I stitched around the edges of each piece, made up three slightly different dye baths, soaked the pieces in soda ash and then in they went.
And now they are GREEN!
The silk moth didn't take as much of the black (the dye bath was mostly yellow and black) and is quite yellow. Interesting, especially as you do get an occasional yellow Puriri Moth as a variation of the species.
This one needed a little tuck in it along the trunk as all the different fabrics shrunk a little bit differently, but that's ok and the beauty of improv. This moth I expected to be much lighter as the shirt it was made from (my husband's wedding shirt!) was 30% polyester and shouldn't have taken up the dye as well as it did. The Puriri Moth is also known as the Ghost Moth....