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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 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

July

Decoupauge Dish

Date: Thursday 19th July
Time: 10am – 1:30pm
Leader: Gabriela Szulman
Cost: £35 *book both decoupage workshops for just £65*
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

A glass dish can be transformed into something really special using reverse decoupage. You will learn to apply layers of paper “upside down” and build them into a one-off design. During the workshop, you will select papers from Gabriela’s extensive collection to transform a plain glass dish plus a small tea-light holder into your unique creations through decoupage. Gabriela will guide you through the design process and show you all the tricks involved in applying layers of thin paper to a glass surface. The glass dish could be used for food as the paper is applied to the back and then sealed with a waterproof adhesive.

Decoupauge Shoes

Date: Thursday 19th July
Time: 2:30pm – 6:30pm
Leader: Gabriela Szulman
Cost: £35 *book both decoupage workshops for just £65*
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

During this workshop, you will select papers from Gabriela’s extensive collection to transform a pair of shoes into your upcycled creation through decoupage. She will guide you through the design process and show you all the tricks involved in applying very thin paper to a flexible surface. Just find an old pair of shoes or sandals made from leather or plastic with as little embellishment as possible, and bring them with you. If in doubt, bring a couple of pairs to choose from. You will be able to wear your decoupaged shoes outdoors as they’ll be sealed with a special varnish.

Hydrangeas on Silk *Fully Booked*

Date: Tuesday 24th July
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader:Alex Waylett
Cost: £45
Materials: You will need your own sewing machine and embroidery foot, a small materials list will be provided before the workshop
Suitable for: Beginners upwards but must have sewing machine experience

Using real hydrangea petals you will produce a silk panel using various stitch techniques with your machine embroidery foot. The use of real hydrangea petals creates a beautiful result that can only be created during July and August.

Please note you must have your own sewing machine and free machine embroidery foot to attend this workshop, Do bring along a couple of hydrangea heads if you have access to them, ivy and fern leaves also work beautifully. All additional materials are provided.

Crewelwork *Fully Booked*

Date: Friday 27th July
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Helen Jones
Cost: £45
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Helen Jones, a tutor with the Royal School of Needlework, to stitch this Jacobean design. You will use traditional materials such as crewel wool and linen twill and will learn a range of stitches which you can later use in different contexts. Stitches include stem, chain, French Knots, long and short, coral and others. No previous experience is needed for this enjoyable technique, everything will be taught on the day.

Kantha Running Hare *Only 3 spaces left*

Date: Saturday 28th July
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Angela Daymond
Cost: £50
Materials:  A materials list will be provided closer to the time
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

In this day workshop, Angela will teach you how to stitch one of her most popular hare designs. You will learn all about how wonderfully relaxing Kantha work is and that size does not matter, consistency of stitch is much more important. You will be guided through how to transfer a design from a paper pattern to fabric and how to layer up your work with something soft like cotton muslin underneath it. Tips will be given about the best ways to start and stop your stitching and which needles and threads work well. You will learn about stitching and infilling representational shapes and many variations of running stitch.

August

Water Soluble Bowls *Only 5 spaces left*

Date: Thursday 9th August
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Alex Waylett
Cost: £45
Materials:  You will need your own sewing machine, extension table and embroidery foot. A small materials list will be provided before the workshop
Suitable for: Beginners upwards but must have sewing machine experience

A fabulous opportunity to spend the day creating your own free standing embroidered bowl. Through the process we will explore the different water-soluble products on the market and their appropriate uses, automatic decorative stitches and design motifs. The day involves intensive free- machine embroidery but your patience will be rewarded with beautiful results.

Butterflies & Flower Motifs *Fully Booked*
Date: Friday 10th August
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Alex Waylett
Cost: £45
Materials:  You will need your own sewing machine, extension table and embroidery foot. A small materials list will be provided before the workshop
Suitable for: Beginners upwards but must have sewing machine experience

Spend a day creating 3D butterflies and flowers from your own designs. Come with some flower pictures ready in your sketchbook which Alex will help simplify before stitching them out. You will go home with at least 2-3 stitched motifs and fully equipped with the techniques required for structural textile projects.

September

Weaving Masterclass : Introduction to Weaving a Scarf *Fully Booked*
Date: Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September
Time: 10am – 4pm both days
Leader: Hannah Auerbach George
Cost: £150
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Learn the basic skills required to weave your own fabric on our restored eight shaft Harris looms. On this intimate two day course you will have the opportunity to work on your own loom, experimenting with different yarns and structures under the guidance of our Archivist and experienced Hand Weaver, Hannah Auerbach George. The course will start with a look inside the Archive Store at some examples of weaving techniques and designs to inspire. This will be followed by an introduction to basic weaving structures and design methods. You will then be able to sample and develop your ideas on the loom with assistance as required. Once you have decided on your final design and colour scheme you will be able to weave your designs into a full length scarf over the following day. Please note that the second day will be self guided and help will be on hand as and when needed.

Lampshade Making *Only 2 spaces left*

Date: Thursday 13th September
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm
Leader: Onitha Jarrold
Cost: £40
Materials: Please bring your own fabric measuring 1m wide x 30cm long All other materials will be provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Back by popular demand! Join Onitha and learn how to make your own truly unique lampshade in a fabric of your choice, the perfect addition to your home.

Block Printing *Fully Booked*

Date: Thursday 27th September
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Julia Phillips
Cost: £45
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.

Italic Calligraphy *Only 5 spaces left*

Date: Friday 28th September
Time: 10am – 1pm
Leader: Julie Chaney
Cost: £25
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Spend a morning discovering the art of beautiful writing. The italic hand is written with a broadedged nib and is one of the most elegant and versatile of all calligraphic styles. Using a traditional dip pen and Chinese ink, learn the basics of forming these classic letters in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. You’ll be given calligraphy equipment needed to continue practising at home!

October

Contemporary Textile Panel *Fully Booked*

Date: Thursday 25th & Friday 26th October
Time: 10am – 4pm both days
Leader:Alex Waylett
Cost: £90
Materials: You will need your own sewing machine and embroidery foot, a small materials list will be provided 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 fabric for paint and appliqué, 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 appliqué pieces of fabric to use in the creation of a highly textural and original piece of textile art.

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

Archive doors open 30 minutes ahead of the workshop’s start time, allowing you time to browse the shop and have a cup of tea or coffee.

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 and provide an introduction to the required skills.

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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