About Us

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Debbie is an Associate of the Society of Dyers and Colourists* Her business The Mulberry Dyer was established in the early 1990’s following the completion of the City and Guilds Art and Design – Embroidery course, with a view to producing naturally dyed embroidery silks, which at that time were unavailable. Meticulous research into the dyes and methods used in the 17th century meant that the silks produced were as accurate as possible. This research was then expanded into different periods of history and different fibres. Examples of work are on show in the V & A Museum, Hampton Court Palace, the Globe Theatre and many other Museums and Historic Houses around the UK. As a specialist in the dyestuff madder she runs courses and masterclasses and was the first dyer for many decades to successfully reproduce the Turkey Red process. Research and experimentation continues from both an historical perspective and also looking to the future for industrial use. Environmental impacts of natural dyes and mordants, fastness of the colours (light, wash and rub) are key to current research for which a “Green Achiever” was awarded. For several years she has been a consultant to Industrial organisations who wish to add naturally dyed products to their range. A contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles c450 – 1450** and with several articles published in The Journal (for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers) a book is the next step.

Over the years commissions from clients have included:

V&A – dyeing all the silks for the blackwork embroidery on the “Great Bed of Ware”.

Globe Theatre – dyeing cloth and various other items including “Malvolio’s” famous yellow hose.

Jorvik Museum – constructing a wall hanging showing colours of the Vikings for their Fearsome Craftsmen Exhibition

National Trust, Etal Castle – dyeing, constructing and embroidering 4 standards for their Flodden Field exhibition.

Anya Gallaccio dyeing all the blankets for her art installation at National Trust Lindisfarne Castle.

Hampton Court Palace – dyeing the cloth for the costumes worn in the Tudor Kitchen.

Publications

Bamford D  Stoker J  Braids for Disk and Squisk  2004 Turkey Red Publishing N Wales

Owen – Crocker G (ed) Encyclopaedia of Textiles 400 – 1400AD – Contribution to the Cotton section.

Carding, combing and beating the history of fibre preparation? by Bamford Debbie, page 26, Journal for Weavers Spinners and Dyers, edition #219, 2006

Dyeing for a King by Bamford Debbie, page 24, Journal for Weavers Spinners and Dyers, edition #218, 2006

Dyeing the Uruz sail by Bamford Deb; Scott Russ; Whitworth Isabella, page 24, Journal for Weavers Spinners and Dyers, edition #254, 2015

Turkey Red by Debbie Bamford, page 25, Journal for Weavers Spinners and Dyers, edition #260, 2016

Meeting on Dyes in History and Archaeology – Istanbul by Bamford Debbie, page 35, Journal for Weavers Spinners and Dyers, edition #230, 2009

Lindisfarne Blankets
Lindisfarne blankets

Notable TV appearances include

Victorian Farm Christmas Special – Dyeing Christmas Ribbons

A stitch in Time – producing the green for the Arnolfini dress in the second episode.

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Contact details :

  • email: fishwife@mulberrydyer.co.uk
  • telephone: +44 (0) 121 288 2115
  • Address: 112 Norman Rd, Wrexham, LL13 7BE, North wales