August 31, 2011

It's A Tea Party

Hi!  Welcome to my tea party.  I made a big batch of tea and I am not letting any go to waste.  So, today we are going to dye Muslin, age paper, and color eggs.  It won't take too long.  You can do all these projects in just a couple of hours.  Oh ya, one more thing. Would you please take a second to comment before you leave the party:)  I would love to know who was here.  It's a great way for me to meet new blog friends and to talk with old ones.  Thanks, and have fun with your hands in the tea.

 Tea dyed Muslin
Add 2 tea bags for ever 1 cup of water.  4 cups of water and 8 tea bags will do 1 yard of fabric.  Boil water and add tea.  Let steep 5 minutes.  Drop your wad of fabric in (some add strong coffee as well at this point) and saturate moving it around until your desired color comes out.  Without wringing it, put it on a foiled covered baking sheet and put in 250 degree oven for 15 min.  Baste it often.  Flip it over and do the same on the other side.  Keep flipping (and basting) every 15 min. until you see a mottled affect. *Ignore the looks you get from your family when they see that you are cooking fabric.*  When done, rinse it out and throw it in the dryer on the highest setting until damp.  Then iron on your highest setting. Then you are done.  If you don't like the look, steep some more tea and do it over until it's right.

 Aged Paper
Heat oven to 250 degrees or just leave it on after you have dyed your fabric.  Line a baking sheet with parchment and lay your copy paper or card stock on it.  Brush with strong dark tea, saturating both sides of the paper.  A little pooling is ok in some spots.  That makes the darker blotches on the paper.  Put it in the oven until it is dry.  Watch carefully.  Again * ignore the looks given because you are baking paper* If you don't like the look of the paper, re-stain it with the tea and dry until desired affect comes out.  Iron it if you are running it through your printer later.

Tea colored eggs
Sanitize your eggs with soap and water (unless you want to get sick):{ With a straight pin, poke a hole on both ends about an eighth of an inch.  Shake and shake and shake until you start getting egg white out.  Then (don't gasp) blow out the rest.  I cover the part I am put my mouth on with a paper towel.  It can be quite an exercise to blow it out, but never give up.  Keep shaking as you go.  Rinse out the egg and blow until clear water comes out.  For brown eggs, roll evenly in a mixture of 2 bags of tea to 1 cup water until desired color is achieved.  For green and blue eggs, add 1 drop of blue food coloring and 1 drop of green food coloring to one glass of water.  You can play around with the coloring yourself.  After the eggs are colored stand them up and let them drain.  For the spots, use brown acrylic paint.  Lightly run a old tooth brush through a small amount of paint and touch the spots on the eggs. Stand them up again and let dry.


Civil Folks said...

Steph, I love using tea for staining. Coffee too! I also use Walnut Hull crystals and a bit of fragrance oil.

Thanks for sharing your process.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Thanks for all the tips, Steph...I'm still experimenting in this area, so I appreciate the assistance! Why, though, do you dry the fabric in the oven? Does it set it better somehow? Can't you just "hang to dry???" Just curious! Thanks again! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Debbk said...

Thanks for all the tut's I enjoyed it! I am going to pour me glass of ice tea now!

Angie Berry said...

I LOVE the effect on the eggs... beautifully done! I have a love for tea staining and have been doing it for over 20 years but would you believe I am still afraid to put it in the oven?! I could probably do it now that my kids are gone during the day but I just know that I would get called away and forget all about it and catch my house on fire. Love the tut and how well you described it, great job! Your muslin has a wonderfully aged look!

Tolentreasures said...

Love those egg! My tea dyed items always look so red. Yours look perfect!

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

I've done this technique before...and I love how things turn out.
I have NEVER done the eggs though...thanks for the tut!


Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Thanks for the tutorials~ love them eggs~

Gettysburg Homestead said...

I have always been to scared to do eggs like that. Though I'm sure people would say I have enough air to do it :)