Quite a few months ago, I noticed that a tree in our street had had a branch broken off - probably by vandals but maybe not as it was hanging over the footpath and the only branch broken off was the one that was in the way. This particular tree has spectacular red gum blossoms, I'm not sure what variety of eucalypt it is but it is gorgeous. It might be Eucalyptus Ficifolia.
It also has large clumps of big gumnuts after the flowers die away and there were heaps (literally) of them on the nature strip. They were there for days and eventually I couldn't resist them. I took our green recycling bin down and cleaned up most of the mess but kept a bucketful of the gumnuts, just to see if I could ever do anything with them.
I left them soaking for a couple of days before boiling them up. I put a silk scarf in there to see if it would take up any dye. Not much happened so I turned it off after a couple of hours of boiling - the silk was a dirty white colour.
I have left the gumnuts to soak some more and will see what sort of dyebath I get. Then I will try some more silk pieces and see what eventuates.
As with the mulberry dyeing, I am not sure why I am dyeing this fabric, I have no particular project in mind and hence am only dyeing scraps, not specific types or sizes of silk. But it is all interesting and satisfying.