|I boiled the tea bags and added salt. I let the curtains sit in the steeping tea.|
|I only wanted a beige colour - a bit of antiquing - so I put them through the wash after 30 minutes.|
|The stark white was definitely muted but it wasn't exactly beige... Like a fool, I decided to add laundry detergent to the washer cycle and it washed out the a lot of the tea "stain"|
So I decided to try again, letting the curtain sit in very hot water with ten or so tea bags, overnight. (I boiled the tea and let it steep for 15 minutes first. Then I added it to the curtains in the hot water).
Now, the contrast between the red flowers and the white background has been softened.
Again, the results are not as dramatic as with commercial dyes but there are no harsh chemicals in the tea bags. I could control how dark I wanted the curtains by how long they soaked and how many tea bags I added. There was little run-off and I hand-washed the curtains this time.