Experiment with different teas to see what color you'll get. Some herbal teas are too light to dye well, and some, like hibiscus are very pink in tone. Usually I use a plain black tea, this is usually the darkest and the most color fast. Tea bags are best, otherwise you can end up dealing with bits of leaves in your fabric! The number of bags depends on how dark/strong you want the color to be.
Here are a few different teas so you can see how different the colors can be:
- Spoon or tongs to stir the fabric
- Large bin or pot to dye in - the nice thing about tea dyeing is it's okay to use a pot you use for cooking.
- tea - 6 + bags depending on how strong you want the color
- salt to act as a mordant
You will need to add boiling water to cover the fabric, so make sure your bin is large enough to cover the fabric without over flowing.
|My wet, un-dyed fabric|
|My fabric in the tea dye - 6 bags of Assam|
|The eyelet was the exact same shade as the white fabric before dyeing|
One final warning, test fabric that has been embroidered or has other stitching on it like the eyelet I used before dyeing. Some poly threads won't take the dye and you'll end up with a two-tone fabric.