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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


The Third Dimension: Padding Techniques for Embroidery *Only one space left* 

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
Thursday 19th September
10am – 4pm
Michele Elly
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.


Royal Collection Study Day 
Date: Friday 8th November
Time: 10am – 1pm
Leader: Paul Beard, Archivist at the Warner Textile Archive
Cost: £18 including light refreshments

Warner & Sons relationship for providing high quality textiles for the Royal Household has been long documented. Holders of the Royal Warrant, Warner & Sons produced fabrics for coronations, furnishings and other ceremonial events. Join us on this study for a detailed examination of the design and social history of Warner & Sons and their close relationship with the British Royal Family. The day will include talks on the royal textiles, the social history of
Warner & Sons and the Royal Family and a chance to visit the archive store where you will be shown a selection of the royal fabrics.

Layered Landscapes
Date: Friday 22nd November
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Alex Waylett
Cost: £50
Materials: You will need your own sewing machine with extension table, free machine embroidery foot, normal presser foot, basic sewing kit and any decorative yarns you would like to use. An additional materials list will be sent out before the workshop.
Suitable for: Ideal for those experienced in free machine embroidery.

An opportunity to ‘paint’ your own landscape using a multitude of yarns, silks and threads. Using the darning foot you will be shown how to utilise the different stitch effects available to the textile artist. Your wall hanging will come alive as you build upon the textural qualities found in all the materials.

Cathedral Techniques
Date: Friday 29th November
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.

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.


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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