We did it
On 29th April 2021 we successfully raised £4,845 with 103 supporters in 28 days

We are setting up a CIC to support people to improve their mental health and enhance employment opportunities using yarn based hobbies.

by Inspiring Yarns in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we reach our target, aside from making us all very emotional here, we can cover all of our start up costs and begin to book retreats/workshops and get our website operational.

If we reach our stretch target we can begin looking for premises to accommodate us which will mean we can offer in person supports sooner and have somewhere to store stock, run a Community Yarn Fund, run workshops from and also be able to buy in some equipment for people to try before they commit to buying their own equipment.


Most people don’t think about starting up a Community Interest Company in the middle of a pandemic. We’re a little different, this has been something we’ve been thinking about for a long time. We believe that in getting the foundations in place now that our ideas will be ready to start helping people when they need it most when Covid restrictions are eased.

We are Claire, Janice and Tracey, 3 indie yarn dyers from Northern Ireland. We have a passion for yarn and pretty much everything to do with it. We have also all had our own lived experiences of fluctuating mental health  and we know how much it has helped us to be part of the yarn community, and how much our yarn based hobbies give us a focus and a form of distraction when we need it most. It has also provided us with employment and many friendships.  We want to bring those experiences to others. During the pandemic social isolation has become a big thing and we want to provide safe and welcoming spaces where people can come together and learn new skills and share existing ones.

We would also like to support emerging fibre artists with access to equipment and mentoring and hope to help others explore the possibilities of self employment within the yarn industry.

As a team we all have experience of operating small businesses. Claire has a degree in Law and 13 years experience working in the voluntary sector supporting people with a wide range of disabilities to access and sustain employment using reasonable adjustments. Janice has a background in financial administration as a team leader and technical overseer. Tracey has a background in accountancy.

Our minds are whirling with ideas of where this could go. We plan to host retreats to help people take time out with like minded people to learn new skills, yarn crawls to support local yarn shops, a website offering a mix of commercial and hand dyed yarns and yarn hobby supplies, workshops on a range of yarn based hobbies, apprenticeships and potential employment opportunities for marginalised groups, hosting regular craft groups to alleviate social isolation, online tutorials, joining forces with local therapists to offer supports on improving mental health post Covid, the list is endless!

For complete transparency, if this idea is going to work we need to eventually be paid employees of the CIC. We have already invested a lot of our time freely to getting the ideas to this point, we have registered as a CIC and we are prepared to commit to its success. We won’t be able to do any of it though without start up costs. We need to consider premises and locations we can work from, setting up the online side of things, setting up our admin and systems, deposits for retreats and paying tutors and associated costs. We are fully committed to being transparent about how any funds we raise are spent.

Let’s do this!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

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Pin Badge

You will receive one of our very own enamel pin badges based on our logo from our first run of them.

£10 or more

Outside UK Postage Add On

If you wish to avail of our rewards and have a delivery address outside of the UK, Please select this option too. Our rewards listed include UK postage only. As we are raising funds for a new Social Enterprise to get up and running we cannot cover the costs of international shipping if this option isn’t selected. This option can also be used if you wish to support us with postage costs but don’t want to receive a reward.

£15 or more

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Tote and Pin

You will receive a branded gusseted reuseable tote bag and an enamel pin badge from our first run.

£15 or more

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Needle Felting Kit - Kids Rainbow Fairy

You will receive a full kit to make this pretty rainbow fairy safely without needles. Kits have fully illustrated instructions and suit all ages and abilities. Brought to you by The Little Woolly Sheep. Colours may vary. You'll also receive an enamel pin badge.

£15 or more

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The Wild Sage Laundry Soap 120g

Wool soap: We’ve been trialling this soap bar on our treasured garments for a while now and are smitten! Ingredients: Water, glycerin, castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, linseed oil, lemon oil, rosemary oil, patchouli oil, sodium lactate. You'll also receive an enamel pin badge.

£20 or more

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Art Print

Be among the first to receive our stunning art print based on our logo by the incredibly talented Sam Draws Things. The A5 print will be from our first run of prints and we plan to work with Sam to develop more of these over time. You'll also receive an enamel pin badge.

£20 or more

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Needle Felting Kit - Highland Cow

More suited to older children with supervision, but really just for adults who want to learn the basics of needle felting. Kit includes foam mat and all materials needed to safely learn the techniques to create these little characters from The Little Woolly Sheep. You'll also receive an enamel pin badge.

£20 or more

1 of 30 claimed

Needle Felting Kit - Tomte

More suited to older children with supervision, but really just for adults who want to learn the basics of needle felting. Kit includes foam mat and all materials needed to safely learn the techniques to create these little characters from The Little Woolly Sheep. You'll also receive an enamel pin badge.

