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25-04-2006
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So...after experimenting with a few white undershirts. Here's what I've found.

Tea staining will make all your white clothes a nice ecru (creamy tan), one of my favorite colors. ALSO, make sure all the clothes you want to stain are clean. The tea takes any sweat on your clothes and makes it a bright yellow. I had to throw away a few good undershirts.

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Well I've just put a pair of white linen pants on to wash. Then they're into the pot with loose leaf green tea. Am interested to see what happens (if anything) with the loose leaf as opposed to tea bags.

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I think orzo is something like barley?
softgrey should know about it.
maybe you get some beige-ish color with it.



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nice topic softgrey! and thanks for the extra pics and info runner!
i remember staining paper with tea in elementary school.
gius, the tannic acid in tea acts like a mordant, so the color stays put.

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Thanks for that Runner. Well I started off dying my wht. linen pants with green tea, left it for several hours (with stirring) and nothing happened. So I added two black tea t-bags.

They have come out a lovely shade of light ecru. BUT I am going to give them one more go with the blk t-bags and get them a shade or two darker. Its great to be able to dye andnot have to take rubber gloves on and off. Lots of fun in my kitchen at the mo!

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"gius, the tannic acid in tea acts like a mordant, so the color stays put." Interesting Sea of stitches, I was wondering again about this. Thx!

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you are welcome, alliecat.

oh yeah, and everyone should be aware that the tea breaks down the fibers (i think this is more a problem with cellulose fibers than protein ones), so don't dye any heirlooms!

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Interesting - I've just hung my linen pants out to dry (2nd round of dying) and the color has def. taken better on some 'fibrous' threads. Was just wondering how that would affect the longevity of the pants.

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i love all the additional info that eveyone added...
and thanks for the pics runner...

here is my project...

remember- it was originally a table doily that was bright white (from my grandmother)
so i cut out some pieces and dipped it in a bucket o' tea...
and....

voila!!!...:p
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I can't give you karma but I love the colour of your doilly shrug..... feeling even more inspired now!

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Quote:
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Was just wondering how that would affect the longevity of the pants.
unfortunately, i'm not an expert. what i know is that cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, hemp, jute, etc) don't like acid, while protein fibers (wool, silk, camel, etc) don't like alkaline (bleach is one). one website quoted 30-40 years, but i'm sure it depends on such factors as the age of the garment, how long you steep it, etc.

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thansk susie...i am inspired too!...i can't wait to wear it!
since it worked out so well, i am trying to think of other things to do as well...
really excited to see what your creative little mind comes up with!!..

please share!!..

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i've never seen orzo like that runner---i guess it must be toasted...
i have only ever had it as a pasta in soup or cold in a salad???...

that's new to me...
very interesting...!!

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^It looks so pretty with that on the blouse, softgrey

Thanks sea_of_stitches for all the information

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