Here are a few experiments with dahlia flowers on silk. I had only 3 flowers, so for now I cannot repeat them. On the left is the flowers rolled in the silk and rolled around an iron file. On the right just the flowers and wrapped around a plastic bottle. The bottom of the bottle was immersed in the same water as the other piece and the top was just getting the steam. the top gave the beautiful purple colour as it didn't get in contact with the iron in the water.
Now I need to wait till next year for more flowers.