"The beet is the most intense of vegetables.Beets are deadly serious...." -Tom Robbins (1936-) (American novelist)"Beta Vulgaris" ( isn't that a wonderful name for the beet?), ,but the remains at Thebes were beets.
Boil up some beets, take out the cooked veggie and you will be left with a concentrated wine coloured liquid. I always add more water to the pot afterwards.
Beets, in Roman times, were used for all sorts of ailments, commonly fevers and digestive issues.
To get ready to dye fabric you will need the pot of beetroot juice, that should still be warm, to which you've added some warm water. And don't forget the empty metal bowl ( not plastic since plastic will pick up the red stain from the juice)
You can use strong tea or coffee. But beet juice is pretty great.
DYE! Get those gloves on, or your hands will be pink. And even though the stain will fade. In time. YOU may not want to be first cousin to a beet.
Stuff the fabric, or quilt panels little by little into the pot of juice.
Cottons are great for taking on the dye.Poly cottons,and any synthetics will be less so.Let the huddling mass of wet fabric rest in the liquid.
"What did the carrot say to the wheat? Lettuce rest. I'm feeling beet. " -Shel Silverstein (1930-1999)
rested : Yank out the pieces. Squeeze them silly and lay in the metal bowl.After being in Beet juice BEFORE beet juice
AFTER Beet Juice. Hang on a garden trellis stand to drip dry.Or a tree.
clothing rack to dry for a short time in the outside air, on a porch, or even in a basement if the weather is nasty.
You should NOT be washing quilts, only spot cleaning if they do get stained with food, or wine, and there should not be any reason for them to get dirty. Do NOT throw in beet stained quilt pieces, with your white sheets to have a run through . SPOT CLEAN only. You'll extend the life of the quilt, and stop any damaging or fading of fabric.