I bought new curtains for the living room here.
My plan is to dye the curtains so they go with the greige color of the shades and the creamy white of the sofa.
To do a trial run I cut up an old white cotton pillowcase to use as test swatches for dying the new white living room curtains.
I brewed some dark coffee from already used coffee grounds hoping most of the greasiness would be gone. I also brewed some strong tea to test the difference in color between coffee and tea.
I timed the duration of the soaking of the pre-wetted swatches in 10 minute intervals.
- 1T = 10 minute in tea dye
- 2T = 20 minutes in tea dye
- 1C = 10 minutes in coffee dye
- 2C = 20 minutes in coffee dye
The tea dyed fabric was very peachy colored and so I rejected tea as a dye.
The coffee was much better. It tinted the white fabric so it looked like unbleached muslin. The color I ultimately want would be a little greyer.
In my next test I’m going to add a small amount of navy dye to the coffee and hope it adds just a bit of grey.
Have you ever used natural dyes?