me. Out it came. No intestines with it, thank heavens. And for those of you who are wondering, yes, I did throw away that piece of ribbon. I did not use it to wrap a gift. THIS SCARF was done from a fantastic Rick Ward photo. Rick is married to Liz Miller, owner of the wonderful shop Artful Endeavors in Raleigh, NC where I teach most every November. Liz and Rick have wonderful cats and Rick kindly gave me permission to paint his photo. I happened to be painting scarves that week, so it became a scarf. And besides, I thought a scarf would be fitting – the long, narrow dimension of a scarf sort of goes along with our theme this week. He, he.

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This particular scarf is a batik. Yes! Layers of wax and color, just like one of our regular batiks. If you’d like to give it a try, use paraffin and the very same process that’s used in my packets. Layer wax and paint, always saving what you want to ‘stay as it is’ with the wax. The only thing that changes is the paint. You must use FABRIC PAINT. I used DYNA-FLO on this scarf, but SETACOLOR also works very well. They are both watercolor soluble and very easy to use. Just iron afterward to remove the wax AND set the paint all in one step. You can order both of those brands of fabric paint from Dharma Trading Company. Dharma is the online authority for any type of fabric painting, including batik. If you go to their website, you can find a wealth of information – supplies, DVDs, short demos on technique and the fabric to use it on. They are a one-stop shop. Some of you have asked me about soy wax. Yes, you can certainly use soy wax. It melts at a lower temp than paraffin. I also find that is ‘runs’ more…oozes outward more. Paraffin tends to stay where you put it, and I like that. So, while I tried soy for a bit, I have decided to stick with paraffin.

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Oh Friend. What a cat. He’s always coming up with something. I’m on my way to MISA (Madeline Island School of the Arts) in the Apostle Islands, WI. So, my husband is entrusted with taking care of the ‘boys’ while I’m away. He knows about the ribbon problem.

Thanks so much for reading!
Kathie xo

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