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« on: January 28, 2004 11:48:26 AM »

some how I have ended up with 2 shades of Ecru in a tablecloth (210 rows filet crochet), Can I dye this article using tea to bring the colors together. This is 100% crochet cotton size 10. Any help will be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2004 12:31:06 PM »

I would absolutely think so.
My hubby used tea, koolaid and coffee to dye paper.
I think you would need something to keep the dye in the fabric though.
And of course, you'd want to boil the water and use a stronger concentrate and definitly do test runs for strength of dye and dyeing times.
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2004 09:37:11 AM »

I actually have an old Marthat Stewart (I took it out of someone's recycling box..I swear) that talks about it..unfortunetely I'm at work right now

Check the Marthat site it might be on

As I recall you just need the tea bad and some sort of fixer

Oh and diff teas can give you very dif colours

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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2004 08:49:42 AM »

Here's the Martha  link:

I tried tea, which turned out too light for me, coffee which was a nice brown and tummeric (spice) which will cover it all with a great dye for a yellow.  Warning about the turmeric, it stains everything it comes in contact with, including the stainless steel which you'll need to scrub to get off.  Use something like a bucket instead of your sink.  Follow the directions on Martha but lower the spice level because alittle goes a long way.
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