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    Thanks Dollander, I appreciate the info.

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    A tea or coffee wash should only take a little while to be effective. An hour at most - but you would need a large container - a bath perhaps? I'd advise wetting the fabric first, then putting it into the colouring liquid, be it tea coffee or a real dye, to get even take up.

    It was not uncommon for patchwork to be put into a dye in order to make the various different materials blend together. Tinting everything brown, pink or blue - whatever was to hand made the finished item look more coherent, rather than made of whatever was to hand.

    Anne the Pleater
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    -- The Hon. Stuart Ruaidri Erskine, The Kilt & How to Wear It, 1901.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pleater View Post
    A tea or coffee wash should only take a little while to be effective. An hour at most - but you would need a large container - a bath perhaps? I'd advise wetting the fabric first, then putting it into the colouring liquid, be it tea coffee or a real dye, to get even take up.

    It was not uncommon for patchwork to be put into a dye in order to make the various different materials blend together. Tinting everything brown, pink or blue - whatever was to hand made the finished item look more coherent, rather than made of whatever was to hand.

    Anne the Pleater
    Thank you Anne. Do you recommend coffee staining or actual dye?

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    Ah - difficult - most of the dyeing and staining I have done has been on cotton fabric rather than woollen.
    I've dyed lots of yarn, but that is a bit different as it is far easier to work on previously undyed yarn than many yards of already coloured fabric.

    Do you have something you could experiment on?
    It always helps to work up to something in steps.

    Anne the Pleater
    I presume to dictate to no man what he shall eat or drink or wherewithal he shall be clothed."
    -- The Hon. Stuart Ruaidri Erskine, The Kilt & How to Wear It, 1901.

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    I was gonna cut off about a foot of the tartan to experiment with to see how the fabric reacts to each technique.

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