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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


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.


Date: Monday 17 September
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Helen Jones
Cost: £45
Materials:  All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Jon Helen on this new workshop and learn the skills of stumpwork. The piece that you will be working on will incorporate traditional stitches, techniques and materials from 17 century raised work.  Included will be a wired needlelace leaf, padded needlelace, silk wrapped purls as outlines and applied as small pieces, and some traditional surface stitches.

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 *Fully Booked*

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!


Silk Painting

Date: Thursday 4th October
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Jannetta Sosin
Cost: £40
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Silk is a fantastic material to paint on and there are many techniques you can use.
Join Jannetta on this new workshop and see how to turn small pieces of silk into beautiful cards, book covers or small pictures. Taking inspiration from your own sources or designs from the Archive you will create samples to understand the special qualities of silk and silk paints, find out how to use a frame, set your silk and work towards your own projects.  You will be using frames that are readily available in craft shops should you wish to continue your practice at home.

 Christmas Zip Brooches *Fully Booked* 

Date: Friday 5th October
Time: 10am – 4pm
Leader: Marian Chapman
Cost: £40
Materials: All materials provided
Suitable for: Beginners upwards

Come and join Marian on this Christmas workshop and learn how to turn zips into unique festive themed 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.

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.

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.


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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