Fungi Dyes Cortinarius Semisanguineus

Cortinarius Semisanguineus mushroom gives orange and red colored dye – Fungi Dye Recipe

Cortinareous Fungi Dye

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

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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

Mushroom Fungi 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.

More about 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

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Dyeing the cortinarius mushroom caps.

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Dyeing the cortinarius mushroom stems.
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Natural Dye Books
Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
Botanical Colour at your Fingertips
The Modern Natural Dyer: A Comprehensive Guide to Dyeing Silk, Wool, Linen and Cotton at Home
A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers

The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyer’s Field Guide
Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
A Heritage of Colour: Natural Dyes Past and Present by Jenny Dean (2014-06-10)
Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing: Traditional Recipes for Modern Use


Author: Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi