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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 316780 or emailing info@warnertextilearchive.org.uk

February

Soldered Book Cover Wrap *Only 2 spaces left* 
Date: Saturday 23rd February
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Alex Waylett
Cost: £50
Materials: You will need your own sewing machine with extension table, free machine embroidery foot and normal presser foot. An additional materials list will be sent out before the workshop.
Suitable for: Beginners upwards but must have sewing machine experience.

Join Alex for this great day ideal for both experienced and beginners in free machine embroidery. Layers of printed fabrics are sandwiched and stitched together 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.

March

Coiled Bowl *Only 3 spaces left* 
Date: Friday 1st March
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Catherine Tregaskes
Cost: £50
Materials:  All materials provided. You are welcome to bring your own yarn if you wish.
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Catherine in this new workshop and learn how to make a coiled basketry bowl from thick cord and softer yarns. All materials are provided and you will be encouraged to create different effects by incorporating different yarns into your bowl.

Zip Brooches *Only 2 spaces left* 
Date: Friday 15th March
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Marian Chapman
Cost: £50
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Back by popular demand! Come and join Marian and learn how to turn zips into unique brooches using a variety of techniques including wool felting. Create your own design or be inspired by some of Marian’s designs and add your own finishing touches.

Vintage Patchwork
Date: Friday 22nd March
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Karen Ives
Cost: £50
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards, the workshop will feature hand embroidery

In this new workshop led by Karen you will create a charming embroidered panel. Combining fabrics and lace to create a patchwork effect background you will then add embroidery stitches and some focal images to bring the piece to life.

April

Introduction to Yarn Dyeing
Date: Thursday 25th April
Time: 10am – 1pm
Leader: Michele Elly
Cost: £30
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Michele as she teaches you the art of yarn dyeing using simple techniques that you can apply at home. Experimenting with colour and material you will leave the workshop with your own hand dyed yarn and fabric swatches for use in your projects.

Lino Print *Only 3 spaces left* 
Date: Saturday 27th April
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Helen Maxfield
Cost: £50
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Helen on this linocut workshop to design and make your own linoprint. Over the course of the day you will learn how to adapt your own design for linoprinting, how to use tools safely, how to ink your block and how to print it. Be inspired by the potential of a single colour or if you have some experience already have a go at reduction linoprinting. Bring your own ideas or use one of Helen’s templates as a starting point. All materials are provided, you just need to bring your own apron and any sketches/ideas you wish to use.

May

Indian Tile
Date: Friday 3rd May
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Alex Waylett
Cost: £50
Materials: You will need your own sewing machine with extension table, free machine embroidery foot and normal presser foot. An additional materials list will be sent out before the workshop.
Suitable for: Ideal for those experienced in free machine embroidery

This is a structured workshop designed to encourage you to think outside the box and work with material combinations they may not have previously considered. Participants will create a highly ornate panel with the use of water soluble fabrics combined with appliqued space dyed velvets and decorative cords. Once at home the piece can be dried and embellished.

Introduction to Block Printing
Date: Thursday 16th May
Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm
Leader: Julia Phillips
Cost: £35
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Julia to learn all the basic techniques you need to know to enable you to confidently print onto fabric using wooden printing blocks, hand-carved in India. Practice first onto plain cotton testing out a mixture of designs and colours, then when happy with your design print your fabric items. You will take home a tea towel and a calico bag at the end of the day.

June

Mountmellick Embroidery   
Date: Friday 14th June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Helen Jones
Cost: £55
Materials: All materials provided including a workshop kit of £15
Suitable for: Beginners upwards but embroidery skills would be an advantage

Mountmellick embroidery is a white work technique dating back to 19th century Ireland. It uses “satin jean” fabric and cotton threads of different weights and mixes lots of textural stitches to create images from nature, typically flowers and grasses etc.  The technique can also be used for more contemporary designs.  During the day you will practise a variety of stitches before starting to apply them to the waterlily design provided.

Evening Grasses
Date: Saturday 15th June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Nodeen Salmon
Cost: £50
Materials: You will need your own sewing machine, an additional materials list will be provided before the workshop
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Nodeen to create a beautiful piece of textile art resembling evening grasses. Using a limited colour palette, both in paint and machine threads, you will be using directional stitches on the sewing machine to creating the impression of this evening landscape. Drawing inspiration from your chosen images, you will learn to transfer them onto fabric and interpret them in machine embroidery, using the sewing machine as a drawing tool. You will leave the workshop with your own unique creation.

