Simplified Soy Wax Batik

"Lovely Luna" by Susan Brubaker Knapp features elements created with soy wax batik

About this Quilt

Designed By : Susan Brubaker Knapp

“Traditional batik can be a complicated, messy process, but it creates a distinctive look. This version simplifies the technique by using soy wax rather than beeswax as a resist. Soy wax is easy to remove—there’s no need to boil the fabric to remove the wax. Instead of dye, my technique uses a product that acts like dye but is actually very thin paint. And it’s not hard to learn how to use the tjanting—a wood and copper tool used to make traditional batik fabric.” – Susan Brubaker Knapp

Try simplified soy wax batik and more in the August/September 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.


  • A line drawing of a pattern or design
  • White PFD (prepared-for-dyeing) fabric
  • Transparent fabric paint (I used Jacquard® Dye-Na-Flow®.)
  • Soy wax chips
  • Tjanting
  • Small paintbrushes with fairly soft bristles
  • Small bowls or a multicompartment paint palette for mixing colors
  • Plain white candle
  • Matches or lighter
  • Ceramic plate
  • Masking tape
  • Expired hotel key card

Featured art quilt: “Lovely Luna” by Susan Brubaker Knapp

Pick up your copy of Quilting Arts Magazine August/September 2018 for these instructions and more!