Fungi to dye for

I’ve been lucky enough to attend the Fall 2012 Plants and Fungi at ASHH. I’m learning much with this great intro class and was thrilled to expand my horizons with natural dyeing last week. I found DIY dyeing a great way to re-purpose stained clothing as well as a totally new use/relationship with plants I never previously considered.

Word is going around that the gracious Arleen Bessette will soon do a dyeing with mushrooms workshop. In the meantime, she sent along this list of species to look out for:

Phaeolus schweinitzii, dyer’s polypore
Phaeolus schweinitzii, dyer’s polypore
Cortinarius semisanguineus
Cortinarius semisanguineus
Tapinella atrotomentosa, velvet roll-rim or velvet-footed pax
Tapinella atrotomentosa, velvet roll-rim or velvet-footed pax
Hydnellum spp., tooth fungi
Hapalopilus nidulans, cinnamon bracket – particularly good dyer

To preserve for dyeing, thoroughly dry, place in zip-lock bags, and put into the freezer for 2 weeks minimum. Old, very mature specimens are good.

Sumac, goldenrod, and iron from rusty nails = green

What do you think?