Thursday, October 8, 2015

- Tea time: Wicking from the inside out

I mentioned in this post that I wanted to explore how to make patchwork seams more apparent. And I did try using my Inktense pencils to draw along the sewn edge of two patches, but I was less than thrilled with the result. I also tried painting walnut dye along the seams, hoping it would sink in. It didn't ... not the way I envisioned anyway.

Then I accidentally stumbled on the answer. Reading Jude's post about dyeing corners of cloth with indigo, I thought I'd try putting a wet, used decaf Twinings English breakfast tea bag on the corner of a too-bright yellow patch of linen to see if it would leave a triangular mark. It didn't. 

What the tea did do was migrate through the entire patch of linen. And somehow, as it dried, the color concentrated along the edges ...


I liked the effect so much that I stained three more yellow linen patches, this time using Tazo Zen green tea bags, which left lighter marks, but still pleasing. So I stitched the four patches together using a wonky variegated gold/brown/rust floss that has never before worked visually. This time it did ...


Here's a close-up view of the back ...


As you might imagine, I'll continue to play with this idea, one batch of tea at a time ...



14 comments:

Suzanna said...

Good idea!

Liz Ackert said...

I love serendipity ...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

just love this whole post, and LOVE that last pic, like a dance it is, on the circle plate,
and how if this just showed up Anywhere, like for instance in a magazine and the
artist/author was not given, how i realize i would KNOW it was you...how what we do
and how we say things about what we do has such its own distinctness....

Liz Ackert said...

Oh I love this ... I remember a year or so ago someone commenting on one of your pieces "I would know your cloth anywhere." And I thought at the time, "Could I ever get to that point?" So thank you ... you made my day!

jude said...

Love this Liz! So great that we are going together. Maybe you could do a resist this way. clamp the cloth between two coins and lay the tas bags around? tea moons.

Liz Ackert said...

Hmmmm ... that gives me an idea

Dana said...

I love the darker edges so much! Clever clever. They remind me of the discolored edges on the pages of old books.

Liz Ackert said...

Or burned edges ... only much, much safer

ARTISUN said...

Very cool effect, and inspiring, gotta give it a try!

Liz Ackert said...

I'm wondering now what other dyestuff I can try ...

jess said...

Sweet! I love it!

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... glad you stopped by

Mo Crow said...

tea stain with indigo is a favourite combination

Liz Ackert said...

Indigo ... where I need to head next. Looking forward to taking a dyeing workshop next month and plan to bring my yellow patches with me (among others).