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20 Aug 2010

Tea dyeing

[Karen Barbé · Textile designer · Tea dyeing (before)]

[Karen Barbé · Textile designer · Tea dyeing]

My sister Fani made this doily for me. She's my crochet adviser and chart decoder.

I plan to place it on a white table, so a subtle tint was needed. This is the first time I dye with tea, not sure about its fastness...

10 comments :

Jesse said...

I think it fades slightly with washing, over time, but it will never wash out completely. I haven't dyed anything with tea before either, but I've ruined many things by spilling tea!

Frances said...

This post of yours has taken me back to memories of my grandmother. She was a fine crocheter and practictioner of the art of tea dying. Of course, although I remember watching her and beautifully subtle tinting, I was then too young to actually learn the process.

Thank you for taking me back to those days in the 1950's.

Hermanita said...

Qué lindo post! Y me gustó mucho el comentario de rememorar a la abuelita.. Siempre me han gustado las cosas añejas, qué bueno lograr acercarse a esa dedicación de antaño.

Karen said...

Jesse – you're right. Now that I think of it, tea makes difficult to remove stains – I recall a breakfast tea spill over bed sheets that could never be removed at all and well, my tea mug that's always stained on the inside!

Frances – oh it's so sweet to read that! Thanks to you for letting me know.

Fani :)

Kena said...

Con este post también me he acordado de mi abuelita que tejía unos lindos manteles a crochet y de los teñidos de mi madre. Ella ha experimentado con té y con jugo de betarragas. Es cierto que con el lavado, el color va cediendo pero nunca vuelve a quedar completamente blanco asi es que creo que vas a conseguir el leve tono deseado.
Cariños !

Karen said...

Kena – Hola! Veo que en tu familia también corren las labores manuales :)
El pañito ya está seco y quedó del color que quería. Cuando lo lave será con mucho cuidado y agua fría...

grossomodo said...

me encanta! tengo unos mantelitos con los que voy a intentarlo!

Yanyan said...

Lovely to discover your beautiful blog and shop! I have used the tea to dye the cotton fabric when I tried to make a doll in the past, to add some color to the face. I think the subtle color will always be there even after you wash it, although I have not washed the doll ever. Yanyan @ Suvi Ainoa

Ebony said...

That was so cute. I love the design of your sister. I'm also wondering what will happen next?

Anonymous said...

I own a tea room and tea stains can be removed by bleach (also will work inside a tea cup or mug!) I love to tea dye some things with color that I can't bleach out!