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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.

April

Paper Cutting
Date: Friday 20th April
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Loïs Cordelia
Cost: £45
Materials: All materials and tools provided, but you are welcome to bring some reference imagery to inspire you if you wish
Suitable for: Beginners and for those who have tried paper cutting before and want some further/additional guidance

Join us and discover the magical world of paper-cutting! Learn about the history of paper-cutting traditions from all over the world, and then create your own paper-cut design, either freestyling, or using a template for guidance. You will focus on using a scalpel, but other cutting tools will also be available. Paper-cutting can be a beautiful addition to other art and craft activities, including screen-printing, embroidery, card making and stencilling.

Cotton Key Tassels

Date: Saturday 21st April
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Anna Crutchley
Cost: £45
Materials: All materials
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join creator Anna Crutchely and make your own beautiful cotton key tassel. During the workshop you will learn techniques for making tassels, as practised in professional trimmings workshops, but with a modern twist. Using beautifully turned wooden tassel moulds and high quality cotton threads in a rich range of colours the tassels you make will suit modern and historic interiors.

May

Textured Vessels

Date: Thursday 3rd May
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Lynda Monk
Cost: £50
Materials:  You will need your own sewing machine and basic sewing kit, a basic knowledge of normal straight stitch or freehand machining is desirable
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

In this workshop with Lynda you will be exploring the different effects that can be achieved using Kunin Felt combined with acrylic mediums to create textured pieces of work. Each student will create a vessel during the workshop, the perfect addition to add colour and originality to your home.

Pebbles *Fully Booked*

Date: Thursday 17th May
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Alex Waylett
Cost: £45
Materials:  You will need your own sewing machine and free machine embroidery foot, a small materials list will be provided before the workshop
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

The ‘pebble’ technique was originally developed by Alex when she was producing working samples for a Coastal themed exhibition and is now a popular technique in her textile creations. Participants will spend the day exploring a layered fabric manipulation and quilting technique and create a highly ornate and textural sample in their chosen colour way. Your completed sample can be used on bags, cushion covers and garments.

June

Black & White Trees *Fully Booked*

Date: Friday 1st June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Nodeen Salmon
Cost: £45
Materials:  A materials list will be provided for this workshop, you will also need your own sewing machine
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Returning to the Archive, Nodeen Salmon, will be teaching her wonderful Black & White Trees workshop. During this workshop you will be concentrating on technique rather than colour, using only black and white machine embroidery thread, heavy duty craft Vilene and medium weight calico to create a beautiful tree landscape.

Footstool Upholstery *Only 1 space left*
Date: Friday 8th June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Upholstery Skills Centre
Cost: £125
Materials:  All materials for the footstool are provided but please bring your own upholstery fabric
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Back by popular demand! Join the Upholstery Skills Centre on this special one day workshop. 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!

Indigo Dyeing *Fully Booked*

Date: Friday 15th June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Hannah Auerbach George
Cost: £45
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Learn about the magical properties of Indigo and create your Indigo dyed shibori silk scarf with our Archivist Hannah Auerbach George. Hannah has travelled throughout Japan and worked with several artisanal Indigo weavers and dyers. During the workshop Hannah will give a short talk on the history of Indigo, share her own experiences of working with Indigo in Japan and show you how to create your own silk scarf using traditional Japanese Shibori (Tie-Dye) techniques and Indigo dye vats. The day will include a short trip into the Archive Store to view some examples of Indigo held in the Warner Textile Archive Collection.

Autumn Harvest Stumpwork *Fully Booked*

Date: Tuesday 19th June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Kay Dennis
Cost: £45
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Kay in creating this beautiful autumn harvest stumpwork motif. During the workshop you will learn two different types of padding, how to make a slip, a free standing leaf and wrapped beads for berries.

Exhibition Study Morning
Date: Thursday 21st June
Time: 10am – 1pm
Cost: £15 including light refreshments

Join our Archivist, Hannah Auerbach George, for an in-depth exploration of our exhibition, Warner’s in Colour; A Tool for Design. These exclusive study mornings will begin with a guided tour of the Main Gallery displays and a talk about the research conducted for the exhibition. Hannah will explain the processes involved in screen printing, dyeing and weaving with colour as used by Warner & Sons. After a break for refreshments the morning will conclude with a look at some exhibition related pieces, that are not on public display, in the Archive Store.

