Mushroom Dyeing Workshop

Co-sponsored by the Mendocino Coast Mushroom Club and Pacific Textile Arts

with Alissa Allen

May 4-5,  2019
14 hours including lunch time


Saturday and Sunday May 4 and 5,  2019
10am – 5pm both days
Participants should plan to attend Lecture on Friday May 3, 2019  5:30PM to 6:30PM  (see below for info)

Tuition: $280
To enroll send $ 50 non-refundable deposit with contact information and class request to:
Pacific Textile Arts 450 Alger St. Fort Bragg, CA 95437
OR … use our online registration form and optionally pay deposit with paypal.

Materials for dyeing with mushrooms and lichen included in tuition (provided by Alissa Allen and MCMC.)
Supplies list to bring will be provided upon registration.
Note: Bring your own lunch each day.


Saturday: Regional Dye Palette
Includes silk scarf, recipes, color guide and instructional handout

Using a selection of local dye mushrooms and lichens, we will dye a rainbow of samples. We’ll go over the special techniques required for optimal results with each fungal pigment group. Students will be guided through the steps for making a simple, yet elegant arashi shibori inspired silk design. All supplies are provided for this workshop. Participants receive recipes, a procedural handout, a customized guide to the best local dye fungi and will create a beautiful hand dyed scarf. This workshop covers all aspects of getting started with mushroom and lichen dyes and prepares the student to carry on their own exploration.


Sunday: Maximizing Dye Potential/Mushroom Dyes on Multiple Fibers

This class is all about maximizing the dye potential of our mushroom and lichen dye baths. We’ll start by using our strong exhaust form Saturday’s rainbow to create marbled skeins. Then we’ll make a few new concentrated dye baths using the more abundant dye species which will provide quantity of solid color for larger projects. This is an opportunity for students to explore the ways different animal fibers take the dye; each one uniquely. Students should bring 6 oz of their own selection of undyed protein based yarn or fibers (divided into 1oz skeins or bundles), plus an additional 100g skein of yarn to dye a solid color. Raw fibers should be washed, but no other pre-treatment necessary. This is a fun day of hands on dyeing.

Alissa Allen is a self-taught 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 world.   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 fungal dyes to entice people to take a closer look at mushrooms and lichens and the role they play in the greater ecosystem.

For more information, Contact
Nancy Denison

Lecture:  First Friday, May 3, 2019
​Time: 5:30PM to 6:30PM

Venue: Pacific Textile Arts classroom behind the house
450 Alger St, Fort Bragg  (end of Laurel St. turn left past bus barn, first house)

​Fee: Free to workshop participants and PTArts members, anyone interested is welcome for a suggested donation of $5-$10

Exploring Wild Mushrooms and Lichens for Dyes
Join Alissa Allen on a journey through the mysterious fungal kingdom where we will explore the rainbow of beautiful colors that can be obtained from these treasures in the woods. Learn how to collect for identification, test for color, and how to extract a rainbow of permanent dyes. Foraging for dye fungi enhances your creative expression and takes you to the most beautiful parts of the forest. Come see what it’s all about.   You can find more information about Alissa on her website,