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Workshops

Join us on our professionally-delivered, friendly workshops and learn new skills that you can use again and again. All of our workshops are delivered by professional workshop leaders who are known in their field. This is one of the reasons our workshops are so popular with 95% of attendees rating their workshop leader as excellent and 95% rating the overall workshop as excellent.

When you book onto one of our workshops you benefit from free on site parking and enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits
provided all day. Most of our workshops include all the materials so you don’t need to worry about additional cost, the ones that do require additional materials state so in their description.

We like to keep our classes small so you can benefit from excellent tuition, due to this our workshops book up fast so we advise booking early. To book your place on any of our workshops visit our online shop here or call the Archive on 01376 316780.

February

Mood Boards for Creative Practice
Date: Friday 28th February
Time: 10am – 2pm
Cost: £30
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Laura Fletcher, woven textile designer, for this fun and creative workshop to produce your own mood board, colour palette & yarn winding. During the workshop you will learn a host of skills about how to use mood boards to inspire and direct all of your creative projects.

March

Seminole Patchwork
Date: Friday 6th March
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £50
Materials: A sewing machine is required, a materials list will be sent out before the workshop
Suitable for: Beginners upwards, basic patchwork skills desirable

Seminole Patchwork is a wonderful technique which
originated from the Seminole American Indians of Florida.
Whilst it may look complicated once you have learnt the method it is a fantastic way to use up scraps in your fabric collection to create beautiful patchwork creations.


Spring-time Willow Weaving

Date: Thursday 26th March *Fully Booked*
Date: Thursday 30th April *only 6 spaces left*
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £50
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Back by popular demand! Join Catherine on our spring-time willow weaving workshop and learn how to make your own willow wigwam and willow flower. Your wigwam will be perfect for your sweet peas whilst the willow flower will be a beautiful garden ornament to go alongside your wigwam. Please note to attend this workshop you need to have a
reasonable strength in your hands. There will also be several hours of standing involved whilst you make the wigwam.

Delicate Hoop
Date:
Friday 27th March
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £50
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

During this creative workshop you will make your own delicate flowers from sheer fabrics, net and lace. Once completed you will add these flowers with delicate embroidery and beads to a hooped frame to create a beautiful stitched hanging in an 8-inch hoop. Perfect for decorating your home or gifting to loved ones.

April

Silver Ring *Fully Booked* 
Date: Friday 3rd April
Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm
Cost: £45
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Diane, a teacher and creator in silver and gold jewellery for this excellent workshop where you can make your own ring. During the workshop you will use traditional jewellery making techniques such as sawing, soldering, annealing and polishing to make a silver ring with your own personal touch. Leave knowing how to continue making silver jewellery after the class and take home a work of art to cherish and show friends and family.

Eco-Print Textiles *Only 1 place left* 
Date: Thursday 23rd April
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £55
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join us for this new workshop as you explore eco-printing. Growing in popularity eco-printing is an excellent way to create unique prints for a variety of surfaces using nature as your inspiration and material source. Closely aligned to natural dyeing the process is very exciting and produces wonderful results. Within this workshop you will learn the techniques of eco-printing and apply it to a number of craft projects.

Zip Brooches *Only 2 places left* 
Date: Tuesday 28th April
Time: 10am – 4pm
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.

May

Crewel Work
Date: Thursday 28th May
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £65
Materials: A materials kit of £15 is included in this workshop
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Helen Jones, tutor with the Royal School of Needlework, for this exclusive Archive workshop as you spend an enjoyable day stitching the motif inspired by the design ‘Kandesh’ from the Archive collection.

Using a traditional combination of crewel wool and linen twill you will use a variety of stitches including laid work, variations of chain stitch, fly and feather stitch. French knots, bullions and woven wheels. The workshop includes a kit (worth £15) with all the necessary materials and instructions.

