08 September 2017

Resist

Marcella and I thought it would be cool to buy some 3" Plexiglas discs for us to use as a resist in the indigo vat. Marcella also mentioned making some "markers" for us to use on the line and when throwing the indigo projects on the lawn. Nothing is as disappointing as not being able to find your piece. Some will look alike and it can be frustrating. So I cut up hundreds of small "tags" of Tyvec we can put our initials on with permanent marker and safety pin to our work. This way there will be no confusion and or lost pieces.


I so wanted to try out the discs for the blog but I didn't have an indigo vat so I thought I'd try some MX dye. Unfortunately you have to let your piece soak in dye and soda ash and before I could say boo, the dye soaked into the silk. I washed it out by hand and although not the outcome I was looking for at least it gave an indication of what the resist might look like. Indigo is such a quick dunk, I'm betting this will look great on a rayon infinity scarf. I bought 30 of them for anyone who might want to try it. They aren't included in the workshop but I am just charging what I paid for them.

This is a rayon infinity scarf with Plexiglas resists.





This was an 8" wide silk charmeuse scarf I had kicking around. I don't like narrow scarves (ours are 14" wide) but it was OK for an experiment. MX dye did not lend itself well to silk but it was interesting.





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