£20 or more

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Intensive Salve from The Wild Sage 60g

This incredible salve feels good on skin and leaves it feeling super soft. Ingredients: Olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, avocado oil, jojoba oil, lavender oil, grapefruit oil, clary sage oil, vitamin E, thyme oil. You'll also receive an enamel pin badge.

£25 or more

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Wool Soap and Intensive Salve Combo

We've been sneakily trying out samples of these amazing soaps and balms from The Wild Sage in the background and our hands are now super soft and our woolly treasures feeling well and truly cared for. You'll also receive an enamel pin badge. For ingredients list please see individual rewards listing.

£25 or more

5 of 20 claimed

Mahliqa Dewdrop Earrings

Suraya at Mahliqa has made this exclusive colourway for us in her Dewdrop Earring design. Suraya works with yarn, wire and crystals to design pieces using knitting and crochet that reflect her heritage and effortlessly fit into your wardrobe. You'll also receive an enamel pin badge.

£25 or more

2 of 50 claimed

One Skein Crochet Project Kit

You will receive an exclusive skein of yarn, hand dyed by EweMomma in the Happy Place colourway. Alongside this you will receive a printed copy of the Kelpie Hat pattern by The Crochet Project. The yarn is 100% Superwash Merino DK, 225m per 100g skein. You'll also receive an enamel pin badge.

£25 or more

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One Skein Knitting Kit

You will receive one skein of yarn, hand dyed by Giddy Aunt Yarns in the exclusive Get Together colourway. You will also receive a code to access a copy of the Like Minded sock pattern from Winwick Mum. The Yarn is 75% Superwash Merino 25% Nylon and 425m per 100g skein. You will also receive a pin badge.

£30 or more

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Punch Needle Kit (No Needle)

For those that have a needle already this perfect little punch and hang kit from Little Forget Me Nots has everything else you need to complete the pretty leaf design piece of wall art. A donation from each sale will also go to The Little Forget Me Nots Trust to support grieving parents. You'll also receive an enamel pin badge.

£35 or more

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Cloud Wall Hanging Weaving Kit

This perfect kit from The Copper Otter contains all you need to create a decorative cloud shaped wall hanging in a custom designed wooden frame and learn basic weaving skills as you go. You'll also receive an enamel pin.

£45 or more

4 of 15 claimed

Mahliqa Crescent Earrings

Suraya at Mahliqa has made this exclusive colourway for us in her Crescent Earring design. Suraya works with yarn, wire and crystals to design pieces using knitting and crochet that reflect her heritage and effortlessly fit into your wardrobe. You'll also receive an enamel pin badge.

£50 or more

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Two Skein Knitting Project Kit

You will receive 2 skeins of yarn, hand dyed by EweMomma in the exclusive Halcyon colourway. You will also receive a code to access the No Pressure shawl pattern by TellyBean Knits. The yarn is 75% Superwash BFL 25% Nylon 425m per 100g skein. You will also receive a pin badge.

£50 or more

4 of 50 claimed

Two Skein Crochet Project Kit

You will receive 2 skeins of yarn, hand dyed by Giddy Aunt Yarns in the exclusive Good Vibes colourway. You will also receive a code to access the Amazeballs shawl pattern by Stephanie Erin. The yarn is 75% Superwash Merino 25% Nylon 425m per 100g skein. You will also receive a pin badge.

£50 or more

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Punch Needle Kit With Needle

For beginners without any kit, this beautiful leaf design wall art Punch and Hang kit contains everything you need INCLUDING a punch needle to get you started. All materials and access to The Little Forget Me Nots tutorial group is included. A donation will also be made to The Little Forget Me Nots Trust which supports grieving parents. You'll also receive an enamel pin badge.

£60 or more

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Hand Woven Exclusive Design Project Bag

Made exclusively for us by the incredible weaving talent that is Godrevy Textiles. Sarah is the talent behind Godrevy Textiles and has only recently started her own small business in transforming her handwoven fabric into unique bags and home decor items. Sarah is based in Cornwall and also possesses some amazing knitting skills and is inspired by colourwork yoke designs in her weaving. You'll also receive an enamel pin badge.

£100 or more

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6 Month Sponsorship

We will have a page on our new website dedicated to Sponsors and Funders. If you have a business based on any yarn related hobby and would like to be listed as one of our supporters with a link to your website this reward will give you a 6 month listing. We will contact you before the website goes live to discuss the content of your listing.

£175 or more

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12 Month Sponsorship

We will have a page on our new website dedicated to Sponsors and Funders. If you have a business based on any yarn related hobby and would like to be listed as one of our supporters with a link to your website this reward will give you a 12 month listing. We will contact you before the website goes live to discuss the content of your listing.

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