Autumn is finally upon us and with it the rich colours of turning leaves, colourful pumpkins and richly coloured food. All that makes me want to bring a little of those warm, jewel-like colours into my home. Fabric is something I like to work with as it’s easy to change according to seasons. I’m not suggesting that you change anything like your curtain colours on a regular basis, but instead add small accessories like napkins or a table cloth.
As you might recall, I like to occasionally dye my own fabric (see my tie dye wall hanging tutorial here) as I find it a fun and cheap way to create fairly personal fabrics.
This time I wanted to keep things as environmentally friendly as possible, so I opted to use completely natural ingredients. It does of course help that the colour I wanted to achieve was a really warm yellow. Not my usual colour, but I wanted something that would contrast nicely with my usual greys and this certainly does.
So, I decided to use turmeric. Turmeric on its own will give a relatively fresh and sunny yellow. As I wanted the fabric to look a little more autumnal, I decided to add black tea to the mix. The tea gives the yellow of the turmeric a warmer and deeper colouring which works beautifully at this time of the year.
Read on if you would like to have your own natural napkins!
here's what you'll need...
- 4 pieces of 100% cotton or linen fabric, each around 30 x 30cm
- 6 litres of water
- 20 black teabags
- 30g ground turmeric
- 100ml vinegar
- wooden spoon to fit over your pot
- 1 or 2 paper clamps