Hello all, its been a while since any posts sorry about that.
I recently purchased from Ebay a technical book to bring my dyeing and finishing knowledge up to date. ” Scouring and Dyeing with Vegetable Dye Recipes” by K Grasett. It was first published in 1930 and goes right to the heart of the traditional aspect of our industry.
It contains recipes that I feel should be retried and introduced to the market ie.if anyone would like to know how to dye Angora Gold, you need the following:
Wool – One Pound Handspun Angora
Mordant : Alum: nine ounces , Cream of Tartar, five and a half ounces, Stannous Chloride, one drachm.
Dye : Madder Two and A quarter ounces, Fustic Extract, three spoonfuls, no specification on size of spoon.
Method: Steep wool overnight in four ounces of alum, Next day put in dyebath, five ounces of Alum and five and a half ounces tartar. One Drachm stannous chloride, dissolve then enter the dyes mix well and boil for two hours.
If anyone would like to try this and report back I would be most interested 🙂
The book is a wonderful insight into times past, if only to find out that to study for three months, for 4 hours per day, would cost £15.00 – so a full year of education would have been around £60.00. Not bad although I am sure that when you do the calculation from old money to new and account for inflation etc. The £60.00 will probably not be too far off today’s rates.
So somethings do change… have a good weekend everyone, I am waiting for the snow to fall here.