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Experimental Textiles for Carers

Throughout 2018 we are offering a distinctive programme for carers – including professionals working in frontline support work.

In a monthly group at OrganicArts on West Town Farm in Ide, we will craft and create with textiles in  a variety of forms and states. The monthly sessions will provide ideas, inspiration, relaxation and space to exhale.

The inner fleece revealed


We have lots of toys  tools to play experiment with – and ready access to a wide and wild range of materials on the farm. Willow has already been cut (though you can cut some too if you fancy it). We already have a raw fleece, but we don’t mind if you decide to pluck some from a sheep (though she might).


We will have drop spindles, carders, a weaving loom, crochet hooks and knitting needles galore – including giant ones – REALLY giant ones.  We ‘re thinking we’ll try spinning, felting, and weaving. We ‘re thinking we might make some natural dyes if the group fancies it too. Participants are welcome to bring their own project, and are encouraged to bring previous experience. There should be laughs, wonderful mistakes and marvelous makes. We aim for the group’s activities to rejuvenate its participants, providing new ideas, new skills and new networks of support.

Participants can meet at the farm or at one of several pick-up points for our FREE shuttle service in Exeter.  Booking is ESSENTIAL for the programme. It is FREE thanks to a grant from the Devon Community Foundation.

To enquire about a bespoke version of this programme for a group, please email us!