Re: dyeing fabric with henna


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Posted by Maria on June 6, 2002 at 06:05:04:

In reply to: dyeing fabric with henna posted by Natasha Papousek on June 5, 2002 at 03:42:30:

I'll have to try heat setting next time! I know there was no sizing
in my shirt because I pulled it out of my closet...i've had it for
years :)

BB
M
: 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
: day...
:
: Good luck!

 


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