You might think due to the lack of drop-in workshop sessions everyone will have been taking a bit of a break during the lockdown but after the session in July it became obvious this clearly wasn’t the case! It was lovely to see so many people again even though it was for such a short amount of time, and within about hour there was a car load of all manner of goodies brought in.
The overall tally was tremendous including 96 hats, 64 twiddlemuffs, 42 baby cardigans, 20 knitted toys, 16 blankets, 17 quilts, 84 personal effects bags, 18 tote bags, 45 toiletry bags, 19 hearts, 10 drain bags, 19 Yorkits liners, tombola prizes and lots, lots more. Unfortunately it’s just not possible to photograph all of it so we can only show a few of the items you have made.
Some of the organisations we support are still unable to accept any deliveries yet so we are just beginning to distribute what we can.
Since the last newsletter we have:
- Donated 95 twiddlemuffs 35 toiletry bags, 18 tote bags, and 10 scrubs wash bags to York Teaching Hospital Charity for distribution to York and Selby hospitals.
- Donated 75 heart cushions and 75 matching drain bags to St. James Hospital
- Donated 12 cardigans, 12 hats, 12 pairs of bootees, 6 blankets and 6 quilts to Martin House Children’s Hospice
- Started distributing face masks and face mask making kits from Sherburn Library
- Washed, mended and ironed the stock for the TGS “pre-loved” school uniform store
- Had a chat with Jules Bellerby live on Radio York (about 3.10pm on July 13th if you want a listen)
- Had our first drop-off /pick-up session at the Barn
- Had our first TadGrafters session for a few months
Knitted Baby Clothes and toys
The first of the items for this project came in during July and it is clearly very popular. Some of the smaller/ premature baby clothes have already gone to Martin House Children’s Hospice. Others will go to families supported by Leeds Baby Bank soon. Unfortunately HomeStart York are not able to distribute anything to the families they support for the time being but we will have plenty of things ready for them for when they do.
Drawstring toiletry bags
The first toiletry bags have now been made and given to York Teaching Hospital Charity. They will be filled with basic toiletries by another group of volunteers before being given to people who are admitted to York or Selby hospital unexpectedly and without the opportunity to have personal items brought in for them by visitors. Please email for the instructions to help you achieve a good quality finish.
The uniform store at The Barn was open during the last two weeks of July and will be open again during the last two weeks of August. If you are able to contribute any TGS uniform please take it down to The Barn as soon as possible so we can get it out on the racks to make it available to families struggling with the cost of kitting their kids out.
Tadcaster Community Patchwork
The deadline for the community patchwork project won’t be until Christmas so there’s still plenty of time to get round to making yours on holiday on the beach or by a cosy fire. Take this opportunity to represent a favourite business or local organisation that has struggled or done exceptional work in 2020, or perhaps remember a loved-one who will not be with us in 2021.
You can drop-off your completed 15cm/6” square at The Barn whenever it’s ready. Just pop it in an envelope through the letterbox at the back door if no one is around. It doesn’t need to be complicated, just a simple shape, design or name is absolutely fine. It is open to everyone of all ages and full instructions are available by email and also on the website. Full instructions are on the website and if you need materials just ask.
Thank you to everyone who has made or donated money for the face masks. We have so far made approximately 1000. If we ever have a surplus, we will donate them to York and Selby Hospitals who have requested them for visitors. People have been very generous by giving donations for them in cash and online and this will make up for missing out on our summer stalls this year, and will keep us going for another year.
The system of dropping off at The Barn and Sherburn Library, and picking up kits of masks to sew has worked well despite us struggling to keep up with the demand. We will be continuing for at least a few more weeks yet.
Heart-shaped cushions and drain bags
We’ve made heart-shaped cushions for a while but more recently we’ve been supplying matching drain bags for that co-ordinated look! If you don’t use facebook you might be unaware of some of the beautiful comments that we receive. For example:
“Thank you so much for the cushion and drain bag you created and provided for breast cancer patients at St. James’s in Leeds. I had my operation in April and was so touched when I came out of theatre to receive these beautiful gifts. I was obviously feeling vulnerable and it gave me such a boost. I wanted you to know how much I appreciated it. Many thanks for your kindness and your crafting. It really did make a difference, Cathy.”
Thanks to an extremely generous donation recently from Teresa Bell we have had lots of beautiful fabric to use for this project.
There are no overseas visits planned for a few months yet but when that happens we will need to supply a large number of hygiene kits so Lynne is working on getting lots ready. Packs of fabric/components will be available at the drop-in session for you to collect if you wish to support this project that stops girls in developing countries missing out on their education when they are menstruating.
The next Tadcrafters session will be on Tuesday 11th August 10.30 to 12.30 at The Barn for you to drop-off what you have made and pick-up new supplies. We will be meeting outside again either in the gazebo on the front lawn or in the car park, as the kids holiday club will be using the playground. We will not be organising any workshop activities for you to stay longer yet but please come along to say “hello” even if you are not picking up or dropping off. Information about our policies, procedures and risk assessments is available by email and listed on the “Contact us” page of our website.
