| Tea Staining
| Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Tea staining has been around a long time and was first used to
hide stains on linens. It is one of the most popular ways to
stain fabric and gives it a warm antique look. Different types
of teas such a green tea, black tea, rasperry and herbal teas
will give you different tints and tones on fabrics so don't be
afraid to experiment a bit. Hibiscus tea will give you red tones
while black teas give more of a soft brown or cream tone to the
fabric. Tea staining works well only on natural fabrics- muslin,
cotton, linen and wools dye well. It is very easy to do and just
takes a few simple steps
If your fabric is new be sure to wash it first to remove the sizing
before dying. I have found 4 cups of water and 4 single cup tea
bags will dye one yard of fabric.
Bring the water to a boil. remove from heat, add tea, and let
sit for about 5 minutes until tea turns the desired
shade. Remove the tea bags from the water. If you don't the tea
bags may make dark stains on your fabric.
Wet your fabric in water thoroughly, removing excess before
putting in the tea mixture- stir gently.
Let soak from 10 minutes to hours, depending on how deep of a shade you
are looking for. Check every 10 minutes or so to see if the fabric is
dark enough. Remember... your fabric will dry a shade lighter.
When fabric has reached the desired shade, remove from the tea
mixture. Rinse well with warm water and a mild dish soap. If
you skip this step, the fabric may become damaged by the tea- tea
contains acids which can destroy fibers over time.
Line dry or place the fabric in the dryer. I like to put the
fabric in an old pillowcase to protect my dryer.
When the fabric is dry, if you want it darker repeat the process.
If the fabric is too dark wash the fabric in a gallon of water
to which you have added 1 tablespoon of bleach this will lighten
the fabric- rinse thoroughly and redry
If I am going to use the fabric for something that is to be washable,
I soak it in water to which I have added 1 tablespoon of vinegar
to set the color.
Have fun with the process! The possibilities are endless!
|posted by Shari Kraft @ 3:38 PM