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Workshops

Join us on our professionally-delivered, friendly workshops and learn new skills that you can use again and again. All workshops are delivered by professional workshop leaders who are specialists in their chosen field.

Availability is limited, so to book your place on a workshop please contact the Archive by calling 01376 557741 or emailing info@warnertextilearchive.co.uk.

September

laminated-stitch-whats-on-imageLaminated Stitch *Fully booked* 

Date: Friday 22nd September
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Alex Waylett
Cost: £45
Materials: You will need your own sewing machine and embroidery foot, a small materials list will be provided before the workshop
Suitable for: Beginners upwards but must have sewing machine experience

Join Alex for this workshop based around creating a hanging with a coastal theme; however you can introduce more floral motifs to make it personal. Utilising the transparent qualities of plastic you will combine painted bondaweb, sequin waste and metallic sheers, before hand and machine stitching each piece using water-soluble fabric. You will be shown ways of composing your wall panel which you can complete at home.

Round Willow Basket *Only 3 spaces left*

Date: Friday 29th September
Time: 10am – 5pm
Leader: Catherine Tregaskes
Cost: £45
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Catherine and learn how to weave your own willow basket. Using a variety of techniques Catherine will teach you how to weave your own basket and incorporate beads into the design. A number of willow varieties will be available to use allowing you to use more than one colour on your basket.

October

Special One Day Upholstery Taster Course workshop
in partnership with the Upholstery Skills Centre


Date:
Thursday 5th October *Only 1 space left*
Time: 10am—4pm
Cost: £125
Materials: All materials and equipment for the footstool are provided but please bring your own upholstery fabric.
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

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Join us on these special one day workshops with the Upholstery Skills Centre and learn how to upholster your own foot stall.
Guided by the expert tutors you will learn how to upholster a footstool from scratch using a combination of traditional and modern upholstery methods. Footstools will be completed in a day so you can take them home with you and enjoy them straight away!

Make your own Sketchbooks *Fully booked*

Date: Friday 6th October
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Sandie Cottee
Cost: £45
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Spend the day making two sketchbooks, one with a hardback cover and one with stitched pages.
The hardback cover sketchbook is a 72 page spiral bound book that is 7.5 x 10 inches.  Perfect as a sketchbook or journal, it offers lots of possibilities.  Choose from a variety of papers to decorate your cover.

The stitched pages sketchbook is an A5 size book with stitched signatures and a strong cover.  The book opens to create double page spreads and makes a perfect sketchbook or journal.  Use it also at classes for making notes or writing instructions, ideas will be given on how to decorate the cover.

Gold Work  

Date: Friday 13th October
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Helen Jones
Cost: £50
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Helen Jones, graduate of the Future Tutor programme at the Royal School of Needlework, as she teaches you the art of goldwork embroidery. Learn how to add padding to a design before applying a variety of materials to create a golden pomegranate. You will be using Japanese thread, bright check purl and pearl purl, as well as a spangle or two, to provide a taster of goldwork techniques. By the end of the workshop you will have sufficient experience to finish your kit at home.

Sock Knitting 

Date: Friday 20th October
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Michele Turner
Cost: £35
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

In this workshop you will complete a snuggly sock in Super Bulky yarn that can be worn as bedsocks. You will learn the afterthought heel method, and how to graft. You can then take the techniques learned and use them to create unique hand knitted socks.

Christmas Zip Brooches 

Date: Tuesday 24th October
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Marian Chapman
Cost: £40
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Come and join Marian on this new Christmas workshop and learn how to turn zips into unique festive themed brooches using a variety of techniques including wool felting. Create your own design or be inspired by some of Marian’s designs and add your own finishing touches.

Round Willow Basket *Fully booked*

Date: Friday 27th October
Time: 10am – 5pm
Leader: Catherine Tregaskes
Cost: £45
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Catherine and learn how to weave your own willow basket. Using a variety of techniques Catherine will teach you how to weave your own basket and incorporate beads into the design. A number of willow varieties will be available to use allowing you to use more than one colour on your basket.

November

Smocked Bauble 

Date: Friday 3rd November
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Marian Chapman
Cost: £40
Materials: All materials provided, please bring a basic sewing kit
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Marian to create a beautiful smocked bauble to adorn your Christmas tree this festive season.

Accordian Memory Book

Date: Friday 10th November
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Sandie Cottee
Cost: £45
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Why keep photos on a computer when you can share them in a unique handmade book?  These expanding 6” x 6” pages  have concealed pockets and flaps just perfect for photos, memorabilia  or journaling.  It is suitable for a wide range of themes including travel, holidays, Christmas and celebrations.  A selection of patterned papers will be available so that you can create your own unique book perfect to keep or give as a gift.

Medieval Panel *Only 1 space left*

Date: Thursday 16th November
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Alex Waylett
Cost: £45
Materials: You will need your own sewing machine and embroidery foot, a small materials list will be provided before the workshop
Suitable for: Beginners upwards with machine embroidery experience

Join Alex on this structured workshop designed to encourage the textile artist to think outside the box and work with material combinations they may not have previously considered. Participants will create a highly ornate panel with the use of water soluble fabrics combined with appliqued space dyed velvet’s and decorative cords.  At the end of the workshop you will use the hot plate to dry out your creations so they then could be beaded at home if you wish. Ideal for those with experience in free machine embroidery.

December

Christmas Willow

Date: Friday 1st December
Time: 10am – 5pm
Leader: Catherine Tregaskes
Cost: £45
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Catherine to create a number of unique Christmas willow projects. Exact projects will be released nearer the time.

All workshops take place at:
Warner Textile Archive, Silks Way, Braintree CM7 3GB

Archive doors open 30 minutes ahead of the workshop’s start time, allowing you time to browse the shop and have a cup of tea or coffee.

Parking: Free parking is available adjacent to the Archive for a limited number of vehicles. Alternatively, we are a five minute walk from Braintree Town railway station and Braintree Bus Park.

Suitability: Unless otherwise stated, all workshops are suitable for beginners and provide an introduction to the required skills.

We suggest that our workshops are appropriate for those aged 14 and above, but please give us a call if you’d like to discuss suitability.

Lunch: If your chosen workshop extends over lunch time, please feel free to bring a packed lunch to eat in the Gallery. Alternatively, the Archive is a short walk from Braintree town centre, where there are plenty of shops and cafes. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided throughout the workshop.

Payment: Payment for workshop places must be made in full at the time of booking.

Cancellation and refunds: In the unlikely case that we have to cancel a workshop a full refund will be issued.

If you cancel your place within three weeks of the workshop running a refund cannot be issued.

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