oakandsage (oakandsage) wrote in naturaldyes,

Bolete dye

All these samples were dyed using one red-pored bolete. The left two are silk; the others are variously merino and shetland wool. The warmer colors come from the outer (reddish) flesh of the bolete, while the cooler ones come from the yellow inside. The red is taken up very quickly, so the dye bath produces increasingly cool shades of gold as time progresses. Consistent goldenrod shades can be produced by avoiding the inclusion of any red parts.

Unfortunately the mushroom was quite old and maggoty, so I could not dye with the pores.

This bolete stained blue, but acid quickly restored the original colors. Nothing I tried was capable of fixing the blue color. I have no idea what compound causes the staining.

I have no idea how this color will age. It's acid-fast, at least. :)

There was one serious hazard involved in this project: the dye bath smelled delicious, like garlic roasting in butter! The odor permeated the whole house. My housemates were quite disappointed to learn that it came from a poisonous mushroom (nearly all red-pored, blue-staining boletes found in the US are poisonous).

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