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Advanced Hand-dyeing Workshop – Black Sh

advanced hand dyeing workshop with debbie tomkies of dt craft and design

It was lovely to welcome students from my introduction to hand-dyeing workshop back to Black Sheep Wools for a day of advanced hand-dyeing! This one day course builds on the skills learned on the introductory course and we explore new ideas and techniques. One of the main aims is to encourage students to create colour […]

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Yarn Shop Day!

Wool tweed sock yarn hand-dyed with DT Craft & Design procion mx dyes

I had a great time at Black Sheep Wools, demonstrating yarn dyeing as part of Yarn Shop Day. It was a pleasure to join crochet queen Emma Varnam, super-sock knitter and blogger Christine (aka Winwick Mum) and Rowan’s Melanie Boocock. The shop was filled with enthusiastic knitters, crocheters and crafters and it was a pleasure […]

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Thank you Spring Into Wool!

DT Craft and Design stall for yarn and fibre show, Spring Into Wool, Leeds 2018

This month we were delighted to start our show season with a new (to us) yarn show, Spring Into Wool. Held at The Grammar School at Leeds, it was a lovely weekend. A good selection of traders, well-organised and a good venue, too. There were also demonstrations and workshops to introduce visitors to the Guilds […]

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An Interview with…. Donna Cooper

DT Craft and Design - Meet the Artist - Donner Cooper

Donna Cooper – Guest Designer Tell me a little bit about yourself, how you came to be interested in studying textiles, how you chose your course and why you chose it. I’m a wife and mum of 3 children. I was approaching 40 years of age and was working for my husband’s joinery business. Unfortunately, […]

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Are you Dyeing Along?

A collage of contributions for the DT Craft and Design Dye-a-Long - Nov 17 - Fireworks

I can’t believe that we’re already coming to the end of month four of the Facebook Dye Group Dye-a-Long (DAL)! We’ve had some amazing contributions, lots of creativity and some great discussion. If you’re not on Facebook and haven’t seen the Dye-a-Long yet, here’s how it works: Each month I set a theme; sometimes I […]

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Meet the Artist: An Interview with…. Don

Meet the Artist: An Interview with…. Donna Cooper

Welcome to my new blog slot – Meet the Artist! I meet so many interesting people, either in person at shows and at my workshops, or virtually through the business or website. As these meetings are often fleeting I thought it would be fun to find out a bit more, to explore what inspires people, […]

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Sock Blank Dyeing – Black Sheep Wools

debbie tomkies of dt craft and design on her sock blank workshop at black sheep wools

Sock blank dyeing is one of my favourite workshops and it’s always great to get back into dyeing after the Christmas break and my first workshop of 2018 was a blast! My students worked their socks off (sorry!) and we had a super day. From polka dots to stripes and even watermelons the room was […]

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Introduction to Dyeing – Black Sheep Woo

Introduction to dyeing with procion dyes with Debbie Tomkies at Black Sheep Yarns

Just one place left on my workshop at Black Sheep Wools in Culcheth next Saturday (20th May). Spend a fun day with me, learning about colour theory, handpainting, speckles, rainbow dyeing and how to get the colours you want. Round off the day by choosing a skein from my range of luxurious base yarns and […]

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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 […]

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