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October 18, 2020

a neighbor brought me a feast of chanterelles – what a treat

look at their pleated under-skirts – aren’t they beautiful?

with a little butter, lemon juice and garlic they made a delicious pasta sauce – thank you Janine

 in search of mushrooms that contain a dye

my favorite mushroom books

All That the Rain Promises and More –  excellent for identifying and also a fun read

with recipes, tall tales from the woods, dyeing info with a picture of a mushroom-dyed tapestry and even a haiku or two 

“Mushroom hunting;

They don’t run away,

But everyone’s in such a hurry!”   Japanese

remember those little red mushrooms in my Oct. 14 post?

they didn’t dye anything

between rain squalls I went for a walk in Ross Bay Cemetery

with a wide variety of old trees, it has an abundance of mushrooms

a resident deer population

and slugs?

a Russula of some sort – the dye colour is not worth the effort

these are  possibly Shaggy Parasols but I left them so no spore print to verify


I brought these home to see the colour of their spore prints – a nice orangey/yellow

a Delicious Milk Cap -lactarius deliciosus – The Rainbow Beneath My Feet – lists it under “Dye Duds”

not sure about the red one, will try dyeing a small skein

and finally, October’s natural dyes for my monthly challenge

from the top – Corriedale wool, cotton (a pale greeny yellow)

and a handspun, singles silk – so fragile I don’t think it will ever be used

dyed with grape leaves, alum mordant

 I cooked a large supply of leaves separately in two pots, combined them and then simmered the yarn for 3 hours

the bottom skein was the final pot of all the Hopi sunflower seed dye

it sat in the sun for 3 weeks, went mouldy and smelled TERRIBLE

Romney wool, alum mordant


10 Comments leave one →
  1. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    October 19, 2020 2:59 am

    I must check the field for mushrooms!


  2. October 18, 2020 5:54 pm

    We were gifted some ivory Chanterelles recently, they were delicious, and not tempting to dye with!! I like the mushroom poem.


    • October 18, 2020 7:09 pm

      Kjerstin – these came from Pt. Alberni and very enjoyable, I might be a bit crazy about dyeing – but definitely not that crazy! I’ve always enjoyed haiku and tried writing some.


  3. October 18, 2020 3:08 pm

    Love the Deer 🦌


    • October 18, 2020 7:12 pm

      Vera – this buck is very sure of himself. There are far too many of them in an urban area, destroy gardens and are a danger on busy roads and have been know to attack pets.

      Liked by 1 person

      • October 18, 2020 8:35 pm

        That’s no good … at least our Roo’s May on rare occasions come into the suburbs but it’s rare


      • October 18, 2020 9:41 pm

        Vera – we have way too many and local politicians don’t want to do anything so they don’t upset the “bambi” lovers.


  4. October 18, 2020 2:26 pm

    Chanterelles! I haven’t tasted them since I was a child in England… Too good for the dye pot!


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