Our friendly Eco-Crafters meet every Wednesday 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. All skill levels are welcome; just bring along your own crafts project or learn from the others.
The group is self-led with support from the Environment Centre staff and some members make items for sale to raise funds for the club and St Nicks charity. All can come to as many or few sessions as they like – there’s always a friendly welcome and something new to learn. As of September 2018 the cost per session is £2 on a pay as you go basis, except for occasional workshops which may cost more.
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.
In 2017 the club gratefully received £1,311 from Ambiente Tapas on Goodramgate – the restaurant had made St Nicks their charity of the month and the money went towards the club’s costs.
In 2017-18 financial year the club was partially funded by the Hungate Community Fund administered by the Two Ridings Community Foundation.
For more pictures of the group and its crafts, please see below or visit the Flickr album.