Venues: Braintree Town Hall, Warner Textile Archive and Braintree Museum

Tickets: £7pp in advance

Advance tickets available over the phone (01376 316780) until 1pm on Friday 10th May. After this all pre-sale tickets will need to be purchased through the Archive online shop using the link below.
Advanced tickets available through the Archive Shop website:

£10pp on the day
Under 16’s free
On the day tickets are cash payment only at Braintree Town Hall.

Please start your day at Braintree Town Hall where entry tickets and talks tickets will be available.


Please note that the lift at Braintree Town Hall is not in use and wont be available on the day of Braintree Textile Fair. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


‘The Power of Stitch’ by East Anglian Stitch Textiles (E.A.S.T) at Braintree Museum
‘Reel for Life’ by Stitchers inc and LTT at the Warner Textile Archive
‘Warner’s in Colour: A Tool for Design‘ at the Warner Textile Archive


Olivia’s Curiosities: a beautiful selection of fabric and buttons.

Felsted Fleece: Unique fleece related products from a local pedigree stock of Gotland sheep.

Kahani: Ethical and eco-friendly handmade jackets made using antique and embroidered textile pieces specially chosen from remote villages in Kutch, Bhuj, Rajasthan, Gujarat.

Vintage Sewing: Vintage and antique sewing and haberdashery items alongside a wonderful selection of vintage fabrics.

21st Century Yarns: An exquisite collection of and dyed threads, fabrics and exclusive designs.

Colouricious Block Printing: Block printing specialists displaying an array of carefully sourced wooden printing blocks.

Changs: Specialists in Asian textiles and crafts, particularly in indigo shibori made in rural China. Quilt kits, fabric, home accessories and jewellery will be available.

OliVen: Specialist quilting fabrics and accessories.

The Denim Company: Denim fabric and haberdashery.

Mary Humphries Vintage: Vintage fabric, habadashery, ribbons and lace.

Slow Loris Textiles: Traditional textiles and clothing from South West China.

Rebecca’s Aix Home: Vintage kantha quilts alongside antique French linens and Hungarian textiles.

The Old Bookshop: Specialist books on costume, textiles and embroidery.

The Silk Route: Large selection of beautiful silk fabric and threads.

Textile Garden: Beautiful and unique buttons, metal shawl pins and ribbons.

The Fabric Fox: Wonderful selection of fabric, patterns and sewing accessories.

Lingard Fabrics: Designer fabrics and oil cloth fabrics.

John Gillow: Specially sourced Asian and African textiles.

Vanners: Silk fabrics produced in Sudbury.


We are pleased to welcome a number of exciting speakers to the Textile Fair. All talks take place in the Old School Hall at Braintree Museum, places are limited so you will need to collect your tickets from Braintree Town Hall on the day of the Fair. All tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved in advance.

10:45 am: “Horsehair Tales – A history of John Boyd Textiles, the only remaining haircloth weavers in the UK”
This fascinating talk will delve into the story of horsehair weaving and how John Boyd Textiles remain the only horsehair weavers in the UK. Samples will also be on display for viewing.

12 noon: 19th & 20th Century Embroidery 
Join Sarah Shehadeh for her talk on embroidery across the last two centuries, complete with lots of examples and patterns!

1:15 pm: ‘Denise Hoyle: an artist at her kitchen table’ – a talk not to be missed! 
Join Emma Mason from Bread and Butter Press as she talks about her latest book ‘Denise Hoyle: an artist at her kitchen table’. Denise Hoyle was an Essex based artist who created a large number of her works from cuttings from Warner & Sons catalogues given to her by textile designer Marianne Straub. This is set to be a fascinating talk not to be missed. Books will be available to purchase at the Archive shop .




2:15 pm: ‘Power of Stitch’
Join East Anglian Stitch Textiles as they discuss their latest exhibition ‘Power of Stitch’During the talk six of the artists discuss their research and the creative journey behind their exhibits. ‘Power of Stitch’ will be on display at Braintree Museum during the Textile Fair.

 Activities and Demonstrations

Dye your own tote bag! 
Join Michele for this very exciting activity and dye your own canvas tote bag that you can take home with you! Michele will have a range of coloured dyes for you to chose from and will be able to advise you on different dyeing techniques so you can create something unique. This activity will be charged at £5pp and will take place at Braintree Museum, payment can be made at the Museum on the day, pre-booking is not required.


