Now we have all got used to having a bridge again it’s full steam ahead looking forward to the arrival (or more accurately, the start) of the Tour de Yorkshire on 29th April.
Tour de Yorkshire
The Tadcrafters team have been invited by the organisers to co-ordinate the decoration of the town. To help us on our way the Tadcaster and Villages Community Engagement Forum have kindly offered to support us with funding so plans are now well underway for more bunting and some land art, some of it being quite unique you could say. Due to the amazing response for help and incredible efficiency of the team on the drop-in sessions we are well on our way to hit our target of a mile, possibly even completely smash it! If you are still planning to have a sort out or are collecting sheets/knitting yarn from other people, the deadline date has now passed for the all drop-off points except the Social Club where the deadline is next Wednesday (22nd March). Some 4mm knitting needles would also be great. If you have already donated sheets, thank you very much; look out for bits of them around Tadcaster towards the end of April.
Tour de Yorkshire Legacy
We are planning on reusing as much of the bunting as possible after the big event. Some fabric will be ideal for the Days for Girls project, we’ve had a request for lots of sewn bunting (already made mainly from recycled sheets) to go to decorate 16 schools in India, and the knitted bunting will be made into twiddlemuffs which York Hospital are looking forward to receiving.
We are hoping to have a tombola stall on the Tour de Yorkshire day (29th April) and would appreciate volunteers to man the stall for a couple of hours. It’s usually really good fun. We are also always collecting craft items for the drop-in stall so if you like making items other than one of the current projects then you can still make a positive contribution to our activities. Funds go towards buying the fabric and wool etc that we need for projects that we have not been able to acquire for free. Safety: Please ensure that any items intended for children/vulnerable people are safe from sharp edges, choking hazards and have appropriate stuffing, thanks.
Days for Girls and Happy Birthday to Us!
Our birthday coincides with International Women’s Day on 8th March. This year, on our first birthday, the Days for Girls Team Tadcaster had a fabulous day out in York Minster supporting Issy Sanderson and her team and over a hundred willing volunteers making hygiene kits. Around the same time was a report on the news that there is a local need for the kits so girls in this country don’t miss out on school. In October there will be a similar event in the Minster that school children can take part in and learn how to make the kits themselves. Days for Girls workshop dates are on the calendar (see below). These are usually on Saturday mornings 9.30am-12pm. To confirm details contact the organiser, Issy Sanderson firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the international charity is available from www.daysforgirls.org
Kyra Women’s Project
A Huge thank you to Lynda and Anne for their expert quilting skills. I was asked by Yvonne, the founder of Kyra Women’s Project, to finish off some patchwork that she began years ago. Thankfully, Lynda and Anne rescued me, and the bag of bits of fabric, and magically turned into it into a beautiful quilt in time to be raffled at their big fund raising event. The event was fabulous and I even managed to use my new lantern-making skills to help raise some funds for this very worthy cause.
18 twiddlemuffs were delivered to York Hospital this month. If you know of anyone in the community who suffers from dementia and might benefit from one please let us know and we can get one to them. The same also applies to anyone who has a premature or small baby as there are knitted cardigans and hats etc that they might be able to make use of.
Smalls For All
We are still collecting “gently worn” bras and new pants. The wearing of underwear is a status symbol for women in many countries, which means that your old underwear can make women less prone to be taken advantage of. For more information visit http://www.smallsforall.org/
Wish list and 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 http://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/docs/trust/pr/2015/Twiddlemuffs_Instructions_24-01-15.pdf, http://www.sath.nhs.uk/twiddlemuffs/HowTo.aspx
- Jersey bunting Email email@example.com for information/instruction sheets
- Make bunting. Email for information/instruction sheets
- Days for Girls You will need to attend a session to be given materials and templates etc but you can work at home afterwards to support
- Cutting out and non-sewing tasks (instructions at the drop-in sessions)
- Donate crafty items for tombola and other fundraising
- Collect/donate knitting needles (especially 4mm)
- Learn to sew/ knit
- Collect items for donation including bras for http://www.smallsforall.org/
- 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 to people who would benefit from donations
- Encourage people to join in, especially people who might like to learn new skills or just want to socialise.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. or you can join the Tadcrafters facebook page and chat on the facebook group or follow us on Twitter for more information.
Please see the calendar for a full ist of evvents