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sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 08 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

cream of tartar is an 'assistant' to mordanting rathar than a mordant in its own right, lots of people like to use it with alum, I rarely bother tbh

mochyn



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 08 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

sally_in_wales wrote:
cream of tartar is an 'assistant' to mordanting rathar than a mordant in its own right, lots of people like to use it with alum, I rarely bother tbh


I knew I'd heard something about it.

Nice to know I wasn't dreaming about dyeing.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 08 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Is there a good recipe book somewhere? I know Charlotte had a couple, but I never got round to looking at them.

VM



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 08 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've recently bought a nice basic book called (I think) The Craft of Natural Dyeing by Jenny Dean. Haven't actually done dyeing yet, but it's easy to read and has nice pics of different colours and how they were produced.

Same author also more recently has written one called Wild Colour, which looked nice - but is more expensive so I didn't get it.

mochyn



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 08 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

One of Charlotte's was:

Natural Dyes by Gwen Fereday (pub. British Museum, London, ISBN 0714125652) It's the one she said was very technical but accurate. I'm off to have a look for it...

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 08 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

You took the ISBN? I'm impressed - the most I ever remember to do is take photos, because I can never find a pen!

hedgewitch



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 08 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

wellington womble wrote:
You took the ISBN? I'm impressed - the most I ever remember to do is take photos, because I can never find a pen!


I am disappointing in you, WW!

Did you finish that cardigan this weekend?

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 08 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

There's this...
https://www.downsizer.net/Projects/A_sustainable_home/Dyeing_-_the_basics/

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 08 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

hedgewitch wrote:
wellington womble wrote:
You took the ISBN? I'm impressed - the most I ever remember to do is take photos, because I can never find a pen!


I am disappointing in you, WW!

Did you finish that cardigan this weekend?



mochyn



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 08 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

wellington womble wrote:
You took the ISBN? I'm impressed - the most I ever remember to do is take photos, because I can never find a pen!


I used to work in a book department and got so sick of "I want a book. It's blue and about this big."

hedgewitch



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 08 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

mochyn wrote:
wellington womble wrote:
You took the ISBN? I'm impressed - the most I ever remember to do is take photos, because I can never find a pen!


I used to work in a book department and got so sick of "I want a book. It's blue and about this big."



sean
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 08 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

A member of staff in Blackwells once found me a surgery textbook based on not much more description than that. When I said how impressed I was he said "So am I, I work in the geography department."

mochyn



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 08 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I was also asked to the Rupert the Bear Manual and Ned Sherrin's Theatrical Antidotes.

Who would guess that W H Smith's could be so funny?

hedgewitch



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 08 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

sean wrote:
A member of staff in Blackwells once found me a surgery textbook based on not much more description than that. When I said how impressed I was he said "So am I, I work in the geography department."




In a library I was once asked for a record of a parliamentary debate with a green cover. We were standing in a large room full of Hansard volumes, all with green covers. They went back for years and years.

I did find the right one.

hedgewitch



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 08 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

mochyn wrote:
I was also asked to the Rupert the Bear Manual and Ned Sherrin's Theatrical Antidotes.

Who would guess that W H Smith's could be so funny?



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