Dyeing Wool Roving or Batting With Tea

I just started on a new felting project, a little girl with roundish pigtails.  I am going to be making a larger cloth version for my daughter’s birthday and decided a miniature one would be a good trial run.

Anyways, when I started to “color” in her face, I realized that I was using tea colored wool for her skin.  I thought that perhaps other felters could benefit from this.  I follow the same method that I use for dyeing wool with food coloring and substitute brewed tea for the food coloring.  It creates a very soft beige that is hard to produce with food colors.  I will have to find some time to research natural dyes and experiment a little.  But for now,  I will just be happy that I can make more beige with a little bit of tea whenever the mood for felted baby dolls hits me!  Give it a try.  I wonder if different kinds of tea produces different shades of beige?

natural wool dyes tea


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