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Debbie Bamford

The Mulberry Dyer

Rochdale, United Kingdom

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My Grandfather may have been Gaffer in a Cotton Mill in Lancashire, but I was not going to have anything to do with Textiles when I grew up!!! My Mother taught me to knit and sew, but it wasn’t until I joined a Re-enactment group that I decided it was something positive I could make use of! I took a City and Guilds course in Art and Design – Embroidery, thinking that I could become a 17th Century embroideress, however I then discovered that I couldn’t obtain the type of embroidery silks that I needed, so I learned to spin silk and to use Natural Dyes...

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... From there The Mulberry Dyer was born, I was asked where I was getting my silks from, so I started producing them for sale. The business has now grown and we produce naturally dyed fibres yarns and cloth for both the Heritage Industry and the modern crafter – what isn’t actually available we can often produce on a Commission basis, so don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t see what you need. Throughout the year we can be seen at various Historical markets and also at Woolfest and Fibre East. Most weekends during the summer we demonstrate period dyeing somewhere in the country (or even Europe). We run Workshops and Courses on natural dyeing, spinning and braiding. Invite us to your location or check where we are running one next.

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