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Fungi Dye: Phaeolus schweinitzii

Phaeolus schweinitzii – Mushroom Dyes
Karhunkaapa (FI)

Phaeolus schweinitzii – Yellow, gold

Phaeolus schweinitzii  Fungi dyed Yarn
Phaeolus schweinitzii Fungi dyed Yarn

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

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Fungi Dye Bath

If using dried mushrooms soak them in water for a few hours until soft.
300 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

Add mordanted yarn to dyebath
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.

Mordants
How to Make an Alum Mordant
How to Scour and Mordant Cotton and Linen

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Mushroom Dyeing
A New England and Eastern Canada Edible and Medicinal Mushroom Resource
Mosswalks Blogspot
Basket dyed with Phaeolus schweinitzii “dyers polypore”
California Fungi: Phaeolus schweinitzii
Root Diseases: Chweinitzii Butt Rot
This fungus is considered to be a tree disease in British Columbia
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Printmaking with Plant Dyes: aa072104e

Here are some lovely examples of fabrics printed with natural and fungi dyes.

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Fungi Dyes

Fungi Fabric Printing

Mushroom Dye Workshop

Mushroom Dye Recipes

Natural Dye Workshop

Print Making

Papermaking

Peat Textiles

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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.

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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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

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International Fungi and Fibre Symposium 2010 Felted Hats: aa091610e

I took a class in making felted hats at the 2010 International Fungi and Fiber Symposium in Gysinge Sweden. All the hats were dyed using natural mushroom dyes. Fabulous fun!

felted hats


Stretching and shaping the felted hat onto a hat form.
After trying on my hat, we decided that I needed a wider brim, so the hat was pulled down gently and stretched and steamed to form the brim. While the wool felt is still wet, it is very pliable and can be gently shaped.

Happy Hat Makers

Mushroom Dye Symposium Workshops

Dyeing and Picking Mushrooms
Display of Fungi Dyed Crafts
Fabric Printing with Fungi pigments
Felted Hat Making

Mushrooms for Color

International Fungi and Fiber Symposium 2012
The next IFFS will be held in Jaca, Spain on Oct 8 – Oct 15, 2012.


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

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ANTIQUE SPINNING WHEEL / WALNUT / 33” HIGH

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Charkha book style spinning wheel

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Kromski Symphony Clear Spinning Wheel. Used.  Excellent condition. Only $575

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International Fungi and Fibre Symposium 2010 Fabric Printing: aa091610d

I was delighted to have the opportunity to take a worksop on fabric printing with fungi dyes, held at the 2010 Fungi Fiber Symposium. The workshop was held by Anna Homs and translated by Nilia Bañares. I have dyed yarns and fabric with fungi dyes but didn’t know it was also possible to use the fungi pigment for fabric printing.


The polypore is cut into small pieces and then heated in a small pot of water.


Handcut Stamps were made using clay.


The polypore pigment solution is drained through a cloth.


The pigment is scraped from the cloth and put into a small plastic glass.


Add some alum and white glue to the pigment mix.


Apply some of the fungi dye pigment mixture to a stamp using a paint brush.


The fungi dye pigment can be used to paint or print onto paper, cloth or leather. Use a hair dryer to dry the pigment.

fungi printing

Cotton fabrics handprinted with fungi dyes.

Fungi Dye Symposium

Mushroom Dye Symposium Workshops
Dyeing and Picking Mushrooms
Display of Fungi Dyed Crafts
Fabric Printing with Fungi pigments
Felted Hat Making

Mushrooms for Color

International Fungi and Fiber Symposium 2012
The next IFFS will be held in Jaca, Spain on Oct 8 – Oct 15, 2012.
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

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ANTIQUE SPINNING WHEEL / WALNUT / 33” HIGH

$179.95
End Date: Saturday Sep-7-2019 17:09:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $179.95
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Charkha book style spinning wheel

$130.00
End Date: Tuesday Sep-3-2019 18:56:25 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $130.00
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Kromski Symphony Clear Spinning Wheel. Used.  Excellent condition. Only $575

$575.00
End Date: Thursday Sep-19-2019 19:00:01 PDT
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International Fungi and Fibre Symposium 2010 Crafts: aa091610c

International Fungi Fibre Symposium 2010
Fiber crafts made by IMDI members using natural fungi dyes.

