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Welcome to the School of Textiles, where practitioners and specialists offer the opportunity for students to experience different techniques and expand their knowledge of individual subjects.
At The School of Textiles, 33 Church Street, Coggeshall CO6 1TX

We specialise in gatherings for small groups (maximum 12), so that everyone can join in and have stimulating encounters during the handling sessions that follow each talk. Refreshments included.

Caption: Harriet Meserole illustration Vogue USA© June 1930.

Courtesy Lace Identification by Gillian Dye, Jean Leader (Crowood Press Otd: 2021).

Study your own linen and lace

Friday, 15th September, from 2:00-4:15pm £20

In our first Autumn event, we're inviting you to a study session on lace and linen. Taking place at the School on Friday, 15th September, from 2:00 to 4:15pm, the idea is to shed some light on those lovely linen and lace items that so many of us have saved from the homes of relatives or acquired at one of those oh-so-tempting antique fairs.

Mary will give a brief slide presentation and there will be a companion handout introducing the basics of identification. The School's collection of lace will be on display. However, our focus will be on the pieces you choose to bring. Please limit these to five items each. There will be books to aid us as well as refreshments.


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Norah Stocker Workshop

Coming in the Spring of 2024 -

Norah is well known for her paintings, prints, photos, textiles and teaching. An intuitive artist using a variety of media and substrates, her work explores the cycle of life and the natural world. Join her for a day of creativity, producing your own eco-dyed and stitched fabrics.

Caption: Advanced Style group including Debra Rapoport (2nd left), 2020.

Klein printed jersey knits, c1975.

Bernat Klein: an émigré story

Friday 24th November, from 2:00-4:15pm £20

On Friday 24th November, from 2:00 to 4:15pm, join us for an afternoon of tea, talk and textiles. Explore the impact of Serbian-born Bernat Klein, who from his base in Galashiels transformed the textures and colours that impacted on fashions in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, from Chanel to home knitting.

Set in the context of émigré designers, his story is enlivened by sight of his polyester jersey fabrics of the 1970s and yarns for cloths and knitwear. See his Personal Colour Guides, basing fashion advice on the colour of the wearer’s eyes. The Klein book will also be on sale.


Special Guest Lecture
Caption: 'Anemone' detail, attributed to May Morris, private collection.
Tea, talk and textiles

Friday 6th October, from 2:00-4:15pm £20

With Liberty Archivist, Keren Protheroe

Join us for an fascinating afternoon of tea, talk and textiles with Liberty Archivist, Keren Protheroe. Liberty is an icon of the London’s West End, its remarkable Tudor building a must-visit destination for tourists and a community of remarkable regulars. As the famous retailer prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary, we’ll look back at the textiles that have defined Liberty style.

Taking place at Coggeshall's Christ Church, 26 Stoneham Street, on Friday, 6th October, from 2:00 to 4:15pm, you’ll also find out more about the influence of Liberty’s neighbourhoods, its social progressives, romantics and rule-breakers. There will be a special opportunity to see sample books from the Liberty archive. A number of Liberty samples from the School collection will also be there for you to handle.


Caption: Published by Friends of the William Morris Gallery: 2017.

Banner image: Sophie Pattinson screen printed and stitched shawl made in Bangladesh 2011, and vintage embroidery from Hazare Valley, Pakistan, photo Joe Mackay.
All images unless otherwise attributed are courtesy of and copyright the School of Textiles.

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