Monday, January 9, 2012

Beet Experiment

Hello everyone!
I wanted to show you all an interesting little experiment: Beet dyed fabric.
Thats right I made boiled beets and saw the pretty red color so I couldn't waste it. I had to do something.

I tried using just the left over water but it didn't dye pink, it dyed a dirty yellow (like the roses). So I put some pulp in there and a little vinegar (changing the PH changes the color) and the color was very bright pink :) then I added baking soda and it turned a dirty yellow again, almost brown and I dyed the flowers which were already kinda creamy yellow but they were brighter. The dye made them look aged :)

The spots you see here and there are little bits of beet skin. You can tell the color is not even on the fabrics and I have no idea why, but that's what happened with my little experiment with natural dyes :) Have any of you ever tried anything similar?


  1. Fun to try new things right Karla!!?? What are you planning to use these craftily made goodies on??

  2. I'm still trying to figure out the new blogger. I do like the new post page. It gives me more options that I had before. Well it shows more options that my computer showed before which I guess doesn't mean those options were there if I knew how to get to them!! LOL I need to take a blogger class! Stacy

  3. I so would not have thought about that!

    You asked over on my blog how i find time to get crafty. I have a rule that I rarely break (unless I just have too much work to do) that the last 1.5-2 hours of the day are mine. So, for those couple hours before bed I stop working/homework/etc. I then choose what hobby I will indulge in. Sometimes its playing Warcraft, other times its just reading my blog roll, and sometimes I craft. It allows me to decompress form the day and make sure I keep my sanity through law school. :)

  4. I do like beetroot, but I'm not sure I'd swoosh my stash in them! These do look good though... xx

  5. Wow, you were having some fun girl! I have tea dyed some paper but I have never tried dying with beets...oh know I am going to have to try it now!!



  6. LOL, only a dedicated scrapper would see the red of boiled beats and want to throw in fabric :) Great idea!

  7. Hi - I've only died dominoes with onion skins. Interesting.
    Hats off to you for trying something different.
    Hugs, Neet xx


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