If you are unable to make the Tuesday sessions you may be interested in meeting up on Zoom. If that’s the case, please let us know and we can look into a regular zoom session to connect all our volunteers, wherever you are or whatever your commitments.
The next TadGrafters session will be on a different date and a different place to normal: TUESDAY 11th August at LITTLE LAND.
We’ll be having a trip out to do some whittling, hopefully around a campfire, up at Little Land, an area of woodland just outside Tadcaster where some of our products have been installed for the local wildlife. Little Land belongs to Chub Perkins and family who kindly donated a lot of our woodworking tools.
Numbers will be limited to 10, with priority given to regular TadGrafters, but there will be some places available for others to come. If you are interested please email to book your place and get instructions on how to walk or drive there.
The Grafters did some very productive pallet-splitting at the last session, and it was suggested that we have a What’s App group for regular TadGrafters to improve communication. If you would like to be added please email and confirm your mobile phone number to be added.
Sherburn (and surrounding villages) Group
Mask “sales” via Sherburn Community Library have been very brisk. Many thanks to the local sewers who have worked hard to keep up with demand. The money from donations will be used to pay for room hire at the Old Girls School in Sherburn once we all get up and running again. We look forward to that day.
Despite being unable to meet in person for the time being, with the help of Karen Packham, we are still connecting a group of Sherburn-based volunteers who may want to decide and work on projects together. If you are based in or around Sherburn please ask to be added to the Sherburn mailing list and/or add yourself to the Sherburn facebook chat group to link up and share information relevant to you.
Future events and projects
Advanced skills sewing group: We now have a very talented group of people who have been making scrubs and now need a project to make the most of their sewing and dressmaking skills. If you are aware of an interesting and suitable project supporting a worthy cause please get in touch to suggest it.
List of Current projects
We welcome anyone who would like to join us but please stick to our current projects as other items can be hard to find homes for. We are able to supply materials at the drop-off/pick-up session and instructions are either available on our website or by email; if you need help, please ask. We need to focus on a few projects at a time so we can support everyone, maintain our standards and supply items that are wanted by worthy causes, in appropriate quantities.
- Toiletry bags for York and Selby Hospitals.Available ready cut.
- Heart-shaped cushions and drain bags for St. James’ Hospital. Please email for instructions.
- Personal effects bags forSt. Leonard’s Hospice.Please email for instructions. Available ready cut.
- Tote Bags for York Teaching Hospital Charity. Please email for instructions.
- Tadcaster Community Patchwork. Create your own 15cm/6” square with an image that represents yourself, a loved-one or feature of Tadcaster, (and your name). Email for an instruction sheet. Deadline Christmas 2020.
- Face Masks. Please email for written instructions or follow this link (you can skip the Ad) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inJQexwK8Yg NB these are for domestic use only. Available ready cut at The Barn 24/7 and Sherburn Library.
- YorKits liners, shields and bags. Available ready cut. Please email for instructions.
- Premature and neo natal baby clothes for Martin House Hospice and Leeds Baby Bank. Any suitable pattern, for example https://www.bliss.org.uk/support-bliss/volunteer/knit-for-premature-babies
- Twiddlemuffs for people with dementia. https://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/docs/trust/pr/2015/Twiddlemuffs_Instructions_24-01-15.pdf
- Cot-sized blankets for HomeStart York- supporting young families https://www.homestartyork.org/and Leeds Baby Bank
Instructions, tools and materials available at the sessions.
- Court-side benches for the tennis club.
- Bird/bat boxes tbc
- Tombola: We are always on the look-out for suitable tombola prizes, especially crafty ones.
- Snufflemats: for donation to animal charities. Please email for instructions.
- This is a great time to learn a new skill. To learn how to crochet we recommend Bella Coco on YouTube where you can follow the instructions, stopping and starting at your own pace. e.g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npIsh-o9AM0&t=3s
Pictures of all our projects and information about how and who they help can be found on our website.
Wish list and how to help
We are still unable to accept donations of fabric/yarn etc due to a shortage of available space for the time being. Please hang on to what you’ve got as we will be grateful for them soon.
- Please share our social media posts and encourage others to join in.
- If you would like to make a financial donation/direct debit to help us do what we do you can do so on the Local Giving website which can be found at: https://localgiving.org/tadcrafters
- Sign up to Easyfundraising to raise money for us at no extra cost to you when you shop online, https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/tadcrafterscic/
- New or clean, nearly new polyester/cotton or other lightweight woven fabric
- New or nearly new knitting yarn. Any colour or weight.
- Fleece fabric, or sweatshirts ideally 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/
Keep in touch
If you need to get in touch with us and need a response please use email. This is to protect your personal details and because conversations on social media become lost. Someone will get back to you but it might not be straight away due to other commitments. The Tadcrafters Chat Group is a great way to keep in touch with each other and be inspired. You can also follow the Tadcrafters Page on Facebook, twitter and Instagram (@Tadcrafters).
To be put on the emailing list (wherever you live) please request it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and add us to your list of contacts so we don’t end up in the junk. There’s usually only one or two emails a month.
See you soon, Su.
Directors Tadcrafters CIC: Su Morgan, Lynne Howard and Sandra Levitt