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.