“As we become more physically distanced from each other, sewing is a safeguard to isolation, a way to stay in touch with each other: hand and mind working in harmony to convey what lies in our hearts. For me and others, it sustains not just a sense of self but of belonging” – Clare Hunter
Meet Make Mend Thursday 20th May 19.30-21.30 GMT
An informal gathering of slow stitching minds… Bring your mending or slow stitch project and allow yourself the opportunity to repair… Whether you are an experienced mender or a complete novice, you are very welcome. Pay what you can, but we thought between £5-8 would be sufficient – though any and all contributions are greatly appreciated!
Thursday 24th June *** All being well, we might actually be able to meet in person! We will keep you posted.
Thursday 22nd July – Summer Sewcial!
We will then take a Summer Break and new dates will be posted for September. We hope to be able to reinstate in person meet ups but will look to run alongside the virtual sessions.
Time: *Online times will be 19.30- 21.30 and Meeting ID sent out on request
Meet • Other members of BTQ’s Textile Community
Make • New Contacts, Share Skills and collaborate
Mend • Bring a beloved piece of clothing to mend (*no experience needed, we can help each other)
A regular textile get together and mending circle. . . An informal gathering of *slow stitching minds, an opportunity to work on that mending pile or stitching project with your sewing bits and bobs, there will be people on hand to offer guidance and advice but above all an inclusive space where you can allow yourself the time to stitch and chat. Whether you are an experienced mender or complete novice, you are very welcome!
Since April 2020, we have taken Meet Make Mend online, but we do hope at some point to be able to come back together in person, we will keep everyone up to date on latest protocol as as when we are able.
* “Slow Stitching is the practice of hand sewing with intention and thoughtfulness whilst giving us the perfect time to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. ” (www.hannahsroom.co.uk)
A regular textile get together and mending circle. . . An informal gathering and opportunity to bring clothes to mend with your sewing bits and bobs if you have, there will be people on hand to offer guidance and advice and we will provide extra resources, needles, yarn, thread and fabric scraps to help you mend your loved clothes
If we are able to meet in person, please note current protocol;
The 1m distancing rule will be implemented and work surfaces will be divided into sections so it is as clear as possible.
Facemarks must be worn at all time.
Antibacterial spray and sanitising lotion will be available, and all equipment will be wiped down.
You will need to bring your own sewing kits to avoid sharing.
We sadly cannot offer refreshments at this time but feel free to bring your own.
Date: Tuesday 10th November
Time: 19.30 – 21.30
*Meeting will be via Zoom unless otherwise specified. Meeting ID will be sent on request.
Firstly, we hope you are all well and have managed to stay safe during these extraordinary times. We have all experienced Lockdown in so many different ways but as we slowly emerge from this hiatus, we really hope that we can start to gather once more and be inspired and nourish one another, in sharing skills, learning, growing and moving forward.
We hope you are all ok and bearing up in the current circumstances. These are indeed unprecedented times and as such, all workshops and events due to be held at BTQ are postponed until further notice. If you had booked onto a workshop or event, the tutor will hopefully have been in contact with you. We are hoping that wherever possible, we can reschedule most events for later on in the year and will of course keep you posted.
When the dust has settled and the shutters are up once more, we have spaces available, so do get in touch if you are interested in becoming a member and we can let you know when we resume viewings.
In the meantime, enjoy the sun whilst its out, stay safe and stay home! May this time inspire us all…
Wow, its 2020?! BTQ is in its 6th year and we go into this new year with much excitement about what the coming months hold. The studio goes from strength to strength, mainly due to the brilliant members we have, the community that continues to grow around us and the workshops that we run… Here is a round up of what has been going on and what is coming up…
Our mending workshop will pop-up on Saturday and Sunday morning in a comfy corner of Makers Row the Terrace at TGLE .
So, bring along a loved item of clothing that needs a mend; a snag, a moth-eaten hole, a torn seam, a scuff or tear and the team will help you bring your old garments back to life. BTQ will provide the mending materials, inspiration and techniques – if needed – and most importantly, a relaxed space to take a moment away from the hustle. Oh and there’ll be tea and cake, too.
Saturday drop-in: general mending. Sunday drop-in: darning. Suggested donation £5.
Have you got any last minute mending that needs doing before Christmas, or maybe you would like a welcome escape from the frenzy… Please join us for our *mending circle and bring any pieces of clothing and knitwear that you would like to repair and restore – there will be people on hand to give advice on various visible mending techniques, just bring your sewing bits and bobs.
*Hand-mending, no previous skills necessary – we can all help and mend together.
Please bring mince pies or nibbles to share.
We are very excited to be hosting this event at Old Market Plants – please note that capacity is limited to 20
Tickets are available, so please RSVP via Eventbrite
Date: Wednesday 19th December
Time: 18.30 – 21.30
Location: 48-50 Gloucester lane, Old Market, BS2 0DP