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Welcome to my creative corner where I share my passion for natural dyes and all things fiber related.
My passion began by osmosis: My mother is Dorothy Beebee; she illustrated the mushroom dye book Mushrooms for Color, authored by Miriam Rice. I spent my childhood hunting wild mushrooms, smelling them dry behind our wood stove, and helping out at mushroom fairs. But as a kid, I found most of it uninteresting (except for trips to Mendocino, Santa Cruz, New York and Scotland). I will not eat mushrooms to this day. But the seed was planted.
The shift began in my late teens when I finally paid attention to the colors my Mom created. I began weaving baskets with mushroom dyed cane, then started dyeing silk scarves and camisoles. Slowly but surely, my Mom became my dye teacher. By my mid-30’s I learned to crochet and became obsessed with dyeing wool to crochet into vibrant hats. That is when this blog was born.
Eventually I’d assist her in dye classes she taught for the Sonoma Mycological Society (SOMA) and at Pepperwood Preserve. My mushroom dyed hats and scarfs sold at the mushroom fairs next to the newest version of Mushrooms for Color. Her passion officially passed to the next generation.
My fascination with dyeing soon extended beyond mushrooms to all things botanical. My interest in fiber arts moved from crocheting to knitting.
My Dyeing Philosophy: With natural dyes there is no single way to do it. There are general guidelines, this is chemistry after all, but the variability keeps it interesting.
My Dye Mantra: loose those expectations to enjoy the process.
My Dyeing Method: When possible, I use a higher ratio of dyestuff to fiber than most dye books recommend. In life, I believe in moderation. In my dyeing life: I want BRIGHT, BOLD, VIBRANT.