poetry and prose about place

beet pink

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Last week, I tried dyeing some wool roving with the juice of pickled beets …




Yesterday I opened the jar and rinsed the wool in cool water.  Looks like a lot of the colour still went down the drain …




And the final result?  A pretty pink.  Reminds me of the pink batts of insulation we installed in our walls! The wool is not scratchy at all, but soft and fragrant.


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Gradually I am building a rainbow of colour on my drying rack …


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from right to left: wool roving prepared with alum as a mordant; wool dyed with Tansy; wool dyed with Old Man’s Beard lichen; and wool dyed with pickled beet juice


I am still working on the poem to capture this experience … it’s not quite ready to share.


Copyright  2014  Jane Tims


Written by jane tims

May 9, 2014 at 10:34 am

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  1. Your rainbow is very beautiful. 🙂



    May 9, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    • Hi Robin. It will get better … just hope I can get a shade of blue into the mix …Jane


      jane tims

      May 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm

  2. lovely result.



    May 9, 2014 at 5:39 pm

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