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


black-white-editionsBlack and White Editions

Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May *Fully Booked*
Time: 10am – 4pm
Course Leader: Frances Pickering
Materials: A materials list will be provided for the workshop
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Frances Pickering as you explore the theme of the written word. Taking inspiration from poetry, a favourite poet, a special book or just some words you love you will work in black and white, plus one accent colour and greys, to create your unique book. You will be taught a variety of techniques using a wide range of materials combined with Illustration and hand and or machine stitch to create your very personal book to take home with you.


knitting-with-wireKnitting with Wire *Only 5 spaces left*

A special day of knitting workshops with morning and afternoon sessions. You can book one workshop or receive a discount when you book both.

Date: Friday 9th June
Leader: Susan Burns
Morning session 10am – 1pm: create a bracelet and a ring
Afternoon session 2pm – 5pm: create a necklace and earrings
Cost: £30 per session. Book both the morning and afternoon workshop for just £55
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards but must be able to cast on and off, work knit and purl stitch.

Join Susan as she teaches you the art of knitting with wire, using simple knitting techniques to make beautiful unique pieces of jewellery. Choose from a variety of different coloured wire and beads to design and make your unique creations.

soldered-book-covers-whats-on-imageSoldered Book Covers

Date: Thursday 22nd June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Course Leader: Alex Waylett
Cost: £45
Materials: You will need your own sewing machine complete with extension table, free machine embroidery foot, normal presser foot ad spare bobbins
Suitable for: Beginners upwards but must have sewing machine experience

Join Alex for a great day ideal for both experienced and beginners in free machine embroidery.  Layers of printed fabrics are sandwiched and stitched with the darning foot before using the soldering tool to reverse applique. This technique creates a completely new and fabulous textural fabric which you will use to create your silk backed book wrap embellished with wrapped cords and Tyvek Beads.

fields-in-lilac-whats-on-imageFields in Lilac *Only 5 spaces left*

Date: Saturday 24th June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Course 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 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.


appliance-of-science The Appliance of Science: surprising sources for 1950s’ patternsStudy Day *Only 6 spaces left*

Date: Tuesday 4th July
Time: 10am – 2pm
Course Leader: Mary Schoeser and Kate Wigley
Cost: £20

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.

block-printing-whats-on-imageBlock Printing

Date: Thursday 13th July
Time: 10am – 4pm
Course Leader: Felicity Borwick
Cost: £45
Materials: Some papers and fabrics will be supplied but please bring along any papers or fabrics you would like to use
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Felicity Borwick of East Anglia Stitch Textiles (E.A.S.T.) to make some unique prints.

Taking inspiration from the Warner Archive Collection you will design and make a simple wooden printing block using cut foam before using your block to print on paper and fabric in creative ways that can be further embellished and developed with stitching or other mediums.


contemporay-panel-credit-neededContemporary Textile Panel *Fully Booked* 

Date: Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th August – 5 spaces available
Time: 10am – 4pm both days
Course 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 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.


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.

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

Thursday 5th October *Only 3 spaces 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!

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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