Knitted and crochet hats, slippers, socks dyed with mushrooms.

fungi printing

Cotton fabrics handprinted with fungi dyes.


Fungi dye samples

Felted hats dyed with mushroom dyes

tree decorations
Christmas tree decorated with hand felted decorations dyed with natural fungi dyes


Knitted and felted toys hand dyed with mushrooms

Felt Necklaces

Felted necklaces and flowers dyed with fungi dyes

Felt Birds

Fungi Dye Symposium

Mushroom Dye Symposium Workshops
Dyeing and Picking Mushrooms
Display of Fungi Dyed Crafts
Fabric Printing with Fungi pigments
Felted Hat Making

Mushrooms for Color

International Fungi and Fiber Symposium 2012
The next IFFS will be held in Jaca, Spain on Oct 8 – Oct 15, 2012.

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

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ANTIQUE SPINNING WHEEL / WALNUT / 33” HIGH

$179.95
End Date: Saturday Sep-7-2019 17:09:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $179.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Charkha book style spinning wheel

$130.00
End Date: Tuesday Sep-3-2019 18:56:25 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $130.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Kromski Symphony Clear Spinning Wheel. Used.  Excellent condition. Only $575

$575.00
End Date: Thursday Sep-19-2019 19:00:01 PDT
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IFFS 2010 Mushrooms: aa091610b

Mushroom Dyes

Fungi PH Colour
Hapalopilus rutilans PH 8
Sarcodon Squamosus PH 8
Boletopsis grisea PH 9
Boletopsis grisea PH 5 Green
Hydnellum aurantiacum PH 9
Hydnellum suaveolens PH 9
Hydnellum caeruleum PH 9
Cortinareous semisanguineus PH orange, red
Cortinareous fervidus PH 6
Cortinareous malicorius PH
Inonotus obliquus PH 8
Ischnoderma benzoinum PH 7.5
Phellinus hippophaecola PH 8
Phaeolus schweinitzii PH

Heating up the dyepots for the mordanting

Photos of the mushroom dyed yarns.

mushroom dyed yarn

Fungi Dye Symposium

Mushroom Dye Symposium Workshops
Dyeing and Picking Mushrooms
Display of Fungi Dyed Crafts
Fabric Printing with Fungi pigments
Felted Hat Making

Mushrooms for Color

International Fungi and Fiber Symposium 2012
The next IFFS will be held in Jaca, Spain on Oct 8 – Oct 15, 2012.

Fungal Records Database of Britain and Ireland
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

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International Fungi and Fibre Symposium 2010: aa091610a

The 14th International Fungi Dye Symposium was held in 2010 in Gysinge Sweden.

International Mushroom Dye Institute
Goals of IMDI are to build a library of the history of mushroom dyes and to encourage further research into the use of mushroom pigments.

Mushrooms for Color

International Fungi and Fiber Symposium 2012
The next IFFS will be held in Jaca, Spain on Oct 8 – Oct 15, 2012.

rug hooking

Rughooking picture of Pro’s Folk HighSchool

Mushroom Dye Symposium Workshops

Dyeing and Picking Mushrooms
Display of Fungi Dyed Crafts
Fabric Printing with Fungi pigments
Felted Hat Making

Photos of the buildings and scenery around the school





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

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ANTIQUE SPINNING WHEEL / WALNUT / 33” HIGH

$179.95
End Date: Saturday Sep-7-2019 17:09:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $179.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Charkha book style spinning wheel

$130.00
End Date: Tuesday Sep-3-2019 18:56:25 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $130.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Kromski Symphony Clear Spinning Wheel. Used.  Excellent condition. Only $575

$575.00
End Date: Thursday Sep-19-2019 19:00:01 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $575.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

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