Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fungi and Mushroom Dyeing

For a while I have been thinking about dyeing with fungi and lichens.
 When the fairy rings appeared in the lawn I took it as a sign.

Fairy Ring Mushroom (Marasmius oreacles)
My mushroom book says they are edible but doesn't mention anything about their dye potential.

I scraped a variety of lichens off the old alder trees.

Dead branches from the Big Leaf Maple host colonies of lichens that I added to my collection.

I also have a bag of windfall lichens, mosses and fungi collected on my morning walks.
Now, how do I go about dyeing with them?
Next step is to do some Internet research.

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