Has anyone had any experience using beets to dye yarn? Wool or cotton? How much beets for how much yarn, do you boil with the yarn, or make a tea with the beets, then add yarn? How long for tea making, and how long to seep the yarn? Is the dye permanent? And what about a fixative (what I believe dyers call mordant?
I did do a search for this topic and found little info. Also I have little access to books as I live in a fairly isolated area (not many books in our library system) and limited funds.
Thanks to anyone for the info.
"Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern." Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues (1954)
The rumours of a red dye from beets are (as far as I know) rumours. I have heard people CLAIM they have managed a permanent red dye from beets - but never seen it happen. Usually you get a tannish brown.
MMario - I don't live in the 21st century - but I play a character who does.
I did the beet thing in college when I didn't have to stink up my own kitchen. I used an alum soak on one and one without alum. I think another class mate did amonia but I know all the results were the same. I boiled up the pot and got this gorgeous color in the pot. We were so optimistic. It was so pretty my hopes were high.
All batches of wool were this nasty browny tan color.
I don't know of any natural item that gets a gorgeous beet color.