I picked up the limited edition Forget Me Not kit by Brenda Gervais at the St. Charles market this past weekend. When you receive your kit there is a note inside from Brenda about how to distress the fabric. She suggests hand-dyeing it with coffee. Since I'm a tea person I used the left over tea from this morning's pot to tea-dye my piece. If you want a darker color use a fresh pot of tea and make it very dense (e.g. 3 spoons of tea for 1 cup of hot water). I use a tea filter to make my tea so I just emptied out the leaves from the filter into a bowl and poured more hot water on it - enough to imerse my fabric. I wet the fabric first then scrunched it up in the bowl, heaping the wet leaves inside it and on it. I checked it at 5 minutes and ended up leaving it in for about 12 minutes. I did rinse it a bit when done to get all the tea leaves off the fabric, which I would suggest you do if you use coffee. Once done I ironed it dry into a towel, then it was ready for stitching. Tea and coffee dyes are likely to fade over time but I was fine with that for this piece. I don't think it'll ever go back to the base cream so even if fades a bit I'll be happy.
The 35 count Northern Cross Cream is a very yellow-cream so this changed the color to more of a slightly distressed tan. If you want an entirely different color I would suggest Lakeside Linens Vintage Homespun for a slightly green cast. Vintage Maritime White for a tan-green cast or Vintage Meadow Rue if you want a darker brown with a bit of green. I did like the fabrics with a slightly green cast to them since 4 of the colors tend toward that end of spectrum. It needs a Stitcher's Eighth for 28, 30, 32, 36 or 40 count.
You'll find the order information for the kit in our online catalog. If you need more help with the fabric, just contact us. *** Update 8/28 - I've decided to tea-dye the fabric for you so if you order the kit from us, it will come with tea-dyed fabric.