I was a Michael’s yesterday looking for beads with a flat surface in the back.  Didn’t find any. However,  I browsed around the cross stitch section to see what they had.  One the bottom rack… an area not very visible was a package of oyster linen… 20 x 27″ from MCG textiles.  That’s interesting.  Says it’s 32 count.   Only problem is… it’s WHITE.  I don’t like stitching on white.  But the price was nice… $7.68.  Wonder why it’s so cheap for a fat quarter.  Actually… more than I fat quarter.   I buy two.

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This morning I’m looking at it saying… what am I going to do with this?  I can try dying it.

I’ve been saving onion skins.  My children keep saying WHY.  I tell them someone told me it was good for fabric dying.  Well today is the day I get to finally try it.  I ask the little one for some rubber bands and ask her to tie up as many areas on the fabric as she saw fit.


In the meantime, I boiled the onion skins


Waited for it to boil  (about 10 min.) then scooped out the skins.


What an unusual color.  Anyway… in goes the cloth for maybe 2 min.  I know that if I leave it any longer, it will get darker.  If it’s not the shade I want it after it drys, I can always soak it again.


I put it on a round cookie rack to dry over a bowl  (about an hour).


The last step is to take it to the electric dryer (with the rubber bands still intact) to dry complete.


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I decided to rinse it with cold water and put it back in the dryer.  This is what I ended up with.


Its a little lighter and less marbled.

Tea Bag Method

Another method using tea bags.  I found this on someone elses site.

  1. If you are using wet tea bags to change the color of your Cross Stitch fabric, then begin by soaking the bags or use previously brewed tea bags. I used six small tea bags for my project.
  2. Protect your working surface with cardboard or wax paper, if needed. Make a pad of white paper towels. Dampen the fabric and lay it flat on the pad of paper towels.
  3. Press the cooled tea bags in a random manner across the fabric. I used several tea bags, but you could also soak the bag between pressings to add more liquid.
  4. Once you have created the marbled look you want, rinse the fabric in a weak vinegar solution to help set the dye.
  5. Dry the fabric flat on a clean pad of white paper towels. If wrinkled, iron before completely dry.