How to Tea Stain Fabric - What are the secrets to tea dyeing? I bought a little box of “Tea Dye for Quilts” and wasn’t impressed with the results.
Is there a way to successfully tea-dye a quilt after I have already tried to dye it? – A Quilter’s Review reader There are pros and cons to tea dyeing. Some experts say you should not tea-dye because the tannic acid from the tea will eventually destroy the fibers. Other experts love the process. Give fabric antique look with tea dye - tribunedigital-chicagotribune. November 18, 2001|By Martha Stewart, New York Times Syndicate, Copyright 2001, Martha Stewart.
Have you ever admired the dusky, softly aged color of an antique drapery or piece of upholstered furniture and wished you could re-create the look on a newer fabric? There's actually a very simple way to do this--one that doesn't require waiting years for the aging process to occur. Tea-dyeing is a natural process that adds a subtle coloration to fabric--enough to even out a blotchy surface or soften the look of a crisp, new piece. It's a time-honored practice, one that most likely has its origins in the earliest days of fabric dyeing. Many textile historians believe that the first people to dye fabrics did so in order to cover dirt and stains in the days before frequent laundering and bleach made them easy to remove. Farm Wife Primitives: Tea Stain Recipe.
I found a great site on the web that had some really wonderful primitive techniques for craft making and I wanted to share with you one of the recipes that she has on her site, which is how to tea stain fabric.
Here is her recipe: How To Dye Textiles With Coffee & Tea — Apartment Therapy Tutorials. (Image credit: Ashley Poskin) Staining or dying textiles with natural products such as coffee and tea is an inexpensive, non-toxic method for altering cloth.
It's an easy way to create a vintage look, or to disguise those badly stained kitchen towels—not to mention, the process smells a whole lot better than using commercial dyes! What You Need Materials Cloth (We used 100% cotton) Tea bags or coffee Tools Large pot for soaking Utensils for stirring and removing textiles Stovetop, tea kettle, or coffee pot for making the coffee or tea Instructions For tea: Unwrap tea bags and cut off the strings and tags (or just buy generic tea bags without tags!).
For coffee: Brew in a pot or dissolve instant coffee in very hot water. Step 1: If staining pre-used fabric, be sure to launder it to remove any soil or food particles just before the staining process; do not dry. Step 2: Turn off the heat and insert the damp cloth into the brew of your choice. Step 3: Let the cloth steep for at least 1 hour. How to Tea Dye Fabric for an Aged Look. Andie's Way: Tea Staining Fabric for a Vintage Look. Tea staining fabric is an easy way to give fabric that warm, vintage look by tinting it brown.
It can give new fabric that antique look of old linen. This technique works well with fabrics made of natural material such as cotton, linen, muslin and wool. Synthetic fabrics will not absorb the stain. My mom used to tea stain fabrics she used in quilts to give them the aged look. She said her mother would use tea stain to camouflage small light stains on tablecloths. Our garden is suffering through the final weeks of summer. This fabric is my inspiration for the room. The birds are just so colorful which is perfect because this room needs to be cheery.
This was the closest I could find to my perfect match but it is a bit too lime. The print is white instead of ivory and since these are pillows I will see up close everyday, the white would bother me against the ivory in the bird fabric. Watermark Tee. Hello U-Create readers!
I am so excited to be guest posting here today. It just so happens to be my first guest post and I'm still a little shocked that it's here at Ucreate, one of my favorite blogs! A little bit about me.. I'm from a little town called Keller, Texas. I'm a junior at Texas A&M University (whoop!). I'm working on my education degree and expect to be an elementary school teacher in just two short years. When I'm not busy studying for classes, I love to sew. I just started blogging in May and have already met all kinds of wonderful women, I hope you'll stop by and say hi too! Watermark Tee Tutorial What I love about this project is that it's completely customizable.
Materials: Elmer's Blue Gel Glue (it must be the blue gel, white won't work) Fabric Dye (RIT is my tried and true brand) A white cotton Tee, Tank, Dress etc.