St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Eco-Crafters Club

Some of the contenders and judge Tom posing for a Press photo
Eco-Crafters' Christmas Wreath Challenge 2017 - contenders and judge Tom posing for a Press photo

Our friendly Eco-Crafters usually meet at the Environment Centre every Wednesday 2-4pm for crafts and natter. They share their skills – from basic sewing, knitting and crochet, to the more exotic, such as felting, Japanese braiding and peg loom weaving – and learn from each other over a cuppa and biscuits. The main purpose of the club is to provide a relaxed, inclusive space to develop and share crafts skills at affordable costs by primarily using recycled materials.

All skill levels are welcome; just bring along your own crafts project or learn from the others. All can come to as many or few sessions as they like – there’s always a friendly welcome and something new to learn. The group is mostly self-led with support from the Environment Centre staff and some members make items for sale to raise funds for the club. Session fee is just £1 per session (as of January 2020).

Bags made out of broken umbrellas

Bags made out of broken umbrellas

The club may welcome donations of broken umbrellas, unwanted ties and some craft materials. Please get in touch before bringing anything in as our storage capacity is limited. We may not be able to accept your donation if the club already has a good stock of what you’re offering. Thank you for your understanding!

For more information please contact Ivana via or 07912 432819.


2014 Eco-Crafters

Eco-Crafters Club started in 2013 as a project funded by a grant from JRF Foundation which provided a series of activities for over 55s. More than 50 people, mostly women, enjoyed a weekly Gardening Club and Crafts Club, plus two Pottery Courses. Our target area for this project was Tang Hall and Osbaldwick but participants came from all over York and beyond.

The most popular part of the programme was the crafts and when the funding ended participants wanted to continue as a self-run group for all ages from any part of York. Eco-Crafters was chosen as a name for the group as the emphasis is on using recycled crafts materials where possible.

This page was last updated 20 Apr 2022