Tuesday, 12 March 2013

WILD FIBRES - From Nettles to Soya Silk

Tereshina Roberts

March 9th 2013

Today's lecture with Tereshina was extremely informative and had something for everyone. She captivated us with her knowledge of natural and man-made fibres and was very generous in the sharing of her tips and expertise.

Tereshina has 3 studios at the Custard Factory in Birmingham. You are welcome to visit her if you let her know in advance.

You can grow your own cotton from seed - brown, green and white. Tereshina grows hers in her conservatory. Above is a photograph of the white and the brown cotton popped from its 'acorn'. We learnt that a £10 note is made from cotton fibre, of which there are 43 species e.g.Egyptian cotton.
A sample of Tereshina's knitted, home spun yarn, using Weld, Madder and Wode. Weld extract produces brilliant lemon yellows. Over dye it with madder for bright oranges and with woad for a fabulous Lincoln Green. The key to successful strong colours when dyeing your own natural fibres, is to have a good mordant and then you will achieve such bright colours as above.

Hard fibres include Abacca, which we learnt is used to make tea-bags because it has a lot of strength when wet. It is used a lot in paper making as you can dye it.
Tereshina went into great detail about the history of Natural, Lint, Leaf, Hard and Man-made fibres. We held many samples including Nettles, Hemp, Kapok, Yucca, Sisal, Coconut, Bamboo, Soya Bean and Banana.
Tereshina has 6 websites and we have a collection of the handouts for information of the web addresses if you missed them on Saturday - including the straw spinner below - www.wildfibres.co.uk
Thank you Tereshina for a delightful, informative afternoon.
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Both before and at the end of Tereshina's presentation, we were fortunate to be able to purchase from a massive selection of books, threads, Art materials and fabrics which belonged to our former member Brenda Berry.

Brenda was a former Treasurer to our branch and a very talented lady who had been published in Stitch magazine and exhibited on many occasions - most recently at Uttoxeter in 2012, where she was awarded a rosette for her piece. She was a life time member of the Guild and will be sorely missed. We are donating the funds from selling Brenda's textile materials to Compton Hospice who were fundamental in her treatment. Our thanks go to Tony, Brenda's husband for donating which was Brenda's wish.

If you were absent on Saturday then you will have another opportunity to purchase at the next lecture April 6th