Yarn Dyeing: Next Steps
Date: Thursday 20th June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Michele Elly
Cost: £50
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards, prior experience of yarn dyeing would be an advantage.

In this next steps workshop you will learn how to work with stock solutions to produce repeatable colours. During the morning you will make a series of graded
samples, before going on to design a skein of your own in the afternoon.

Twined Pot
Date: Friday 28th June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Catherine Tregaskes
Cost: £50
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

In this new workshop with Catherine you will make a twined basketry pot from coloured jute twines. You will experiment with stripes and patterns so you can create your own unique design and should expect to leave the workshop with at least one completed pot plus the skills to make more at home.

July

Embroidered Curves
Date: Friday 5th July
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Vendulka Battais
Cost: £50
Materials: A materials list will be provided before the workshop
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Vendulka and create a beautiful piece of cloth using gentle curve piecing, decorative stitching and hand embroidery. This fabric can be then turned into a book cover, cushion cover or any other creative project you choose.

Contemporary Textile Panel
Date: Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th July
Time: 10am – 4pm both days
Leader: Alex Waylett
Cost: £95
Materials: You will need your own sewing machine with extension table, free machine embroidery foot and normal presser foot. An additional materials list will be sent out 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 your 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. The panel will be designed within the two days and finished off at home at your leisure.

Secret Belgian Bookbinding
Date: Friday 19th July
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Helen Perry from Edel HANDMADE BOOKS
Cost: £65
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Helen to create a beautiful book combining the best of western and Japanese bindings. Your completed book will have a closed spine with exposed stitching which always lies flat when open, making it the perfect choice for a journal, sketchbook or even photograph album.

September

Block Printing Techniques
Date: Friday 6th September
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Julia Phillips
Cost: £50
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.


The Third Dimension: Padding Techniques for Embroidery

Date: Thursday 12th September
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Helen Jones
Cost: £55
Materials: All materials provided including a workshop kit of £15
Suitable for: Beginners upwards but embroidery skills would be an advantage

Join Helen, a tutor at the Royal School of Needlework, as she teaches you the skill of padding for embroidery. Padding can be used to add interest to many forms of embroidery, during the day you will be taught several approaches to giving a third dimension to your work. You will look at the use of stitches; the use of felt, string, surface padding and padding behind the work. At the end of the day you will have a collection of worked samples and notes for future reference.

Mixed Techniques in Natural Dyeing
Date:
Thursday 19th September
Time: 
10am – 4pm
Leader: 
Michele Elly
Cost: 
£50
Materials: 
All materials provided
Suitable for: 
Beginners upwards, prior experience of yarn dyeing would be an advantage.

Join Michele and learn a variety of easy ways to work with natural dyes at home, and gain an understanding of the differences between substantive and fugitive dyes. There will be a demonstration of mordant techniques, and you will go home with a set of samples of your own.

Steam Punk Bird
Date: Friday 20th September
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Karen Ives
Cost: £50
Materials: You will need your own sewing machine with free machine embroidery foot and drop feed dogs. All other materials will be provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards but you must have competent machine skills

In this busy workshop you will learn how to make and embellish a 3D Steampunk Bird. You will create a base fabric using machine embroidery and fabric layers and will then be guided to construct and decorate your bird. The basic bird will be completed during the workshop with the option to continue the decoration at home.

October

Cathedral Techniques
Date: Friday 4th October
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Vendulka Battais
Cost: £50
Materials: You will need a sewing machine for this workshop. An additional materials list will be sent out before the workshop.
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Vendulka as she teaches you her cathedral windows technique. Using a selection of coloured fabrics that you have chosen and working with the sewing machine you will be able to create striking colour combinations incorporating the ‘window framing’. You completed piece of fabric can then be used for a variety of cushions or a wall hanging.

November

Christmas Linocut
Date: Saturday 30th November
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Helen Maxfield
Cost: £50
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Helen on this Christmas themed workshop to design and make your own linocut Christmas card. Bring your own ideas or use one of Helen’s templates as a starting point. All materials are provided; just bring your own apron and any sketches/ideas you want to use.

December

Christmas Fairies
Date: Thursday 5th December
Time: 10am – 1pm
Leader: Karen Ives
Cost: £30
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

In this workshop you will create your own fairy dolls using a variety of decorative elements. These tiny dolls make beautiful gifts for your friends or great tree decorations.

All workshops take place at:
Warner Textile Archive, Silks Way, Braintree CM7 3GB

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.

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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