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Thread: Tea dye

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    Senior Member HomespunHandmaiden's Avatar
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    Question Tea dye

    Has anyone tried it? If so, I would love to see pictures! I've never tried it but it fascinates me

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    this is a very pretty result that was posted last night tea dye followup - wall hanging
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    here is the before and after of a block i was doing for my Dear Jane that was too bright
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    Nancy in western NY

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomespunHandmaiden View Post
    Has anyone tried it? If so, I would love to see pictures! I've never tried it but it fascinates me
    Can't show you the block because it's long gone----------but I had embroidered blocks that I wanted to use with a certain fabric. The white base of the block was too stark white to look good with the fabric, so I tea dyed it to soften the tones a bit. The embroidery design was in various greens so they took to the tea dye quite well.
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    I have tea dyed several things when I wanted a more aged look or primitive look. I have done it in my kitchen sink and I have used a spray bottle also. Love the look.

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    I'm going to try this sometime soon, though I'm wondering ....

    How do you stabilize the tea dye, so it doesn't wash out with repeated washings?
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    QuiltnNan I love the block! What a difference! It looks wonderful!

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    Wow that is neat...have to try that.
    May Everyone have a Blessed and Bountiful 2012..Teresa

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    I do this all the time. Took a class on Quilt University using teas, spices, onion skins to dye with.
    LOVED IT! I have used other plant material as well. You just have to remember that it will NOT be permanent if you do not use a Mordant! Alum is the most widely used with tea! Though even salt and vinegar can do it!

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