Mushroom and Lichen Dye Class at Thicket!

mushroom dye 1.JPG

Thicket, the lovely nursery a block east of us, is holding a natural dying workshop later in March. They will be working with wool and silk fibers, and once you learn how, you can shop our selection of "prepared for dying" fabrics for future projects! Here are the details:

Regional Dye Palette

Every region has its own palette of mushroom and lichen dyes.  This class takes an in-depth look at using local, wild fungi as sustainable, safe dye sources. Starting with 10-12 different species, with the addition of safe mordants and pH modifiers, we will 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). Students learn about mushroom safety, identification basics, habitats and ethical harvest. Participants receive a customized color guide to the best regional dye mushrooms and lichens and learn where to go for help with identification.

mushroom dye 2.JPG


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

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. The recipe card lists both the scientific and common names of the fungi and lichens used to make the dye, it also includes the ratios of fungus to fiber, any mordants used, and pH modifications required to achieve the colors.  Participants receive a 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.

Cost: $130

Date: March 24th 10AM to 4PM

Location: Thicket 4933 NE 23rd ave PDX


mushroom dye 3.JPG