Fungi Dyes Cortinarius Semisanguineus: cort-semisanguineous

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 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.

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Cortinarius semisanguineus – Eleanor Yarrow Slide Collection

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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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Mushroom Fungi Natural Dye Books
The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyers Field Guide
Natural Colors to Dye For – How to use natural dyes from plants and fungi
Mushrooms for Color
Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments, Myco Stix