The Dyer's Guide. Chapter IV. On Scouring and Dyeing Wool. To prepare the indigo mentioned in the preceding directions

The Dyer's Guide
Being a Compendium of the Art of Dyeing
Linen, Cotton, Silk, Wool, Muslin, Dresses, Furniture, &c. &c.

With The Method of
Scouring Wool, Bleaching Cotton, &c.
Directions for Ungumming Silk, And For Whitening And Sulphuring Silk And Wool.
And Also
An Inttroductory Epitome of The Leading Facts in Chemistry, As Connected With The Art of Dyeing.

By Thomas Packer,
Dyer and Practical Chemist.

"Cet arte est un des plus utiles et des plus merveilleux qu'on connoisse."
- Chaptal.

"There is no art which depends so much on chemistry as dyeing."
- Garnett.

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Boil, in a gallon of water, for three quarters of an hour, two ounces of pot-ash, three quarters of an ounce of madder, and one ounce of bran; then let the whole settle for half an hour. After all is settled and taken out of the boiler, and put into another copper with four ounces of indigo finely powdered, the liquor should be kept stirred, and very hot, but not be boiled. At intervals some lixivium of lime should be put into it, and that being cold will keep the liquor from boiling, and render the pot-ash more active.

As soon as the indigo is dissolved and properly diluted, damp the fire and cover over the solution; after it is settled put in a pattern, which, when taken out, will turn blue on being exposed to the air; if it does not, more clear lixivium must be added. Of this solution of indigo such proportions are to be added to the woad vat as are directed in the preceding process.

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