Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 19 of 19

Thread: tea dye

  1. #1
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Forest Grove,OR
    Posts
    6,573
    Blog Entries
    1
    can anyone tell me what this is, and how its done?

  2. #2
    Power Poster MadQuilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    ELVERTA, CA
    Posts
    15,494
    Blog Entries
    1
    Have you ever stained your shirt with tea (or coffee)?

    It is exactly what it says - you dye your fabric with tea. (Can also be done with doffee)

    Steep the tea to a dark reddish brown color and remove the bags then put the damp (prewashed) natural fiber fabric in the solution. Soak until the proper color is reached and rinse. Can be used to "antique" some bright fabrics. Works really well on muslin.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    579
    Brew some tea. You brew the strength of the tea, depending on how dark you want to dye your fabric. Also it depends on how long you leave it in the tea as to how dark it can get.

    Dampen your fabric and do a test with a small swatch. Always make sure your fabric is wet before you put it in the tea. When you have the fabric the colour you want, take it out and put it in cold water. Rinse until the water runs clear. Dry your fabric.

    I have done this a few times and it works really well.

  4. #4
    Super Member earlylace's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Northwest, NJ
    Posts
    1,558
    Thanks for all the tips, I am going to make some rag dolls, and bunnies ant tea dye them, good stuff on this site!! Thanks

  5. #5
    Super Member Marcia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    5,559
    My friends and I did an "experiment" once with different kinds of tea. We each threw a fat quarter of muslin into the brew. We used red zinger for one, blackberry tea for another, etc. It was fun to see the different shades the muslin turned with different teas. We wrote the name of the tea on the selvage to keep for future reference.

    I prefer to coffee dye. And you can get different shades with different brews of coffee too.

  6. #6
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Forest Grove,OR
    Posts
    6,573
    Blog Entries
    1
    Thank you very much for telling me how its done. Penny

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    60
    Back in the 50's my Momma used to "tea dye" her white elastic hoses that she had to wear Looked so much better than just the white. glenda in Tx.

  8. #8
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,088
    Blog Entries
    1
    When you prewash the fabric, you might have better results if you don't use fabric softener or dryer sheets :D:D:D

  9. #9
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Forest Grove,OR
    Posts
    6,573
    Blog Entries
    1
    thank you, I would have used dryer sheets, Im trying to learn as much as I can about quilting and fabric dyeing and fabric painting. Penny

  10. #10
    Super Member Oklahoma Suzie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Home town: Rehoboth, MA Now living in OK
    Posts
    7,897
    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Have you ever stained your shirt with tea (or coffee)?

    It is exactly what it says - you dye your fabric with tea. (Can also be done with doffee)

    Steep the tea to a dark reddish brown color and remove the bags then put the damp (prewashed) natural fiber fabric in the solution. Soak until the proper color is reached and rinse. Can be used to "antique" some bright fabrics. Works really well on muslin.
    the tea does work well, have not tried coffee

  11. #11
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,956
    I didn't realize you could use coffee too. I'm going to try that.

  12. #12
    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Central Indiana (USA)
    Posts
    30,663
    Blog Entries
    194
    Lots of cool tips, thanks!

  13. #13
    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Central Indiana (USA)
    Posts
    30,663
    Blog Entries
    194
    just found this cool link for you

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/468579/How-to-Tea-Dye-Fabric

  14. #14
    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Central Indiana (USA)
    Posts
    30,663
    Blog Entries
    194
    http://www.crafty-moms.com/tea-dye-fabric.shtml

    lots of nice information on this website, enjoy!

  15. #15
    Gal
    Gal is offline
    Super Member Gal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    New Zealand in the South Pacific
    Posts
    1,117
    I have used coffee and tea and I think I prefer the coffee, not that I have used it for quilts but I have used it for dying laces and such with my doll making. Natural fibers will always take the best, nylons etc do not work so well.

    Gal

  16. #16
    Super Member Oklahoma Suzie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Home town: Rehoboth, MA Now living in OK
    Posts
    7,897
    Quote Originally Posted by Gal
    I have used coffee and tea and I think I prefer the coffee, not that I have used it for quilts but I have used it for dying laces and such with my doll making. Natural fibers will always take the best, nylons etc do not work so well.

    Gal
    I have never tried coffee, I will have to try it.

  17. #17

    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    15
    Thank you all so much for your great suggestions. I will let you know how it turns out.

  18. #18
    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Central Indiana (USA)
    Posts
    30,663
    Blog Entries
    194
    did you try the tea or coffee dye???

    Quote Originally Posted by Vi ODEll
    Thank you all so much for your great suggestions. I will let you know how it turns out.

  19. #19
    Gal
    Gal is offline
    Super Member Gal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    New Zealand in the South Pacific
    Posts
    1,117
    A good tip also is to put a little vinegar or baking soda into the rinsing water to set the dye colour.

    Also for a 'tea dyed sprinkling effect' you just prewash fabric and lay it flat, sprinkle tea leaves onto the surface as many as you would like, then leave to dry. Rinse out excess dye using a little vinegar as I mentioned, this gives a nice rusty speckled look, antique sort of.

    Gal

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.