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Friday, March 27, 2009

Lace, dye, motifs, giveaway

Here's a photo of my 1st attempt at dyeing with tea. Must remember next time to make some notes. I used a herbal blend and several tea bags but don't know the details. Shari has given me some good advice on dyeing and I hope to experiment this weekend. The original lace is on the right. It is not white or cream and after the tea bath it is still not beautiful but at least better. This photo of machine lace just screams to be a motif. See how easily it could be cut apart? How would I embellish it? Any suggestions? In the second lace strip I see two different motifs as shown at the side. There are fans hiding in one row and butterflies in between or are they flowers?? Of this border I have several strips between 1/2 yard to almost a yard in length. For postage costs I'll send a strip. Email me. Remember to include a suggestion for embellishment!


Blogger Shari said...

Ruby, I beg to disagree with you. The lace you tea dyed is lovely! If you don't want it then send it to If you want it darker then leave it in longer or use more bags of tea (concentration is good). You should keep a log of your experiments. Get one of those little ladie's diary/journals to make notes and sketch motif or seam treatments you see and want to try. Keep on truckin' you are doing great!

March 28, 2009 at 2:51 PM  

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