"When lovely woman tilt’s her saucer, And finds too late that tea will stain, Whatever made a Lady crosser, What art can wash all white again; The only art the stain to cover, To hide the spot from every eye; And wear an unsoiled dress above her, The proper colour is to DYE." From (Swartz, 1841, p. 36)**
Well, it's official. I'm legitimately obsessed with learning how to dye. After this week found us rummaging through all our drawers in order to find any and everything that we could either dye or use to dye I realized that the bug had bitten. Since I was too eager to wait for a book to arrive in the mail, I downloaded two onto my kindle app to be able to read. I've begun one called Natural Dyes and Home Dyeing by Rita J. Adrosko. It opens up with a fascinating history of natural dyes in America. Much of it was very inspiring, and while I don't plan to use sheep intestines or urine to set my dyes anytime soon, I can't wait to try their dye recipes. Now that we've exhausted our dyeable items here at the house, I'm gonna have to order some more. Looking forward to this new adventure and dreaming about all the possibilities it could hold for Nutmeg!
**Adrosko, Rita J. (2012-04-30). Natural Dyes and Home Dyeing (Dover Pictorial Archives) (Kindle Locations 40-43). Dover Publications. Kindle Edition.