How to Earn a Living by Dyeing

How to Earn a Living by Dyeing

E. C. Haserick, The Secrets of the Art of Dyeing Wool, Cotton, and Linen, Including Bleaching and Coloring Wool and Cotton Hosiery and Random-Yarns. Cambridge: Welch, Bigelow, and Co., 1869.

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Indigo blue – cochineal scarlet – dahlia – the names roll off the tongue just as they strike the eye in a cacophony of color. Over 200 stunning examples of dyed fabric are included in this dyer’s manual, sandwiched between two leaves of paper (the first of which has holes cut in it for the sample to peek out) mounted on stubs. Author E.C. Haserick ran his own successful dyeing establishment at Laconia, N.H., but must have been planning a career change, for as he writes, no dyer who intends to remain in the business would give up the receipts that allow him to “earn his living by dyeing.”

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