Mushrooms for Color

I am finally fulfilling the dream of dyeing with mushrooms. (I am aware it is a strange dream) A few weeks ago, while in the Pacific Northwest, I harvested and dried a few species of fungi to try dyeing with. (And of corse some for eating too) This is Hypomyces lactifluorum aka lobster mushroom. I have longed to find them for years, but have never had the opportunity as I live in the desert. They are every bit as beautiful and delicious as I thought they would be…and what a gorgeous surprise emerging from the dense green of the forest! Unfortunately I didn’t have enough to get the pinks I was looking for, but that’s ok, I’m happy to try it anyway.