For the swap I'm going to make the sweet little "bird in the hand" and do some screen printing for it too!
I needed to get some linen for this project but I haven't been able to find exactly what I'm looking for... but I remembered I had some heavy-ish white cotton from Ikea in my stash and thought it would be perfect if only it was more off white... then in a light bulb moment in my head... tea bag dying! I have never done it before but thought it can't be that hard! I looked it up in the Internet and it's actually super easy!
A couple of tea bags in a pot of boiled water and let it steep for a bit and then take tea bags out. Soak the fabric in water before putting into the tea dye pot. Stir the fabric around for a few minutes or longer - depending on how dark you want it. Rinse in cold water and voila! Apparently different teas will give you slightly different colours too! Too easy... Love it!
I dyed a couple of test pieces first just to check the colour!
|:: original colour on the right|
I am so happy with the result, it is exactly what I wanted! Now I don't have to go traipsing around the shops! Hooray! You can't really see much of a difference but it is quite a bit more off white! I can't wait to do some screen printing on it now!
|:: the finished piece of fabric - original colour on the right|
Hope you are having a great weekend... I'm off to do a spot of screen printing :)