During this 65th anniversary year, articles of interest from old Guild newsletters will be reprinted. This article was first published in May 1965.
Beetroot are plentiful just now so this is an ideal time to try them as dye material. The old stringy ones discarded for culinary use are quite suitable for the dye pot. First wash off the dirt then cut into pieces and tie up in a muslin bag. Boil until a good colour has been extracted. Wool should now be entered into the dye pot with one or other of the following mordants:
- Alum – for old gold shads and with a particularly strong dye a bright bronze is obtained
- Bichromate of potash – bronze
- Copper sulphate – sage green
- Cream of tartar and tin – apricot
- Alum and aluminium and soda – yellow
Note: Be sure you have washed all the dirt and natural grease from your wool before attempting to dye. Move the wool gently about in the dye pot to be sure of equal dyeing. Odd ends of skeins of white wool can be used very successfully after dyeing to add life and interest to standard patterns.