The schools have broken up, lots of people are away and the weather has decided to be decidedly average so it must be August.  Things have been fairly quiet over the last month but here are a few things to bring you up to date on.

The 8th August drop-in session is expected to be fairly quiet as we are in holiday season so will finish a little earlier than normal, 10am-4pm. The following drop-in session will be Tuesday September 11th, from 10am.

Thank you

Tadcrafters Community Interest Company is one year old this month. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped Tadcrafters over the last year, whether in the form of donations, making things, sharing skills, hosting our sessions, manning the stall, storing our stuff or giving us useful advice. Apologies to those people whose names I miss out or forget, you know who you are and your contribution is still truly appreciated. Particular thanks go to Lynne for her immense efforts which largely go unseen but have been invaluable when sorting out all the boring legal stuff, as well as encouraging me with some of my dafter ideas. We are making a really positive difference to our local and global community. Keep up the good work.


Personal effects bags

Lucy from York Hospital will be visiting us at the August drop-in session to collect personal effects bags made by Tadcrafters. Anyone requiring suitable fabric to make some more please collect it at the session and if you have already made some please bring them in for Lucy to take with her. Thanks to Sue A for making lots of the little decorative bits that we can put on the bags for that personal touch.


Donations from us

50m+ of TDY bunting is on its way to Worcester Snoezelen and a parcel of premature baby clothes has been sent to “Crafted with Love” for distribution to either Gambia or Syrian refugees in Greece.


Donations to us

Thank you Pauline S for the donation of two sewing machines in July.  She has also said that she would like to donate a knitting machine to Tadcrafters, so if anyone can offer a temporary home to one please let me know as my house is officially full at the moment. Thanks also to woodturner Neil Lawton who has donated these beautiful hand turned quick unpicks in Olive, Walnut, Almond, Yew, and Turkey Oak.   We will be making them available to the highest bidders a little nearer to Christmas. If you are interested in woodturning Neil runs workshops with individual or small group tuition in York. Another great gift idea! You can contact him on

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Thank you to everyone who has filled in an official membership form.  All your details will stay in the file unless we need to refer to them.  Nothing else will happen to the information.  If you wish to be added to a mailing or facebook list please send a message as appropriate.  Members are able to use Tadcrafters equipment and have access to fabric, yarn, haberdashery, products etc including for personal use (for a donation!).


Apple Day

Please put Saturday 21st October in your diaries to keep the day free for joining in on Tadcaster’s very first Apple Day celebration.  There are lots of apple-related activities still in the planning stages but in the meantime keep an eye out for apple trees that you could harvest, (or persuade someone to collect your apples if you can’t), dust off the apple chutney recipes, collect jam jars and look forward to some freshly pressed Tadcaster apple juice. Don’t forget to save your plastic bottles to put it in.


Days for Girls

We seem to have lots of fabric and part finished items for DfG. If anyone would like to work on any of the tasks at home please let me know and I will supply you with what you need as long as you have successfully carried out the task previously at one of the sessions. I have some new shield templates so please let me supply you with one and hopefully we can improve the accuracy and quality of what we make.


Smalls For All

We have collected lots more bras this month thanks to Jan R and the ladies at Kyra. We have now collected well over 800.



Our stall in Stutton was really well received and helped to raise our profile.  Thank you to Lynne for running that in my absence, also to Anne H, Jane W, Magda and Bev for helping. Our next stall will be November 24th at St. James’ in Leeds. We will also be having a stall at the Tadcaster Christmas market on 3rd December. If you have any suitable tombola items to donate we would be very grateful.  Crafty items are great but anything appropriate (not alcohol/age restricted items) would be fine. Cuddly toys also seem to go down very well if you need to clear out a bit of space before Christmas.


Poppies and Twiddlemuffs

We are continuing to knit and crochet poppies. Thanks to all the regular knitters for their seemingly endless supply and also the new contributors such as Heather P.  We will need approximately 6000 to fill the length of netting we have been given by Selby Abbey so please keep them coming and persuade your friends to help.  Luckily we have until next summer to do them all. If you fancy a change from poppies then Twiddlemuffs are still in demand too.



I’ve updated the “what we do” page of the Tadcrafters website with lots of lovely pictures of our work. I hope you like them.



Next Projects

I’m still hoping to be able to supply “knitted knockers” for mastectomy patients and breastfeeding counsellors in the future but we need someone to lead a small group of knitters to do this as these are pretty complicated to make.  We had some samples donated last month which were incredible but we could do with a regular supply.


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.




  • 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. More information about how the kits help girls in developing countries attend school every week of the month, and the international Days for Girls organisation visit The York branch of Days for Girls also run sessions. These are usually on Saturday mornings 9.30am-12pm. To confirm details contact the organiser, Issy Sanderson
  • Hand sewing twiddlemuffs from the little jumpers from the knitted bunting
  • Personal effects bags (email for instructions) These are used to give grieving relatives their loved-one’s belongings, as an alternative to an impersonal plastic carrier bag.


  • DfG cutting out and non-sewing tasks (instructions at the drop-in sessions)
  • Donate crafty items for tombola stalls and other fundraising
  • Collect/donate fabric, yarn and equipment (please see the full list on the “join in” page of the website)
  • Learn to sew/ knit
  • Collect items for donation including bras and new pants. The wearing of underwear is a status symbol for women in many countries, which means they are less prone to be taken advantage of. For more information visit
  • Encourage people to join in, especially people who might like to learn new skills or just want to socialise.
  • Join the “Free Stuff in Tadcaster” facebook group



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  or you can join the Tadcrafters facebook page and chat on the facebook group or follow us on Twitter for more information.

Hope to see you soon- Su 🙂


Date Event Time Location
Tuesday 8th August Drop-in session 10am- 4pm Social Club
Tuesday 12th September Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club
Saturday 16th September Days for Girls# 9.30am-12pm All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Tuesday 10th October Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club
Wednesday 11th October Supporting Days For Girls Event# TBC York Minster
Saturday 21st October Apple Day TBC TBC
Saturday 11th November Days for Girls# 9.30am-12pm All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Tuesday 14thNovember Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club
Thursday 22nd Nov Stall 6pm St. James’ Hospital, Leeds
Sunday 3rd December Christmas Market 9am-3.30pm Kirkgate/Westgate
Tuesday 12th December Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club

*Evening sessions are sometimes quiet but we are keen to make Tadcrafters accessible to people who are busy during the day. If you would like to join a drop-in session after 5pm please contact the day before so that we know to expect you.

# Please contact Issy Sanderson if you wish to attend DfG sessions on


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