Mycopigments: Exploring PNW Wild Mushroom and Lichen Dyes
Where: A beautiful private studio in Seattle, WA
When: Saturday, October 1st- 10am to 4pm
Cost: $150 Register HERE
Regional Dye Palettes – Every region has its own palette of mushroom and lichen dyes. This class takes an in-depth look at using local, wild fungi as safe and sustainable dye sources. Starting with 10-12 different species, with the addition of safe mordants and pH modifiers, we end up with about 20 colors in all.
Wild Harvest – All of the dyes used are ethically harvested, dried, and weighed (using some fresh material if available). You will learn about mushroom safety, identification basics, habitats and ethical harvest. You’ll receive a customized color guide to the best regional dye mushrooms and lichens and learn where to go for help with identification.
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.
Shibori demonstration – You will be guided through the steps to create an intricate arashi shibori inspired design. Each participant receives a blank scarf for practice.
Takeaways – You will take home a detailed recipe card showcasing the rainbow of samples dyed in class. You will also receive 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. You will leave class with the tools to carry on with your own exploration.