Hi everyone,

The weather continues to get cooler and wetter as we settle into autumn so there’s lots more opportunities to settle inside and get the crafting things out again.  It’s also a good time to start thinking about projects to be completed in plenty of time for Christmas.

Despite the absence of some of the main movers and shakers of Tadcrafters the drop-in session carried on as normal and was really well attended.  Thank you so much for the people who held the fort especially starting everything off and tidying away again, you know who you are. It is great to see that there is such a depth of enthusiasm for the group. Thank you also to new member Jane H for the generous donation of a sewing machine and an iron. This is fantastic news.


Talking of enthusiasm, a big thank you also goes to, Sandra L, Anne, Jane and especially Lynne for helping out at the Duck Race stall.  Also to everyone who donated all the lovely crafty items.  The tombola proved to be by far the most popular; strangely people seemed to be more happy to give away £1 than choose something to buy for the same price! Because of this, at the Christmas fair I’d like lots of little things made for the tombola, but I also think that stocking fillers will sell well too.  If anyone has any ideas of trendy and quirky things to make please share them.  The patchwork starter kits were popular as were the bags with the Tadcrafters bridge logo on (sold out of both!) so I’ll make some more.  There are more patchwork kits at Simply a Party already.


Because I wasn’t at the drop-in session I’m afraid I can’t report on what items for charity have been donated but I do know that Magda took a large consignment of baby clothes and bonding squares to the neonatal ward at the LGI.  They were very grateful for the items but I have heard consequently that they have quite a bit of stock for the time being and have requested that people make and donate twiddlemuffs for the patients suffering from dementia as they are in great demand. There seems to be a general demand for them from private individuals and nursing homes too. See the link in current projects for a knitted or crocheted twiddlemuff pattern including some great decoration ideas and guidelines. It also explains what a twiddlemuff is and why they are in demand.


On Saturday 1st October we were delighted to host a Days for Girls event. The session was busy as expected, made up mainly of Tadcrafters people including some new faces which was lovely to see.  It was really interesting to hear from Issy about all the projects she is supporting through this charity and her plans for the next big session at York Minster on International Womens’ Day (8th March).  The next DfG session with Issy is on 12th November in Copmanthorpe followed by a break for Christmas. I’ll update you with dates in the new year when I have them. Please contact Issy directly if you would like to take part: issyarts2@gmail.com

Days for Girls is an incredibly worthwhile charity supporting girls in developing countries in many ways including helping them be able to go to school.  Please see the link for more information on the charity. http://www.daysforgirls.org/




If you have followed a link to read this you are probably already on our fairly new website  Have a good look around the different pages for links to patterns and our wish list of items to donate. If you know of anyone thinking of joining the group or wanting more information this is the best place to direct them.

Wish list

Thanks go as always to Sandra and the Social Club for providing us with a room.  Because of this Tadcrafters have been able to survive on donations and very little money. Please support  the Social Club when you can to show your appreciation.

Despite being able to run on donations, many of you will be aware that Tadcrafters was encouraged to apply for a grant to enable the group to support and expand its activities. I’m delighted to announce that the bid was successful and plans are underway to purchase materials and equipment to assist with our current projects and to offer free basic sewing lessons in the near future. I’d also be interested to hear of any other community projects and organisations the group could assist with.

Now that we have raised some money from the Duck race we are starting to be well kitted out but we are always on the look-out for more fabric and yarn for members to use. If you are thinking on having a clear out or tidy up have a good look at the wish list on the website on the “Join In” page.

For things other than crafty stuff I have created a “Free Stuff in Tadcaster” facebook group.  If you have anything you would like to give away rather than bin, or if you want something that someone might want to get rid of please join.

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 sessions, so if you would like to join in by making at home or with your friends/club that’s absolutely fine.



  • Twiddlemuffs twiddlemuffs instructions 1
  • Twiddlemuffs Instructions 2
  • Bonding squares and clothes for neonatal and pre-term babies are not currently required by LGI but if you have already made some I can contact someone who can send them out to Greece for refugees.
  • Funky things suitable for stocking fillers and little crafty items for the tombola e.g. Christmas tree decorations like the crocheted tree or  snowflake by Bella coco snowflake tutorial  (see the 2015 YouTube video of Bella Coco and Kirstie Allsopp)


  • Make bunting, bags or other items for the stall or “Simply a Party” shelf
  • Anything Christmassy for the Christmas stall
  • Items for Days for Girls (instructions and patterns available at the next drop-in session or DfG sessions


  • Craft items to sell on the shelf or stall
  • Plan a demonstration or easy project that you could share with others
  • 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.

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 soon- Su



Date Event Time Location
Tuesday 8th Nov Drop-in session 10am- 9pm* Social Club
Saturday 12th Nov Days for Girls 9.30-12.00 Copmanthorpe Methodist Church
Sunday 27th Nov Christmas Fair Stall TBC Kirkgate Street Market
Tuesday 13th Dec Drop-in session 10am- 9pm* Social Club
Tuesday 10th Jan Drop-in session 10am- 9pm* Social Club
Tuesday 14th Feb Drop-in session 10am- 9pm* Social Club
Tuesday 1th March Drop-in session 10am- 9pm* Social Club
Weds 8th March Days for Girls TBC York Minster


*Evening sessions are often quiet but we are keen to make Tadcrafters accessible to people who maybe at work or otherwise busy during the day. If you would like to join a drop-in session after 5.30 please contact tadcrafters@outlook.com so that we know to expect you.