Colours from the workshop dyepots

Hypomyces lactifluorum
Lobster mushroom, different pH
Hypomyces lactifluorum
Lobster - Hypomyces lactifluorum

At last I’ve had a chance to take some photos of the finished skeins showing the lovely colours we got from the dyepots at our October 16 workshop.

I usually leave this particular dyepot to the end of the workshop because the colours are so beautiful and the changes so dramatic when you shift the pH by putting the skeins in different afterbaths – in this case, the skein on the left was put into a pH3 solution (water and a bit of vinegar), while the one on the right was soaked in a pH11 solution (water and washing soda). The skein in the middle was left as it was right out of the dyepot.

We had an abundance of lobster mushrooms in this area this year. As you can imagine from looking at the image, they aren’t hard to spot when they’re emerging from the moss or the forest duff.  I’m just now getting ready to fire up my own dyepots with the lobster parings I’ve been gathering over the past month or two.

More colours to follow.

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