Things have settled back down into normality now and seem a bit quiet, which is good because it’s a chance to get sorted and enjoy some good weather before the next drop-in session which is Tuesday 13th June from 10am.
We are now going to have official membership. We aren’t planning on it costing anything it’s just to help us get a bit more organised. Benefits of membership will include being able to use Tadcrafters equipment, have the opportunity to “buy” fabric, knitting yarn, haberdashery etc and have chance to “buy” items made and donated by other Tadcrafters e.g. Knitted slippers and, dare I say it, bunting. Please try to fill one in at a drop-in session, but if you can’t make it I can email you one to sign and get back to me.
We’ve had a really good sort out of the cupboard and separated out lots of fabric for different projects. We also have lots left over that will be available to Tadcrafters members, for an appropriate donation, at the drop-in sessions. Ideally we would like to run a scrap store but until someone can generously provide us with the space to do this we will run on a small scale from the cupboard in the Social Club.
When we have made some more twiddlemuffs from the reclaimed knitted bunting we will be sending them off to York Hospital to help with their dementia campaign. We will be also be sending other ones that people have knitted too. Twiddlemuffs and activity blankets are really helpful to give to people with dementia so they have something to fiddle with and they can have a very good calming effect.
Days for Girls
Anne D has been really busy cutting out shields ready to be sewn, in fact there’s a knee-high pile of them! We therefore need to get them collated and sewn up to make some more space in the cupboard. We’ll be doing this in the next drop-in session but we’d also like to do an extra session. If you can’t normally make the drop-in sessions and would like to join the DfG team please get in touch and we can try to fit in with you. There are plenty of tasks whether you can sew or not.
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 www.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynne and I were lucky enough to be invited to lunch with Issy and a group of lovely ladies who are asylum seekers/refugees being supported by the “Open Door” Charity. They are learning to make DfG kits. They were delighted to receive a big box of new gloves and hats that had been donated to Tadcrafters.
Personal effects bags
Personal effects bags are used to give grieving relatives their loved-one’s belongings, as an alternative to an impersonal plastic carrier bag. We have some gorgeous thick fabric which will be ideal for this task, and we have recently been promised an overlocker which will be really useful to finish them off professionally. I’ll be creating an instruction sheet for anyone who wants one.
Smalls For All
We have collected at least 713 bras so far for Smalls for All. Please keep giving us your “gently worn” bras. 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 http://www.smallsforall.org/
Our next stall is in Stutton on Saturday 24th June. If you have any suitable tombola items to donate we would be very grateful. Crafty items are great but anything appropriate (not alcohol) would be fine. Cuddly toys also seem to go down very well. Lynne is organising it so please contact her if you would like to help.
We’re currently investigating the making of knitted knockers to give to the St James’ Hospital, Leeds for mastectomy patients (some women prefer them to prostheses) and potentially to breastfeeding councillors. Please could anyone who has been trialling patterns please bring what you have done and feed-back your thoughts to the group at the next drop-in session. Look at information and patterns on https://www.knittedknockers.org/
We are knitting and crocheting poppies for Selby Abbey. The poppies will be attached to cargo netting and placed over the Abbey in 2018 to commemorate the end of the centenary of the end of the conflict.
I’m thinking of having and Apple Day on a Sunday at the end of October where people can bring along their apples to be turned into apple juice. Hopefully this will encourage people to talk to their neighbours to pick fruit that would otherwise left to rot. Please let me know what you think. I’d appreciate any expert advice too!
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
- Knitted Knockers https://www.knittedknockers.org/
- Poppies for Selby Abbey (email for a pattern)
- 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
- Hand sewing twiddlemuffs from the little jumpers from the knitted bunting
- Personal effects bags (email for a pattern)
- 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 for http://www.smallsforall.org/
- 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 email@example.com. or you can join the Tadcrafters Facebook page or chat on the Facebook group or follow us on Twitter for more information.
Hope to see you soon- Su
|Tuesday 13th June||Drop-in session||10am- 8pm*||Social Club|
|Thursday 15th June||Knit and Natter||2-6pm||York (District) Hospital|
|Saturday 24th June||Stall||TBC||Wheedling Gate, Stutton|
|Saturday 24th June||Days for Girls#||10am-12pm||The Quaker Meeting House, New Earswick|
|Tuesday 11th July||Drop-in session||10am- 8pm*||Social Club|
|Saturday 15th July||Days for Girls#||9.30am-12pm||All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton|
|Tuesday 8th August||Drop-in session||10am- 8pm*||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 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|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org the day before so that we know to expect you.
# Please contact Issy Sanderson if you wish to attend DfG sessions on email@example.com
Supported by funding from Selby District Council Community Engagement Forum