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Nature's palette: local artist dyes fibers with fungi

 

Orin Pierson / Petersburg Pilot

Karen Dillman's angora rabbit Lucy enjoys some time outside. Dillman keeps two angora rabbits as pets and producers of hair for her fiber arts. Dillman shears the rabbits every three months and spins their hair into yarn for use in various projects.

Petersburg resident Karen Dillman's studio is a split between a mad scientist's lab and a serious crafter's work space. There are jars filled with all manner of dried mushrooms and lichen and others filled with rich, colorful dye baths. Skeins of hand-spun yarn in a rainbow of colors line the wall and a small library of books is close at hand to look up formulas and provide inspiration.

An ecologist for the U.S Forest Service by trade, Dillman combines artistry with her love of the natural environment to form a super-hobby that includes spinning and knitting with her own yarn and coloring h...



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