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06 September 2006 @ 04:01 pm
 
Okay. Tea dyeing didn't work, either because of not enough tea or not dark enough or... something. So. The yellow robe (which I had expected to be golden but came out canary yellow) (and then was tea-dyed into a darker shade, but now has tea splash marks on it) is going to be dyed with osage orange, and post-mordanted with iron into what is supposed to be moss green. We can only hope.

That means one silk robe will be dyed purple with logwood and tin mordant. The one hemp robe that was tea-dyed is now being coffee-dyed, hopefully to a state of darker brown. That will then be accented with the orange hemp (remember that?) covered in henna designs. Oh yeah, I am queen of changing plans. :)

End result: 3 silk robes, 1 undyed, 1 green (chemically) dyed, 1 purple (naturally) dyed. 3 hemp/cotton robes, 1 green (hopefully) (naturally) dyed, 1 brown (naturally) dyed, 1...

What the hell happened to that other one? GAH!
 
 
 
Murphy's Girlsnafu_07 on September 6th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
What kind of tea did you use?
Elle: I think I see the lighttheletterelle on September 6th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
I forget. Something Indian, I think. Oh, I remember, I used chai. It smelled wonderful, but didn't stain well.

Currently the fabric is soaking in 10 pots of coffee. Seriously. :)
High-velocity pie of deathnixieq on September 7th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
plain assam might work better. it has a nice reddish color to it. i often use it in my henna prep.
High-velocity pie of deathnixieq on September 7th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
er, i meant, better than chai, since companies can use many different types of tea as the base for their chai.
Elletheletterelle on September 7th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
I understood what you meant. :) I'll try that another time. The coffee worked well, and now it's time to cut out the robe and see how this experiment goes. :)

I totally have to post pics of these. Because this coffee-dyed one is going to be very ambitious, and hopefully good.