About Me

Debbie Tomkies

Debbie is a textile designer, hand-dyer, author and tutor. With over 25 years experience, she is happy to undertake pattern design commissions for knitwear and crochet. An expert hand-dyer, she works with natural and synthetic dyes on both yarn and fabric and has a particular interest in researching dyes in the 1800-1900’s.

Debbie has 5 books and over 100 articles published in major magazines and welcomes requests for articles, how-to features, technical and research articles, video tutorials and books.

Making Futures

Debbie is a director of Flourish Together CIC and a founding director of Making Futures CIC, a social enterprise that aims to build confidence, wellbeing and self-esteem through creative activity. Making Futures works with community groups, schools, colleges and third sector organisations to deliver a wide range of workshops, classes, City & Guilds, Arts Award and Artsmark.


An experienced retailer and designer-maker Debbie also offers business mentoring and start-up advice to new creative enterprises. In particular she works with individuals who face barriers to employment, working with them to set up home-based creative businesses that allow them to achieve their potential whilst having regard to any specific needs they may have.

DT Craft & Design

Debbie is a partner in online retail company, DT Craft & Design. Arising from Debbie’s first book, Hand-dyed Yarn Craft Projects, the company was set up in 2006 to sell natural and synthetic dyes, undyed yarns, equipment, kits, books and other products featured in the book.


Debbie Tomkies with copies of her book Complete Knitting Skills



It is always difficult when someone asks what I do for a living since there are many strands to my creative work (or I have fingers in many pies as some have said!).

Above all I see myself as a passionate lover of textiles – whether that is as a learner, educator, researcher, collector, sharer or maker I’ll happily talk textiles ‘til the cows come home and beyond.

Here I share some of the facets of my textile practice. Feel free to have a nosy around and see what inspires me and explore what I can do to inspire you and/or the people you work and play with.

Live life in colour!

Debbie Tomkies

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever” Mahatma Gandhi

Thoughts from students on my workshops

"Really enjoyed today's Fair Isle workshop. Fantastic paced course. Relaxed atmosphere and loads of content. Thank you very much"
Louise and Kat
"I had a wonderful time and discovered a new passion! Thank you so much for your clear and thorough instructions and for being such an inspiration. My only problem is finding the time to fit dyeing into my already busy days - but never fear, it will have to be done! Inspiring!"
"So much fun today. Debbie is an amazing teacher 🙂 "