Tea-dyeing aida or evenweave fabrics
This is a very simple process which adds colour to the aida to give it an aged appearance.
Here is the method:-
1) Pour a kettle full of boiling water into a mixing bowl, add one tea-bag.
2) After a minute there will be plenty of colour in the water, remove the tea-bag.
3) Immerse the dry piece of fabric into the bowl for about 10 seconds and move it around so that it absorbs colour evenly, .
The colour will be absorbed very quickly, so it is better to take it out sooner rather than later.
The colour will not wash out once dyed – but you can immerse it again if you wish for a stronger colour.
The colour of the fabric will dry a to lighter shade.
Patchy colour effect
If you wish for a patchy colour to imitate old stained fabric, – daub the tea-bag very gently onto the fabric to add colour. Experiment on a small piece of fabric first with this method because it is easy to add too much colour.