Beetroot DyeNatural Dyes

Natural Dyes – Beets

Sugar beetroots give rust and reddish coloured natural dye, though the colour is not very colourfast and fades after time.

Difficulty Level:
Easy
Time Required:
2 hours
Here’s How:

Premordant 1/2 lb. wool fleece or yarn with Alum
Clean and cut 2 lb. of beets into small pieces and cook in 4 quarts of water for 1 hour
Strain the liquid, removing the beets.
Add the premordanted wool yarn or fleece into the dyebath.
Simmer for 1 hour.
Drain and rinse the wool. Let dry.

Tips:
Try using canned beets to see if you obtain a better colour.
Try dyeing the leaves. They may yield a yellow colour.

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