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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


Enid Marx Study Day

Date: Thursday 11th October
Time: 10am – 1pm
Leader: Alan Powers, Emma Sewell and Hannah Auerbach George
Cost: £20 including light refreshments

Enid Marx was one of the defining contributors to 20thC design. Working across a range of mediums from textiles to illustration her designs can be found on book covers to tube seats. Join us for a talk from leading 20thC design historian and Marx’s biographer, Alan Powers. This will be followed by a trip into the Archive store to view some examples of Marx’s designs and other textiles of the period including designs by Marianne Straub and Dora Batty. The morning will conclude with a talk from Emma Sewell one half of woven design studio Wallace & Sewell. Wallace & Sewell recently designed a new range of moquettes for Transport for London, following in the footsteps of Marx, Straub and Batty.

Autumn Basket Willow Weaving

Date: Friday 12th October
Time: 9:30am – 5pm
Leader: Catherine Tregaskes
Cost: £45
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Catherine and learn how to weave your own willow basket. Using a variety of techniques Catherine will teach you how to weave your own basket and incorporate beads into the design. A number of willow varieties will be available to use allowing you to use more than one colour on your basket. Completed baskets make the perfect addition to the home or a gift for a loved one.

‘Warners in Colour: A Tool for Design’ Exhibition Study Morning

Date: Thursday 18th October
Time: 10am – 1pm
Leader: Hannah Auerbach George
Cost: £15 including light refreshments

Join our Archivist, Hannah Auerbach George, for an in-depth exploration of our exhibition, Warner’s in Colour; A Tool for Design. These exclusive study mornings will begin with a guided tour of the Main Gallery displays and a talk about the research conducted for the exhibition. Hannah will explain the processes involved in screen printing, dyeing and weaving with colour as used by Warner & Sons. After a break for refreshments the morning will conclude with a look at some exhibition related pieces, that are not on public display, in the Archive Store.

Introduction to Block Printing
Date: Friday 19th October
Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm
Leader: Julia Phillips
Cost: £25
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

You’ll 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.  Paints and second hand blocks will be available to purchase on the day.

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.


The Golden Thread Book Event & Signing
Date: Friday 2nd November
Time: 1:30pm – 4pm
Leader: Kassia St Claire and Hannah Auerbach George
Cost: £15 including light refreshments

Kassia St Clair is a designer, journalist and colour writer based in London. Her best-selling first book, The Secret Lives of Colour, was Radio 4′s Book of the Week and has been translated into eleven other languages.

She has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio 5 Live and has given talks at international venues including the Dallas Art Museum, the V&A and Soho House. Her Elle Decoration colour column has been running since 2013 and she has also been published in the Economist, the Telegraph, House & Garden, the TLS and the New Statesman.

Join Kassia at the Archive as she launches her new book ‘The Golden Thread’. Kassia will talk about her new book which explores the history of fabric encompassing the past, present and future. You will then be able to join our Archivist, Hannah Auerbach George, in the Archive Store where you will look at a specially selected collection of textiles that relate to the book, including the Cloth of Gold that was woven for the Royal Coronations. After the talk you will have the opportunity to purchase ‘The Golden Thread’ and browse the Archive Gallery. This is the only talk Kassia is giving in Essex and is an opportunity not to be missed!

Christmas Willow Weaving

Date: Friday 30th November
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Catherine Tregaskes
Cost: £45
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Join Catherine to create a number of unique Christmas willow projects. During the workshop you will have the
opportunity to make willow stars, angels, reindeer’s and Christmas trees. Perfect for unique decorations for your home or gifts.

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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