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Slowly Emerging…
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.


August 26, 2020

MEET • MAKE • MEND 2020 Dates!

2020 dates:

Tuesday 8th September – We will be keeping this months Meet Make Mend online, so will post the meeting ID asap.

Tuesday 20th October

Tuesday 8th December – Winter Sewcial & Party Clothes Swap!

Time: 18.30-21.30 (*Online times will be 19.30- 21.30)

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)

We continually meet new members of the textile community and we would love to find a way to join up the dots and create a true network for different skills so people can share their knowledge, help each other and collaborate and what better way to do that than by sitting round a table, sewing, chatting a having a drink!

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;

*** For a Step by step guide on Sashiko Repair,  read Molly Martin’s tips in Toast Magazine

August 26, 2020

Crazy Times…

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…

March 26, 2020

New Year News!

A New Year,  A New Decade!
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…


February 14, 2020

MeetMakeMend at The Good Life Experience! 14th-15th September

Bristol Textile Quarter’s regular meetup MeetMakeMend  will be decamping to North Wales for The Good Life Experience this weekend!

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.

No previous experience necessary. For all ages.

September 14, 2019

BTQ News

Hasn’t summer been glorious?! Time has gone so quickly, it’s hard to believe that September is just around the corner.  Here’s a peek into what’s been happening and what’s coming up at BTQ. . .


August 30, 2019

Mince Pies and Mend! Wednesday 19th December

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

December 19, 2018

Clothes Cloth Swap and Mending Circle – Tuesday November 13th

Our Clothes Cloth Swap and Mending circle returns! This will be our last meet up before Christmas, so dig deep and bring as many seasonal clothes as you can to share and swap.

Please join us for this casual networking/textile get together at Bristol’s textile-focused co-working space. An opportunity for different local makers and small businesses to talk about what they do, show each other their work and make any shout outs about what they need for support, help and/or collaboration

Bring the clothes you no longer wear (clean please!) some lengths of cloth if you have, along with some pieces to mend with your sewing bits and bobs.

Bring a bottle and/or nibbles to share and mingle, swap and mend* away.

*Hand-mending, no previous skills necessary – we can all help and mend together.

Tickets are free and will be on Eventbrite

Time: 18.30 – 21.30




November 13, 2018

Clothes & Cloth Swap and Mending Circle Tuesday September 18th


The Clothes Swap and Mending circle is back, but this time we would like you to bring cloth too! Do you have some fabrics that you would like to swap?

Are you trying to be more “sustainable” in the way you choose, wear and mend your clothes…
This is an opportunity to come together and help create a healthier textile and clothing system in Bristol.

Please join us for this casual networking/textile get-together at Bristol’s textile-focused co-working space. Bring the clothes you no longer wear (clean please!) or those that you need to mend, some lengths of cloth if you have, along with your sewing bits and bobs. Bring a bottle and/or nibbles and mingle, swap and mend* away.

At our last event we explored more visible mending techniques and it was really inspiring – we hope to continue this conversation and explore other techniques, so do get in touch if you have an expertise!

*Hand-mending, no previous skills necessary – we can all help and mend together

Tickets are free but please book your place on Eventbrite.

September 18, 2018

“In Our Hands” Screening and Discussion – Tuesday 31st July

in our hands pic

In Our Hands is a new feature length documentary by Black Bark Films, commissioned by the Land Workers Alliance.

It’s the inspiring story behind the blood, sweat and tears of the British farmers seizing the Brexit moment to outgrow an outdated industrial food system. This film explores the daily reality of nine real life farmers who refused the machinery of big agribusiness and are proving, every day, that an alternative is not only possible – it’s profitable as well.

The film unearths both seventh generation traditional farmers and new entrants to the farming world, who are taking back control of their lives ad their livelihoods, from the soil upwards. A way of farmining that will “bring back life to the soil, a fair wage to the farmer and a flavour to the tomato.”

This film is taking Bristol by storm, and many have seen it already. However, as the South West England affiliate for the Fibershed initiative, BTQ invites you to watch In Our Hands through a fibres and textiles lens. The worlds and systems of food and fibre farming were traditionally interconnected, on rare occasion still are, and we see this film as being wholly relevant to reimagining what a more local, resilient, and healthy textile economy should look like here in the South West.

PLEASE JOIN US AT 18:30 for pre-film drinks and mingling, followed by the screening and an open discussion, hosted by Botanical Inks, Tamay & Me, Project Pico and BTQ, and chaired by Lizzie Harrison of Antiform.

PLEASE BRING: drinks, nibbles or picnic + something soft to sit on! (only limited chairs / benches available….) + an inquiring mind and maybe some thoughts to share (not obligatory)

Tickets available through Eventbrite

July 31, 2018