A very warm welcome to the new supporters, especially those who are coming along to our TadGrafters group. It’s been an incredibly busy few weeks again for the directors with lots going on at the same time as all the official stuff due to it being our financial year end. Here are the main points to keep you all up to date.



Here is a brief summary of the main things the Tadcrafters team have made and been up to since the last newsletter:

2/10    10 Feminine Hygiene Kits to Yorkits for Malawi
4/10    Talk to Tadcaster Ladies Forum
5/10    Duck Race Stall
8/10    October drop-in session
9/10    First TadGrafters session
10/10  10 twiddlemuffs and 8 hats to York Teaching Hospital Charity
10/10  4 blankets and 3 patchwork quilts to Age UK at York Hospital
12/10  Tad Apple Day
19/10  Hebden Bridge Rag Market
25/10  Aberford Crafting session
30/10  The Barn Management meeting

Thank you to everyone who has contributed this month, especially to
• Steve, Nick, Keith, Richard, Richard, Wendy, Carol, Lindsay, David, James and especially Craig for the first TadGrafters session
• Penny, Dorothy and Shirley for the bags of “treasure” they donated, including lots of vintage fabric and haberdashery which will no-doubt go down a storm at the market.
• Valerie for her amazing crocheted owls
• Barbara, Janice, Lynda, Chris, Eunice, Jane, Anne, Diane, and Sue for the twiddlemuffs, bags, poppies, hats, blankets, quilts etc
• Anne, Alistair, Jane, Sara and Alison for helping at the duck race and TadApple Day.

The next drop-in session will be on Tuesday November 12th when we will be finishing off the Christmas stockings, knitting hats, scarves and jumpers for 1-5 year olds, knitting chocolate orange covers, and preparing the tombola for the Christmas market.
We’ll also be cutting out the new-style YorKits (feminine hygiene kits) and continuing to decorate twiddlemuffs.

The second TadGrafters session will be on Wednesday November 13th 4-6pm at the Barn where we’ll be finishing off the insect hotels. If you have any bamboo please bring some for us to use. Anyone interested in joining the TadGrafters group should email tadcrafters@outlook.com to book a place, but if you only want a chat to find out what goes on just pop down. The first session was full and went down really well. We have a great set of enthusiastic people taking part and we fully expect to go from strength to strength.


We have the Tadcaster Christmas Market (1st December) coming up. If you are able to donate any items, ideally of a Christmassy, crafty nature, they would be very much appreciated. We’ll be selling the covered chocolate oranges. If you are able to spare an hour or two to help run the stall on the day let us know and that would be great too as they can get very busy sometimes as we seem to be very popular.


Christmas Projects

We will sewing Christmas stockings again this year to go to families in need. We will also be knitting hats, scarves, gloves and jumpers for 1-5 year olds. Depending on how many we make they will be split between organisations like the Leeds Baby Bank, and Homestart in York who help families with young children providing emotional and practical support.


Jane Tomlinson OWLS project

This project is now complete and the bunting and owl-themed items will be on their way shortly to support their family Welly Walk on 10th November in Leeds. If you would like to go you’ll find more information on https://www.janetomlinsonappeal.com/events/families/welly-walk/

Current projects


Please stick to these projects if you are making at home as other items can be hard to find homes for. We pride ourselves on the excellent quality of the items we donate. Good quality means different things to different people, so as a guide, if you make sure that the quality of what you make is good enough that you would give it to someone you love and admire that should help. Don’t rush or cut corners- quality over quality every time. If you need help, please ask.



Christmas stockings to give to families in need (deadline November drop-in session)
Heart shaped cushions and drain bags for St. James’ Hospital. Templates and fabric available at the drop-in session.
Personal effects bags for St. Leonard’s Hospice. Please email for instructions
YorKits: Thanks to the team of people who work on these year-round. The templates have changed so please do not cut out any pad pockets for the moment.



Christmas themed chocolate orange covers and other items to sell on the Christmas stall. Any left-over will be available at the December drop-in session then go to Simply a Party. Patterns will be available at the drop-in session. Lots are available on https://mariannaslazydaisydays.blogspot.com/p/christmas-crafts.html
• Baby clothes and jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves for ages 1 to 5 to give to young families in need.
Twiddlemuffs for people with dementia. https://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/docs/trust/pr/2015/Twiddlemuffs_Instructions_24-01-15.pdf



Insect hotels, Hedgehog lodges



Tombola: We are always on the look-out for suitable tombola prizes, especially crafty ones. Any offer to help on the stalls would be gratefully received.
• Most sewing and knitting projects involve tasks that can be done by people who cannot sew or knit.

Future events and projects

• Dates for your diary Please see the calendar at the end of this newsletter for forthcoming events.
Tadcrafters go forth.  We’re looking to visit village halls and community groups in Selby District to tell them all about our projects and activities. If you know of anyone who might be interested in a talk or a crafting session please ask them to get in touch.
Tadcrafters Market: on Saturday 16th May next year we are planning on holding a market, in Tadcaster, for crafters, £1 entrance fee. If you are interested in having a stall (£5) please email tadcrafters@outlook.com to register an interest, but save the items on our wish list for us!

Wish list and how to help

Please have a look at our wish list for the items we currently require.
More information about each is on our website
Chocolate oranges for Christmas-themed covers.
Christmas fabric
• Off-cuts of wood, hand tools, screws etc and old bamboo canes for the TadGrafters
• New or clean, nearly new polyester/cotton or other lightweight woven fabric for bunting,.
• New or nearly new knitting yarn. Any colour or weight.
Fleece fabric, or sweatshirts cut into 2.5 x 20cm strips for snufflemats
• Items, especially hand-crafted ones, suitable for our tombola stalls
• “Gently worn” bras and new pants for “Smalls for All” http://smallsforall.org/
• Sign up to Easyfundraising to raise extra money for us when you shop online, https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/tadcrafterscic/
• If you would like to make a donation you can do so on the Local Giving website which can be found at: https://localgiving.org/tadcrafters
• Display our posters, share our social media posts and encourage others to join in.
NB Fabric or other items that are not suitable for our projects are donated to appropriate groups or sold to raise funds for us. If you have rags/ fabrics that are too tatty for us Oxfam shops will take them as they have their own fabric recycling plant.

For more pictures of the lovely things we make please have a look at the “What we do” page of the Tadcrafters website http://www.tadcrafters.org.uk or come and have a chat with us to see if you would like to help.
To be put on the mailing list (wherever you live) please request it at tadcrafters@outlook.com

Happy crafting! Su.

Directors Tadcrafters CIC: Su Morgan, Lynne Howard and Sandra Levitt

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