Yesterday it was spitting snow again as I gathered mushrooms for dyeing.
Before you get the mistaken idea that I can answer questions about mushroom dyeing, let me set you straight: At this point I’m just gathering what I find in my own yard, trying to identify them, and drying them for later experiments. If this variety leaves color on wool as nice as the rusty orange it stains my fingers, I’ll be quite happy.
And here’s another surprise that popped up next to a box elder stump. I’ve never seen one this size in our yard before. Then again, for most of the past decade we’ve forgotten what normal rainfall looks like.
Because of the way search engines lead the unsuspecting, I won’t tell you what I think these are. I don’t want to lead anyone astray with a mis-identification. But I’d love to hear what you think they are!
By next week I should be back in dyeing mode, in preparation for our studio show and sale on November 16. Maybe then we’ll see what kind of color (if any) these produce. In the meantime, I’m chipping away at my fall harvest.
Yesterday I cut Siberian iris leaves. They’re spread out to dry under the big table in my studio. I’ll turn them every couple of days, then hang them for storage.
I still want to gather more oak and maple leaves, and see what else I have room to store. That’s the key, right there: I love gathering, so have to limit myself to what I can store and what I will use.