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  We are THRILLED to be able to have Alissa Allen return to teach natural dyeing with mushrooms!    Alissa Allen  is an amateur mycologist and the founder of  Mycopigments . She specializes in teaching about regional mushroom and lichen dye palettes to fiber artists and mushroom enthusiasts all over the continent. Alissa got her start in the Pacific Northwest and has been sharing her passion for mushrooms for over 15 years. She has written articles for her website as well as Fungi Magazine and Fibershed. In 2015 she created the  Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United  discussion group   and  The Mushroom Dyers Trading Post.  These groups have grown into a community of over 6000 members. Alissa uses brilliant colors found in mushroom dyes to entice people to take a closer look at mushrooms and their relationship within the ecosystem. To read more about her work, visit  http://mycopigments.com/.

We are THRILLED to be able to have Alissa Allen return to teach natural dyeing with mushrooms!

Alissa Allen is an amateur mycologist and the founder of Mycopigments. She specializes in teaching about regional mushroom and lichen dye palettes to fiber artists and mushroom enthusiasts all over the continent. Alissa got her start in the Pacific Northwest and has been sharing her passion for mushrooms for over 15 years. She has written articles for her website as well as Fungi Magazine and Fibershed. In 2015 she created the Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United discussion group and The Mushroom Dyers Trading Post. These groups have grown into a community of over 6000 members. Alissa uses brilliant colors found in mushroom dyes to entice people to take a closer look at mushrooms and their relationship within the ecosystem. To read more about her work, visit http://mycopigments.com/.

Update: We are sold out for both classes for July 2018.  Please call if you would like to get on a waiting list or be advised if Alissa comes again next year.

2018 - Mycopigments - Exploring Mushroom and Lichen Dyes of the Midwest
135.00

Regional Dye Palette

Every region has its own palette of mushroom and lichen dyes.  This class takes an in-depth look at using local, wild fungi as sustainable, safe dye sources. Starting with 10-12 different species, with the addition of safe mordants and pH modifiers, we will end up with about 20 colors in all.

 

Wild Harvest

All of the dyes used are ethically harvested, dried, and weighed (using some fresh material if available). Students learn about mushroom safety, identification basics, habitats and ethical harvest. Participants receive a customized color guide to the best regional dye mushrooms and lichens and learn where to go for help with identification.

 

Working with Fiber

We will be working with wool and silk fiber. Yarn for class is pre-mordanted to allow ample time to focus on dyes, however we will discuss the steps for preparing the fibers for the dye bath. This includes scouring, mordanting, and   techniques to avoid felting wool.  

 

Shibori demonstration

Participants will be guided through the steps to create an intricate arashi shibori inspired design. Each participant receives a blank scarf for practice.

 

Takeaways

Students will take home a detailed recipe card showcasing the rainbow of samples dyed in class. The recipe card lists both the scientific and common names of the fungi and lichens used to make the dye, it also includes the ratios of fungus to fiber, any mordants used, and pH modifications required to achieve the colors.  Participants receive a procedural handout, a customized guide to local dye fungi and a beautiful hand dyed scarf. This workshop covers all aspects of getting started with mushroom and lichen dyes and leaves the student with the tools to carry on with their own exploration.

 

Felting and spinning classes can be booked directly for one on one or small groups when we have availability in our schedule. Mostly those classes are held during weekdays and occasionally on a weekend if another event doesn't take us out of town or has the studio space booked. Find those classes by following this link. 

Oncall Felting and Spinning classes

 

Class Policies

 Supplies

Class supply costs may be included in the class fee (see class description.)  We request that yarn or fiber for classes be purchased at Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts so that we can ensure that the materials are appropriate for the scheduled class. 

Unless noted in the class description, please arrive 30 minutes before your class to select and purchase the supplies needed, or purchase them with us in advance.

Payment is due at the time of registration for scheduled classes with an instructor other than Peter or Ingrid.

Class fees must be paid in full at the time of registration to confirm your spot, either in person, online (if available), or with a credit card number over the phone.  608-239-0688

We keep our class sizes small to ensure each student gets personalized attention. For this reason we require students to register for our classes in advance with payment.  For our calendar classes, we have a class minimum of 3 students, so it may be fun to sign up with a friend or two!  Most felting and spinning classes are scheduled on-call and do not have minimums.  Please note that our classes are geared towards adults.

Cancellation Policy

If we cancel for any reason we will refund your class fees via the method it was paid. 

We know that life happens.  If you can't make a class that you have signed up for then we will try to accommodate as best we can.  Please note that our register does not allow credit card refunds after 120 days of payment date.

If you cancel more than 48 hours in advance of class date: We will credit 50% the class fee or reschedule you into another class where possible.

If you cancel less than 48 hours in advance of class date: No refund or credit can be applied.

If you'd like to get added to our mailing list for future specialty classes, please email ingrid@sprywhimsy.com.