By Claudia, MD
Also, if the fabric is cotton, a strong coffee or tea can be used to make it look old or to give it a tan or brown look, mix the tea or coffee in water and soak item until desired color is reached. Also try any berry jucie, or even grape juice with vinegar to set.
By Martha in TN
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I am trying to dye some curtains white. They were originally an off white. Respond at sandyholy6 AT aol.com
Aurorasilk.com is a natural dye supplier in Portland, Oregon.
The owner Cheryl Kolander has wonderful tutorials on the
web. I worked for her for a year and answered email, etc.
Natural dying is so much fun...
There are also great tutorials on the web.
I found an alternative source for alum is Oriental food
stores. It comes in chunks which have to be dissolved of
course. Where alum is the appropriate mordant use 10-25%
by weight to dry textile. If you are just experimenting,
start low and work your way up and save your samples.
Alum is THE mordant for wool.
Everyone is forgetting the fun stuff, like cooking onion skins (nice golden yellow), beets for a purplish blue and fleshy green leaves(a soft clouded green)You have to pound these last and put the fabric in without adding too much water.
Yes I agree with MartyD, it would best if u set the dyes with something called a mordent. Salt, washing soda and also, believe it or not, rusty nails!
I remember my mother using a cold water rinse with salt. She said it would "set the dye". She did this with all the red garments she bought me and the fabrics before she sewed them. In those days not all fabrics were color fast and would fade on a person's undies if caught out in the rain or if you perspired too heavily. Precautions had to be taken and salt was what worked for my mama.
BTW I love lace aged with tea stain!
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