Period fabric dye recipe (Early 1800's)

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    Carbon 6

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    I found this yellow dye recipe in a early 1800's cookbook. It's one I hadn't seen before, it uses horseradish leaves.

    Mrs. Eastaff To Dye Linen or Cotton a fine straw or Lemon colour. eight handfuls of horse raddish leaves, one ounce of Allum two gallons of water, Boil the whole till reduced to six quarts. Your linen or cotton having washed quite clean. - when the above liquor is hot let the article to be dyed be emerged therein. - Make a starch with the liquor that is left & glase with a sleak stone Eastaff

    Title: English cookbook
    Author: unknown
    Location: University of Iowa Library archives.
     
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    We used goldenrod flowers to get a bright yellow during one historic demonstration. Worked quite well.

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    I don't fully understand the last sentence/direction.

    "Make a starch with the liquor that is left & glase with a sleak stone Eastaff"
     
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    Paying attention, 'cause the Irish in the Middle Ages were very fond of bright yellow garb.
     
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    You thicken the leftover fluid, and glaze the fabric with a very smooth stone to give the fabric a shiny appearance when you look at it at an angle. How exactly they want you to do that is not explained. Probably expected the reader to know.

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    Thanks!
     
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    Nyck, I didn't know that! Tell me more! My Dad's Mother's folks the Farrells came from County Claire, I'm told. Lots I don't know.
     
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