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.
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.
THIS IS WHAT I ENDED UP WITH.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once you have created the marbled look you want, rinse the fabric in a weak vinegar solution to help set the dye.
- Dry the fabric flat on a clean pad of white paper towels. If wrinkled, iron before completely dry.