Monday, July 19, 2010

work in progress: dying with tea

I often like to take a crafting supply and challenge myself by changing it somehow; cut it, sand it, paint it, color it.  I like to make it unique. 

So lately I've been thinking about dying fabric.  Aside from some tie dying in Girl Scouts when I was a young scout, I have absolutely no experience.

I decided to dip my toe (or fabric) into dying by starting with tea dying.  Six cheap tea bags, my biggest pot, and a yard of fabric I intend to use as the lining of a bag and I was on my way.


The results were not as dramatic as I hoped, but still more than acceptable for the project.  My cutesy, "too red", "too white" fabric is now a bit muted, a bit more mellow, a bit darker.


I think I'm ready to move on to colored dye.  Bring on the mess!

4 comments:

Bethany said...

You should try coffee and see what happens. You'd probably get one of those dark "country" style prints.

April said...

omg. i don't think i realized who you were :) you ARE crafty!!

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huntressofnostalgia said...

Today is my first venture with tea dyeing too. I'm also working with red. And after reading this, I think I'll dump the rest of my morning coffee into my dye vat as well.....:)

Naturally Me Creations said...

I'm so hesitant to try new things someimtes, especially if it looks messy and i think that it may fail, and then i've gone through all that mess for nothing, hehe. I've dyed paper with tea once and that worked out pretty well! :)

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