Yesterday, I cooked up a pot of beets and that red/purple water was so inviting. Not for a swim-dip, but for a dye-dip! I put in a piece of treated cotton (treated with aluminum acetate.) And, yum…the fabric turned a lovely pink shade.
Great!! I’m loving this!
For the final step, I rinsed the excess. And. Aaaargh…the pink went down the drain. Leaving my fabric barely colored. This is what they mean by fugitive color–it runs away!!
Ah well, I dipped it again, dried it, without a rinse. I’ve been working with beeswax/encaustic to preserve fabric collages. This will be a great candidate. Anyway, the beets were great eating!!
My friend Deb suggested using eggplant–the nice purple one. I’ll be trying that for dyeing soon!