The Botanical Way – Natural Dye Recipe with Beetroots

This recipe creates the most beautiful golden and coppery hues, which might be surprising given the pinky red nature of the liquid produced from creating the dye stuff, or if you’ve ever got beetroot juice on your clothes!

Beetroots are really more of a stain than a dye, and will wash out easily, so I would advise using this dye for short-term projects or for items that won’t need washing, such as ribbons or for display. However, it is a great way to use up leftover beetroots from the garden if you have grown too many. You can also use out of date pickled beetroots in the recipe in place of fresh if you wish.

Whilst the recipe card uses one particular mordant, you can achieve different shades using others such as iron water.

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