Cord Spinning

Date: Saturday 23rd June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Anna Crutchley
Cost: £45
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Cords have a multiplicity of uses; as pipings, edgings and tie-backs in soft furnishing, or as components for embroidery and jewellery. Using a four-hook cordtwister, you will learn the techniques for making 2, 3 and 4 strand plain and cabled cords. See how colour and texture combine to give you surprising and beautiful effects. You will go on to make cords for tassels, soft furnishing, upholstery or jewellery.

Lino Print *Fully Booked*

Date: Saturday 30th June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Helen Maxfield
Cost: £45
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Helen for an introduction to the art of linocut printmaking. With Helen’s support you will design your own image, carve your lino and print your picture. All materials are included; just bring an apron and some sketches or ideas for your print.

July

Queen Mary Study Morning 

Date: Tuesday 3rd July
Time: 10am – 2pm
Leader: Hannah Auerbach George and the Upholstery Skills Centre
Cost: £15 including light refreshments

The Queen Mary Ocean liner was Britain’s premiere ocean liner from 1936 – 1967. Sailing between New York and Southampton, the decadent liner featured several Warner and Sons fabrics within its interiors. Join us for a study morning in collaboration with the Upholstery Skills Centre exploring some of the Textile Designs and Furniture on board the Queen Mary. Enjoy an introductory talk about the history, design and fabrication of the Queen Mary, before viewing some original fabrics in the Archive Store. After refreshments the Upholstery Skills Centre will demonstrate some of the techniques used to create furniture from the period.

Bonded Surfaces *Only 2 spaces left*
Date: Thursday 5th July
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Lynda Monk
Cost: £50
Materials:  All materials provided but please bring your own iron
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Using Tyvek, Bondaweb and an assortment of background fabrics we will be creating an array of stunning surfaces which can then be stitched, printed or framed as they are. The samples made on the day will all be a good size and would be ideal for book covers etc. Plenty of inspiration and advice will be given on how to take these surfaces further.

Decorated Letters *Only 3 spaces left*

Date: Friday 13th July
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Julie Chaney
Cost: £45
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Enjoy learning the process of applying gold leaf with exquisite effect and to paint with gouache using a fine brush to create your own illuminated initial. Julie will guide you through the process of selecting a letter style and choosing decorative elements, incorporating your favourite colours or themes if you wish, to produce a beautiful and unique design. A selection from historical manuscripts and contemporary pieces will be available to inspire you.

Decoupauge Dish

Date: Thursday 19th July
Time: 10am – 1:30pm
Leader: Gabriela Szulman
Cost: £35 *book both decoupage workshops for just £65*
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

A glass dish can be transformed into something really special using reverse decoupage. You will learn to apply layers of paper “upside down” and build them into a one-off design. During the workshop, you will select papers from Gabriela’s extensive collection to transform a plain glass dish plus a small tea-light holder into your unique creations through decoupage. Gabriela will guide you through the design process and show you all the tricks involved in applying layers of thin paper to a glass surface. The glass dish could be used for food as the paper is applied to the back and then sealed with a waterproof adhesive.

Decoupauge Shoes

Date: Thursday 19th July
Time: 2:30pm – 6:30pm
Leader: Gabriela Szulman
Cost: £35 *book both decoupage workshops for just £65*
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

During this workshop, you will select papers from Gabriela’s extensive collection to transform a pair of shoes into your upcycled creation through decoupage. She will guide you through the design process and show you all the tricks involved in applying very thin paper to a flexible surface. Just find an old pair of shoes or sandals made from leather or plastic with as little embellishment as possible, and bring them with you. If in doubt, bring a couple of pairs to choose from. You will be able to wear your decoupaged shoes outdoors as they’ll be sealed with a special varnish.

Hydrangeas on Silk *Only 2 spaces left*

Date: Tuesday 24th July
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

Using real hydrangea petals you will produce a silk panel using various stitch techniques with your machine embroidery foot. The use of real hydrangea petals creates a beautiful result that can only be created during July and August.

Please note you must have your own sewing machine and free machine embroidery foot to attend this workshop, Do bring along a couple of hydrangea heads if you have access to them, ivy and fern leaves also work beautifully. All additional materials are provided.

