Craft Group

Interested in being part of a community craft group?  Getting help with current projects?  Learning new skills? Maybe sharing ideas for future events from your day-to-day experience of living in Derwenthorpe?

Our informal group meets on the third Sunday of each month at 2-4pm in the Energy Centre, bring your current craft project along and chat over a cuppa. Members of the group have also worked together on various projects to help celebrate community events and life in Derwenthorpe see the photos below.

Click here to learn more be added to the our email list, or check when the next meeting is.

Past Projects:

Derwenthorpe Lockdown Wall Hanging (finished April 2022)

The wall hanging was begun in January 2021 in response to the continuing lockdown, as a project that would give members of Derwenthorpe Craft group a collective focus for their activity even though they were unable to meet face to face during that time. 

We wanted to record our experiences of lockdown and the Covid19 pandemic in a wall hanging. We decided to create fabric squares with images or words on them that represented the makers‘ personal experiences of lockdown. This developed into the idea of the squares being windows on panels showing the iconic architecture of Derwenthorpe: windows that reflected our altered lives inside and outside the home. As the lockdowns continued through the year, each panel also shows a different season to mark the passing of time. 

The Lockdown wall hanging on display at the first Derwenthorpe Arts Festival April 2022

For  International Women’s Day 2018, celebrating 100 years of female developments here and overseas, we created  bunting in Suffragette colours.  

We created a banner for the annual BIG PICNIC held outside the Energy Centre building.

We also created the Christmas Bunting that adorned the Energy Centre, along with the lovely Derwenthorpe Aglow window art this year.

All welcome what ever your craft or level – please do join us 2.00 pm to 4 pm every third Sunday of the month at the Energy Centre.  

Bring along your own project or current creation, and help us develop ideas for future landmarks in the life of this new, lively community! We also share the room at the same time with others who like to play board games so do bring your partner or kids along too if they would like to join in. It’ll be good to see you and hear what you’re up to!

To learn more and for future dates please email

  • Lockdown Banner

    The Derwenthorpe Lockdown Wall Hanging, was unveiled at the Derwenthorpe Arts Festival. It was created by Derwenthorpe crafters during lockdown. Many hours of work went into the banner, which depicts many aspects of Derwenthorpe during lockdown, through the four seasons of 2020: from Zoom craft group meetings, to Christmas decorations, spring flowers and summer cygnets. More information about the Craft Group can be found on their page:

    Derwenthorpe Spring and Summer Banner, depicting Derwenthorpe Houses
    Spring and Summer
    Autumn and Winter
  • Lockdown at Derwenthorpe – craft project

    Given the 3rd Lockdown the craft group are planning a small scale collective textile project: “Lockdown at Derwenthorpe”. This is likely to be a smallish scale wall hanging.

    Residents are invited to make a six inch square with words or image(s) that represent lockdown at Derwenthorpe to them, made with fabric sewn, hand stitched, knitted, appliquéd or stuck on to plain material. Some of the craft group will do appliqued letters, and those of us with quilting skills will put together the completed squares and letters into a hanging, with the direction of those artistically skilled in layout and colour combinations. Packs containing a background material square and a selection of material scraps, are available for those who haven’t suitable stuff in their stash.  

    If you would like to get involved in this project (please indicate if you would like either a pack of materials or guidelines) or to the join the Craft Group, please contact us by email via

  • Veg stall banner

    We, the craft group, are currently working on another banner for whenever Joe’s Sunday fruit and veg stall returns. It‘s a work in progress but you can spot some samples of veg, fruit and wildlife on display in members’ windows around the estate.

2 replies on “Craft Group”

Hi I am not resident on Detwenthorpe but in Heworth and would like to know if your group is open to anyone
Regards Barbara Senior


Hi Barbara yes you would be very welcome to come along – our next session is Sunday 15th May 2-4pm in the Derwenthorpe Energy Centre which can be accessed via Fifth Avenue. Please email with your contact details is you would like any further information. Ley Eiloart


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