Dyeing From a Natural World

This light hearted talk covers my experiences of dyeing from plants, trees, vegetables and so much more from the natural world. You will hear about the many different ways I collect plants to dye with and techniques used to apply the colour and get texture into the fabric and threads. This talk is accompanied by a Keynote presentation and stitched textiles.

Woad – Blue As Old As time

Come and listen to how the woad plant has been used for blue dye since Neolithic times and it’s rich history and heritage. Hear the often humorous tales of how I have grown, dyed and stitched with the woad plant and the places it has taken me. This lecture will take you from the Celts, Queen Elizabeth I, to Robin Hood and his Lincoln Green. Discover how in later years the woad workers became known as “black hands”. and how this plant was used to dye RAF uniforms in World War I.  This lecture will be accompanied by a presentation and quilts.

Colour My World

Take a trip around the world looking at how people have used traditional plants, animals and minerals to colour cloth for centuries around the world. The process of natural dyeing has changed very little over time. You will hear about traditional European plant dyes, travel east to view tribal mud resist dyeing to the blue indigo vats from Japan. This talk includes a Keynote presentation and stitched textiles.

Please Note – If I travel by train I am not able to bring my projector and screen therefore they would need to be provided.

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