Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tea dyed

Sometimes we start projects and don't show the outcome the next time everyone gets together. I've done this a couple of times, and want to set the record straight this week. First, don't forget this is a Tea Tuesday post, where Kimmie keeps our links and my tea buddies drop by. I call your attention to the cup of ice tea served in my mug I bought last year at the height of a heat wave. Since we are in another round of 100 plus temperatures (38 plus C) which are supposed to last the entire week and possibly longer, I thought this mug was appropriate in hopes cooler temperatures would soon come our way.


Last week I began by tying some lace in knots or rubber bands, then I threw them in a pot of leftover tea. After I removed the lace from the tea, I set it on a piece of muslin fabric that soaked up the excess moisture. Then I twisted a longer piece of muslin and knotted it before throwing it in the same tea bath. In addition to the lace and muslin, I also dyed some papers, some of which were old, some not so old. The evidence of all this tea dyeing sits in front of you this morning. Have a great Tea Tuesday and consider dyeing some lace or paper in your leftover tea today.

21 thoughtful remarks:

voodoo vixen said...

Your tea dyed laces and material look fabulous... can imagine them made up into a lovely lace-filled journal!! LOL at your mug... snowmen in July?? Hope you get some relief from the heat soon!! Happy T Tuesday!!

girlunwinding said...

Great aged affect with your tea dying! Hope you have a great T on T today!!
Peace~
Dawn

see you there! said...

Your tea dyed things inspire me. I need to get a batch of "just in case" stuff together. I usually don't think of dying until I actually want a dyed piece... immediately!

Darla

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Your tea dying brings to mind a lace shawl my Mom dyed with tea for one of my dances in high school back in the days of Gunny Sax....thanks for inspiring a fond memory!
And your tea dying was obviously a success- can't wait to see what you do with all these beauties!

kimmie said...

I tea dyed some fabric strips yesterday and the color came out so flat. I will try your rubber band trick next time .... It makes it so much more interesting and "accidental" looking. I am so sorry for your heat wave. If only I could send you some of our cool (too cool) air (60's) and you could send me some of your heat :) what a perfect world we would have!

Happy tea day! Kimmie

La Dolce Vita said...

hello t buddy... love it when what we drink is what we art with too! xo

Terri Kahrs said...

What a clever idea to tie the fabrics with rubber bands for your dyeing session! The results are fabulous, and it was very smart to dye paper, lace and tid-bits all at once. Now you've got a beautiful stash of "vintage" things ready to use!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

peggy gatto said...

Beautiful idea! I might try some papers!
Thanks

Nancy said...

Thanks for showing your first results of the dyed items :) I know the end results will be awesome, love your artsy stuff!
Happy Tea day, hopefully the winter mug will help to cool you :)
Happy belated blogaversary too.

alteredbee said...

Love seeing your step-out processes. Very inspiring. I love tea-dying too.

Nathalie Thompson said...

Great post! Your results look like age rather dying (perfect!)

And yes, I know I have it good with freebies and cheap thrift store finds. I am spoiled by my local haunts! Here (in my little part of the world) it's all "junk" so very little value is put on it. I am in heaven!

We have the same heat wave here too.

Halle said...

Love the tea dyed lace! The snowman mug cracks me up...you'd think it was January not July. :) If only we could can some of that cold in winter and save it for summer and vice versa right?!?

Diane said...

Oh I love anything tea stained, especially the papers--that vintage look--I love it!
It's pretty hot here, but not that hot--I feel for you. I don't know what's worse--the cold in the dead of winter or this kind of heat (I'd have to say the winter :)

Yvonne said...

I love your tea dyed items. It is sooo fun to see the different colors you get using different teas. It's just about time I do some more myself. Happy tea day.

Gayle said...

Hi there Elizabeth, happy tea Tuesday to you. Thought I would call by to see what you are up to.....yes, always something interesting. I love tea dyed anything, your lace and papers look beautiful, it's such a lovely warm, soft sort of brown, can't wait to see what you do with it next. xx

my cup of tea said...

Hello! I love to tea dye too! Never thought about doing paper....hmmm I have some wonderful pages from an old book that need some'tea' to make them interesting! Thank you for your post! Hope you had a wonderful TEA day!
~Donna~

steph said...

I love love this process of prepping our own art materials....these are looking fab!!! don't forget to enjoy your cuppa...:))

Patti said...

Love the tea stain - lots of possibilities with different kinds of tea!
We're having a heat wave too... I'm with you, hoping for cooler weather!

Marilyn Rock said...

I love tea dyeing and yours looks luscious with the lace! xxoo

~*~Patty S said...

HOW did I miss your T post lady!
Your tea stained pieces do look super!

hope some cool air finds its way to you...we just had a wild thunder lightening and rain storm blow through...dark at 3:30 in the afternoon...also hoping for a cool down or at least less humidity!
oxo

NatashaMay said...

Tea dying came out great! And thanks for the tutorial on the next post. It's good to know what mistakes can be made. :)