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When I was young, my mother did tea staining on our curtains, which were silk. We used the jasmine mixed with oolong, and pu-licha and gave our white a very gorgeous ivory color...its so beautiful. I am so glad that Chinese "discovered" tea...!

The color really depends on what kind of leaves you use...But usually it will come out different shades of ivory...depending whether the tea is processed using the Chinese method(baked) or the Japanese(sencha). The Japanese tends to be lighter with a very very tint of greeness but its really not that noticable...! Sighs, how I love tea...!

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Those curtains sound lovely, I bet it looked great!

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That's a good point. I once spilled some tea over a pale pink top that I think was mostly polyester. I didn't think much of it, but once the tea dried, the stains didn't disappear as I'd expected but turned into a weird shade of lilac. I had to ditch the shirt
My mistake! It looks like polyester can be dyed with tea...

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i stuck a bunch of old doilies in a bucket full of tea...
i am making a cropped vest out of one of the doilies...will cut some up and use as trim/embellishments on other garments...

i will try to get picks posted later...

am thinking of doing it to a wht linen tablecloth next which i will then make into some sort of dress...

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wow, this sounds very interesting. i would love to experiment tea staining on clothing. can someone post pics please?

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Maurizio did it with tea, coffee, orzo in the last Linea collection.

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coffee??...that's a good idea...


what does orzo do??...make it starchy?.......

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Soft....you have given me so many ideas now..... thank you thank you thank you!

*runs off to buy some PG Tips*

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coffee??...that's a good idea.......

i've heard coffee makes your clothes smell once you've stained them and that tea is better since you dont get the bad smell.

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Ive been thinking about doing this with some white tees & long tanks because I just really hate chemical dyes. I have a parrot & so I dont like anything chemical. So thanks so much for the directions.

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i've heard coffee makes your clothes smell once you've stained them and that tea is better since you dont get the bad smell.
I can't imagine the clothes would actually smell of coffee (or tea) because you do wash/rinse them... And once they're dry, there's not much left to give off any odour whatsoever.

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No pictures? =|

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I will try and take some pictures...yet the curtains are in our old house...

I can't speak for coffee, but for tea, it actually helps to get the smelly smell away...only a very fresh and clean smell...!

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Some photos...
I guess it all depends on the kind of tea and how long you immerse the fabric for. I don't know what kind of tea these people used in the photos--I just found the images on google.


from: http://www.victoriantrading.com


from: http://www.clothing-and-accessories.com/clothing/
Section: Cowboy clothing


from: http://www.theage.com.au

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ooh. There are some great ideas floating about. I LOVE the silk curtains being dyed with tea - although I dont know if I would have the guts to dye a set of silk curtains for the lounge but I'm guessing there was experimentation before hand. I also really like the color of the cowboy hat above. And coffee.... i guess that would be more of a brown as opposed to the hues of beige with tea. Great thread!!

Oh yeah, I forgot to ask - what is Orzo?


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