Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral)
GENUS
Ramaria
SPECIES
var.
TYPE
Coral Fungus
COMMON NAMES
Coral
BATCH:
01
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: wool, Mordent: iron
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: wool, Mordent: tin
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
tin
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: wool, Mordent: alum
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: silk, Mordent: iron
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: silk, Mordent: tin
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
tin
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: silk, Mordent: alum
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: linen, Mordent: iron
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: linen, Mordent: titanium oxalate
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
titanium oxalate
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: linen, Mordent: aluminum acetate
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
aluminum acetate
DYE PREPARATION
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: wool, Mordent: iron
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: wool, Mordent: tin
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
tin
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: wool, Mordent: alum
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: silk, Mordent: iron
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: silk, Mordent: tin
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
tin
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: silk, Mordent: alum
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: linen, Mordent: iron
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: linen, Mordent: titanium oxalate
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
titanium oxalate
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Fiber: linen, Mordent: aluminum acetate
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
aluminum acetate
DYE PREPARATION
CONDITION
fresh
PARTS
entire mushroom
PRE-SOAK
VINEGAR
pH
7
RATIO
1:1
TEMP
160° F
TIME
1.5 hr.
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Pigment: base
PIGMENT
base
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Pigment: alum
PIGMENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Pigment: citric acid
PIGMENT
citric acid
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Pigment: iron
PIGMENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Pigment: copper acetate
PIGMENT
copper acetate
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Pigment: soda ash
PIGMENT
soda ash
PIGMENT PREPARATION
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Pigment: base
PIGMENT
base
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Pigment: alum
PIGMENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Pigment: citric acid
PIGMENT
citric acid
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Pigment: iron
PIGMENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Pigment: copper acetate
PIGMENT
copper acetate
Dye mushroom: Ramaria (Coral), Pigment: soda ash
PIGMENT
soda ash
PIGMENT PREPARATION
CONDITION
fresh
PARTS
entire mushroom
RINSE
Twice
BINDER
gum arabic
TEMP
85° F
BATCH NOTES

I have found Ramaria to be very delicate and it loves some TLC in the dye pot. First, you can only get color from Ramaria when it is very fresh and the best varieties are those that look very colorful during the autumn. Second, Ramaria only really makes color in correlation with iron. I keep my temperature low around 140 when cooking the dye bath and when I drop in my fibers I keep an eye on them. The beautiful purples can quickly turn grey with too much time and/or too much heat.

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