Beetroots are such a delicious and attractive food. Their bright reddish, pinkish purple colour gravitates towards white shirts. If you eat beetroot it will drop onto your clothes. And will you ever be able to get that stain out? Not likely.
But throw some lovely white cotton into the beetroot juice and whilst it looked so beautiful in my first few pics, my spontaneity has taught me a little bit more about natural dyes. Beetroot and cotton will not stay together as beetroot only stains, not dyes. Sadly see my last photo (no it is not black & white) showing one wash later. Nothing will fix this vibrant colour to fabrics. In this link Paula E Burch from pburch.net explains this beautifully. It is all about chemistry apparently.
What fun I had and what a delight to see that the concertina folding method actually worked – so when I do return to dyeing I can play with the folds a bit more. If you are interested in pursuing the idea of natural dyes, I have been following @vic_pemberton on instagram and you can find her blog and amazing shibori products at bindandfold.com One day I may make it to Melbourne to do a workshop with her. I think I need to before I keep blogging about dyeing.
So I will get back to doing what I am good at – auditing wardrobes, streamlining people’s lives and helping them find their own style.