Ok, I am done with my traveling and just finished a presentation on natural dyes to the local Master Garderners so now it is back to the studio and the dyepot! Whiteoakgrandmother has encouraged me with acorns and I also plan to collect foliose lichens that are attached to our oak trees. I'll be scrapping it off all the branches that fell off last night during a hail storm. Should still be fresh.
I plan to simmer and dye the first time with these lichens but I do not have the lichen book that folks tell me about and am wondering if there is a different path I should take. I am also considering soaking them in denatured alcohol for about 3 weeks. So...anyone walked this path before? Here's a photo of the foliose...still trying to narrow down the species.