Month: March 2014

Dyeing with Lobster Mushrooms

On March 24 we gathered for Ann Harmer’s second mushroom dyeing workshop.  This time the Lobster mushroom (Hypomyces lactifluorum) was featured.  (See the March 20 blog for the previous workshop.) The Lobster mushroom is a parasite on other mushrooms.  Here on the Sunshine Coast its host is a white mushroom, Russula brevipes, found in older […]

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Dyeing with Dyer’s Polypor

On March 17th some members of the Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild gathered for the first in a series of three mushroom dyeing workshops given by Ann Harmer (Mushroom Annie). Ann has a wealth of knowledge and experience with our local mushrooms and their use for eating, dyeing and papermaking.  She brought along two […]

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Another Season of Japanese Indigo

(Last year the Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild had a project growing and dyeing with Japanese indigo.  (See “Sea Foam Blue” blog on October 5, 2013.)  Some members did some further dyeing and obtained a darker blue using Spectralite in a technique described by Rebecca Burgess in her book “Harvesting Color”.  This week at […]

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