Skip to main content

Latest News!

Dyeing to Spin & Spinning to Knit

Dyeing to Spin & Spinning to Knit

I rarely offer spinning tuition as it’s my ‘me time’ but I had a lovely email requesting some one-to-one tuition and felt I couldn’t refuse! Jess asked if she could learn to prepare yarn, starting with the raw fleece, carding, dyeing and spinning. We started by washing some soft as butter Shetland and lustrous Leicester […]

Make a Card – Share a Smile!

Make a Card – Share a Smile!

Calling all card-makers and crafters! Welcome to Make a Card – Share a Smile! This is a special request to ask you to make a greetings card for an older person who might not otherwise receive a card this Christmas. In the excitement of Christmas and the hustle and bustle of festive shopping, it’s a […]

Eco-printing for beginners – new kit – “

Eco-printed silk scarf by Debbie Tomkies of DT Craft and Design using the Just Add Leaves eco-printing kit

We have had so many requests and messages from customers about eco-printing, slow textiles and eco-bundling! It seems that there are lots of you out there who have been admiring the eco-printing phenomenon from the sidelines and would love to give it a go but aren’t quite sure where to start. Because we can’t resist […]

Dyeing silk fabric – Achieving deeper sh

Dyeing silk fabric – Achieving deeper shades

I had an interesting question from a customer recently about dyeing silk fabric for playsilks and I thought it might be of wider interest. Celine wanted to dye some playsilks for her daughter’s birthday. After an initial dyeing, the colours weren’t as saturated as she wanted. The fabric is pure silk and they were dyed […]

Dye history – exciting new book acquisit

Dye history books - Image of volumes 1 and 2 Antonio Sansonne Dyeing 1888

Textile history books hold a fascination for me, in particular industry manuals that cover the 1800s to 1900s and the transition from natural to synthetic dyeing (bear with me, it’s not as boring as it sounds – ok, maybe it is a bit dry if you’re not a dye history enthusiast!). If you have heard […]

Free sock pattern download!

As I’m working through my back catalogue of designs I thought it would be nice to make some of my most popular designs available for free download. The first one is my Super Simple Socks pattern. It’s a top-down sock knitted in DK yarn. Our alpaca/wool/nylon sock yarn is perfect, but any DK yarn with […]

Online Dyeing & Textiles Courses (aka de

Online Dyeing & Textiles Courses - samples from debbie tomkies dyers recipe book workshop course

Online Dyeing & Textiles Courses, new website and more. They say that every cloud has a silver lining so hopefully this will be mine…. I am finally going to write the online dyeing and textiles courses I’ve been promising to put together for ages! Following my accident I have been effectively confined to daytime tv […]

Thank you from me and DT Craft & Design!

DT Craft & Design Christmas logo

Christmas is always a super-busy time for me with DT Craft & Design and I wanted first to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us this year. Whether you’ve been on a workshop, purchased from the shop, visited us at a show or just kept in touch with us via our […]

Is dyeing messy? Do I need lots of space...

debbie tomkies dyeing samples of acid dyes, kool aid and natural dyes in the hotel room in lewes

This is a question I’m frequently asked. My reply is usually something along the lines of ‘no more so than cooking the average meal ‘. And indeed, I dyed in my kitchen for many years. I also dyed all my sock and fibre clubs, samples etc. in a rented house for a year and we […]

Bakewell Wool Gathering

DT Craft and Design stall at Bakewell wool gathering october 2015

Thank you to everyone who came along to Bakewell Wool Gathering! It was a great show, our second year there, and it’s going from strength to strength. Our stall was next to the workshops and there was a positive menagerie emerging from the needlefelting sessions – deers, bears, sheep and more. The rug-making sessions looked […]