Field To Fabric

Field to Fabric is an exciting project from Lancashire Museums Service in partnership with the Workers' Educational Association (WEA). Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). WEA students from across Lancashire have been researching Lancashire’s textile industry charting the social and industrial background, plus the journey of cloth production from plant, through the carding, spinning, weaving and dyeing processes into fabric. The resultant garden ‘From field to fabric’ is presented as a feature garden at the Royal Horticultural Show (RHS) at Tatton Park in July 2015 before it then moves across to Helmshore Mill Textile Museum, Rossendale as a living resource. As part of the heritage journey and the intrinsic premise of Permaculture within the garden design, the work will be presented at the International permaculture conference and Convergence – September 2015.

This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery FundIn partnership with Lancashire Museums Service

Check out the natural dyes educational cards. Also the natural dyes textile book available from the Lancashire museums loans services.


What we achieved

From comments book at RHS Tatton  – Permaculture conference and  convergence plus  other  more local  exhibitions

What can I say I have been all round the show and this is the garden that brings its story to life the best! A wonderful heritage journey.

So educational and skill developing. Excellent way of engaging people in the heritage that created Lancashire's wealth.

A pleasure to look at the garden and talk to the designer, who is so full of enthusiasm and able and willing to explain the concept and practical aspects. The WEA should be proud to have such a tutor who is well able to inspire and encourage her students.

                                                                                                                ~G(?) Wilkinson

“Absolutely beautiful work – very inspirational, as I have just started my textiles degree- beautiful” A Pearce

 “I just found an absolute jewel, stunning work and ethos, courageous – J Golphin

“Some really wonderful work here. A lot of effort and thought has gone into  research , presentation.  most impressed “ K Wiles    

Fantastic! So much work has gone into this project, comprehensive, inspiring, and bringing forgotten knowledge to people today in times where we have insight into the problems on the environment and information to the public around sustainable fabrics has been provided in a creative and thoughtful way. Love the fabric will be used by students, and the animals are such a sweet touch. Thanks for the guided tour. PS I'm gona look into the course!

“Beautiful , beautiful work ! really stunning, from many angles – Karen Brennan


Paulina Chavern, Costa Rica – “ going to spread the cards information  to Costra Rica , truly inspirational !!!”



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Scarecrows made with recycled

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Scarecrows made with recycled materials  for the "grow it eat it " project at Quarry Bank CC Skemersdale - they are also growing on some of our plants for the Hlf /RHS  FIELD TO FABRIC   garden - thanks !!! 

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