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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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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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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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