dyeing fabric with henna

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Posted by Natasha Papousek on June 5, 2002 at 03:42:30:

In reply to: I need help using henna as a fabric dye. posted by Lauren on June 3, 2002 at 17:46:44:

You would need to wash the shoes first to remove any sizing. I get
really nice stains on natural fiber fabrics by using just henna and
lemon juice. I wait until the paste has dried, flake it off, then
blast the pale stain with heat until it darkens nicely. Once it has
been heat-set, the stain is permanent. It might be hard to iron (my
usual method of adding heat to fabric) shoes. I know Alex had some
lovely results with henna stained paper left in full sunlight -- but
not a brown as if ironed. Of course, British sunlight isn't as
intense as it is elsewhere. If you live somewhere hot, this might be
the trick -- or you could try leaving the shoes in your car on a hot

Good luck!


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