Eco-Print Lampshade
Date: Friday 29th May
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £55
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join us for this new workshop as you explore eco-printing. Growing in popularity eco-printing is an excellent way to create unique prints for a variety of surfaces using nature as your inspiration and material source. Closely aligned to natural dyeing the process is very exciting and produces wonderful results. Within this workshop you will learn the techniques of eco-printing before creating your own lampshade, the perfect addition to your home.

June


Bags of Room
Date: Friday 12th June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £50
Materials: A materials list will be sent out before the workshop
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join us on this new workshop to design and create your own unique bag. With bags of room your creation will be perfect to stash all your shopping or workshop supplies, whilst a zipped pocket keeps your pennies safe. During the workshop you will create your own design to add to the front of the bag using raw edge applique before constructing the bag. There will be plenty of ideas and templates for you to use to cut simple shapes and build up your design. The design will be stitched using free motion embroidery in a loose sketchy style.


Introduction to Yarn Dyeing
Date: Tuesday 23rd June
Time: 9:30am – 12:30am or 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Cost: £30 per session
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join us for this very popular and creative workshop with Michele as she teaches you the art of yarn dyeing using simple techniques that you can apply at home. You will leave the workshop with your own hand dyed yarn for use in your projects.

Flowers and Foliage in Silk Design
Date: Friday 26th June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £50
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Sue, member of The Guild of Silk Painters, The Batik Guild and the founder member of the Essex Silk Painters for this new silk painting workshop. During this workshop you will design and paint your flowers and foliage on silk, using the jewel like colours of the silk dyes provided. You will be using Gutta as an outline and an embellishment to your designs. If you have never painted on silk before, this is a great introduction and opportunity to design, create, and paint a piece of silk that is totally unique. Archive designs will be available as inspiration on the day.

Linocut Printing *Fully Booked* 
Date: Saturday 27th June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £50
Materials: All materials provided
Beginners upwards

Join Helen in the wonderfully creative workshop for an introduction to the art of linocut printmaking. With Helen’s support you will design your own image, carve your lino and print your picture. All materials are included; just bring an apron and some sketches or ideas for your print.

Sumptuous Soldering
Date: Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £95
Materials: A materials list will be sent out before the workshop
Suitable for: Those with previous experience in free motion embroidery

This machine embroidery workshop uses many techniques which when combined produce an ornate and intricate 3-D
Artwork. The beauty of this project is that you do not need to work from a design as you will use stamps and printing blocks as a starting point and allow the design to grow naturally. Skills covered include gilding, foiling, printing and embossing before machine stitching to bring the design together as one design ready to be soldered on day two.

July

Silk Shading
Date: Friday 10th July
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £65
Materials: A materials kit of £15 is included in this workshop
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Helen Jones, tutor with the Royal School of Needlework, for this exclusive Archive workshop as you spend an enjoyable day being introduced to silk shading embroidery. The design you will be working on is taken from ‘Kidbrook’, an original design from the Archive collection. The day will start with exercises practising the various steps in creating a silk shaded motif before moving on to stitch the design. By the end of the day you will have enough knowledge and
experience to be able to continue at home. The course includes a kit (worth £15) with all necessary materials and instructions.


Shibori Dyeing
Date: Tuesday 14th July
Time: 10am – 1pm
Cost: £30
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Shibori dyeing is a more advanced technique than tie dyeing, allowing a wider range of patterns to be incorporated. It uses ties, rubber bands, clamps and stitching with folds to create an endless variety of resist patterns. Learn to use these techniques during this fun and creative workshop and leave with the skills to apply it to all of your craft projects.

Fungi
Date: Friday 24th July *Fully Booked*
Additional date added: Thursday 24th September
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £50
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

These fungi are created by stitching together some hand-printed fabrics to create different styles before adding embroidery, fabric patches, and muslin to create your own unique collection in a range of sizes. All materials are provided for this workshop but you are welcome to bring any fabrics you wish to work with.

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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