Tea dyeing is an old practice of adding a soft yellow or brown color to a fabric by letting it soak in steeped tea. Tea dyeing creates the look of naturally aged fabric and can be used to give even brand-new fabric, lace or netting a vintage or antique look. This light wash of color adds visual interest to any piece and gives a soft, beautiful finish to veils and other bridal accessories.
Things You'll Need
- Tea bags
- Large pot
- Swatches of test fabric
Boil water in the large pot. The pot should be large enough to submerge the veil completely without folding or bunching.
Add tea bags to the boiling water and let them steep until the tea has reached the color you want for your dyeing project. Remove the tea bags and let the water cool.
Rinse the veil in clear water. This prevents the tea from adhering to the veil unevenly and leaving spots and blotches.
Dip the wet veil in the tea, making sure all parts are submerged. Leave the veil in the tea to soak until you achieve the desired color.
Remove the veil once it has soaked and rinse in clear water.
Hang the veil to air dry. Hang the veil so it is not bunched or folded and allow it to air dry completely.