Need how-to for making teabag dye

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Old 11-15-02, 11:13 AM
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Question Need how-to for making teabag dye

How do I use teabags to give new white cotton curtains some color?
 
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Old 11-16-02, 07:35 PM
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Tea dying cotton

Tea dying


Tea dying is not a new idea. Tea dying was used to hide stains on linens. The tea will stain the entire linen and cover any stains or imperfections in the cloth.


Today, tea dying has become a novelty. You can tea dye a variety of items:

Napkins

Table Cloths

Placemats

Table Runners

Dollies

Tea Towels

Hand Towels

Sheets

Pillow Cases

Pillow Covers

Lace Curtains

Handkerchiefs



You will need the following to tea dye:

4 – 20 Lipton tea bags (depends on the size of the article to dye)

4 bags = 1-2 napkins

20 bags = 1 small table cloth

Sauce Pan (size depends on the article to dye)

Medium sauce pan = 2 – 4 napkins

Large pasta pan = 1 small table cloth

Water to boil



1. Fill ˝ of the pan with water.

2. Add the tea bags. The more tea bags you use the darker the color.

3. Bring to a boil over high heat.

4. Take off heat.

5. Soak article to be dyed in pan with tea bags. Be sure to get all areas wet.

6. Let it soak for…

10 minutes for light color

30 minutes for medium color

1 hour for darkest color

7. Stir every 5 minutes to get even color.

8. Wring out all liquid.

9. Put in the dyer for the best results. Be sure to clean the dryer after use, so you don’t stain the next load of laundry.

10. If you need to hang dry it, iron it when it’s almost dry. The heat helps to keep the color.

11. If it is too dark, wash it with detergent before drying.







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Title: Tea dying
Description: Tea dye your linens for an antique look or to hide existing stains.

Tea Dying. Retrieved 16 November 2002. http://www.allsands.com/Home/Carfts/teadye_ok_gn.htm
 
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Old 11-17-02, 07:46 AM
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Smile Thank you!

Thanks twelvepole! This tea dyed curtain project is a small, almost final, part of a long ongoing restoration of an antiquity and it must be done with materials available in that era. You've been a big help!!
 
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Old 11-17-02, 10:42 AM
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P.S. Hey twelvepole - It's working like a charm!
 
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Old 11-17-02, 11:25 AM
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Tea dying

Tea dying puts a different spin on "tea party." Glad your project turned out so well.
 
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