I've blogged about this book before, but it is coming up again, because I've got to say how much fun I have just keeping that electric fry pan of wax around and pulling it out on a random evening when I've got a free hour and a bell pepper.
Since I don't dye too often in the winter, I've got a fair amount of waxed fabric in a box under my bed, just waiting to be dyed.
When I made the light blue dye bath for my soccer jersey, I went through the box to see if any of the waiting fabric would be pleasing in blue.
I found this one, which was made using the aforementioned bell pepper:
If you look back at my older posts about batik, you'll see that the problem I had when following the directions in Malka's book was some missing details in the explanation of removing the wax from the fabric. Basically, this is what I learned last time (which Malka confirmed in the comments to an earlier blog post): don't try to boil out more than a yard of fabric at a time.
I have discovered another useful tip which really minimizes the work involved in removing the wax: as the wax boils off the fabric, scoop it out of the pot.
Those bubbles on the surface are wax.
Scoop the wax.
Doing this made the post-pot wax removal time about 10-seconds long. I just had to rinse the fabric and massage it to verify that all the wax had been removed (it had!) Hooray!
Only drawback: my soup ladle is no longer safe for food...oh well, nothing a trip to the shops won't fix!