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Maeve
New Pal

USA
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Posted - 11/23/2006 :  10:45:10 AM  Show Profile Send Maeve a Private Message
This all started when I saw Lionbrand's Bolero. Lurv the colours, loathe the yarn! Sorry to all those out there who may love it - I hate the thick and thin, it just seems like it wasn't spun properly. There's hardly any yardage to it and it's expensive. Despite the claim on the label that it felts beautifully... that's not my opinion. It sheds and the felted swatch was fuzzy and pilled. So, yeah, I could shave it, but... all that *just* for the colours? MEH!

So I had a small ball of aran white Patons classic merino and a dreary Sunday afternoon... I googled a bit and then experimented.

I experimented with tea and cocoa. And apparently I'm hand-painting as opposed to just soaking. I wanted bits and dots of colour and then bits of cream. I accomplished that, but the colours AREN'T the same as Bolero. Still, in many ways I prefer the natural tones.

Plus, the friend that this object is destined for is a tea drinker, so it's appropriate! Eventually it will be a felted purse.

And eventually I'll have pictures... or maybe a blog, I suppose I *need* one, huh? :)

edited to add: the tea worked out very nicely, the cocoa...not so much. Next up is coffee!

mokey
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Posted - 11/23/2006 :  11:37:10 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
I confess to never having dyed yarn with tea or coffee but I have used it successfully on fabric, specifically Aida and linen.

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glccafar
Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 11/23/2006 :  11:47:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit glccafar's Homepage Send glccafar a Private Message
Oh, pictures would be great!
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LizzieK8
Warming Up

USA
83 Posts

Posted - 11/24/2006 :  06:04:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit LizzieK8's Homepage Send LizzieK8 a Private Message
[URL=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v478/SamplerLady/coffeeteaortea.jpg][IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v478/SamplerLady/th_coffeeteaortea.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

Here's some coffee and tea dyed rovings. Coffee, Green Tea and Black Tea.

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Maeve
New Pal

USA
34 Posts

Posted - 11/25/2006 :  07:52:11 AM  Show Profile Send Maeve a Private Message
OK, so... I have a blog! I don't have much up there yet, but there's one pic of the tea & cocoa dyed yarn, balled up and the start of a project. For some unfathomable reason the pictures are cloning themselves...

http://strangeness-and-charm.blogspot.com/
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Gelliott
Seriously Hooked

USA
911 Posts

Posted - 11/25/2006 :  9:13:01 PM  Show Profile Send Gelliott a Private Message
i have dyed white lace with tea to make it look "antique." My mom says that this was done all the time when she was a child.
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Maeve
New Pal

USA
34 Posts

Posted - 11/26/2006 :  09:16:00 AM  Show Profile Send Maeve a Private Message
My wedding veil was dyed with tea. I originally had black lace with green bits at the bottom and decided that was better as a skirt under my dress. And I don't like the fluffy veil stuff, so I found some lace that I liked and sorta made a veil attached to a very wide barrette hair grip thingy.

Only the lace was white. I don't do white. :) Seriously, even my dress was irridescent emerald green taffeta! I was married on Halloween, if that makes it all make more sense...

So we found these darling little roses and attached them to the barrette and brewed a vat of tea and dyed the lace. It was lovely!
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leftpaw
Warming Up

USA
95 Posts

Posted - 01/19/2007 :  4:24:19 PM  Show Profile Send leftpaw a Private Message
Do you know if you need to use vinegar when you dye yarn with tea (to set the color)? I dyed a tee-shirt in tea when I was a teenager and it worked very well and I don't remember using vinegar.
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