Peat Moss Yarn

Peat Moss Yarn
Peat Moss Yarn

While I was attending the Dyers Week workshop in Finland, I learned about the use of peat to create new and interesting yarns. Peat moss is gathered and carded with wool, and spun into yarn that can be woven or knitted into garments.
Peat can also be made into paper or used in feltmaking by blending with wool.

Although the cottongrass or peat plant has white wool-bearing heads, that isn’t what is used for the peat yarn, Rather it is the peat moss on the ground that is found between the soil and the roots of the plant. Eriophorum vaginatum grows, dies and sinks into the marsh. After many thousands of years the peat industry has gone into the marsh to dig up the peat moss. From the moss, the fibres that the peat industry doesn’t need is made into the yarn. The peat yarn is a by-product of the peat industry.

Peat Moss Shawl
Peat Moss Shawl


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Sheathed Cottonsedge, Eriophorum vaginatum
A good description of the peat plant.

Swedish Peat Producers Association
Peat mosses fibre length is about 5 – 20 cm, is fairly soft and can be blended with wool. Because peat has a hollow structure it is twice as warm as wool. Peat is absorbent, light and comfortable and is considered to have antiseptic qualities.

Unfortunately, these businesses listed are no longer in business or have been purchased by someone else. I do not have further contact information for them at this time. If I find peat moss fabric suppliers again, I will update this page.

Kultaturve – Eriotex
Kultaturve is the only producer in the world of materials and garments made from ERIOTEX® natural peat fibre yarn.

The Current Importance of Peat Textiles
About Peat Fibre
Peat Fibre Textiles
Peat Fibre Origins

Fungi Dyes
IFFS 2010 Mushrooms
Fungi Dye: Pisolithus arhizus
Fungi Dye: Phaeolus schweinitzii
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Fungi Dye: Hapolopilus Rutilans
Fungi Dyes Cortinarius Semisanguineus
International Fungi and Fibre Symposium 2010 Fabric Printing
International Fungi and Fibre Symposium 2010 Crafts

Mushroom Fungi Natural Dye Books

The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyers Field Guide
Natural Colors to Dye For – How to use natural dyes from plants and fungi
Mushrooms for Color
Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments, Myco Stix

EBAY – Handspun Art Yarn
HANDSPUN ART YARN – US
HANDSPUN ART YARN – UK

Last Updated on May 1, 2021 by Paivi Suomi