I crumbled the scaly lichen, chopped the fluffy one, and boiled them each in their own pot for an hour or more to extract the dyes.
My favorites are the two below, where I can see visual evidence of the various shades I eventually found on my dyed wools. I find the darker one particularly luscious, especially the bubbles, which remind me of honeycomb.
I treated these samples the same as the earlier lichen: let them sit three days, then simmered gently for an hour in a double boiler, which kept each mordanted sample separate, then cooling a day or two before washing.
At this point, I’m not sure if I needed to go to the double boiler extreme to keep the mordants separate. I’ve read that when samples with various mordants are combined in one pot, mordants can interact and affect results. When I dyed the bougainvillea (for the fourth time) I said hell with it, combined alum and soy mordanted fibers in the same pot, and still had different results for the different mordants. My conclusion is: I have no idea. Ha.
Results, again, were outstandingly lovely wools—honey, maple, bronze, silvered bronze, peach—and blah cottons. Oddly enough, two very different looking dyestuffs rendered very similar results.
The yarns, sans cotton background, are glorious.
Possibly my failure to achieve any color of interest or note on the cotton samples is a failure to adequately mordant. I’m mordanting the hell out of some new cotton samples, spinning up some fine silk and wool, and will try these lichen dyes on those with my remaining dyestuff.
*Please note that lichen harvesting is controversial, and I harvested very little. For my past posts on lichen dyeing and a little more information, see here, and here. For further information, see India Flint’s Eco-Colour (I found it at my local library). Please use caution and your good sense.