I was looking for something to do while my bread baked. Tea dyeing a piece of Jobelan and taking photos for you seemed to fit the bill!
Start off by putting six or eight tea bags in a large pot of water and start it a-boil. I have several boxes of various teas used just for dyeing. Not because they are untasty teas or that they dye better but because Rick bought me like 20 boxes of tea for Christmas one year. I can't drink that much tea! After sitting a few months...tea just tastes funny. So it's great tea for dyeing. I think I've been working on these teas for five years??? ROFLOL
Now, once your tea is boiling, wad up your fabric. I'm serious...stuff, crumple, crinkle and really wad it up. This is what gives fabric the variations everyone loved in my Sisterhood fabric. Secure it with a rubber band.
Now dunk it into the hot tea. Use tongs to push it under. You can turn off the heat once the tea bath has boiled. Don't move it around too much but do turn it over a couple of times. Moving it around will reduce the blotches, splotches and speckles and we don't want that!
If you time it just right, your jalapeno cheese bread will be out of the oven at this point. Mmm!
While your bread cools, use tongs to remove the fabric from the bath to the sink. Take off the rubber band and give the fabric a wash with laundry soap.
Lay the cleaned fabric out on an old towel and iron it dry. It will look very dark when it is wet but it lightens up after it is dry. Rick never fails to say, "Wow, that's really dark!" before I've dried a dyed fabric. Every. Single. Time.
Didn't it turn out pretty? Naff photos today...it's very overcast and dark outside but it hasn't rained.
I've been working on my Lizzie Kate Exchange so I can't show you any stitching. I also started Crabby September but unless you really, really want to admire boring rows of border stitches, I'll wait until there is more to see!
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