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 email@example.com.
Date: Saturday 24th June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Course Leader: Nodeen Salmon
Materials: A materials list will be provided for this workshop, you will also need your own sewing machine
Suitable for: Beginners and those keen to further develop their embroidery skills.
Bursting with colour, this landscape uses machine embroidery techniques and simple hand stitching to evoke a field of colour and texture. Working with Nodeen and using your photo for inspiration we will use painted fabric, threads, and machine stitches combined with your creativity to produce a unique piece of work. We will start by painting a background, then adding machine stitching and finally a touch of hand embroidery to enhance your finished piece.
Date: Tuesday 4th July
Time: 10am – 2pm
Course Leader: Mary Schoeser and Kate Wigley
The Festival of Britain (FoB) was an exhibition that celebrated the country’s innovations in architecture, design, and science. Especially for this event, the Design Council created a Festival Pattern Group, which brought together a range of manufacturers who were asked to develop products inspired by crystallography; Warner designers Marianne Straub and Alec Hunter were part of the Group. Join us to explore the FoB project with a fascinating talk by textile historian, Mary Schoeser, followed by a visit in our collections store with Archivist Kate Wigley to see examples of the textiles.
Date: Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th August – 5 spaces available
Time: 10am – 4pm both days
Course Leader: Alex Waylett
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 and discover a multitude of different techniques, from design transfer to preparing fabric for paint and applique whilst designing and making your own contemporary textile panel.
Across the two days you will chose your design, outline your motifs, consider colour, select appropriate metallic and opaque paints and prepare applique pieces of fabric to use in the creation of a highly textural and original piece of textile art.
Special One Day Upholstery Taster Course workshop
in partnership with the Upholstery Skills Centre
Date: Thursday 5th October *Only 3 spaces left*
Materials: All materials and equipment for the footstool are provided but please bring your own upholstery fabric.
Suitable for: Beginners upwards
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!
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.
Your details will be held securely and will not be shared with third parties.