Step#2: You will need to prep the fabric in a tub with 1/2 salt and 8 cups cold water. Let soak for an hour. Alternatively you can boil for a while in a pot. This is to make the fabric retain it's color.
Step #3: Choose your coloring materials and set each into a pot and fill with water to make a solution approximately 1/2 and 1/2. The longer you let it sit and soak the darker the fabric will become but I wasn't prepared to soak for days so I settled for 3 hours. Once it dries the color will lighten a bit though.
The dying materials I used first was a strong tea mixture of 5 cups water and 15 tea bags. I boiled them together, then removed from heat and added the fabric to soak.
I mashed a bunch of blueberries and it worked really well with just a bit of hot water mixed, ratio again of 1/2 and 1/2. The fabric soaked the color up fast. I thought it might as I often see its' staying power on the kids clothes.
I tried tumeric, dandelions, and cherries as well. I didn't use enough cherries but it turned out a nice mellow pink.
Here is my stove at about 1:00 o'clock this afternoon.
Step #4: When you think you have reached a color you would like, remove carfully and place in a bowl to bring to the sink.
Step#5: Rinse the fabric until the water runs clear.
NOTE!! If you use anything other than stainless steel , it may absorb the dye. In this case this awesome, but cracked, pot was purchased at a garage sale for this purpase, or I would be mighty sad.
Step #6: Once fabrics have been rinsed, hang to dry. Be inspired by your new colors and have fun bringing them into your home. Make a skirt, a table cloth or a quilt.