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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Brasstown Autumn

Brasstown, NC, located in the scenic Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina, is home to the John C. Campbell Folk School. I spent last week there, learning how to dye fiber with mushrooms. Fall color was gearing up for a real show by the time I left yesterday. Luckily for me, the week's work with the fantastic fungi allowed me to bring Brasstown's autumn colors home with me. Behold:

Under the guidance of dyer extraordinaire and amateur mycologist, Susan Hopkins, our class chopped, simmered, poured and experimented our way through an astounding variety of mushrooms and colors. What a satisfying way to begin the autumn!

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At 5:19 PM, Blogger Sheepfreak51 said...

What a wide variety of colours! I truly am surprised. Is there a mushroom dye book that was used for the class?


At 8:15 PM, Blogger Juniper said...

No way those colors are from mushrooms! How thrilling!

At 10:52 AM, Blogger tonni said...

All of these were from mushrooms??? WOW! Do I see a "mushroom" vest in the future?

At 1:51 PM, Blogger Sandra D. said...

Yes indeed, Michele. Every single color (plus more variations on the theme hiding inside the basket) was from one variety of mushroom or another. Tonni - very possibly a mushroom vest will be forthcoming; obviously there's enough yarn for one. We didn't really use a mushroom dyeing book in class - the instructor has it all in her head from her vast experience. But there are a couple of books: Mushrooms for Color by Miriam Rice and Dorothy Beebee, Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments & Myco-Stix, and he Rainbow Beneath My Feet by Arleen and Alan Bessette. I have all three and I'll bring to spinning.

At 6:03 PM, Blogger Liz said...

Wow. I can't believe you got all that color from mushrooms. I LOVE the purple. LOVE it!

At 5:54 PM, Blogger Chris said...

OMG woman! FABULOUS! I love coming to this site . . . and what a great thing to be doing INSTEAD of typing!
Love & Stuff

At 3:15 PM, Blogger tonni said...

Since it has been sooooo long since you have blogged, I decided to tag you for the "Six things meme" :)

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Sasha said...

Well, hello Sandra D.! Remember me from Melissa's modular knitting class at JCCFS? Just a few months ago I took another class, this time in natural dyes. A classmate, Brenda, and I swore to the instructor that we had seen mention of a mushroom dyeing class but noone believed us. Brenda found your blog and sent it to me-- we feel vindicated!!


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