Lost Names- Lucy, Lady Houston. 100g Hand Dyed BFL

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

Lucy, Lady Houston-

Born Fanny Lucy Radmall in 1857, Lucy, Lady Houston went on to have a life that sounds like the script in a film. She was the 9th of 10 children, and when dancing as a chorus girl gained the attention of Frederick "Freddy" Gretton, whose family owned Bass Brewery. She was his mistress for 10 years, and on his death she inherited a legacy of £6,000 per year. She was an active suffragette, who posted bail for Emmeline Pankhurst. She would drive to Hampstead Heath in her carriage, and then stand in it, haranguing visiting MP's to "justice" for women.

Subsequently she married a further 3 husbands, and on the death of Lord Houston inherited approximately £5.5 million. 

She's most famous for her donations to British aviation, in 1931 she gave £100,000 to Supermarine to develop a plane to allow them to win the Scheider Trophy, and to fly over the summit of Mount Everest for the first time. At the time of the Great Depression the government had pulled all the financing to support aviation research. 

Her views were most definitely centre-right, most of her actions seem to have been designed to infuriate and thwart Labour politicians. In her day she was astonishing, daring, a philanthropist, passionate and eccentric.

Read more about her. 

Colours in this pack-  Airforce Blue, Jade Green, Aubergine Black, Apple Green, Ice Blue.

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.

£13.50 GBP

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