Braintree’s Big Stitch
Following on from the success of our 2018 community project ‘Braintree’s Big Weave’ this year we are working on ‘Braintree’s Big Stitch’. In the build up to the Textile Fair the education team at Braintree Museum are working with local schools to create a large scale stitched project, some of which will be on display at the Textile Fair.

During the Textile Fair both adults and children alike can take part in the stitching fun and contribute to the large scale community project. Adults are invited to stitch different patterns onto coloured binca fabric to make their own bookmark whilst children are able to create their own cross stitch animal decoration. A perfect activity to enjoy with the children and grandchildren. This activity is free and will take place at Braintree Museum.


Saori Weaving with the Saori Shed
Join Kim from the Saori Shed and try your hand at Saori Weaving. In our  special activity you can have a go at Saori Weaving, a freestyle weaving technique with no rules or restrictions. Saori is an art form in which there are no mistakes and no patterns to follow, weavers just weave what they want to with complete freedom and creativity. Suitable for all ages this is an activity not to be missed! Free of charge at the Warner Textile Archive.





Book Binding demonstration with Helen Perry
Helen Perry makes a beautiful collection of handmade books and will be demonstrating her talent at the Textile Fair. Helen will also be selling a selection of her wonderful creations at the Warner Textile Archive.




Textile Creations with Karen Ives
We are delighted to be running two more workshops with Karen Ives this year. Karen will be at the Fair demonstrating her talents in textile creations and is sure to inspire you to get creative!

Weaving with East Anglian Stitch Textiles
E.A.S.T members invite you to contribute to a weaving project at their pop-up workshop at Braintree Museum. The weaving, using the colours of the suffragette movement, when completed, wull be exhibited in the forthcoming Courtauld exhibition in 2019 at the Museum.

Archive Collection Visits

Join us on one of our Collection Store Visits and visit the Warner Textile Archive Store as you discover a specially
selected variety of stunning textiles, inspirational paper designs and original printing blocks. Store Visits take place at the Warner Textile Archive, spaces are limited to 25 per session. Please collect tickets on arrival at Braintree Town Hall.

Store Visit Times: 10:45am, 11:20am, 12:00 noon, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm.



We will be holding a raffle at the Archive with lots of fabulous prizes donated from our stallholders and board of trustees. Tickets are just £1 for a strip! A big thank you to everyone that has donated a prize.

Pop Up Cafe

Our popular Pop up Cafe returns to the Fair selling a selection of homemade cakes and scones as well as a much needed cup of tea or coffee! The Pop up Cafe will be located in Braintree Town Hall and accepts cash payments only.

What’s On at Each Venue

Braintree Museum: Talks programme, E.A.S.T ‘Power of Stitch’ Exhibition, Dye your own tote bag activity (charges apply), E.A.S.T activity and Braintree’s Big Stitch

Town Hall: Exciting variety ofStall Holders and Pop up Cafe serving homemade cake, scones and hot drinks

Warner Textile Archive: Vanners Stall, Exhibitions, Collection Store Visits, Soari Weaving activity and demonstrations


Car Parking and Directions

Braintree Textile Fair is spread across three historic venues all of which are within a five minute walking distance of each other.
Braintree Town Hall, Market Place, CM7 3YG
Braintree Museum, Manor Street, CM7 3HW
Warner Textile Archive, Silks Way, CM7 3GB

Directions from Braintree Town Hall to the Warner Textile Archive (5 minutes walk)
Exit the Town Hall through the main doors at the front of the building, turn left and walk down the hill. At the end of the road cross the road at the traffic lights and turn right. Continue to walk straight until you come to some black railings on your left, go through the black gate and across the car park. Across the car park will be an arch with ‘Warners Mill’ above it, go under the arch and the Archive will be on your right.




The closest car park to the Textile Fair is Manor Street. This is a small car park that gets full quickly so we do not recommend making this your first parking choice. Other available car parks include Station Approach and George Yard
Multistorey. There is also parking available at the Warner Textile Archive but this is very limited.

Manor Street: 1 minute walk to Braintree Town Hall, postcode CM7 3HW
Station Approach: 5 minute walk to Braintree Town Hall, postcode CM7 3QL
George Yard Multi-storey: 10 minute walk to Braintree Town Hall, postcode CM7 2QB



If you have any questions regarding Braintree Textile Fair please contact the Warner Textile Archive on 01376 316780 or

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