Often forgotten in the realm of textiles, mushrooms have long been used as natural dyes, yielding some of nature’s most vibrant colors. Learn to use fungi to create beautiful, vibrant, and nontoxic dyes perfect for any natural fiber. We will spend Saturday in the forest, learning about and foraging for dye mushrooms.
Myco-educator Rachel Zoller will walk students through the mushroom identification process and teach us how to locate dye mushrooms using environmental indicators.
Artist, farmer, and aspiring mycologist Julie Beeler will guide students on Sunday through various dye techniques, as students explore the myriad of shades these forest friends offer us.
Students will leave with an understanding of how to find, forage for and identify dye mushrooms, wool fiber samples for the rainbow of colors they create, a large hand-dyed kerchief, and an instructional craftbook including mushroom dye recipes. This 2-day workshop will be hosted close to the town of Trout Lake, WA, utilizing the nearby forests and Julie Beeler’s home studio as our workshop site.
No previous experience necessary, though a fantastic workshop for practicing dyers. Students must be comfortable and physically able to spend 5 hours hiking through the forest, off-trail. Hiking will be at a slow pace, with nominal elevation gain, however, terrain can be uneven and not safe for those who struggle with balance or for those who are accustomed to spending an entire day outdoors. Saturday’s session will be held rain or shine. A detailed packing list is included in the confirmation email, and information about our foraging and dye locations will be provided 1 week prior to the trip. The approximate location of this class is near Trout Lake, WA. Open to students 16 & up.