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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 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!

We were delighted to welcome Kassia St Clair to the Archive to produce a series of short films discussing her new book The Golden Thread with our Archivist. We will release these in the run up to the event so you can learn more about this fascinating book and our Archive Collection.

Christmas Linocut

Date: Saturday 24th November
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Helen Maxfield
Cost: £45
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 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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