Friday, February 7, 2014

Tea Dye For: White & Black

Snow swirling off my back porch


Big snow storm on Wednesday, right? I get a notice on Facebook that my boss has a snow day. That means I don't have to drive over an hour (one way) to work (library). Now about my other job. Well, it's still snowing pretty hard, I can work from home. Daughter is still snug in her bed (her school announced a snow day the night before), so down I go to tell Mom. No where to be found. I throw on my boots & step out the back door to yell to her to stop shoveling...

She is wearing Dad's bright yellow coat & is FACE DOWN in the middle of the driveway. I run out there. She knows she broke her ankle (she was right- in 3 places). I go wake up Fiona, call 911, grab a garbage bag & head outside...

My aunt meets Mom at the hospital. I stay home with Fiona. Now what to do on an unexpected snow day while I wait to hear about Mom. (She had surgery on Thursday & is resting sorta comfy in her own bed.)

Whooped Fiona's butt on D.A.N.C.E. by Justice


Aside from playing the Wii, in which I trounced said daughter in 100 pin bowling, & more than 1 dance on Just Dance 2 & 3, I was able to do some more tea dyeing.

Youthberry & Wild Orange Blossom white tea

White napkins, table runner, & place mats ready for dye

Pouring the hot tea onto the napkins in a heat resistant bowl

Of course I needed to partake in a cuppa

place mats soaking up the white tea, citrus, & berries

Out of the tea, ready for the dryer

Before & after

After the linens came out of the dryer, I was pleased with the result, even if they came came out a bit more purple.

I decided to do the next batch, napkins & table runner, with a bitter black tea, that was a big dud a few tea parties ago.

Black tea ready for brewing

Pouring the tea over the table runner

Black tea dyed linens & white tea/citrus/berry dyed linens

Now to add some embroidery! I'm thinking some pink leaves with dark brown stems for the pink-ish linens. Maybe even some doodles. Not sure about the other. Suggestions?



36 comments:

  1. Hello! So nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by my blog! Sorry to hear about your mom! Love the tea dyed linen. I will be checking back in to see what you create with them!
    XO
    Rachel

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    1. Thanks! Now that I have finished the tree skirt embroidery I will have to design something.

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  2. Ooh ouch, poor mum, I hope that she mends quickly. I love the dyed linen I could almost smell it from here.

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    1. Mom is mending. She has a new hot pink cast.

      The 1st tea tasted fabulous. the 2nd one is much better for dyeing than drinking.

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  3. the linens look just beautiful :) mom broke ankle in 3 places - :/ sorry to hear that and thankful that she is on the mend (and that you all are cozied up at home...for the time being)

    thank you very much for visiting my blog ~ I am pleased to meet you, and pleased to follow your blog - beautiful embroidery work!

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    1. We have had so much snow & with the storm the other day... wow!

      Thanks for stopping by & liking my embroidery!

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  4. I hope your mom is doing much better. She sounds like a go getter!
    I love the dyed linens and am anxious to see what you embroider on them.

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    1. She is. She hates sitting still, unless it is a her sewing machine!

      I think all my new followers will help me stay on my toes re: my embroidery projects. Better get designing!

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  5. Hope you mom is up again real soon. Can't wait to see what you create from you day of tea dyeing. Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog.

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    1. Mom is walking (hopping) around a bit on her walker. She's a little scared of the crutches.

      Now for me to get designing some flowers for the linens!

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  6. Oh, I hope your mom heals fast, so sorry to hear that! You do beautiful embroidery work and I love the tea dyed linen… Thanks for stopping so much for visiting my blog.

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    1. Thanks!

      Mom's spirits are holding. I got her lots of books from the library.

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  7. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. So sorry about your mom a broken ankle is no fun! It was a good a thing you were home when it happened. Looking forward to seeing your work on the napkins etc..

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    1. Yes, it could have been so much worse. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Hi Tisha, thanks for visiting my blog. You have a lovely blog.
    Hope your Mom gets well soon.

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    1. Mom is on the mend, but it will take awhile. Thanks for visiting!

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  9. Thanks so much for visiting and following me. I do hope your mom is soon fully recovered.
    The tea dyed linens are fab,I love using natural dyes and you have some beautiful shades here. So nice to find another embroidery blog too!

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    1. I'm so glad I did this GYB party so that I could find other embroidery blogs. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Hi, Tisha!

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope your mom is okay. Tea-dying looks very interesting. I will have to have a deeper look.

    Happy blogging,
    Terry

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    1. Thanks for stopping in Terry. The best thing about tea dyeing, is getting to drink some tea while working on something simple & creative!

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  11. The snow swirling photo is really cool. - Tea Dyeing looks very interesting. It sure produces a lovely shade of pink. I like the idea of flower blossoms.

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    1. Thanks! Now to start sketching out some flowers, or break out my flower books!

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  12. These are beautiful - I love the idea of Tea dyes... any kind of natural dyes actually.

    So sorry to hear about your mom's ankle. I can just SEE her out there in the driveway in the big yellow coat. Poor darlin'

    May she heal well and quickly.

    Glad I found your blog... now... to make that cuppa tea and poke around a bit.

    go easy ~p

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I'm having a nice cuppa right now.

      I'd really like to do more fabric dyeing, but I have to work. Oh, well...

      Mom is doing well so far. New pink cast!

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  13. Hi Tisha! I've been reading back through your posts to see all your embroidery work. I did the same thing with embroidering your children's artwork. I just love the simple designs they draw ... perfect for this type of embroidery. Wendy x

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    1. I really enjoy embroidering my daughter's drawings. I just wish she was still drawing. She got it into her head that she wasn't any good at it, & now draws very infrequently.

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  14. Hope your mom is doing better. Old man winter's been rough this year. Hope you're taking good care of her. Some hot tea helps to stay warm in this cold mess. Hugs
    Beca

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    1. I'm trying. She was just telling me today I should have been a nurse. I've been baking a lot & cooking dinner. & making lots of tea. We have so much snow, it reminds me of winters when I was small.

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  15. So sorry about your mom! How painful. I hope she heals quickly. The towels are lovely. I think anything you stitch on them will look elegant. I haven't seen much tea dying, but that is really beautiful.

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    1. I 1st did some tea dyeing with my mom when we had some stained fabric that we just couldn't get white. We opted to go for the vintage look to mask the stains.

      Mom's a good patient as long as she has some books, but I think she's going to miss sewing soon!

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  16. Hi, I sure hope your mom is doing well.

    I looked though past posts and I really enjoyed seeing yur redwork portraits. Think I'll follow and find out what you do with the tea stained fabric.

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    1. My redwork portraits are my favorite thing to embroider! Thanks for visiting.

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  17. Oh, your poor mom. I hope she is doing better soon. I think your work load has just doubled though.

    I've never tried to dye with anything except black tea. I love the rose colored results.

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    1. Mom just told me I missed my calling & should have been a nurse! LOL I don't think so. It's just that I love her & want her to feel better. Plus, I owe her big time, with her helping me & my daughter out all these years. A little pay back is in order.

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  18. This is a great idea - had never thought of using floral teas to colour linen - fabulous results! J9 x

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    1. I never have either. I was thinking of using hibiscus, but grabbed this one instead. I'm glad I did.

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