Category Archives: Fungi Dyes

Mushroom and fungi dye recipes

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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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.

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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
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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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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
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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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Book Store: Natural Dye Books

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Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
This comprehensive book outlines all the necessary equipment, how to select fibers and plant parts, choose the right methods for mordanting and dyeing, test color modifiers and the fastness of dyed colors, and obtain a range of gorgeous colors from every plant, from alter to woad, shown in more than 250 swatches.
UK: Wild Color

The Dyer’s Garden
This comprehensive guide walks readers through a garden season from design to planting to harvesting for the dyepot.
UK: Dyer’s Garden

Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles
Using dyes of the leaves, roots, and flowers to color your cloth and yarn can be an amazing journey into botanical alchemy. In Eco Colour, artistic dyer and colorist India Flint teaches you how to cull and use this gentle and ecologically sustainable alternative to synthetic dyes.
UK: Eco Colour

Natural Dyes
UK: Natural Dyes

Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
Where to find these dye plants in the wild (and for those that can be grown in your backyard, how to nurture them) and the best time and way to harvest them.
UK: Harvesting Color

The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and Other Everyday Ingredients
This book covers the basics of equipment and safety measures, shares recipes using everything from sour grass to olive leaves, offers instructions for keeping a recipe and swatch book, and lists lots of projects, including tablecloths, scarves, and beads.
UK: Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes

Dyes from American Native Plants: A Practical Guide
The science of color and dyeing, the history of natural dyes, dye equipment and processing, and the colors obtained from 158 native North American plant species
UK: Dyes from American Native Plants

Fungi Dye Books

Let’s try mushrooms for color
The first fungi dye book by Miriam Rice.
UK: Lets Try Mushrooms for Color

Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments, Myco Stix
UK: Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments

Mushrooms for Color
Fungi dyeing by Miriam Rice.
UK: Mushrooms for Color

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

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

Kindle Dye Books

Homemade Plant Dyes: Recipes and Techniques
Kindle Edition
Formerly published as: Vegetable Dye: Being a book of Recipes and other information useful to the Dyer
UK: Homemade Plant Dyes
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Naalbinding

Nalbinding

My curiosity about nalbinding began at an early age as my father used to tell me stories of how his Saami mother would make mittens.
My grandmother was a Saami from the Sor-Varanger province of Norway. My father was born in Petsamo and was raised in a small Saami community. When he grew up he married my Finnish mother. He and my mother moved to Canada after the war and settled in British Columbia. My father worked as a commercial fisherman along the west coast of Canada. Before his long fishing trips, my mother would knit him several pairs of woolen hand warmers to keep his hands warm as he worked. My father would quietly comment to me, that he wished that my mother knew how to make the mittens like his mother did. He didn’t really understand how she made them, but he tried to explain that she would wrap the yarn around her thumb and sew it with a large needle. ‘Peukalo kude’ as he described it in Finnish. He said they were much warmer, thicker and more durable. Of course, he never told my mother this as he wouldn’t want to offend her.
I didn’t understand what this strange type of knitting could be, until I attended a Fungi Dye Symposium many years later. To my surprise, there really was a way of making hats, mittens, socks by using a simple needle and wrapping the yarn around your thumb.

Examples of Fungi Dyed Naalbinding or needle knitting at the International Mushroom Dye Symposium

Iphone Naalbinding Pattern
A beginner nalbinding pattern to make a case for your Iphone, worked in Oslo Stitch.

Bernhard Dankbar
Step by step instructions for nalbinding including hints on how to join threads.

Naalbinding
Instructions for a basic nalbinding stitch.

Nalbinding – Oslo Stitch

Naalbinding – Finnish Stitch

Handiscola
A pdf file for naalbinding instructions developed by the Handiscola project.
Handiscola Naalbinding
The Handiscola website is no longer on line so I have provided a copy of the pdf file here.

Kiara’s Naalbinding Page
A lovely pair of socks worked in this needle knitting technique.

Mielke’s Farm
Mielke’s Fiber Farm has examples of mittens done in naalbinding.

