The Irony of Beetroot Stains.

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…

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My New Shoes

I have been busy with dye again. These lovely shoes – the perfect suede slip-on with a low heel were bought from Saks Fifth Avenue, New York in the August sales of 1991!  They were originally a pale beige, which were then tanned about 10 years later. Now 24 years later they have been transformed…

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Dye results.

Great result. Cottons & silk came up beautifully.  The pink trim on the silk dress must be polyester as this did not change, so I am going to colour this in with a black permanent marker (this works really well on a lot of things).

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I did dye.

Here is the next part of the process… Wet the clothes before putting them into the washing machine. Pre-dissolve the dye mix with salt(for cotton) and vinegar (for silk, wool or nylon) if required with hot water.  I cut the top off a milk bottle as I don’t want to reuse the bucket I mix…

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Dye or not to Dye?

Every so often some of my favourite black clothes start to fade and need to be re-dyed.  I have done this on a regular basis as most of the items come up looking like new again…saving me heading to the shops. Both the domestic dyes available to buy from your local haberdashery (ok Spotlight) had…

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