11am: Mary Ratcliffe: Textile Art and Design
Having worked for many years in the textile industry, Mary applied her knowledge, experience and love of textiles in to lecturing. Now retired from education, she is able to fully involve herself in textile design and print. Working from home she screen print fabrics for fashion and home wares and shows her work at fairs and markets, in London and local events.

Combined with this enjoyment in producing fashion garments and tableware, Mary also remains committed to making art works, to be exhibited in galleries.  Join Mary as she talks about her working practice and her experience working in both the textile and art worlds.


12 noon: Natural Dyes: Colour from the kitchen cupboard with Michele Turner
Do you know what is in your garden or kitchen cupboard that will produce beautiful colour on fabrics, yarn, paper and fibre? Join Michele Elly as she talks to you about the dyeing potential that can be found in your home and garden and teaches you how to use these products to apply colour to fabric, yarn and paper. Michele will be doing a demonstration throughout the talk so you can see some before and after results!


2pm: Alison Stockmarr: From Clothes Designer to Collage Artist
Described as a “latter-day borrower”, Alison’s work has an ethos of reinvention coupled with storytelling. Using old books and found ephemera she creates Face Books, a witty take on social media.  Her Picture Books are beautifully illustrated book art, work that alludes to their original book titles. Collaged Record Covers are a recent addition, with her signature, playful, embellishments. With her extensive library of Book Art she now produces prints and exhibits work nationally and internationally. Her talk will illustrate how she has transitioned from her original training as a clothes designer to collage artist.

Braintree’s Big Weave

Braintree Museum and the Warner Textile Archive have been working with local schools creating Braintree’s Big Weave. A community project, we have been weaving with pupils from local schools to create a big weaving to display at Braintree Textile Fair.

We will also have a large scale loom at the Textile Fair so you can have a go on the day! Braintree’s Big Weave will take place at Braintree Museum during the Fair.

Pop up Tea Room

Our Pop up Tea Room will be based in Braintree Town Hall and will be serving the following throughout the day:

Tea, coffee and herbal tea £1.00
Soft drinks £1.00

Fruit cake £2.75
Victoria Sponge £2.75
Carrot cake £2.75
Coffee & walnut £2.75
Lemon cake £2.75
Ginger cake £2.75
Gluten free lemon cake £2.75
Gluten free coffee and walnut £2.75
Gluten free biscuits £1.00 per pack

Fruit scone with jam and butter £2.75
Fruit scone with clotted cream and jam £3.00
Cheese scone with butter £2.50


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