Turkey Red (Part 1)

The term Turkey Red can be quite confusing - it is often used to describe a colour (particularly in modern parlance) - but it is actually an historical method for producing a very fast red colour on cotton cloth using the dyestuff madder. As a collector of historical dye books…

Flanders Flax

One of the things I love about Hautes de France is the fact that flax is still a major crop. It has been grown here for over a thousand years and although very mechanised these days it is still in principle the same process. In the spring we see the…

City of Blue

The theme of my posts for the moment is days out. Since lock down was released we are trying to make sure we get out somewhere 1 day a week. This year is so strange we're making it as positive as possible. We are also lucky that this area is…

Roubaix – a textile town

As lock down is gradually being relaxed we are allowing ourselves 1 day a week to go out and visit "somewhere". We take a picnic and are avoiding mixing with people, but this week museums have been allowed to open, so we thought it would be a good time to…