Sundew – 50g Hebridean 2 Ply


Alice Starmore Hebridean 2 Ply Yarn is made from premium quality pure new British wool, dyed in the fleece and skillfully blended into unique shades. It is hand-washed and dried in the Hebridean air, and supplied in hand-made skeins which may vary in weight. It is priced per 50g at standard conditions. All yarn is weighed to order on balances that are checked daily to ensure that you receive the correct total amount.

Sundew is part of the Moor & Mountain range, which is inspired by the landscape of the Outer Hebrides.


Every rose has its thorn; all that glitters is not gold. Drosera Rotundifolia manages to combine these proverbs in a rather sinister way. Sundew is a plant of bog and wet moorland and so is very common in the Hebrides. It is beautiful, with glistening jewel-like beads along its red-tinged leaves. These are drops of sweet nectar, and their purpose is to lure insects to their death, for that is how Sundew makes its living. Sinister? Possibly, but when you are out on the moor in summer, and you have just run out of midge repellant which didn’t seem to work anyway, and your neck is throbbing from yet another clegg bite, then your sympathies tend to be on the side of the Sundew.

When used as a dye plant, Sundew leaves can give a pleasing rusty red, which can turn to purple with the addition of ammonia. However, we have based our Sundew shade on the plant itself, along with that of its cousin and neighbour Great Sundew, or Drosera Anglica.

In our Sundew blend, wisps and specks of greens, purple and gold are spun through a base of bright bronze and magenta. The resulting colour glows with life, just like a rose of light itself.