Mary Findon; 01706 814022;
Alternate Fridays, 10.30am – 1.00pm, Fielden Centre  

Mary Findon; 01706 814022;
Alternate Fridays, 10.30am – 1.00pm, Fielden Centre  

The group’s very friendly- do consider joining us!

A few pictures displaying some of our many activities in 2018 



Summery of Activities 2017

The group met every second Friday morning throughout the year (excluding Easter and Christmas).  Each year it usually has group projects in addition to its regular sessions.  This year there were two.   The group was asked to make Todmorden’s contribution to the national banner of the ‘Walkers are Welcome Towns’.  The completed panel was presented to the local group for incorporation into the national banner which was displayed at Todmorden Library before going to the annual conference of Walkers are Welcome Towns.  The banner with our contribution will continue to be exhibited at future national conferences.

U3A Craft Group and Todwalkers Chair (600 x 400)

For the second project the group made 75+ dresses.  Initially it was planned that these would go to the international ‘Dress a Girl’ project.  However eventually they were taken by three local contacts and were distributed overseas.u3a craft group pile of dresses u3a craft group dress production

The remainder of the year was devoted to learning new techniques and developing skills.  There were several sessions which involved recycling: – shabby chic bottles, bowls made from magazines, boxes made from playing cards.  Techniques new to many of the group were introduced- quilling, ribbon braiding, decoupage, the use of heat on novel materials and to make organza flowers, making garden hangings and mosaic making. The group was introduced to the delights of using Brusho by a former group member Jean Pearson.


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Gift items such as a decorated candle with a box, pompom creatures and mesh bracelets were made as were bags filled with lavender brought by a group member from her French garden.  We returned to card-making to produce cards using paper cut techniques and some based on butterflies.  In addition we revisited felt making and encaustic art.


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The craft group meets every other Friday at 10.30 in the Fielden Centre,large and well-appointed enough to host 20-25 people at each meeting. The crafts we try (writes member Jennie Coleman) are very varied, and in the best traditions of the U3A many of our sessions are run by our members sharing their skills, besides occasional outside experts. Recent sessions have included silk painting, making decorated boxes, a session covering basic embroidery stitches and a very stimulating session on the use of colour.  In the near future will be bobbin lace, introduction to spinning and making ‘dammit dolls’!

The group’s very friendly and as well as concentrating on our craft topic we also take the opportunity to share chat over a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. While there are some skilled crafters in the group many of us are happy beginners in one thing or another; the emphasis is on trying something new and having fun in a very supportive atmosphere.

There is space for more members – do consider joining us!

Picture by Mary Findon

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This group enjoys a variety of activities including:

Silk painting, Felt making,

Making African Dresses for  children, (see below)


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Pictures above by Gail Allaby

 Programme 2017


12-May-17 Mosaic Margarete
26-May-17 Decoupage Linda
23-Jun-17 Garden Hangings Margarete
07-Jul-17 Brusho Jean
01-Sep-17 Tyvek and Luradur Jane and Mary
15-Sep-17 Encaustic Art Sue H
29-Sep-17 Mesh Seed Beed bracelet Mary
27-Oct-17 Quilling Irene
10-Nov-17 Christmas Knick Knacks + Choc Envel Holder Linda +others inc Ann Mag
08-Dec-17 Party +  
22-Dec-17 Christmas No session
Possible other sessions- dates to be arranged
Pop up cards Sheila U and Irene
Tray for sewing bits Linda
Transfer paints Wendy
Decorated Candles Jane
Angelina etc Mary
Butterfly card Sheils U and Ann M