As an artist have you and your artwork hit "the wall" yet? More thoughts on this one tomorrow.
I started by placing an ounce of dye materials into a clean quart jar (old spagetti sauce jars)
Filled the jars with vodka or everclear until the dye materials are covered, placed lid on jar and allowed to sit overnight.
Placed alum mordanted silk fat quarters into each jar, filled with distilled water, placed lid back onto jar and placed the jars in a sunny location. Here you can see the dye liquid wick up the fabric.
Leave in sun for up to three weeks, check to make sure that mold isn't growing on your fabrics. 2004