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How To Dye With Sugar Beets

Sugar beetroots give rust and reddish colored natural dye, though the colour is not very colorfast and fades after time.


Difficulty Level:


Time Required:

90 minutes

Here’s How:


  1. Premordant 1/2 lb. wool fleece or yarn with Alum.
  2. Clean and cut 2 lb. of beets into small pieces and cook in 4 quarts of water for 1 hour.
  3. Strain the liquid, removing the beets.
  4. Add the premordanted wool yarn or fleece into the dyebath.
  5. Simmer for 1 hour.
  6. Drain and rinse the wool. Let dry.


  • Try using canned beets to see if you obtain a better colour.
  • Try dyeing the leaves. They may yield a yellow colour. 
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