About a year before the wedding, I realized how expensive it was to buy a veil in Vancouver. So, I decided to buy one online on Taobao. (Sadly, you need to be able to read Chinese to use this website.)
There are also many beautiful and reasonably-priced veil on Amazon, like this gorgeous cathedral length veil. Or how about this lace-bordered veil with comb? At less than $20 per veil, you really can't go wrong!
The veil that came was beautiful... just what I wanted, with a lace trim. The only problem was... it was white!! Almost bright paper white... whereas my dress was ivory. My Maid of Honour noticed it right away. While it wasn't a huge issue, I wondered if there was a way I could dye my dream veil into my dream colour -- using a natural dye.
After some help from Dr. Google, I figured I could! What I did was largely based on Miss Gator's and Miss IndianaPRolis's posts. Since I had more than a year to go, and I could always order another veil online, I decided to go for it (though it was still pretty scary!):
Dying Veil with Tea (from White to Ivory):
2 x Lipton Yellow Label Tea Bags
10 cups x Water
1 x Measuring Cup
1 x Stock Pot
1 (or more) x Test Tulle/Fabric (I didn't have a scrap piece of tulle, so I just used a white piece of fabric)
1 x Veil
1. Boil (more than 2 cups of) water.
2. Steep 2 tea bags into 2 cups of boiling hot water (I used a measuring cup... couldn't take risks with my veil!), for 2 minutes. Keep the teabags completely submerged by using a clean spoon (I made the mistake of using a not-so-clean wooden spoon in my first trial... oil started floating to the top. I wasn't going to put my veil in that!).
3. Pour the 2 cups of tea into a large stock pot.
4. Measure 8 cups of cold water. Pour into the stock pot. Mix.
5. Wait a while till the tea is completely cooled.
6. Rinse your test fabric in cold tap water, until it's completely wet (this is important so that the dye is evenly distributed).
7. Put your test fabric into the pot of tea for 2 minutes. Make sure it's completely submerged the whole time (I kept it down with my hands).
8. Rinse your test tulle/fabric in cold tap water so all the excess tea is gone.
9. Gently wring out the water, and hang your test tulle/fabric dry.
10. If the dry test tulle/fabric came out with the colour you want, repeat steps 6 - 9 with your veil. Otherwise, adjust the amount of time you submerge your test tulle/fabric and test again.
11. After you've dyed your veil, hang it to dry. Make sure it's not bunched up or stuck to another piece to ensure an even colour (though if you've rinsed it well enough, it shouldn't make too big of a difference).
**If you have a trim like mine, make sure the trim is laid out as flat as possible, too. I also went back to check on the veil again when it was about half dry to straighten things out (trust me... it's worth it!).
*** A word of caution: after dying (so wetting and drying), the lace trim on my veil needed to be ironed out. The little pieces of threads were never quite as straight as before.
So, on my second try (on a second veil), I made sure the trim as laid out very flat when it was hung to dry. Much better result!! :)
Hanging the veil to dry
Test fabric: before and after
Veil: before and after (first veil)
My Veil from the Back
I was really happy with how it turned out. :)
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