Naalbinding Stitches
Clear directions and diagrams for Coptic (Tarim) Stitch,the Button Hole Stitch and the Danish (O/UO)

More About Naalbinding
Naalbinding Stitches
Nalbinding Patterns

What is a Russian Join?
Nalbinding Iphone Case

Nalbinding Needles, Kits and Yarn on Etsy
Look for hand dyed nalbinding yarns and naalbinding needles in my PaivatarYarn Etsy Shop.

Nalbinding Stitches

2/2 Finnish Nalbinding Stitch

Neulakinnas – Naalbinding

The Vikings
More how-to naalbinding instructions at this Saxon, Norman, Celtic and Viking re-enactment site.

Nalbinding Books
Nalbinding – What in the World Is That?

Nålbindning – The easiest clearest ever guide!

Nalbinding Made Easy

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Natural Dyes – Lichens: aa081499

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Lichens are classified on the basis of their structure and can be divided into 3 major groups.

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Crustose

Crustose lichens are usually found on rocks, or on wood or tree bark. The entire thallus(or body of the lichen) is attached to the substrate. When the edges of the thallus are free from the substrate, the crustose lichen is called squamulose.

Foliose

Foliose lichens are leaf-like or have distinct lobes. They are attached to the substrate by rhizines from a differentiated lower cortex.

Fruticose

Fruticose lichen are radially symmetric. The thallus is or more or less round, may be hollow or filled with white, cottony fungal hyphae. Fruticose lichen may also have a bushy structure.

Lichens, The Microbial World
Detailed photos of types of lichen and their structure.

Lichen Use, Sorted by Taxon
An extensive database on the human use of lichens in medicine, food and dye material.

Lichen Dye Photos
This site has photos of a few lichen and the dyes colors produced: Oak moss (Evernia Prunastri) Letharia vulpina, Hypogymnia imshaugii, Platismatia glauca, Usnea .

Stefan’s Florilegium: Dyeing techniques and discussion
Mark Harris has edited a list of discussions related to historical dye techniques.

About Using Lichen for dyes

Lichen Dyed and Felted Slippers

Lichens and Their Colour
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Natural Dyes – Lichen: aa081399

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Part 2

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Lichens are a fungus that have developed a symbiotic relationship with algae. There are 15,000 to 20,000 species of lichen that can be found throughout the world. Lichens are estimated to be the dominant vegetation on 8% of the earth’s surface.

Their tolerance of environmental extremes enable them to colonize unfavourable habitats. They are drought resistant and can be found in many unusual places, inside rocks, on backs of weevils, on trees or on sun-bleached animal skulls. Lichen are intolerant of atmospheric pollution, however, so are a good indicator of air quality. The distribution of lichen can be mapped and used to detect changes in air pollution in industrialized areas.

Lichen are a source of food mammalian grazers such as reindeer, caribou, mountain sheep and goats and a considered a delicacy in some cultures.. Lichen have been used for medicinal purposes. Lichen are best known as a source of dye, as their coloring agent works well on wool and silk without the use of a mordant. Some lichen are a very slow growing organism. Many take hundreds of years to develop. Care must be taken in picking for dye purposes so that the lichen is able to continue and thrive.

To the ancient Celts, dyeing was a somewhat magical process and was traditionally a woman’s craft. Animal dyestuffs, such as insects or snails were used as well as vegetable dyes, roots, leaves, and flowers. Lichen were gathered during the summer months and dried in the sun. Lichen required no mordant but were fermented with stale urine for several weeks over low heat.

Orchil lichen were often used as the base dye for dyeing wool with the more expensive Tyrian purple, produced by a small gland in shellfish native to the Mediterranean and Atlantic coast.

Many types of lichen were used as dyestuffs by native peoples of North America. The Chilkat Tlingit dancing blankets were dyed using wolf lichen. Navajo weavers used wandering ground lichen for warm brown colors.

More…
Lichen Classification

Lichen Dyed and Felted Slippers

Lichens and Their Colour

Natural Dyes

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