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the way of tea

June 13, 2018

baking paper in a tea bath produced interesting results

there is quite a selection to choose from

I used a black English tea – approx. 5 heaping teaspoons to 2 cups water

further testing was necessary

1/2 sheet of Japanese paper was baked, one folded piece at a time, 15 minutes at 250 degrees

in an old, blackened cookie sheet I found in a charity shop

it is more than possible that the metal cookie sheet acted as a mordant/modifier

the paper – cut and spun

in a dye pot with the same tea concoction

I dyed a skein of alum mordanted cotton

and unmordanted wool and silk

cotton is not always receptive to natural dyes and is a pale beige

the Merino wool and silk are much nicer

they might become darker – grey like the paper – with an iron modifier

an interesting video on NHK shows a Japanese dyer using freshly picked green tea

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/designtalksplus/20180607/2046077/

click on the WATCH box

meanwhile the garden is calling

the first of the strawberries – with cream – for tea

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2018 9:18 am

    LOL quite apt. i went wild in uji buying teas,but guess ill get my colors from other sources and drink the teas.
    thanks for the vid.

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  2. Louisa permalink
    June 14, 2018 8:43 am

    My philosophy of dyeing is “love the colours you get” since you’ll never be in total control! The cotton might have needed more intense scouring first. There’s lots of waxes that prevent good take-up and are hard to remove. Pretty colours anyway! I love strawberry season. We’ve been pigging out.

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    • June 14, 2018 9:31 am

      Louisa – the cotton was well scoured, I’ve learned that trick. Home grown strawberries taste so much better than store bought.

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  3. June 13, 2018 2:51 pm

    A new way to consider strawberries and tea!

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    • June 13, 2018 4:52 pm

      Kjerstin – thank goodness the very strong tea smell washed out of the yarn. The strawberries are very sweet.

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