Sue has been studying mushrooms for 20 years, not only all over the United States but also in England, Scotland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and the Baltic countries. Over the last ten years or so, she has been fascinated with the art of dyeing wool with colors extracted from mushrooms, attended lots of international fungi-fibre symposia, and shared her expertise with people at events all over the world.
See pictures of wool dyed with colors extracted from mushrooms (scanned):
The dyes for the wool in the image below come from Phaeolus schweinitzii (with iron), Phellodon alboniger (with iron), Phaeolus schweinitzii (with alum), Cortinarius semisanguineus (with alum). Graphics cards vary, so you should picture, respectively from the top, olive-green, turquoise, gold, and a warm orange-red. Amazing and beautiful!
Elf created by Sue, photo by Gerry Sheine
You can contact Susan Hopkins: P.O. Box 291, Oldwick, NJ 08858. Tel. 908 439-3639.
For best colors, collect Phaeolus schweinitzii, Hapalopilus
Paxillus atratomentosus, Cortinarius sanguineus and semisanguineus,
species, Phellodon species.