Monday, June 2, 2008

An attempt at dyeing with fungi

While we were walking at Manning Lake this morning we saw lots of fungi we had never seen before, growing under the huge Rottnest Island pines. Because the colour was so intense I decided to collect some and attempt some dyeing.

For my first effort I broke up the caps and boiled them in an old aluminium stockpot along with a bit of cream coloured blanket.

After three hours the fungi had gone to mush and the blanket had turned a dirty yellow. Not a success. I emptied the pot and boiled up another lot of the caps, this time without fabric. I am planning to drain off the liquor tomorrow and try dyeing some silk in that.

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