The Mulberry Dyer Yarns

Rochdale, United Kingdom · 10 Sales


The Mulberry Dyer Yarns

Rochdale, United Kingdom 10 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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A colourful History

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. From there The Mulberry Dyer was born, I was asked where I was getting my silks from, so I started producing them for sale.

Researching and replicating colours of the past is a thrill for me, I love playing with colour, it is very important that I get the dyeing even, lightfast and washfast. The dyers of history had very high standards and Guilds to enforce those standards. We should aim for the same!

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  • Debbie

    Owner, Historical Dyer

    Commercial Dyers throughout history have used only those natural products that they know will give the best results. By learning from them via their recipes and recorded information we are happy to offer you our selection of fibres, yarn and cloth.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 15, 2014
Welcome to The Mulberry Dyer. THE place to purchase naturally dyed yarns.
Established in the early 1990's we have been producing naturally dyed yarns, fibres and cloth ever since. We love what we produce and hope you will too!
Although we are working as though we are Medieval dyers using the most lightfast and washfast dyes available, we have a thoroughly modern attitude with an Environmental Policy which we work to and update. Where possible we use organically certified or approved produce. We are working towards 100% compostable or biodegradable packaging (at present around 95%)

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Returns and exchanges
Our standards are very high and we are gutted if for any reason you are disappointed with your puchase. Please let us know straight away if that is the case so we can do something about it! We are happy to offer refunds or exchanges depending on the reason for the return. Any returns must be sent back in original condition we operate to the EU guidelines. Sadly I am unable to offer a refund of the postage.
We accept Paypal, or cheques in Sterling or Euros, sadly we cannot accept cheques in dollars. Please follow etsy guidelines and make payment within 3 days or we reserve the right to relist the item.

Most orders are shipped within 2 business days or upon receipt of funds for cheques, the only exception to this will be if we are working away and cannot deal with the order immediately. There will be a note on the website to let you know if this is the case. If you need an order (domestic or international) shipped urgently, just let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

It is the responsibility of the purchaser to check and deal with any customs duty or taxes payable for your country.
We ship 1st class using either Royal Mail or La Poste. Special Delivery or Signed For can be arranged at an extra charge of £5 (or equivalent) depending on whether extra insurance is required, If you wish to use this service please contact us prior to payment so we can send an updated paypal invoice.
Additional policies and FAQs
Our yarns are dyed using historical methods which have been tried and tested for thousands of years. When working with our yarns you should not find any rub off from the dye onto your hands or tools when knitting or crochetting, If you should find any problem please get in touch and we will exchange immediately!

The yarns are rinsed in hot water and have a final soak in Eucalan wool conditioner to protect the fibres and act as a moth repellent. They are then stored in airtight boxes in a separate storeroom. We have no pets here, so there should be no animal allergy problems.

Please treat our yarns kindly and wash them by hand or on the wool cycle using a neutral detergent, we cannot guarrantee the colour will not change or run if you DO NOT!

The bulk of our work is commission based, if you have a special request or a colour to match please get in touch and we will do our best to help.

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