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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Natural Dyeing – What’s growing in the d

Natural dyeing - Weld plant growing in Debbie Tomkies' dye garden

Just a pic of the weld growing in my garden at the moment – it’s huge! Looking forward to dyeing with it soon….

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