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“Don’t be a doffer in a cotton mill!” An online talk from Debbie Bamford

October 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


We are really delighted that Debbie Bamford will be joining us to talk to us about her life in textiles.

‘Although my mother was very handy with a sewing needle, tatting shuttle and never sat down in a chair to watch television without picking up her knitting I spent all my childhood being threatened with “You’ll end up a doffer in the cotton mill” when I didn’t do well at school (a fairly common occurrence) so textiles were never a consideration when planning a career.

This is how life can spring surprises from totally obscure directions and lead you down paths you would never have dreamed of! Textiles featured in my life from a purely “hobby” point of view – I made my own clothes, I made all the curtains for the house, I knitted for my babies but although chemistry was my favourite subject at school, I certainly knew nothing about dyeing – or natural dyes! The talk will follow the blossoming of an idea to a lifestyle dominated by research, experimentation and a passion for natural dyes’

Debbie is an Associate of the Society of Dyers and Colourists. Founder of the brand Mulberry Dyer established in the early 1990’s to produce naturally dyed embroidery silks for the heritage Industry, which at that time were unavailable.

A specialist in the dyestuff, madder, Debbie runs courses and masterclasses and is the first dyer for many decades to successfully reproduce the Turkey Red process. Environmental impacts of natural dyes and mordants, colourfastness (light, wash and rub) are key to current research for which a “Green Achiever” was awarded.

It promises to be a wonderful hour, it would be great to have you in the audience.