Barbara Cabral received her Masters and Bachelor Degrees from the University of Akron where she taught Contemporary Needle Arts and other classes. She was also a visiting Professor at Concordia International University, Tallinn, Estonia. Her primary area of research was the use of natural dyes, particularly madder, in Ohio coverlets. Her interest in early textiles and conservation knowledge led her to curate several textile exhibits at The Canton Museum of Art, Hower House, and other Ohio locations.Barbara has lectured on Textile Conservation at The University of Leeds, England, Washington State University, Ellensburg, Washington and other locations in the US including The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota Fl. She has also given textile workshops throughout the U.S. and in Tallinn, Estonia, and several locations in Belize. Workshops on her specialty, madder dyes, have been given for weaving guilds and at the Mid-West Weavers National Conference.