Mycopigments: Exploring Regional Wild Mushroom and Lichen Dyes

Mycopigments: Exploring Regional Wild Mushroom and Lichen Dyes
Friday, May 6, 2016


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. All of the dyes used are ethically harvested, dried, and weighed.

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.

We will be working with wool yarn and a silk scarf blank. Participants will be guided through a resist dye process to create an intricate design on a scarf. All supplies are provided.

Participants will take home a detailed recipe card showcasing the rainbow of samples dyed in class. Participants receive a detailed 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.

$198 for Textile Center Members, $240 non-members


About the instructor: Alissa Allen is an amateur mycologist who specializes in presenting regional mushroom and lichen dye palettes to communities all over the country. Alissa has been sharing her passion for mushroom and lichen dyes and collaborating with other dyers for over 12 years. She has written articles for, Fibershed CA and Fungi Magazine, and created two active discussion groups: Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United and The Mushroom Dyers Trading Post. She is dedicated to furthering the art and science of mushroom and lichen dyeing through community engagement, open discussion, and friendly encouragement. To read more about Alissa’s work, visit her website

Alissa Allen
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