Mycopigments – Exploring Mushroom and Lichen Dyes of California

Saturday, April 21st 10-4 at the Boulder Creek Rec. Center.

13333 Middleton Ave.
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Follow the links to register for the workshop, or read more below:

General Public

Join the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz and Mycopigments for a day exploring the full spectrum of permanent color found in the mushrooms and lichens of Northern California. We will extract dye from 10 or more species of mushrooms and lichens, creating a palette of over 20 colors!

All supplies provided: You needn’t bring any supplies to class; wool samples and silk scarves will be provided. You will receive a complimentary silk scarf to practice a demonstrated dye resist technique.

Take home: In this class you will learn about mushroom safety, identification basics, and habitats. You will also learn about the importance of ethical harvest, especially pertaining to lichen dyes. At the end of the day you will take home a detailed recipe card, showcasing a rainbow of samples dyed in class; a beautiful hand dyed scarf; a procedural handout to guide your future exploration, and a customized guide to the best local dye fungi.

Personal fiber If you’d like to dye your own fiber, there may be extra time. Please know there will be limited colors for this; usually gold and green. Only bring scoured protein fiber (ie wool, silk, alpaca etc), measured and secured in bundles of 30g or less. If working with raw fiber, please bring a small garment bag to contain your fluff. There may be leftover dye available for sharing between those who are interested. Bring some canning jars with lids, empty jugs or small buckets, if you’d like to take some home.

 Become a member of FFSC! 

Benefits of being a member of the FFSC:

  • Free Beginner-Intermediate ID class series;
  • Free and low cost workshops;
  • Free local forays;
  • Reasonably-priced long distance forays;
  • Discounts on books and mushrooming supplies;
  • Access to FFSC exclusive video archives;
  • Admission to exclusive culinary events.

Register for the workshop by clicking on the links:

General Public