Back to the Home Page



The Orchil Spider

The Orchil Spider.

Connecting Threads – The purpose of Connecting Threads is to record traditional textile skills to pass them on to future generations.

Project Charlotte – Project Charlotte is aimed at introducing traditional textile skills into the school curriculum.

Project Orchil – All of our work came together under Project Orchil, a three-year programme funded by the National Lottery Charities Board (now the Community Fund). During Project Orchil we set up new training systems for craftspeople, especially in rural communities. We also investigated ways of setting up the community business which is the focus of our new marketing programme.

Marketing Development Project – The purpose of the project is to promote the products and services which have been identified as marketable in our recent project work.

Craft Development Workshops – The Craft Development Workshops are a joint venture with Arran Textiles and the Scottish Agricultural College at Auchencruive. They are funded by the European Social Fund Objective 3.

Routes – Arran Textiles is taking part in a three-year transnational programme which started in December 2000. The programme is funded by the European Union through the LEONARDO DA VINCI training initiative. Together with partners in Iceland, Ireland and Estonia we are writing materials for learning groups in rural communities who will be supported in their work by trained mentors. The material will then be field-tested in each country.

Orchil Report – A final analysis of the Orchil project.