Monday, May 5, 2014

Waste Not...

After cooking beets for dinner, I just couldn't throw out the beautifully coloured 'beet water' so I poured it into a glass and tried dyeing with it.
I pushed in a skein of crochet cotton, using a bit of wooden dowel to make sure the liquid saturated the entire skein and left if over night.
Then I decided to crumple up a paper towel and press it in to soak up all of the remaining liquid before pulling them both out to dry.

While wet, the colours were fabulous!!!





They did lighten up a bit once dry, but I still think they'll be really great in some future art. Maybe next time I'll forget about eating the beets and boil some fabric and threads right in the pot to really get a dark, intense beet colour...

I'll still have to make one pot for eating though since beets are so delicious!









I also finished the May calendar spread...


14 comments:

  1. you are so creative and resourceful!! Love that color and love your May calendar!

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  2. Ooooh, what a lovely shade of beet red!!!

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  3. Fabulous colours! Try adding vinegar to help fix them. :o)

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    1. Thanks. Yes, I did add some vinegar and also heat set it.

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  4. How fun...and gosh I haven't had beets in so long. Need to change that for sure, and love the journal cover!

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    1. Enjoy your beets and the fun after you've cooked them!

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  5. What a great use of the beet juice --- and --- I love the color.

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    1. Thanks Gloria. Now I'm wondering what else I can 'cook up' that would be great for dyeing!

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  6. YOUR Flowers are so bright and BOLD! NICE = )

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