Love these Hydnellum greens

Hydnellum textured yarn

This is such a soft, rich green. I found a good number of Hydnellum aurantiacum in the fall, enough for quite a large dyepot. I put a succession of rovings through three exhausts, then spun them into textured yarns, using the various shades of the same colour.

I’d read that shifting the pH to the alkaline side on this one can sometimes result in a blue, but I had no such luck. In fact, even at pH 11, I noticed little difference in the colours.

I have plans for this skein, involving a secret gift exchange among members of my spinners’ and weavers’ guild, but that’s all I’m going to say for now.

Hydnellum aurantiacum

4 thoughts on “Love these Hydnellum greens”

  1. That colour is beautiful! I just found your blog and it is amazing! I am gathering some information for a school presentation on mushrooms, and I am very interested in dying with mushrooms. When I saw that you were from the Sunshine Coast I was amazed, that’s where I live! I’m going to university in Squamish right now, but I would love to learn more about dying with mushrooms. Any resources you could recommend to get me started?

    1. Thanks for your comments, Michi, and what a coincidence! Mushroom dyeing is so fascinating. Two good books to have are Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments & Myco-Stix by Miriam Rice (you should be able to order it through and The Rainbow Beneath My Feet by Arleen and Alan Bessette. Also check out the links on my blog.

      If you’d like to join me on a dye mushroom foray here on the Coast during the season (late August through November), I’d love to show you what to look for, and I plan to have a dyepot going at our next mushroom festival here in Pender Harbour, October 15. Or if you’re back home in the summer, do give me a call – you’re more than welcome to drop by and see the colours in person. I also can give a slide presentation if there’s a group in Squamish that would be interested in it.

      Keep in touch – good luck with your project!

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