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John Hirst

Title: Textile Consultant

Company: Gables Textile Consultants

Location: United Kingdom

John B. Hirst started his career serving in the U.S. Air Force. He realized he was interested in pursuing a career in the textile industry, and has spent 50 years refining his skills and knowledge in the field. 138 more words

Consulting

What are Azo Dyes and are they safe?

A splash of colour can make the world of difference to a product, bringing it to life, giving it personality and style, making it appear richer, more ‘active’, natural or wholesome than just another pot of white stuff.   715 more words

Beauty

Dressed for Success -- or for Treason

Purple, the most expensive dye from Murex seashells, was reserved exclusively for Roman royalty. For anyone else to wear the color was treason.

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History

November.

Harvest is nearly complete, the wood stove is creating heat, it’s beginning to look like winter (in our area that means mud), deer season in much of the state is over, and I’m already listening to Christmas music. 56 more words

My Thoughts

Archaeology and clothing (or maybe not)

Hee hee… I was down in the basement the other day when I came across a small stash of Ladybird books among all my files. For anyone not familiar with these, they were – and to some extent still are, though they’re not the same – a British series of books for children. 970 more words

Inspiration

Eco-dyeing via India Flint

After reading Eco Dyeing by India Flint and since I live out in the country of the Ozarks, I’ve become interested in what colors/dyes are available from local plants. 59 more words

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