Coffee, Tea, or…

My last shibori experiment before I take a Thanksgiving break was combining a bunch of “leftovers” into some pretty decent dyes.  I took my used cowboy coffee dye (see the previous post) and combined it with English Breakfast tea.  I then immersed the pieces and let them gently heat on low for about eight hours (my kitchen smelled great!).  I love the taupe-like color that resulted:

For this bamboo scarf, I first dyed it with lavender then over-dyed with the coffee and tea mixture.
For this bamboo scarf, I first dyed it with lavender then over-dyed with the coffee and tea mixture. I would love to duplicate this color, we’ll see if it’s possible.

 

Coffe plus tea equals...taupe!
Coffee plus tea equals…taupe!
Coffee plus tea detail.
Coffee plus tea detail.

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Brett Barker

Brett Barker is a painter, textile artist, art/design instructor, and writer whose career spans more than 25 years. Originally from New Mexico, she now resides in Redondo Beach, California. She has taught fine art, artistic design, and textile design to numerous individuals, art guilds, and organizations throughout the U.S. She has a Master’s Degree in Art Education from the University of Nebraska. Her artwork sells throughout the U.S. and is available on her website, www.artistbrettbarker.com. She is currently undertaking a year-long investigation of Japanese shibori dyeing that will culminate in a trip to Japan to study under a master shibori artist in September of 2016. Her shibori blog can be found at www.peaceloveshibori.com. Her surface and textile designs can be found at www.brettbarkerdesign.com.

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