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PArmstr (Patricia Armstrong-Krauss)
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like I have to do a lot of experimenting in the next few weekends. I still have two larger pieces of fabric left. One is 68x25cm and the other is 63x54cm. I should have enough test fabric if I cut small 5x5cm squares. The first batch didn't work out at all because I left them in the tea and espresso way too long. They came out darker than the jacket. Shocked I guess I underestimated the staining power of cheap Aldi Earl Gray tea and Jacobs Espresso.

Does anybody have experience with how well the tea dye keeps up with washing? It would be very disappointing to go through all the experimenting, taking off the yoke, dying it and putting it back just for all the tea dye to come out after washing the jacket once or twice.

Another thing I have no clue about is how much salt I will need to seal the tea dye into the fabric. Do you have any advice for me?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always hand-wash gently and that seems to be ok.

I'm not great with dye fixing, I just sort of experiment as I go. I have a friend who is good with dye, she might know more specifically how much. I will ask her.

If anyone else has any ideas feel feel to chime in.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not like the idea of tea or coffee dying my yoke. I need a jacket that is machine washable. I am thinking of making a new jacket from scratch. How much darker does the yellow need to be to better fit to the shade of khaki of the jacket? Or the other way around how much lighter does the tan of jacket need to be to better that shade of yellow? I am planning on going to my local fabric store with a piece of both fabrics and search for colors that fit better.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its more matching the tones, so the reference picture shows the beige as more yellow toned, so the yellow you used wouldn't look as yellow against a more yellow toned fabric if that makes sense.

Your jacket is more brown toned so the yellow looks very lemony......so it just needs to be a more brown yellow to work.

Do you have Kona fabrics there?its cotton usually used for quilting and you can get lots of different shades and usually samples to check first.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tenebris wrote:
Its more matching the tones, so the reference picture shows the beige as more yellow toned, so the yellow you used wouldn't look as yellow against a more yellow toned fabric if that makes sense.

Your jacket is more brown toned so the yellow looks very lemony......so it just needs to be a more brown yellow to work.

Do you have Kona fabrics there?its cotton usually used for quilting and you can get lots of different shades and usually samples to check first.


Thank you very much for the tips. I will take a piece of each fabric to my local fabric shop to see what I can find. As far as I know, we do not have Kona fabrics in Germany. I might find the right shade of yellow my current jacket if I use lightweight cotton instead of cotton twill for the yoke.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you aren’t able to find something at your local store, your best bet will be online. I seem to remember there being some new tariff in Germany that makes shipping a challenge? I ask because fabric.com has some Konas that may work, and I can look through their site to try and help you source a color here. They even sell through Amazon sometimes, so I could check the German Amazon site.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RebelLady wrote:
If you aren’t able to find something at your local store, your best bet will be online. I seem to remember there being some new tariff in Germany that makes shipping a challenge? I ask because fabric.com has some Konas that may work, and I can look through their site to try and help you source a color here. They even sell through Amazon sometimes, so I could check the German Amazon site.


There are a couple of sellers on Amazon.de that sells Kona fabric but it seems to be very expensive. There are Fat Quarter Bundles (54.12 Euros), Half Meter Bundles (99.21 Euros) and Meter Bundle (192.41 Euros) with 15 different colors as well single color 112cm wide fabric, which costs 12.59 Euros per meter.

I always try to avoid buying fabric online because you never know what you will actually get. Colors on the screen might differ from what comes with the mail and fabric cannot be sent back. I prefer to see and feel the fabric in person before I buy it. I am a little busy at the moment but I hope to be able to go to the fabric shop very soon.
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