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Old 01-12-2009, 02:17 PM   #1
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Coffee Dyeing?

I've been looking online on how to do this but I was wondering if anyone here has experience in doing this?

This is the item (the valance) I am hoping to dye a light cream color.....what do you think?



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Old 01-12-2009, 02:19 PM   #2
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hmmm! very pretty the way it is
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:20 PM   #3
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but it might look pretty in cream color too
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If you dyed it would it also change the colors of the flowers and leaves?...

Do you dye with coffee the same way you do with tea?

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Dee, one thing to consider when dyeing any fabric is the synthetic-to-cotton content. Synthetics (polyester, etc.) don't accept dye as readily as cotton.

If you have a piece of the fabric (a tieback, for example) that you can test, I would recommend doing that to see how successful your dyeing attempt would be.

Tea is another household thing that is used for dyeing, too.

Coffee and tea will alter the color of fabric, but won't be as permanent as chemical dyes. In time, the color will wash away.

Have fun with your project, though, and let us know how it turns out.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:27 PM   #6
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well thats my problem...I've never done this before and I don't want to ruin it....and I like it in the white but cream would match my daughters bedding better. I was looking into the tea dying as well but I thought that might give a slightly more yellowish look so I wondered if the coffe might work better.
I havent received the valance yet, its being delivered so I'll have to check out the matieral when I get it. I was hoping the coffee dye might be a fool proof way to soften the white....?

And wow...you guys are fast!!! thanks for the replies!! :)
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Old 01-12-2009, 03:55 PM   #7
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here is the bedding material I am trying to get it to blend more with....
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:04 PM   #8
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That bedding is lovely, I'd think the white would work, I have similar in mostly blue and use white with it...I'd set it up and then take a good log loo before changing..
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:31 PM   #9
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If you do decide to try and dye it, I would start with it in the coffee or tea bath for only a minute at first and then take it out and rinse immediately and see if you like what it's doing. You can always put it back in for additional time.
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:47 PM   #10
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I would use the tea staining versus the coffee staining...maybe because I've never heard of using coffee before. Dyeing would definitely give it that vintage look.
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