That’s how often you get a good result using a new process the first time. But there was a blue moon in my studio today using the vat dyes from the workshop I attended only yesterday. I am including pictures of the samples we created yesterday as well as the Blue Moon scarf I printed today.

Blue Moon Scarf

Blue Moon Scarf

The effect of the vat dyes when they are printed on top of MX dyes is striking. The initial step here was to manipulate the charmeuse scarf, dye, manipulate again and overdye with the MX series dyes. Then the moon was screen printed with vat dye. This process forces – or discharges – the MX dyes while inserting the vat dye molecule into that newly vacated space in the fiber.

Blue Moon Scarf detail

Blue Moon Scarf detail

I like the very subtle color shift on this scarf, though the intriguing aspect of vat dyes is being able to achieve intense pure colors within fields of intense pure colors. The resulting halos are unique to this process.

vat dye samples

Vat Dye samples

Here are the samples we made during the workshop. There were five students, and each of us brought several fabrics to test. Each of the eight colors we mixed in the morning were printed using a different screen. You can definitely see how wonderfully this works on black and previously dyed cloth. We all received a jar of each of the eight colors to take home.

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