Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October - Dyeing with Mushrooms

Many thanks to Cornelia and husband Sam who presented an excellent program on dyeing with mushroom. The program was not only informative and interesting, they included a hands-on portion. Each of us dyed a silk chiffon scarf in a hot potion of local dyers' puff ball mushrooms. Here are some pictures from the evening:

Here is a link to an article recommended by Cornelia: click here.

And here is a book recommended by Cornelia: Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments and Myco-Stix by Miriam Rice

Pictures from our fun meeting:

Colors that can be derived from mushroom, shown on wool yarn

Charming doll made entirely from mushroom-dyed yarms.
Each color is described in the chart below:

Recommended mordant

Recipes for each color

photo of *dyers' puff ball* mushroom. note the distinctive pea-like structures inside

Silk pieces painted during the August meeting taught by Diane. Thanks, Diane, for steaming each one!

Pair of quilts made from special silk ties.