West County Fiber Arts
3787 Ross Road
About the workshop
This class takes an in-depth look at using local, wild fungi as sustainable, safe dye sources. With the addition of safe mordants and pH modifiers, we will extract and dye 20 colors in all.
All of the dyes used are ethically harvested, dried, and weighed (using some fresh material if available). Students learn about mushroom safety, identification basics, habitats and ethical harvest.
Working with Fiber
We will be working with wool and silk fiber. Yarn for class is pre-mordanted to allow ample time to focus on dyes, however we will discuss the steps for preparing the fibers for the dye bath. This includes scouring, mordanting, and techniques to avoid felting wool.
Participants will be guided through the steps to create an intricate arashi shibori inspired design. Each participant receives a blank scarf for practice.
Students will take home a detailed recipe card showcasing the rainbow of samples dyed in class, a detailed procedural handout, a customized guide to local dye fungi and a beautiful hand dyed scarf.
This workshop covers all aspects of getting started with mushroom and lichen dyes and leaves the student with the tools to carry on with their own exploration.
What to bring:
- Something to share for the potluck lunch
- Personal beverages and snacks
- Wear layered clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty
- Notebook and camera if desired
West County Fiber Arts is the studio of felt artist Heidi Harris, on a beautiful 1-acre property in rural Sonoma County, California. Classes will take place both indoors and in the garden.
If you are coming from out of town, overnight accommodations are plentiful in the vicinity — from nearby cottages and hotels to camping at the Russian River. See our Food & Lodging page for suggestions.