Natural Dye – Tea with Iron Water

An index card on a white table. On the left hand side, the information from this web page is handwritten in black ink.

On the right hand side, there are 6 samples stapled to the card. 5 samples are stapled in a row and the sixth is stapled below the others. The BFL yarn is a very dark brown that appears black in most lights. The bamboo yarn is a silvery grey. The cotton yarn is a medium grey. The cotton fabric is a medium grey. The linen is a dark grey. The sample beneth the others is the 2nd bath BFL yarn,which is a dark grey brown.

1st bath – BFL Yarn – Bamboo Yarn – Cotton Yarn – Cotton Fabric – Linen Fabric

2nd bath – BFL Yarn

  • 13 tea bags (black tea)
  • 136.2 g fiber
  • +100 g yarn skein
  • 3 tbsp iron water

5/8/2020 –

11:15 am – Heat tea (low medium)

12:30 pm – Add fiber

1:50 pm – Add iron water

2:15 pm – Turn the heat off and let sit.

4:00 pm – Reheat dye bath and add 100 g yarn

5:00 pm – Turn heat off and let sit overnight.

5/9/2020 – Wash and dry.

Natural Dye – Coffee & Tea

Mordant: Alum = 8%

1/19/19 –

  • Mordant fabric and yarn – simmer 1 hour
  • Simmer/boil coffee & tea (used grounds and leaves) for 1 hour
  • Dip samples in iron water modifier
  • Dye bath for 1 hour
  • Let cool
  • Fabric – wash and dry by machine
  • Yarn – rinse 2xs cold water with Dawn and line dry
An index card on a white table. The information for the coffee and tea dye detailed on this web page is handwritten in black ink.
An index card on a white table. There are 4 fabric samples and 2 yarn samples stapled to the card. The 4 fabric samples are of varying shades of medium grey. The cotton yarn sample is a little darker grey than the fabrics. The BFL yarn sample is a dark greyish brown color.

Linen Fabric – Linen/Rayon Fabric – Bleached Muslin Fabric – Natural Muslin Fabric – Cotton Yarn – BFL Yarn