November 3, 2010 8:52 am
I really love the color (or non-color??) white. But sometimes you want something not so bright. So I tried my hand at tea staining. I learned that tea dying is when you fully immerse the fabric in the tea. I wanted a differnt feel to mine, which is called tea staining. Here’s what I did.
Make some tea. I used black tea and for this small amount of fabric, I jsut used one bag. You can make it darker by adding more. I put mine in a jar because you can reuse it.
I wanted mine to have a brushed sort of look so I applied it with a pastry brush.
Here’s how a piece looked. after my first application. It’s just slightly darker.
I let the ta sit for longer to make it darker then I brushed over it with some slightly darker lines.
Now it won’t be permanent with multiple washings so to fix it, soak the fabric in two parts vinegar, one partwater and 2 tbsp of salt. Soak for 15 minutes. Then wash.
Here’s what I ended up using it for.
This is my Lisa Sweater made from a plum colored linen knit.
I loved the combed effect on the white jersey.
it has these slimming details on the front and back.
It’s also for sale in my etsy shop!
i hope you enjoyed this technique and can find lots of fun ways to use it!
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