Friday, February 09, 2007

First hand dyed (tea dyed)

There is almost no Hand-Dyed Cloth for cross stitch in Japan, so when we need them we have to order them from overseas.
And have to wait for a long time to get them.
Today, I thought even if I could make it? Then I tried tea dyed as my 1st step.
The result is the below...How is it? It's soso OK as the first time, isn't it?!

First off, make strong tea, then secondly let the cloth wet with water.
Wring the water out, then runple the cloth and make the balled shape like below photo.
I used rubber band just to make sure...Then I soaked it about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
After that, rince the cloth untill the water will be clear. that's all.

I wanted to make more lighter color dyed cloth, so next time when I dye, I make light tea and soak it more shorter!

I soso like this result, but don't know what kind of design or what color of thread suit this hand dyed cloth, I have totally no idea!
Because we don't see the cross stitch work with hand-dyed cloth often in Japan, I can't imagine what it looks like to be...

Please tell me what kind of style suits this type of cloth, and give me some your ideas or opinions!
Today I went out for shopping to buy lots of DMC treads. It took 20 minutes to get there by car, and there are so many shops and departmentstore etc... so we (my son + I) really enjoyed shopping!
We had lunch at nice restaurant and the lunch was yum!
We had very nice time together, I thought I shouldn't have been in a house all day, sometimes need the fun like today in my life!


Anonymous said...

Hello Yuko,
I really like how your fabric turned out. It赫 really beautiful. You could stitch some angel or fairy from on it or Lavender and Lace I think that would turn out really nice.
I殻 a 27 years old mom of 2 girls 2,5 years old and 17 months old. I live in Iceland with my girls and boyfriend.
It赫 hard to get hand dyed fabric in Iceland so I order it online mostly from and also from others.
It赫 been nice to read your blog and I核l continue to visit.
My blog is Icelandic but I do share pictures of my work so you can check it out if you want to.

Anonymous said...

Really beautiful for a first test !!! You have to stitch now something red !!!
XXX Domy

Anonymous said...

Beautiful dyed pieces! Excellent

Anonymous said...

Wow, it's great. A, Yuko, how to stablize the dyed colour? Will it fade out when we wash the fabric after stitching?

Anonymous said...

Your handyed fabrics are very nice.
I was just like you. In Malaysia I can't get overdyed linen or threads so I made them myself.