Some of the yarn and fabric already donated for the annual sale in support of Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, which supports African grandmothers as they struggle to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS. Submitted photo

A giant fabric and yarn sale with quality materials at bargain prices sounds like a dream come true for the many quilters, sewers, knitters, hookers and crafters along the North Shore.

The second annual Tatamagouche Fabric and Yarn Sale will be held Aug. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Sedgwick Memorial Church, 310 Hwy 6, Tatamagouche. Fabric and yarn will be sold at fabulous bargain prices

The Tatamagouce Fabric and Yarn Sale is a win–win event. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, supporting African grandmothers as they struggle to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS.

Last year’s sale in Tatamagouche raised more than $1,300, with the help of enthusiastic volunteers and generous donations from many community members.

“People enjoyed clearing out unneeded fabric and yarn for a good cause. Then they came to the sale and bought more,” said organizer Barb Harris, who was thrilled with the success of last year’s sale.

Harris, a River John supporter of the Grandmothers’ campaign, and Jane Earle, a summer cottager and member of the HRM Bay Area Grandmothers group, decided to organize the fabric and yarn sale modeled on a similar sale in Halifax.

“The Grandmothers’ Fabric and Yarn sale in Halifax has been a huge success,” said Earle.  “With all the creative people on the North Shore, we thought Tatamagouche would be the perfect place for a similar sale.”

The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is a project of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.  Canadian grandmother groups partner with grass roots grandmothers’ groups in Africa. African grandmothers identify and work to meet many urgent community needs, from gardening supplies to grief counselling, health care to micro-credit grants to school fees for orphaned children. In areas widely affected by HIV/AIDS, African grandmothers are at the centre of providing for both their extended families and their communitites.

In 10 years, Canadian grandmothers have raised more than $25 million to support the needs of African grandmothers and their grandchildren, with special attention to the needs of women and girls.

Anyone with fabric or yarn to donate, or interested in helping with the sale can contact Jane Earle at or 902-351-2195, or Barb Harris at or 902-351-2490 before Aug. 6.