Welcome to The Hebridean Woolshed – now back amongst the pages of The Big Garden !
At our 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 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, intuitive, local, sustainable, high quality, unique. 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.
[ The new on-line shop is currently under construction : you’ll have to come back later to discover what a Hand-Made Tale is ! ]
Most recent news about The Hebridean Woolshed :
Having a rummage through my dyeing supplies, I discovered I’d more in stock than I thought I had of two very important, useful, and interesting dye materials – Logwood and Indigo. So today I set about making good use of that Indigo.
As well as dyeing some natural white Cheviot, I thought I’d experiment with top- or over-dyeing skeins previously dyed with other colours, particularly those of which I had a generous quantity in stock. For this session I selected skeins of Cheviot previously dyed with Bog Myrtle (leaves and twigs) ; Tomato (pinched out side-shoots) ; Rhubarb leaves.
Dyeing with indigo on natural white produces blues – the various shades being from successive batches, each leaving less of the colour in the liquor for the next batch. Top-dyeing over the various shades of beige and brown produces greens – also in diverse shades, according to the succession of batches.
Next time, Logwood ? It’s certainly one of my favourites to dye with – all those rich purples.