T-shirt dying with black tea
I have 12 “fiercely patriotic” white t-shirts waiting in the wings for a dash of color. Hence, the tea dye testing.
I’ve collected a few 100% cotton “white” work shirts from my husband to use as test subjects. These shirts are already stained and dingy, but will work as stand-ins in my hunt for the perfect shade of antique ivory.
Of course I can’t just dye them… why not do a little creative folding?
Ironing the creases to limit bulk and increase consistency on the final dye pattern.
Alternating triangle fold!
Black tea & red food coloring test.
The final results. Conclusion: Black tea is too brown.
Swatches (left to right)
- 32 black tea bags & 16 cups of well water – Soaked 1 hr
- 32 black tea bags & 16 cups of well water (2nd use) – Soaked 15 minutes
- 2 black tea bags & 8 cups of well water – Soaked 5 minutes
- 2 tea bags & 4 cups of water (same proportions as previous) & 4 drops red food coloring plus 1/16 c salt.
The color from black tea is just too muddy for my taste. I’m switching to RIT. I’ll show you the results once I’m done, hopefully before Fourth of July! ~ Miranda