Yarn and Mushroom Soup

I cooked up something completely different on my stovetop last week: mushroom-dyed yarn!

I have been wanting to dye with mushrooms since I started foraging for mushrooms three years ago. After a beginner mushroom dye class from Dustin Kahn this winter at SOMA camp, I was ready to start.

Class at SOMA camp

Class at SOMA camp

Wolf Lichen Dye Pot

Wolf Lichen Dye Pot

For my project, I simmered undyed MCN sock yarn in a mordant of alum and cream of tartar then dyed it with dried dyer’s polypore aka Phaeolus schweinitzii.

All the necessary ingredients

All the necessary ingredients

A teabag of unusual proportions

A teabag of unusual proportions

My yarn dyed to a nearly solid amber color with lots of mushrooms leftover for next time!

In the dyepot

In the dyepot

The finished product

The finished product

If you’re interested in collecting your own dye mushrooms, Alissa Allen of Mycopigments
wrote an excellent summary of Northern California dye mushrooms on the Fibershed blog.

Reported by Tracey, who would like to thank Janice for making two trips to Dharma Trading Co. to pick up mordant ingredients.

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