Anyway, I went out and turned over my pieces of silk, still leaving the plant-stuff in with the fabric. It will have had some heat and some warmth. And then some coolth (I read a book once that kept using that word, not sure it exists and can't be bothered looking it up - it's a lazy Sunday, summer afternoon in the holiday period).
This morning I went out and took out the flower heads and threw them in the compost, the alum is supposed to be alright for plants. There were a few tiny spots of colour that could have been from the flowers rotting, I am not sure. They are so tiny that I am not going to worry about them, the tentative plan I have for the fabric requires it to be cut up and appliquéd anyway. So unwanted spots will not matter.
I rinsed out some of the smaller pieces of silk but decided to leave the larger pieces still soaking.
I then decided to experiment further.
I had kept some of the flowers just in the room, letting them dry out.
|They are in a blue ice-cream container and look more purple in the photo than they really were, some were tending towards brown.|
In the meantime, I have rinsed and dried the smaller pieces and they have turned out a lovely grey, with slight blue and purple overtones. I used some crinkle silk, nubby silk and some velvet. The gauze cotton has maintained some colour too.
|It still looks pretty murky. The fabric may have to be used in appliqué, lots of little pieces hidden among others.|