Spring – the start of a new year……

The blossom on the pear tree is a good indication that spring has arrived. Spring is a season that begins to make us feel better about ourselves – the days lengthen and the sun begins to warm the world. It’s exciting to watch the garden come to life.

I’ve not done much watching for almost 40 years. Winifred Cottage has taken so much of my time. Any time I spent outside was usually busily dyeing threads for Sassa Lynne, not watching for the blossom and bulbs. This year is different, however, I’m winding down.

In fact – at the end of this week I will come to an almost dead stop!

Winifred Cottage will be closing on 31st March!

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. It almost passed into other hands on a couple of occasions, but in the end…. I didn’t want it to go.

So here are a very few last offers for you. Make your choice below – postage to the UK is included please use the contact form below if you would like them to be sent anywhere else in the world and I’ll send you a paypal invoice

1 Chiffon Scarves

I’ve prepared a few packs of mixed colours. There are at least 10 in each pack for £25.00. No choice of colours – just what we have put in there. The sooner you grab a bag the better the colours will be and the less chance of duplicate colours. I also have a few bags of just white ones – these can be dyed using acid dyes, or coloured with transfer paints/crayons.

Mixed colours collection of chiffon scarves  £25.00, UK postage included Buy Here

White chiffon scarves £25.00, UK postage included
Buy Here

2 Machine threads

I have been very particular about the machine threads I sold. I have a few left and have put these together into mixed collections. Once again – no choice of colours, and early birds will get the best selections. These packs are very good value!

Machine Threads – Packs of 8 £25.00, UK postage included
Buy Here

3 Sassa Lynne Hand dyed Felt

This popular felt retails at £4.00 per piece. This special offer is for 8 pieces for £25.00. No choice as above – but several lovely mixed packs are avalable

Hand dyed felt – Packs of 8 £25.00, UK postage included
Buy Here

If you are interested in anything else that we may have available please use the form below.

All of the above are in very limited quantities. I’ll still be selling Sassa Lynne threads etc – but in a very low key fashion, just as and when I can summon up the energy. More about that on another day, but please ask at any time.








Not just for knitting

You may have all forgotten that we also sell a few Colinette Yarns. There are a few listed here, and I would remind you that they aren’t just for knitting!

These, Giotto and Tagliatelle, are just a couple of the colourways listed – and you may remember that they were well favoured by the late and very lamented Val Campbell Harding.

Yes, they do knit into beautiful scarves or garments, but they can also be added to stitched work or used on the embellisher. They are available in varying quantities, so first come, first served. Postage and packing is included on each, but if you buy more than one there will be a refund winging your way.

Don’t miss out – you’ll find them here. Each is 100g and costs £11.75 including post and packing to the UK. Drop me a note if they are to be sent to anywhere else in the world.

Watch out for a few changes over the next little while – and a few more listings if I can find the time and energy. I’m so grateful for a friendly post boy 😉

Silk fibres

I have found a few packs of undyed silk fibres. They are currently available in limited quantities. More details here.


If you are returned to the main page sadly all items are sold. More items will appear over the next few days – so please keep watching!


Mixing colours

The summer sun brings the ideal weather for dyeing outside… Dyes always work better in heat.

So that’s what I’ve been doing this morning – standing with my back to the sun mixing colours for some Vegetarian Silk. However, the breeze was also rather strong – so I’ve been chasing dye containers too – as can be seen in the picture at the top. Yes, I did wear gloves – but the red one blew into the rose bush and I didn’t want to puncture them…..

Now it’s just a question of waiting for a few more hours and then the rinsing will begin. Vegetarian silk is very delicate in its wet state. It is easy to destroy it completely. However, slowly and gently is the key, and the results are always worth waiting for.

If you need some for your workshops with Isobel Hall I suggest you get in touch as soon as possible. There may not be much choice of colour – this will be my last dyeing session until late September at least. If you are going to the Festival of Quilts you won’t find it there as we are the only people to dye it and we aren’t visiting this year.

They should be ready for despatch at the beginning of next week – possibly sooner if the good weather continues. The contact form below will make it easier for you to contact us.


A few hand dyed Etsy listings

Several new listings today. Click the picture and pop over to Etsy to find the ones you like. As always they are in short supply. Each one has been chosen with thought and consideration – especially for you.

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