Category Archives: Fungi Dyes

Mushroom and fungi dye recipes

Fungi Dye: Pisolithus arhizus

Pisolithus arhizus Mushroom Dye

isolithus arhizus – Brown, gold
Also known as the Dyeball
FI – Hernekuukunen

Pisolithus Arhizus Fungi Dyed Yarn
Pisolithus Arhizus 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.
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

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.

How to Make an Alum Mordant
How to Scour and Mordant Cotton and Linen
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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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Fungi Dye: Boletopsis Grisea

Boletopsis grisea Mushroom Dye

FI – Sudenkaapa
SW -tallgraticka

Boletopsis grisea Fungi Dyed Yarn
Boletopsis grisea 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.
200 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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Fungi Dye: Hapolopilus Rutilans

Hapilopilus rutilans Mushroom Dye
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Hapalopilus rutilans
FI: Okrakaapa
SW: lysticka

Hapalopilus Rutilans Fungi Dyed Yarn
Hapalopilus Rutilans 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 skein
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

Cut the mushroom into small pieces with a knife
50 grams dried mushrooms
5 litres wate
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
Remove the yarn from the dyebath
Add 50 ML ammonia to the dyebath
When using ammonia take precautions and wear protective gloves
Also avoid getting too close to the dyebath and breathing in the fumes

Test with litmus paper or a digital pH tester
The dyebath should be about 7 pH
Stir well
Add the yarn back into the dyebath
It should change colour to a violet or reddish shade
Let simmer for about another hour
In our sample dyebath we had problems keeping the pH level at around 7. So we had to remove the yarn a few times and add more ammonia
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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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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Papermaking with Polypores: aa072104f

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Dyers Week in Finland. One of the courses that was going on was how to make paper with Polypores or Fungi.

Here’s how:
The polypores are collected and then left to soak in water for several hours to soften them.

After soaking the polypores, chop them into small pieces and put into a blender to create a pulp.

Pour the pulp into a shallow tray.

Lay a piece of cotton fabric onto a wire mesh paper form.

Place the form into the pulp mixture and lift it up, letting the excess water run off.

Lay the top part of the paper form onto the pulp mixture and press it down.

Use a sponge to squeeze out any remaining water.

Remove the top part of the form, invert the form carefully and place it onto a cloth.

Use a rolling pin to flatten the paper and remove extra moisture.

Remove the piece of fabric from the handmade paper carefully.

If there are any holes or breaks in the paper, you can put the paper back into the pulp mixture and try again.

Once you are happy with the results of your handmade paper, lay it between several layers of newspaper and let it dry.

polypore paper
Polypore paper

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Papermaking

  • Fungal Jungal – Making Paper
  • Mycology – Uses of Fungi – Papermaking
  • What is Kraft Paper

    Mushroom Dye Workshop

    Mushroom Dye Recipes

    Natural Dye Workshop

    Print Making

    Peat Textiles

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    Papermaking Books

    Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds

    The Art And Craft of Papermaking: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating Distinctive Handmade Paper

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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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    Natural Dyes – Boletopsis fungi

    Boletopsis grisea

    FI – Sudenkääpä
    SW -tallgråticka

    Boletopsis mushroom dye

    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

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

    200 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.

    Boletopsis Grisea Dye Recipe

    I tried this fungi dye recipe again using less mushrooms as I didn’t have 200 grams of boletopsis fungi available. This produced a lighter shade of sage green.

    20 grams dried Boletopsis grisea mushrooms.
    Cut them into small pieces and put inside a nylon stocking.
    Put into a crock pot filled with 3 liters of water.
    Bring the dye mixture to a simmer and let it cook for a few hours.
    Turn off the heat and allow the dye mixture to cool and sit overnite.

    Reheat the dyepot the following day.
    Check the pH of the dyebath and add ammonia to bring the pH to 8-9.
    Add 100 grams of alum mordanted wool yarn.
    Let the dyebath simmer for several hours until the yarn has absorbed the dye colour, checking the pH levels from time to time.
    Turn off the heat and allow the dyebath to cool.
    Remove the dyed yarn and rinse in cool water.

    boletopsis dye

    Boletopsis Grisea

    The Boletopsis grisea mushroom is on the Red list as an endangered species in many countries, so please take care and check whether picking these are permitted in your area.

    Mushroom Dyes

    Fungal Records Database of Britain and Ireland

    ..More Fungi Dyes..

    Cortinareous Semisanguineous

    Mushroom Dyes

    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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