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 :
If everything we sold was entirely hand-made starting from raw fleece, larger garments would have to be priced so high that they would be beyond the pockets of all but a very few. So I make some of the larger garments with commercially available yarns, albeit luxury low-volume products. And right now, I’m piecing together this ladies’ cardigan using a Noro yarn (Hanabatake – 55% wool, 35% silk, 10% mohair), and is spun with variable thickness and twist, so as to imitate genuine hand-spun yarn. Here’s the item in question, under construction.
Just one thing wrong with that, however : Both J and I would have to really put our minds to it, to produce a yarn as lumpy as this!
Our preference is for more muted colours than these ; but maybe that’s because we see the Uist landscape year-round. We’ve come to love the more complex colours and subtle contrasts of autumn and winter. Our customers, who principally visit Uist in late Spring and Summer, and thereby mostly see the island under clear skies and razor sharp light, see the landscape in glorious Technicolor! Frequently we’re told how the colours we work capture so well the essence of the Uist landscape and seascape.