Welcome to The Hebridean Woolshed – now back within the pages of The Big Garden !
At home – within the old high-walled kitchen garden of An Gàrradh Mòr, we spin, dye, knit, crochet, weave and felt with wool (especially the black wool from our own flock of Hebridean sheep) and other natural fibres and materials. Using the traditional tools and techniques we’ve grown familiar with over nearly forty years, we produce a variety of unique and high quality yarns, which also we make into garments and accessories.
What we make that isn’t for ourselves and our family is offered for sale at the Hebridean Woolshed – a small shop that stands within the walled garden, just by the South Gate. There, in addition to the yarns, garments and accessories, there’s a range of patterns and kits for our own designs.
Everything in the Hebridean Woolshed is made by us and embodies the values that guide all our work : homely, skilled, hand-made, inspired, intuitive, high quality, local, sustainable. Oh, and personal : something bought at the Hebridean Woolshed is bought from us – Jonathan or Denise, or both – in person.
The Hebridean Woolshed‘s garden shop is open Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm, April to September. As there’s just the two of us, and as turnarounds for our two holiday lets can be any day of the week, we may be closed for a few hours during the day … or, very occasionally, to take some time off! If you’re planning a special visit, contact us the day before to check whether we’ll be open.
Some of what we sell in the ‘garden shop’ – millspun yarns, kits, and most of our Hand-Made Tale offers – are also available in our on-line shop.
Most recent news about The Hebridean Woolshed :
It’s taken nearly nine months, but our 2018 mill-spinning order has at last arrived home!
Such events are annual – some years there’s a second batch, yet the excitement is scarcely any less than with our very first order. Then we really had little idea how our home-produced and self-selected raw wool would turn out. Now, we’re much more confident in what we are doing ; but even those yarns we produce every year (especially the pure Hebridean lambswool, for which our specification is especially tight) will vary slightly from year to year, depending on oh-so-many-factors both within and outwith our control. This year’s delivery has been no exception! And the excitement is all the sharper because, this year – for the first time, there’s a completely new yarn to marvel at.
Beinn Stac is a marled yarn : that is, a yarn in which the individual strands are of differing colours. For Beinn Stac there are two colours, namely black (Hebridean) and white (Cheviot). The yarn is comprised of three strands (3-ply construction – or ‘three-fold’), with two strands of Cheviot (white) and one of Hebridean (black).
Have you ever come across a 2+1 3-ply before? Why did we specify this? Well, it’s not just because we had twice as much Cheviot available as we had Hebridean (though clearly we did).
For a simple 2-ply yarn – with one strand each of the two colours, there would be only one overall tone possible – a 50% grey or mid-grey.
But 50% grey/white is darker than than we want to for this yarn. For blended yarns like Beinn Sgíathan we can specify any tonal mix we wish between 0.1% Hebridean (virtually black) to 99.9% Hebridean (virtually white). But with a marled yarn it is only possible to change the number of strands and/or the colours.
It may not obvious, but both Beinn Sgíathan and Beinn Stac are approximately one-third Hebridean, two-thirds Cheviot. In other words, the same quantities of Hebridean and Cheviot can be made into either Beinn Sgíathan or Beinn Stac.