Hi everyone, I can’t believe a month has gone by since I last wrote a newsletter.

The August drop-in session was focussing on crochet as quite a few people had said they wanted to learn or have another go at learning, including me. Luckily we had a few very able crocheters, including Gill and Eunice, who also had the patience of saints, and managed to keep us right and I’m pretty sure everyone made at least some progress.  If you missed the session and would like to learn, or you would like help to practice I would recommend watching the videos by Bella Coco on YouTube. The granny square and flower ones are particularly good.  Remember, the key is to get the tension sorted and the rest will follow. Click here to see Bella Coco videos

I never cease to be amazed by the enthusiasm in the Tadcrafters group.  I arrived at the drop–in session to be bombarded with donations of baby clothes, bonding squares, twiddle muffs, teddies, fabric, thread, things for the stall and more fantastic ideas and information than I could cope with before I’d even managed to put my bags down and get a cup of tea. A big “thank you” everyone who contributed, for their donation.  Magda is going to take the baby things to the LGI next week and I also managed to find someone urgently requiring twiddlemuffs so we can also re-home them in the next few days.

Sandra, as ever, was a star.  One young man joined us, not wholly convinced about learning to crochet it would be fair to say. However, under Sandra’s instruction, he left a proud owner of a survival bracelet and with a shopping list of paracord and clips for his mum to keep him busy for the rest of the summer hols. More importantly, he totally understood the pleasure of making things. Good work! A selection of survival bracelets that Sandra has made will be available on the stall at the duck race.


Wish list

So far, the Tadcrafters have been surviving due to the generosity of people making donations of fabric, wool etc. but there are some things that we could really do with that we need to pay for.  Asking for a £1 (voluntary) donation for each drop-in session has worked well, and we have also been donated some money from the Spirit of Harmony barbershop singing group which we are very grateful for. We are hoping to raise some more funds from the stall at the duck race and we would appreciate any donations for the tombola, ideally of crafty things… and of course, please encourage people to come along and spend their money on the stall. I’d appreciate some help manning the stall too. I’m planning on buying some much needed sharp fabric shears and scissors first! Other items on the shopping list include an iron, a rotary cutter, a large cutting board, and ideally a couple of sewing machines…unless you know of someone who would like to donate any?

We’re always after your unwanted items so, in case you are planning on clearing out your cupboards, here is our wish list:

  • Fabric in good sized pieces (*please see comment below)
  • Wool (especially double knitting)
  • Thread
  • Ribbon/cord especially in dark colours
  • Fabric shears
  • Rotary cutter/mat
  • Knitting needles/crochet hooks
  • Sewing machines (in reasonable order and not antique!)
  • Press-studs
  • Buttons and toggles (especially for twiddle-muffs)
  • An iron
  • Items for the tombola or to sell at the stalls, especially hand-made craft items
  • Bunting to sell on the stalls, various lengths.
  • Unwanted bras for “Smalls for All”
  • Small/medium sized ladies pants (new)*
  • Face flannels (dark coloured, new)*
  • Winceyette sheets (any colour, new or used)*
  • Waterproof fabric (e.g. new or top half of used shower curtains, any colour)*
  • Gallon-sized zip-lock or slider fastened strong polythene bags (new)*

*For the Days for Girls project: we need fabric in dark or bright pattered designs, ideally including dark red tones.  Images must not include animals, insects or people. Fabric should ideally be 100% cotton flannel but other cottons or polyester/cotton mixes can be used too.

Unfortunately we do not have lots of storage space so please do not be offended if what you bring is not suitable.

Update from last month

  • Lynne posted off a HUGE box of unwanted bras to Smalls for All the other week but as we are still receiving more all the time it looks as if we’ll be sending off another box soon, so keep collecting. See the link below.
  • Look out for the 32m of bunting which we donated to the swimming pool to help advertise the duck race
  • We’ve gathered together most of the bits and pieces ready for the Days for Girls session
  • The paperwork has gone off to Companies House to make us all official and able to apply for grants. Just waiting for a reply…
  • Thank you to Lisa from “Simply a Party” who is donating us a shelf to raise funds and promote Tadcrafters

Current projects

Here is a list of current projects and where to get more information about them/ patterns. Not everyone is able to make the drop-in session, so if you would like to join in by making at home or with your friends/club that’s absolutely fine.




  • Make bunting, bags or other items for the stall or “Simply a Party” shelf
  • Drawstring bags
  • Items for Days for Girls (instructions and patterns available at the next drop-in session or DfG sessions http://www.daysforgirls.org/


  • Contribute your own ideas for what to make or where to donate
  • Advertise the work of Tadcrafters
  • Encourage people to join in, especially people who work or might like to come to the evening sessions
  • Cutting out and non-sewing tasks (instructions at the drop-in sessions)
  • Collect items for donation including bras for http://www.smallsforall.org/

Safety: Please ensure that any items intended for children are safe from choking hazards and have appropriate stuffing, thanks.

As we are so famous for making the bunting around Tadcaster I’m happy to provide a bespoke bunting making service to help raise funds for the group. If you know of anyone who might be interested in buying any please let me know and we can give a quote.


If you would like to be put on the mailing list or would like to join in the Tadcrafters activities (wherever you live) please contact tadcrafters@outlook.com.  or you can join the Tadcrafters facebook page and chat on the facebook group for more information.

Hope to see you at the next drop in session- Su J


Date Event Time Location
Saturday 10th September Days for Girls 9.30-12 Methodists Hall, Copmanthorpe
Tuesday 13th September Drop-in session 10am- 9pm Social Club
Saturday 24th Sept Duck Race Stall 12-4pm River Bank
Saturday 1st October Days for Girls event 10-12 Social Club
Tuesday 11th October Drop-in session 10am- 9pm Social Club
Tuesday 8th November Drop-in session 10am- 9pm Social Club
Sunday 27th November Christmas Fair Stall TBC Street Market
Tuesday 13th December Drop-in session 10am- 9pm Social Club