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PArmstr (Patricia Armstrong-Krauss)
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like I have to do a lot of experimenting in the next few weekends. I still have two larger pieces of fabric left. One is 68x25cm and the other is 63x54cm. I should have enough test fabric if I cut small 5x5cm squares. The first batch didn't work out at all because I left them in the tea and espresso way too long. They came out darker than the jacket. Shocked I guess I underestimated the staining power of cheap Aldi Earl Gray tea and Jacobs Espresso.

Does anybody have experience with how well the tea dye keeps up with washing? It would be very disappointing to go through all the experimenting, taking off the yoke, dying it and putting it back just for all the tea dye to come out after washing the jacket once or twice.

Another thing I have no clue about is how much salt I will need to seal the tea dye into the fabric. Do you have any advice for me?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always hand-wash gently and that seems to be ok.

I'm not great with dye fixing, I just sort of experiment as I go. I have a friend who is good with dye, she might know more specifically how much. I will ask her.

If anyone else has any ideas feel feel to chime in.
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