Crewelwork

Date: Friday 27th July
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Helen Jones
Cost: £45
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Helen Jones, a tutor with the Royal School of Needlework, to stitch this Jacobean design. You will use traditional materials such as crewel wool and linen twill and will learn a range of stitches which you can later use in different contexts. Stitches include stem, chain, French Knots, long and short, coral and others. No previous experience is needed for this enjoyable technique, everything will be taught on the day.

Kantha Running Hare

Date: Saturday 28th July
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Angela Daymond
Cost: £50
Materials:  A materials list will be provided closer to the time
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

In this day workshop, Angela will teach you how to stitch one of her most popular hare designs. You will learn all about how wonderfully relaxing Kantha work is and that size does not matter, consistency of stitch is much more important. You will be guided through how to transfer a design from a paper pattern to fabric and how to layer up your work with something soft like cotton muslin underneath it. Tips will be given about the best ways to start and stop your stitching and which needles and threads work well. You will learn about stitching and infilling representational shapes and many variations of running stitch.

August

Water Soluble Bowls 

Date: Thursday 9th August
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Alex Waylett
Cost: £45
Materials:  You will need your own sewing machine, extension table and embroidery foot. A small materials list will be provided before the workshop
Suitable for: Beginners upwards but must have sewing machine experience

A fabulous opportunity to spend the day creating your own free standing embroidered bowl. Through the process we will explore the different water-soluble products on the market and their appropriate uses, automatic decorative stitches and design motifs. The day involves intensive free- machine embroidery but your patience will be rewarded with beautiful results.

Butterflies & Flower Motifs *Only 3 spaces left*
Date: Friday 10th August
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Alex Waylett
Cost: £45
Materials:  You will need your own sewing machine, extension table and embroidery foot. A small materials list will be provided before the workshop
Suitable for: Beginners upwards but must have sewing machine experience

Spend a day creating 3D butterflies and flowers from your own designs. Come with some flower pictures ready in your sketchbook which Alex will help simplify before stitching them out. You will go home with at least 2-3 stitched motifs and fully equipped with the techniques required for structural textile projects.

September

Weaving Masterclass : Introduction to Weaving a Scarf *Fully Booked*
Date: Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September
Time: 10am – 4pm both days
Leader: Hannah Auerbach George
Cost: £150
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Learn the basic skills required to weave your own fabric on our restored eight shaft Harris looms. On this intimate two day course you will have the opportunity to work on your own loom, experimenting with different yarns and structures under the guidance of our Archivist and experienced Hand Weaver, Hannah Auerbach George. The course will start with a look inside the Archive Store at some examples of weaving techniques and designs to inspire. This will be followed by an introduction to basic weaving structures and design methods. You will then be able to sample and develop your ideas on the loom with assistance as required. Once you have decided on your final design and colour scheme you will be able to weave your designs into a full length scarf over the following day. Please note that the second day will be self guided and help will be on hand as and when needed.

Lampshade Making 

Date: Thursday 13th September
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm
Leader: Onitha Jarrold
Cost: £40
Materials: Please bring your own fabric measuring 1m wide x 30cm long All other materials will be provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Back by popular demand! Join Onitha and learn how to make your own truly unique lampshade in a fabric of your choice, the perfect addition to your home.

Block Printing

Date: Thursday 27th September
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Julia Phillips
Cost: £45
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Block print onto space-dyed cotton fabric and embellish with hand embroidery, sequins and beads! Learn how to apply the paint, get consistently good results and how to look after your blocks. You will be able to use a wide selection of Indian wooden printing blocks that are hand-carved in Jaipur. Some new and used blocks and paints will be available to purchase on the day.

Italic Calligraphy

Date: Friday 28th September
Time: 10am – 1pm
Leader: Julie Chaney
Cost: £25
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Spend a morning discovering the art of beautiful writing. The italic hand is written with a broadedged nib and is one of the most elegant and versatile of all calligraphic styles. Using a traditional dip pen and Chinese ink, learn the basics of forming these classic letters in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. You’ll be given calligraphy equipment needed to continue practising at home!

October

Contemporary Textile Panel *Fully Booked*

Date: Thursday 25th & Friday 26th October
Time: 10am – 4pm both days
Leader:Alex Waylett
Cost: £90
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 appliqué, 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 appliqué pieces of fabric to use in the creation of a highly textural and original piece of textile art.

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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