Tea staining is one of the natural methods that create an enticing antiqued look. A tea bath works well for natural fibers such as Linen, Cotton, Silk and Wool. I don't recommend tea dyeing synthetic fibers as these will not hold the color.
Ingredients for One (1) yard of fabric:
- Two (2) Tea bags, use the brand you prefer the most
- Four (4) cups of water
- Two (2) cups of Vinegar and One (1) cup of water
- Two (2) tablespoons of Salt
Bring four (4) cups of water to boil, add two (2) tea bags and steep the tea for about 5-8 minutes. Squeeze out the tea bags and remove them.
Place the solution on a large bowl. Wet the fabric in plain cold water. Take the fabric to the tea. Keep the fabric in the tea bath for about 15 minutes, longer if you want to achieve a darker color. To ensure an even color stir constantly.
Rinse it under cold water. Some of the color will rinse out.
To set the dye, prepare a solution with the water, vinegar and salt. Soak the fabric on this solution for 15 minutes, then rinse in cold water, and dry in the dryer. Iron if needed.
Lalia Moon uses tea staining to achieve an aged antiquey look.