I am continueing to experiment with mulberry dye while the fruit is still plentiful on the tree. I only gathered from under the tree what the birds left behind. I had a big bag full the other day. I took a suggestion from friend to soak the berries to maximise the colour. I added a few balls of pearl threads and some pieces of kimono silk. The colour got darker after 24 hours of soaking. I then boiled it for an hour. The result for the silk was really pleasing, but it didn't do much for the pearl threads being 100% cotton. Now I can say I tried the soaking method!
I posted this same picture on Facebook and I just love the comments I got from it. Some said it was good enough to eat and what it needs it whipped cream on top. Power of digital photography uh?
Here are different pieces of silk from the dye bath. I scrunched the pieces and tied them with elastic bands so the inside parts didn't get direct contact with the dye. The result was a mottled effect. It's interesting to find that different kind of silks give a different colour. Being vintage silk, it's hard to know what kind of silk it is.
I started piecing the new bojagi cloth for DGD using some of the mulberry dyed silk from the first batch. I added more pieces since I took this photo. I am using the mulberry dyed silk throughout the cloth and on the border too. The bojagi cloth is very addictive. I intend to make a quilt size of it one day...!
Here is my first bojagi cloth I posted here, but look carefully at the dark patches! I have added sashiko stitching on those dark patches. It improved and added more charm to the whole cloth.
What is sashiko stitching doing on a Korean wrapping cloth? Crafts and textiles evolved and merged over the years with the migration of populations. The merging in this case is because of how I am. I like experimenting. After I added sashiko stitching on one patch I knew that this was what it needed...!
I will be away from my blog for just over a week. I will not have the Internet while I am away. Oh well, life without the Internet. Let's see how it goes! Wishing everyone a great week and be safe whatever you are doing.