Thursday, August 20, 2015


I want to show you this beautiful bunch of dyed fabrics and laces!

I think the colour which came out,is so beautiful, and using tea bags
for dying is always a chance to take on the colour tones !!

This time I was so very pleased, -also the skeleton leafe looks pretty!

This is the tea used, a leftover gift from some German dear friends!!

And then the rust part!!!! I made some months ago a roll of papers ,fabric, and laces,
added rusted keyes and nails, and some other tea bags , 
wrapped it all together with a metal string,and let it stay outside'
in the rain for some months.

Opening it up, this was what I found ,
lovely rusted pieces , you can see the rust elements here !!

And here some paper , now with a wonderful rustic feel.

The last dye is also from tea, and this time I used 
this Celestial tea, giving a brownish pale pink tone ,also so
very lovely I think !! 

I hope you enjoied seing my tea-and rust "party" it is so fun
playing with old scraps and nature dying materials !!

This photo is from my walk today, isen`t it the most 
beautiful water plant !!!

Have a wonderful weekend, my dear friends,- and thank you to you all ,for visiting and for 
commenting here, it makes me very happy ,and thankful !!

Love and hugs,


Dortesjs said...

ihhh hvor fint, fed indfarvning, især den rosa er da super flot.
du er da bare så kreativ Dorthe

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Dorthe, this process is wonderful and I love how your tea dyed fabrics and lace turned out. Such a pretty shade of pink. Also I adore the rusty elements and how awesome they turned out too. You are so talented and created special pieces to use in your art works. Thanks for sharing. I have dyed with the tea but never tried the rusty pieces. I would love to try this one.
Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs and Blessings to you dear friend.

Createology said...

Your tea dyed and rusted fabrics and papers are gorgeous. It is so much fun to see results we have no idea what they will be. You must have lots of paitence for the rained upon rust bits. Those tea pinks look like my vision of "Ashes of Roses" from the "Thornbirds".

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Opening an erosion bundle is always exciting isn't it? You have to be patient for several weeks/months and you never know what to expect. Your pieces turned out great, dear Dorthe! The tea dyed fabric and laces are wonderful too. Such lovely shades of pink. Have fun creating and have a sunny weekend :)!
Mange kys og knus,

Anonymous said...

Dorthe, The colour is divine! I also like the rusted elements, they will be so useful to incorporate into your art. Last winter I placed keys in the garden, in a little corner to be left quietly. I wish I had remembered to wrap in papers or muslin, I will remember to do this year!
A beautiful post and a lovely end to share that sweet water plant.
Goodnight my friend.
Lynne x

Kirsten Eriksen said...

Vildt flot - ja det er vist det bedste ord, jeg lige nu kan finde på. Som altid er der scrappedag her hos mig på tirsdag og jeg vil forslå, at vi skal prøve at farve med teposer og andet. Det ser bare så spændende ud.

AppleApricot Wen said...

Ohhh they came out wonderfully well dear Dorthe! I love that you left the package outside in the rain for months. I will definitely have to try that myself too. Sending you big hugs xxx

experiments in paper said...

Oh, these are all stunningly beautiful, Dorthe! What lovely treasures you have created, and I can't wait to see what you do with these gorgeous bits of lace, paper, leaves and other fabulous items! xx Lynn

butterfly said...

Oh, what a delightful post! From the beautifully tinted tea-staining (wow, that leaf is amazing) to the fabulous rusting to those exquisite water flowers... I read the whole thing with a big smile of pure pleasure on my face.
Alison xx

junemac2 said...

Wow thanks for showing us how you have dyed these beautiful scraps of fabric. I love how they both turned out. The beautiful pink one from the fruit tea and the gorgeous grungy rust one. You are such a fabulous fabric artist.
Thanks also for your lovely comment about my lamp. It was altered with scraps of paper. Sadly i don't have much fabric to play with. I have just a little lace. I might collect some and try my next one with fabric. :)
Have a beautiful day my friend.
Hugs June x

~*~Patty S said...

How did I miss this lovely post dear Dorthe!
Oh what gorgeous pieces you got from the German rosehip and hibiscus tea ♥ ♥ ♥ it.
Your rusty fabrics are extra wonderful too.
What great ingredients you have for your beautiful fabric collage work now.
Your Celestial Seasonings tea also made beautiful fabrics ♥
AND that plant is like nothing I have ever seen before.
Truly a special and beautiful plant.
Hugs to you from Virginia sweet friend oxoxo

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Dorthe,

Love all your beautiful dying work the lace, fabrics and paper have turned out really well.
Also such a neat idea getting your rusty look to all your work - thanks for showing us.
Thanks for your kind visit to my blog and hope you have a lovely week.

Bente said...

Kjære Dorthe. Fargene du fikk frem er helt nydelige. Dette må jeg prøve.
Ha en superfin dag.

Jillayne said...

Oh such a pretty colour - I love the tea-dye Dorthe. As you say, you just don't know what you'll get, but this is very pretty!
I've never tried using rust like that - how interesting and how patient you must be to wait that long to open your little bundle - the results are amazing!
I can't wait to see what pretty things you make with your lovely bits and pieces - you'll have to be sure to post them...
Warm hugs,


May said...

Hi Dorthe,
Gorgeous tea dyed and rusty goodies...I have never thought of wrapping up keys with lace and leaving them outside...WOW, the effect is Beautiful..I will try this out for sure...I use coffee & Tea bags but never the weather...Thank you so much for the tip..Have a fun week ahead...
Hugs May x x x

Betsy said...

Such beautiful laces, Dorthe, I would love to try the tea dyeing. I did it as a teenager and loved it!

Aspiring crafter said...

Thank you for showing us these lovely dyed fabrics ...just have to try using the herbal tea ...have only ever used ordinary tea!
The rusty pieces will be useful and enhance your lovely works.
The flowers are so beautiful.
Bless you Dorthe and have a good week,

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Oh, I love how your tea dyed fabric and lace turned out. Such a pretty color, dear Dorthe. Thanks for sharing.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs and love,

FredaB said...

The tea dyed fabric turned out lovely. I especially liked the look of the Celestial Tea ones. I must buy some and do some dyeing for Suzi's class. See you there.


Unknown said...

Dorthe--your naturally died materials are wonderful! I love the pink hues of both of the tea dyed grouping and look at all of the wonderful rust you achieved!! So fun!! I can't wait to see how you use these! XOXO-Shari

Ruth said...

Hi Dorthe, I know I've caught you on Facebook but sorry it's been a while since I visited. What fabulous results from dyeing....gorgeous! Love the pink! Ruth x