Saturday, February 21, 2009

Tea Dye

Tonight I tea dyed some fabric for doll making. I boiled 6 teabags in a big pot, along with a tablespoon of salt, then added about 1/2 yard of tan muslin and simmered it for about 15 minutes. Then I rinsed it thoroughly in cold water. It's about dry now and it's a lovely shade of deep brown.

You can also use yellow or brown onion skins to get a brown dye. I've used that on raffia before. Raffia takes dye beautifully. If you ever have a weak dye bath left over from other projects, toss some raffia in there afterwards.

Raffia can be used for weaving things like baskets and hats, or use it to make bows for wreaths or to adorn gift wrapping. It is easily split into different widths. You can even make cordage from it.

Update: The photo of the fabric is before and after the tea dyeing.

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