Shaggy Ink Cap Mushrooms Cross Stitch Kit
Shaggy Ink Cap mushroom cross stitch kit from our series of six different varieties of mushrooms
Shaggy Ink Cap Coprinus Comatus
Common name – Lawyers wig
Shaggy Ink Cap Mushroom Cross Stitch Kit
This one of a series of six different mushrooms from original watercolour paintings by our designer. These six kits were created to look good individually or spectacular as part of group.
Mushrooms offer such a brilliant range of colour, shape and variety, from the red and white spotted varieties, traditional in fairy tales, to the just really weird. Our mushroom series tries to represent just a few of these interesting fungi.
The mushroom cross stitch series was designed because mushrooms are such a fascinating species. They are fast growing often appearing, as if by magic overnight and sometimes in ‘fairy circles’ this just adds to the sense of mystery – it is no wonder that they often feature in stories and folk law.
Added to this is the sense of ‘danger’ with many varieties being delicious and nutritious when eaten raw or cooked, but others are deadly, many people forage for mushrooms, but it pays to learn from an expert as there are serious poisonings and occasional deaths every year from gathering mushrooms.
Our Shaggy Ink Cap Mushroom Cross Stitch Kit features this attractive cylindrical mushroom, which is soft beige at tip, fading to white with an inky black edging to the the bottom of the gills. These common mushrooms grow in grassy areas, at roadsides, in fields, lawns, rubbish heaps and with a particular liking for freshly turned soil. They are usually found in late summer to Autumn.
They have a pleasant smell and are edible when young but should be eaten soon after being collected as it starts to decompose very quickly. However, do not eat any mushroom or toadstool unless you are really sure of the variety.
It grows in groups and can also be found in Europe and North America, from June to November in the UK. It was introduced to Australia and New Zealand and by the early 1980s was so common that it even featured on a postage stamp issued by the Australian postal service.