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 :
… Blue. And much to my surprise, the colour the blue Delphinium petals yielded in the dye pot was actually blue : a rather pale blue, but definitely blue!
That’s remarkable because the colour of plants – whether their petals, stems, or roots – is rarely a guide to the colour they impart to wool. Most will give an indeterminate colour, vaguely yellow-brown-green. But this is how the experiment turned out – with an alum mordant.
Denise forgot to take a photo of the delphiniums before stripping the petals, so she asked me if we had a photo from a previous year. I said I’d look, but as we have tens of thousands of photos in Google Photos, going back decades, my offer was half-hearted. And it was just sheer blind hope when I entered ‘Delphinium’ in the search bar of Google Photos PC app. After all, our photos are stored with filenames that are simply numerical – never descriptive ; and we’ve never entered descriptive information in the file properties. I was therefore astonished when, in less than a second, Google Photos displayed a number of photos which included either Delphinium flowers (in some cases amongst or behind other more prominent flowers), or something coloured with an appropriate shade of blue. This photo, from 2007, was the best shot available. I’m not sure whether I should be impressed or concerned – but probably both!