Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete)
GENUS
Boletus
SPECIES
xerocomellus
TYPE
Bolete
COMMON NAMES
Zeller's bolete
BATCH:
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Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: wool, Mordent: iron
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: wool, Mordent: tin
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
tin
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: wool, Mordent: alum
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: silk, Mordent: iron
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: silk, Mordent: tin
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
tin
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: silk, Mordent: alum
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: linen, Mordent: iron
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: linen, Mordent: titanium oxalate
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
titanium oxalate
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: linen, Mordent: aluminum acetate
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
aluminum acetate
DYE PREPARATION
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: wool, Mordent: iron
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: wool, Mordent: tin
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
tin
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: wool, Mordent: alum
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: silk, Mordent: iron
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: silk, Mordent: tin
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
tin
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: silk, Mordent: alum
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: linen, Mordent: iron
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: linen, Mordent: titanium oxalate
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
titanium oxalate
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Fiber: linen, Mordent: aluminum acetate
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
aluminum acetate
DYE PREPARATION
CONDITION
dried
PARTS
caps
PRE-SOAK
VINEGAR
pH
5
RATIO
2:1
TEMP
160° F
TIME
1 hr.
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Pigment: base
PIGMENT
base
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Pigment: alum
PIGMENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Pigment: citric acid
PIGMENT
citric acid
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Pigment: iron
PIGMENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Pigment: copper acetate
PIGMENT
copper acetate
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Pigment: soda ash
PIGMENT
soda ash
PIGMENT PREPARATION
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Pigment: base
PIGMENT
base
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Pigment: alum
PIGMENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Pigment: citric acid
PIGMENT
citric acid
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Pigment: iron
PIGMENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Pigment: copper acetate
PIGMENT
copper acetate
Dye mushroom: Xerocomellus zelleri (Zeller's bolete), Pigment: soda ash
PIGMENT
soda ash
PIGMENT PREPARATION
CONDITION
dried
PARTS
caps
RINSE
Twice
BINDER
gum arabic
TEMP
85° F
BATCH NOTES

Xerocomellus zelleri was very tempermental to iron and tannins. The iron swatches stained as did the linen swatch mordanted in tannins and aluminium acetate. Separating the swatches in the dye bath, adding one at a time, still resulted in the same level of staining. My takeaway was that they were very sensitive. Also, it is very tricky to make a lake from Xerocomellus zelleri. After straining the dye bath multiple times very tiny pores/tubes remained in the bath and when I added the alum and soda ash they reacted in a way that they increased in size. The liquid was not completely clear and there was very little pigment accumulated.

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