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Regular activities by women for women. Suitable for all abilities, and all women are welcome.

Gift Economy

Our activities are offered without charge but with principles of gift economy. Our gift of free access to resources and activities is based on the responsibility that comes with gifting. Mostly we ask you to show up, show kindness to other women, to contribute as much as you take and at some point perhaps to exchange or offer your knowledge and time to other women through Idle Women or elsewhere.


Idle Women is growing a sisterhood of women who volunteer their time, energy and passion. If you would like to volunteer or have any queries about our activities please contact us.

Medicinal Plant Study Group


Monthly meet up for women to explore local medicinal plants, focussing on one plant per month with some practical herbalism techniques  and creative ways to get to know plant medicine.

Monthly on Sundays 1 – 3.30 pm

Dates for 2020 tbc

Physic Garden, Hargreaves St, Nelson BB9 7DB

two womens hands using a saw

Women's skill share

Find out about other women’s interests and skills. take part in introductory activities and try something new.

Workshops are informal and relaxed and each month is kindly offered by a different woman from the Idle Women community.

29 January- creating and using a visual journal

26 February – Using and blending essential oils

25 March – Creating a flower arrangement


Unity House, 2nd Floor, 49-51 Preston New Rd, Blackburn BB2 6AE

B.E.A.D String Together

B.E.A.D String Together, is a 6 week course of experimental craft workshops exploring sewing with beads, small ornaments and strung beads and sequins.

13 February: Introduction to beadwork + pin brooch making

20 February: Bead making with a range of natural and recycled materials

27 February: Experimental bead embroidery/ bead making – part 1

5 March: Experimental bead embroidery – part 2

12 March: Bead weaving: Patterns and designing for the loom

19 March: Bead weaving on the loom


Unity House, 2nd Floor, 49-51 Preston New Rd, Blackburn BB2 6AE


experimental beads

Willow Weaving

A  monthly group meeting to learn and practice together, with visiting tuition and support from Hebridean basket weaver Dawn Susan. The group will also plant and harvest willow for weaving. 

This is a skill development group for those
interested in supporting other women to learn.

To express interest and for further details please email

dates for 2020 tbc 

Physic Garden, Hargreaves St, Nelson BB9 7DB

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