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.
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These days, we don’t waste time thinking up dreamy names for our hand-spun wools. We rarely produce more than a half-dozen of any design, so we’d be up all night trying to name them all – and would most likely go to bed late and worn out, and end up recycling old names. We prefer to leave our customers to make their own associations between what they see on the displays in the Hebridean Woolshed, and what they see in the landscapes, seas and skies around them, here in Uist. They’ll be all the happier for not being told by us what to think.
And what about this one? I’m afraid all we would be able to come up with (were we obliged to do so) is ‘Assorted Peppers’ – the mix of colours of the many sweet and chilli peppers that we harvest from our greenhouses each year. Whether that makes this yarn – or such a name – authentically ‘Hebridean’ or not, is a matter for others to debate : we’re already working on the next projects that hopefully will – like almost everything we make – defy any attempt at systematic name-giving!