Cortinarius Semisanguineus – Yellow, Orange dye from stems
Reds, pinks from caps
FI: Verihelttaseitikki

mushroom dye cortinareous575.jpg, 23623 bytes

Alum Mordant

3 litres water

25 grams alum

10 grams cream of Tartar

Bring to boil and then let cool

100 gram wool yarn tied in skeins

Rinse the clean washed yarn in cool water

Add the yarn into the cool mordant bath and bring it to 80-90 C degrees

Simmer for 1 hour

Remove and let cool
[adrotate group=”9″]

Mushroom Dye Bath

Separate the mushroom caps from the stems and use them as separate dye baths. The caps will give a red dye colour and the stems a yellow/orange dye.

If using dried mushrooms soak them in water for a few hours until soft.

100 grams dried mushrooms

5 litres water

Bring to boil and simmer for 2-3 hours

Let dyebath cool

Strain the liquid and store the cooked mushrooms. They can be used again in an afterbath

Add mordanted yarn to strained dyebath liquid

Return to heat and simmer for 1 hour at 80-90 degrees Celsius or longer for stronger colour.

Remove from heat source and let cool

Rinse in water that is of similar temperature as dyebath to avoid shocking the yarn and causing felting to occur.

fungi dyed scarves

Silk scarves dyed with cortinarius mushrooms.

Fungi Dyes

Tom Volk’s Fungus of the Month – Sept 99

Cortinarius semisanguineus – Eleanor Yarrow Slide Collection

Mushroom Tours in Mexico

Fungi in Finland and Sweden

..More Fungi Dyes..
Mushroom Dyes

IFFS Mushroom Dyes

Fungal Records Database of Britain and Ireland

cortinareous434.jpg, 39972 bytes
Dyeing the cortinarius mushroom caps.

cortinareous435.jpg, 48124 bytes
Dyeing the cortinarius mushroom stems.
cortinareous443.jpg, 60376 bytes

cortinareous444.jpg, 49543 bytes

cortinareous445.jpg, 42460 bytes

cortinareous446.jpg, 33441 bytes

Fungi Dye Books

The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyer’s Field Guide
UK: Rainbow Beneath my Feet

All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms
A hip pocket guide to more than 200 edible and poisonous mushroom species, as well as recipes, stories, and information on uses of various species.
UK: All That the Rain Promises

The Kingdom Fungi: The Biology of Mushrooms, Molds, and Lichens
UK: The Kingdom Fungi

A comprehensive guide to mushrooms in the UK, with over 1200 photographs.
UK: Mushrooms

Natural Dyes and Mordants


Ebay Finds

Soda Ash for Fiber Reactive Dyes - 1 Pound - Current price: $14.15

Chestnut Extract 8oz - Current price: $9.95

Chestnut Extract 2oz - Current price: $2.80

Chestnut Extract 4oz - Current price: $5.20

Chestnut Extract 1oz - Current price: $1.65

Soda Ash - 1 Pound - Current price: $9.47