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... a quantity of bark is boiled, in the liquor of which the sail is immerged [sic], if it be not too large; and when it is, the boiling liquor is used with a mop, and payed over the sail ...The Art of Sail-making, 1843The 'tanbark' most commonly used at the time that Swallow was built was cutch, which actually comes from the heartwood of Acacia catechu. Cutch is light-fast, wash-fast, inexpensive, gives a golden brown that darkens (and often reddens) with each 'dip', and dyers love it because it's substantive on cotton and linen, meaning no mordant is required. I have an old bag of the stuff in the studio somewhere ... methinks I might have to fish it out! As a child all I knew of sailing was gleaned from Ransome's books. I tacked into the wind on dry land, just like Roger running "in wide zig zags, to and fro, across the steep field" toward Mother, who held in her hand the telegram from Father on which all the childrens' adventures hinged.
Don't forget to visit the other Colour Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts, just click on the links below ... Sandra at Cherry Heart       Gillian at Tales from a Happy House CJ at Above the River       Jennifer at Thistlebear      And July's guest poster ... Leanne at Today's Stuff What is The Colour Collaborative?All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.