Tea Dyed Crochet Mandala – An Experiment

After making a mandala with this pattern from Rescued Paw, I felt inspired to crochet more mandalas. Mandalas are great for mental relaxation and have a meditative quality about them, perfect for mindless crochet. Using white cotton yarn, I started making a small mandala and then another and so far I have made four. I’m not sure what their purpose will be yet but I do have some ideas. One thing I was sure I wanted to experiment with was tea-dyeing the mandalas.

Tea Dyed Crochet Mandala – An Experiment

Here’s how I dyed, or stained, my mandalas:

I boiled about 2 cups of water and used 4 tea bags (Earl Grey, because it smells so nice).

After letting the tea steep a few minutes I gently immersed the mandalas into the tea dye and let them soak for about an hour. Then I rinsed them under lukewarm water, re-shaped them and laid them flat to dry. This is the part that took the longest – cotton is super absorbent and since I didn’t stain the yarn before crocheting and I did this during a rainy weekend I felt like it took forever to dry. Also, I noticed that the top side of each mandala had a much darker stain than the bottom, could be from not rinsing the mandala enough but I really like how it looks.

Have you ever tried dyeing yarn with tea? Would love to know your experience!

6 thoughts on “Tea Dyed Crochet Mandala – An Experiment

  1. Love your photos on this one! The only time I have ever tea-stained yarn was with the pizzelles I made for Christmas. I think you made one of those too! It is fun isn’t it? It makes me want to try Kool-Aid too. 🙂

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