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Co-presented with Craft Ontario

Colours from the Forest: Mushroom Dyeing

with Ann Harmer

Friday June 9
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuition: $140 + $40 materials fee + HST
Maximum 12 students


In this one-day workshop, students will learn about the fascinating world of mushroom dyeing. Ann Harmer, from British Columbia, will explain the process of obtaining colour from fungi, and students will dye with seven different mushrooms to obtain a variety of colours. In addition to having yarn samples of every colour obtained during the workshop, each student will dye a silk scarf as a lovely reminder of the day. All levels of experience are welcome.

Ann Harmer

Ann Harmer has always been intrigued by mushrooms. When she decided to move to BC's Sunshine Coast, where her new home was surrounded by rainforest, she knew it was time to learn more about the fungi that grew in such abundance at her doorstep. At the same time, she developed an interest in fibre arts. When she heard about a Fungi + Fibre Symposium taking place in California in 2008, there was no question - she had to go. So began her ongoing passion for dyeing fibre with mushrooms.

Ann has since attended every subsequent Symposium, which has taken her to Sweden, Spain, and Estonia. She was instrumental in bringing the 17th International Fungi + Fibre Symposium to her home area, Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast, in October 2016.

Ann teaches mushroom-dyeing workshops at Maiwa School of Textiles in Vancouver and has offered presentations and workshops to fibre-arts groups in a number of communities in British Columbia. She is active in the Sunshine Coast Spinners + Weavers Guild and the Sunshine Coast Society for the Hunting, Recognition and Observation of Mushrooms (SHROOM). Ann's book, Magic in the Dyepot, was released at the 2016 Symposium, and she writes about her experiences at www.shroomworks.com