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TOPIC: What does tea dying do to bright colors?

08 Aug 2008 18:11 #23773

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how long does the tea dying effect last?

Will it ever wash out and let the original bright colors shine through??

I have heard of tea dying but never tried it... Just wondering
I had a fun time last year making some "clean-up-quilts"..just fabric I didnt that couldnt maske it into any of my quilts..so I made quilts from em....big squares, dyed in coffee and tea. I did put some salt into the Tea/coffee and they are still prefect coffee/tea quilts today. I have used them all over..piknic...sleep over or under...sat on them...8sed them as tableclothes...what ever...and they still have that kind of antique look to them:)
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08 Aug 2008 17:51 #23770

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I haven't a clue, I think it just stays, I haven't had any come out yet.
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08 Aug 2008 16:38 #23764

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how long does the tea dying effect last?

Will it ever wash out and let the original bright colors shine through??

I have heard of tea dying but never tried it... Just wondering
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08 Aug 2008 13:33 #23757

I suggest you try dying some sample swatches of your fabric first to see if it's the result that you want. Julie
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08 Aug 2008 11:03 #23730

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It depends on how dark you want it to go. When I do it. I put a cup of water in the microwave with one or two tea bags in it--bring the water to boiling and let the tea bags seep. When I put my fabric in the hot water (take the tea bags out first) I just keep dunking it in and out so I can see how dark it is getting when it looks about right I rinse with cold water, wring out the excess water and press the fabric dry. If is not dark enough, I put it back in the tea--sometimes I reheat the tea. I think it is all experimental and you have to just watch for what you want.
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08 Aug 2008 10:29 #23726

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How much tea per water do you use???Thanks Jan
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08 Aug 2008 10:18 #23725

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The tea (I use Lipton) just tones down the color so it is not so bright.
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What does tea dying do to bright colors? 07 Aug 2008 20:21 #23676

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I am making a wedding gift of a sampler with wedding photos and picked vibrant green and red and an accent of vibrant blue. Since the bride likes folk and primitive arts and crafts I was thinking of tea dying them but maybe I should just buy new fat quarters. The wedding dresses were light blue, lavendar and white. So I was thinking if i use color photos I maybe should do sepia and use folksy colors. Does tea dying work best on some fabrics???? Thanks, Jan
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