Tea dyeing is really easy to do and I achieved the resulting colour by first boiling 8 used tea bags on the stove for about 30 mins. I then let this cool down, removed the tea bags and added my pre-soaked wool. I like to soak my wool in warm water with a bit of washing up liquid for about 30 mins or longer before dyeing. I have read online that tea doesn't need a mordant (something to fix the dye to the wool with) but I added about 4 tablespoons of vinegar to be on the safe side! I then simmered the wool for 30 mins making sure it didn't boil! I checked on the colour and switched off the stove and let the wool cool overnight to soak up more colour. In the morning I removed the wool and rinsed it in the sink with some more washing up liquid and then hung it to dry! The result is the ball of wool below!
|Hand Dyed British Wool With Yorkshire Tea!|