Friday, July 9, 2010

✂-Designer's Tip of The Day-Tea Stained

These days it's hard to find a nice vintage lace, not to tattered, but just "old looking" enough.  Tea staining is one way of achieving that vintage look.  Boil the tea as you would normally for a cup of tea, fill a bowl with the tea and submerse the entire lace into the bowl and let it soak for 15-30 minutes depending on how dark you'd like the lace to be.  I would suggest testing different laces in different teas to see the change in color.  Black teas are the best for changing bright white lace into a slightly more tan color.  This technique is also great for eyelet laces as well.
The lace shown above was made with my "Fall in Love" Tea from Paris, and it worked! I fell in love....♥

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