Spreading the Word

Bristol’s Big Green Week – Sew Lab 19th & 20th June

Some of you may have already noticed the tweets & facebook updates about the Shwop & Sew Lab being hosted by Marks & Spencer in their Broadmead store this Friday & Saturday.

I’m feeling very excited to be one of the Bristol based sewing schools who have been asked to join in with the stars from the Great British Sewing Bee to bring a host of opportunities for the good people of Bristol to have a go at mending, making & recycling at the Sew Lab – for free!

Friday’s theme is love your wardrobe’s future – repairs & alterations.

Saturday’s theme is a different kind of love – refashion & upcycling. 

cup cosy collage

I will be teaching a short class using up fabric scraps from earlier workshops & garments that are beyond repair. We will be sewing the scraps together to make a patch big enough for us to cut out & make a cup cosy ready for the next time you grab a take-away drink –  saving on the use of throw-away cardboard sleeves too. This class is FREE but does need to be booked in advance by emailing the organising team at graylingsw@grayling.com.

There are also tote-bag classes with the ladies from FloJo’s (Bristol) and t-shirt upcycling with Laura After Midnight (Bristol) who many of you may remember from running workshops at the cafe in Clifton. The M&S organisers were keen to team up with local Bristol sewing schools, so that those who are interested have an opportunity to continue sewing after the Sew Lab closes.

Please see the full schedule for details & timings for these classes & whether you need to book ahead:

M&S Shwop & Sew Lab Schedule

For those of you who were hooked on the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee you will probably be excited to hear that a few stars from this GBSBshow will be around on the Friday or Saturday. The highlights for me are going to be the the Inspiring Sewists talk, Q&A & drinks with Claire Louise Hardie (the producer) & Matt Chapple (this year’s winner) on the respective evenings!

They are also running a fantastic Refashion Competition for amateur sewers on the Saturday afternoon – just like challenge 2 on the Sewing Bee! So if you ever fancied having a go at this challenge here’s your chance – 2 hours of fun with a garment from M&S & judged by Matt, with prizes! You need to register for this by emailing plana@marks-and-spencer.com

There will also be shwop boxes at all their Bristol stores for you to donate old clothing. Every person who donates clothing will receive a £5 off £35 voucher to be spent in store. All clothes will be passed on to Oxfam, who will resell, reuse or recycle to support their good work where it’s most needed.

I’m thrilled to have been given this chance to get involved with a Big Green Week activity, particularly in Bristol’s year of being the European Green Capital. There is so much about sewing which is good for the environment & our own well-being – I’m really looking forward to spreading the word!

Hopefully see you at one of the sewing sessions, drinks receptions or the refashion challenge – go on, give it a go!

Happy sewing!


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