February was a busy month with lots of lantern making and another brilliant lantern parade but there’s not much rest for the Tadcrafters who will be supporting the Days for Girls team at York Minster on March 5th.  If you or anyone you know would like to join in please contact tadcrafters by email for a form or daysforgirlsyork2018@gmail.com.

Thank you to everyone who joined in with the lantern parade and workshops, in particular to Kirsty, the TEMPT team, all the various community groups who played their part and Sara for all her suport and very topical lantern. There were lots of beautiful lanterns made and lots of very happy children (and grown-ups) that made them.


The March drop-in session will be Tuesday March 13th at the Social Club 10-4. We’ve had a big donation of a variety of fabric from Valerie in Selby and some showerproof fabric from Rose Trading in Scarthingwell which will be great for Days for girls.  We’ve managed to acquire a lot of wool and fabric recently and are quite short of storage space so we’ll be having a sort out, allocating items for projects and deciding what is spare for anyone to use for their own projects.  Last month we had a large donation of crocheted squares from Edna S.  Unless Ruth has managed to make them all into blankets me might be putting them together too.


Stalls and tombola

We don’t have any stalls planned in the near future but if you have any suitable items you would like to donate we would be happy to have them for future stalls or to sell at the drop-in sessions. If you would like something to try in the meantime you could have a go at making some Easter chicks.


Heart-shaped cushions

We are making heart-shaped cushions (and soon also drain bags) for the breast care unit at St. James’ Hospital, Leeds. Made from pretty polyester/cotton fabrics and new stuffing, these provide reassurance and protection against bumps when out and about in the early days after surgery. Templates are available to collect from the drop-in sessions. Please email for instructions.


Days for Girls

The kits we sent out to Kenya arrived safely and have been handed out.  We are hoping to send some more out to Mozambique soon. You might recognise some of the fabrics we used in the picture below, from Kenya. If you can’t attend workshops or drop-in sessions you can still make at home to be able to contribute to the kits.

You don’t need to be able to sew either to be able to contribute to our team effort of making the kits, however, if you would like Su to teach you how to sew a full kit please sign up for her course starting on 7th March at Rosemary House in Tadcaster. Go to www.wea.org.uk for more details or to enrol.


Collecting your old stuff

In addition to wanting your “gently worn” bras for Smalls for All, Lynne is now collecting Socks for Donkeys.  Please donate your unwanted clean socks and tights to protect donkeys in India from sunburn on their ears and to support dressings on their legs and feet. Thanks to a donation 116 from Bev at the Trefoil Guild we collected 160 bras in February making a total of 1281 so far.


Next Projects

If you would like to develop a new activity or get involved in any of the current activities please don’t wait to be asked, just muck in. You can do as much or as little as you like.


  • Bunting for end of WW1 centenary: We’ll be looking for donations of all shades of red, white and blue sheets and lightweight poly/cottons.


  • Men in Sheds We are hoping to develop some new activities for a series of workshops to encourage more men to take part, possibly in partnership with the “Men in Sheds” organisation. If you know of anyone who has making or doing skills that could be put to good use for worthy causes for example gardening, bike mending, and woodworking, please get in touch. Likewise if you know of an organisation, particularly in our local area, who would appreciate something doing with these sorts of skills please get in touch.  We are open to ideas


Wish list and current projects

Here is a list of current projects.  More information about each is on our website. You don’t need to come to the drop-in sessions to contribute to our projects so if you would like to join in by making at home or with your friends/club that’s absolutely fine.


  • Twiddlemuffs Donated to York Hospital and other care homes or individuals with dementia. Follow the link for a pattern.

http://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/docs/trust/pr/2015/Twiddlemuffs_Instructions_24-01-15.pdf, http://www.sath.nhs.uk/twiddlemuffs/HowTo.aspx

  • Poppies for Tadcaster. We will be making a piece of artwork to be displayed in Tadcaster as part of the WW1 commemorations in November


  • 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 daysforgirls.org. 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 issyarts2@gmail.com.
  • 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. We regularly give bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice.
  • Heart shaped cushions for the breast care unit at St. James’ Hospital. Email for instructions.



For pictures of the lovely things we make please have a look at the “What we do” page of the Tadcrafters website. You can see the full list of how you can get involved on the “join in” page. www.tadcrafters.org.uk

To be put on the mailing list (wherever you live) please contact tadcrafters@outlook.com

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

Su Morgan and Lynne Howard, Directors Tadcrafters CIC


Date Event Time Location
Mon 5th Mar Days for Girls 10-12 or 1.30-4 York Minster
Weds 7th March Sewing class (1st of 4) 10.00-12.30 Rosemary House (Behind Costcutter/Sainsbury’s)
Tues 13th Mar Drop-in session 10am- 4pm Social Club
Tues 10th Apr Drop-in session 10am- 4pm Social Club
Sat 14th Apr Days for Girls# 9.30-12.00 Upper Poppleton Church Hall
Tues 8th May Drop-in session 10am- 4pm Social Club
Sat  12th May Days for Girls# 9.30-12.00 Upper Poppleton Church Hall
Sat 9th Jun Days for Girls# 9.30-12.00 Upper Poppleton Church Hall
Tues 12th June Drop-in session 10am- 4pm Social Club
Sat7th-14th July Tad Arts Festival Various Various
Tues 10th July Drop-in session 10am- 4pm Social Club
Sat 14th Jul Days for Girls# 9.30-12.00 Upper Poppleton Church Hall
Sat 22nd July Tadcaster Carnival tbc Magnets sports club
Sat 11th Aug Days for Girls 9.30-12.00 Upper Poppleton Church Hall
Tues 14th August Drop-in session 10am- 4pm Social Club

# Please contact Issy Sanderson if you wish to attend DfG sessions on issyarts2@gmail.com




Supported by funding from Selby District Council Community Engagement Forum