One of the many things that I am is a fiber artist. One of the things about wool, spinning, and knitting is sometimes one wants some different colors at times.
I really love natural colors from nature that will blend into the natural colors of the sheep fleeces. I would like to use the natural colors of the sheep and blend them with natural dye colors found in plants, mushrooms, and lichen.
I am starting to get back into dyeing again since I was in my 20s and 30s. I’ve only used natural plant dyes. I am interested in dyeing with mushrooms but never did try it. Recently, I’ve become interested in dyeing with lichen. There is a lot lichen growing in the trees here. It’s a dyer’s paradise! Lichens grow better without pollution so that makes sense out in the country. In the late fall and winter, you can really see the lichens hanging from trees. It’s a sub-species of Wolf Lichen. It can get very long and stringy. There’s another lichen that is common here, but I can’t remember for the life of me what it is called.
I picked both lichens the other day. There are some on the ground from the rain and the wind we had recently. I don’t like to take too much from one place since they grow very slowly. I have them both soaking in 2 separate half gallon mason jars covered in water for over 24 hours. I want to test with wool yarn and washed wool, but not yet been spun into yarn. That’s where I am right now. I’ll do an update at a later date.