Friday, January 9, 2009
Introducing Debbie Tomkies of DT Craft & Design
Hi! I'm Debbie, owner of DT Craft & Design, dyer, spinner, knitter (and tea-maker extraordinaire!). I'm thrilled to be part of this group and am looking forward to taking you on a whistlestop tour of my home county of Cheshire, later this year.
Dyeing has been my passion for nearly 20 years (knitting and crochet for even longer!), and I like nothing more than a day in the dye studio with some good rock music, a blank "canvas" of yarn or fibre and a line-up of dyes waiting to be turned into something magical!
Since the publication of my book, Hand-dyed Yarn Craft Projects, in 2004, my little business has grown from just 12 items to over 50 base yarns (can you tell I have a yarn thing going on?). I love nothing more than picking a yarn, squooshing it and waiting while it tells me what it wants to be. I'll have lots of fun choosing something extra special for our club members.
Inspiration comes to me from many sources. It may begin with plans for a design, a photograph, or my favourite colours. I love to collect paint swatches, fabric sample books, and even plant catalogues!
I like to offer repeatable colourways for larger projects as well as one-offs, and my current pet project is playing with new techniques for subtle multi-blends.
Have a little peek in my stash and see what I've been up to recently......
I hope you'll join us and look forward to sharing this adventure with you!