Lost Names-Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. 100g Hand Dyed BFL

Lost Names celebrates the people that have disappeared from history... but whose names we should all know about. 

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Born 1689 Mary taught herself using her fathers extensive library. In 1712 she eloped wire Edward Wortley Montagu, who later became an MP. The couple were the toast of London society, regularly socialising with the Prince and Princess of Wales. In 1716 her husband was appointed Ambassador to Turkey, and Mary went with him along with their 2 small children. She loved Turkey, learned the language, and went on to write one of the first Western accounts of women's lives in the Orient. 

She also took advantage of a local technique to inoculate her children against smallpox. This used scabs from a patient with the disease, and gave the children a mild dose of the disease, but ensured they couldn't be reinfected and die. On her return to England she persuaded Caroline, Princess of Wales to promote the idea, and her 2 daughters were also inoculated. 

Without her the ideas of Edward Jenner, and his much safer vaccination against smallpox by using cow pox would have been nowhere near as widely accepted. 

After the death of her husband she carried on travelling Europe, with a succession of lovers. Her dying words are supposedly "It has all been most interesting."

More about her life

Colours in this pack-  Midnight Blue, Pale lemon, Turkey Red, Olive Green, Golden Yellow. 

5 x 20g (0.7oz) of hand dyed combed top. 


You can spin them as mini-skins, or use hand carders to create transition shades for a gradient skein. You could also use them on drum carders and blending boards to add a little special touch to blends. 

Each colour way is hand dyed in a solid colour way, but the nature of hand dyeing creates a fibre that won't produce a solid coloured yarn. This tonal variation will really help to create unique beautiful projects. 


These colourways are intended to be repeatable, but the nature of my hand dyeing techniques means that colourways will never be identical from dye batch to dye batch. All the packs that are available at any one time will come from the same batch and will match each other. Packs listed at a later date may well contain colours that are slightly different. Please buy enough in one go to complete your chosen project.


These fibres have been dyed to exhaust using acid dyes, and then rinsed using hot water and detergent. However, differences in water can sometimes cause odd things to happen to hand dyed fibres. I would recommend washing the dark colours separately from the pale colours in the unlikely case that some bleeding does occur.

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