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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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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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