I thought I would look at tea infusers. I have acquired a few. Some work better than others. There are the ball infusers which have a receptacle for the tea and a connection to a charm which allows you to retrieve the infuser when you are ready to drink your tea. When using a tea ball infuser make sure you do not fill it more than half full because the loose tea leaves will expand to fill the ball.
This is my most special tea ball infuser because it was given to me by a dear friend who attends my card making group each month.
I believe the infuser is from Steeped Tea and she had engraved with "Card Lady". In the fall it will be 12 I have been teaching a card making class at my church. I started with a Christmas card class in 2005. I have been teaching card making, paper making and general craft class for many more years than that.
I have to confess at not ever using this one because getting the 2 halves apart is very difficult and I don't want to damage the mesh half. It was a gift from another dear friend so i have not given it away.
This is a ball infuser as well. It is not mesh so only provides holes for the water to access the tea leaves. I expect this one is effective but would take longer. It screws apart nicely and is secure to keep the tea leaves where they belong. It comes with its own little bowl to hold it once removed from the tea cup.
Will certainly keep your tablecloth clean.
This is a cup tea infuser. It is very large as it measures half the size of the cup. It is mesh so it provides a lot of space for the tea leaves to expand and the water access to the leaves to steep. The mug comes with a lid which will help keep the heat in during the steeping process. Once taken off it provides a place to rest the infuser. Very good design.