Teresinha's Talks

Talks on Natural Dyes & Fibres

Talks on Dyeing and Natural Dyes

Booking a talk
I am on the official list of speakers for the Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers and the Embroiderers’ Guilds and I am a popular speaker at quilters, gardening and botanical groups as well as Women’s Institutes and U3As.

To book a talk, contact me by email or phone. You will find this information on the Contact page.

You can choose from the following talks:

1. An Allotment to Dye For
2. A True Blue: Woad and Indigo
3. Wild Fibres: Plant Fibres from Nettles to Soy Silk
4. Wild Fibres: Animal Fibres from Angora to Yak
5. Story of Silk
6. Coiled Baskets Workshop

Teresinha gives two main talks on natural dyes ‘An Allotment to Dye for’ and ‘A True Blue – Woad & Indigo’ and three talks on natural fibres. Each talk lasts approximately one hour including time for questions. After the talk Teresinha sells handmade greeting cards using natural dyes, small looms and Rakestraw spinners.

a) Talks on Natural Dyes

  1. An Allotment to Dye for: Teresinha discusses the beauty and the advantages of natural dyes and explains the use of mordants. She then talks about the history and use of tropical dyes. Teresinha brings samples from several dye plants she grows and of Dupion silk dyed with these plants so that the audience can see the plant next to the colours that it produces. Read more about natural dyes and dyeing at www.wildcolours.co.uk.

  2. A True Blue – Woad & Indigo: covers the properties of indigo and the various plants that produce blue. Teresinha with woad ballsThe talk then concentrates on woad, starting with the history from the Neolithic to the present day. It discusses briefly how to grow woad and how to extract and use the pigment. Teresinha brings several examples of the plant and of items dyed with woad and indigo, from soap to feathers. Read more about woad at www.woad.org.uk.

b) Talks on Natural Fibres

Teresinha also has three new talks on natural fibres ‘Wild Fibres – from Nettles to Soy silk’, ‘Wild Fibres – from Angora to Yak’ and ‘The Silk Road to Birmingham from China’, plus a workshop on ‘Coiled Baskets in Wool’.

  1. Wild Fibres – Plant Fibres from Nettles to Soy silk Teresinha with flax bundleis all about plant fibres (nettles, flax, hemp, cotton, jute, coir, yucca, bamboo, soy silk, sea cell, etc). Teresinha brings samples of the fibres, a handspun skein, a knitted square, and often a woven square as well, to show how each fibre differs and behaves. Read more about natural fibres at www.wildfibres.co.uk.

  2. Wild Fibres – Animal Fibres from Angora to Yak is about animal fibres (wool from sheep, cashmere, musk ox, possum, vicuna, yak, etc). There will be samples of fibres for everyone to touch. Read more about natural fibres at www.wildfibres.co.uk.

  3. The Story of Silk is a spellbinding talk on silk, starting in China and finishing in Birmingham. You will discover the difference between mulberry and tussah silk as well as easy ways to use a variety of silks in your work. Teresinha explains how to get silk from the cocoon and what reeled silk is. Samples include silk hankies, nuno felting, silk paper, different silk fabrics and cocoons from several species of silk moths. Read more about silk on www.wildfibres.co.uk.


Coiled basket with natural dyed handspun woolTravelling workshops – book a fibre workshop for your Guild or group.

  1. Coiled Baskets in Wool - this is full day workshop. Participants will learn how to make coiled baskets with several variations. This is an ideal way to showcase your handspun wool.

Make a booking via the Contact Form or by Email or Phone.


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