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Detail of embroidery

Sandra begins constructing her intricate 1878 corset by tea-dying the fabric, then carefully cording and embroidering the pieces to match a favourite teacup.

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d_gold
This is going to be beautiful:-)
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This is really exciting, can't wait to see it finished!
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corsetra
I have heard from cloth doll makers that dyeing with tea can weaken the fabric causing it to deteriorate and fall apart quicker. Are you worried about that?
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s_stuart
corsetra: I'm a little bit concerned, but (as with any dye) a good wash and rinse is supposed to remove most of the residues (in this case, tea's tannic acids). I suppose it would have been helpful, though, for me to include the final wash/rinse step in the instructions, up there! (I always forget something...) Thanks for pointing this out. If someone is making a corset that will be placed under heavy strain or worn frequently, they'd probably want to avoid tea-dye.
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plumetis
C'est superbe!
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