From the inside cover:
A unique how-to reference, this book includes some of the most common and best color-producing dye mushrooms of North America and step-by-step instructions to process, from collecting the mushrooms to dyeing the wool. Accurate, up-to-date descriptions for each species, along with over 200 color photographs complete the guide.
Arleen Rainis Bessette and mycologist Alan E. Bessette provide information about dyeing equipment, mordants, preparing and dyeing the wool, and the dazzling array of colors that can be obtained from mushrooms. Written in easy-to-follow, nontechnical language, this is a comprehensive field guide resource that contains detailed species descriptions emphasizing macroscopic features, a balanced representation of eastern and western species, as well as a number of new dye mushrooms not featured anywhere else.
This comprehensive guide to the unique art of dyeing fabrics using mushrooms of North America includes:
- Descriptions and illustrations of dye mushroom species
- Color key to the major groups of dye mushrooms
- Whne and where to collect mushrooms
- Collecting clothing and equipment
- Preparing the wool
- Preserving dye mushrooms
- Dyebath and dyeing the wool