An Old Recipe for Dying Yarn

I found this recipe in an old book and thought I would share it.

  • 1 ounce of cochineal ( dried bodies of female scale insects native to Mexico)
  • 2 ounces of cream of tartar
  • 2 ounces allum
  • sour wheat brand liquor

Pulverize the cream of tartar with the cochineal. Place the concoction  in a corked bottle. Fill a copper or brass kettle with clean water and add the allum. Mix a little of the liquor into it. Put a pound of yarn in and boil it for one hour. Rinse the yarn well. Fill your kettle with clean water and bring it to boiling. Add the concoction from the bottle until you have the color you desire. Add the yarn. Allow it to soak a while, picking up the color, about two hours. Rinse in cold water.

Old Fashioned Hair Dye

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of history books  on the colonial times. Here is an old recipe, women hid in their cookbooks, on how to dye one’s hair.To make hair darker, boil regular tea  and pour it over your hair after it has cooled. Another suggestion is to boil a batch of potatoes until soft, then toss away the potatoes, and keep the cooking water. Pour the water over your hair.