workshops & events  

 
Textilia offers a variety of workshops from taster adult workshops, to young people's workshops during school holidays. 
I am always happy to accommodate adult bespoke workshops both in the studio or at private venues. 
I have portable teaching looms that are ready warped for each workshop. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
nurturing creative flair 
We spend so much time in a fast and busy world. 
Weaving is a very mindful craft and I often find that peolple enjoy the repetative order of weaving and find it quite a soothing experience, it offers a time to be in the moment and leave the bustle aside for a short time. 
Weaving is a craft that all ages can enjoy. Grandparents to grandchildren can learn or revisit their learning together. It is relaxing and creative, calming yet can be vibrant and fun. 
My workshops are very versatile. They can take place in my teaching space at Textilia, Lion House, Muspole Street, Norwich. My studio is a calm and bright airy place to work in the heart of Norwich’s textile heritage area. On the other hand, because my teaching looms are so portable and compact I can easily bring my workshops to venues such as youth groups, schools, WI meetings, Crafting groups etc. 
 

 Spring / Summer 2024  Workshops and Events  

All workshops can be booked directly using my booking link 
 
 
 
Town and Country  
Spinning and Weaving Alpaca Experience. 
 
 
Join Annie Nickerson from Burnt Fen Alpacas and Julia Symonds from Textilia for a two day workshop exploring the wonderful world of Alpacas and their luxurious fleece.  
Enjoy the process and feel of working with beautiful natural 
fibre to make your own hand spun & woven journal cover.  
 
Day One: Burnt Fen Alpacas 
The countryside workshop will be held at Annie’s 
Mongolian yurt in the peaceful Norfolk countryside. 
You will spin soft alpaca fleece into yarn for your 
journal cover and get the chance to meet Annie’s 
lovely alpacas. 
 
Day Two: Textilia 
Working at Julia’s 
fabulous studio in the heart of Norwich’s 
historical textile area. 
Weave your yarn into beautiful, textured fabric using an Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom. 
Make a beautiful reusable A6 journal cover, lined with a fabric of your choice  
and fastened with a ribbon. 
 
 
This is a small friendly workshop with a maximum of 6 spaces and is suitable 
for beginners and more experienced students. The cost is £190 per person 
and includes all materials, a delicious homemade lunch and afternoon cake  
on both days. 
New Dates for 2024 coming soon  
This is a two day workshop. 10.00am - 4.00pm 
A homemade light lunch and refreshments are included on  
both days in the price.  
Please make us aware of any dietary requirements. 
Basic materials and equipment included in the cost. 
Additional materials can be purchased on the day. 
If you wish to bring your own spinning wheel then please feel feel free to do so. (Please let one of us know if you intend to bring your own wheel). 
Cost: £190  
 
Dates for 2024 : 
 
Tuesday October 29th and Wednesday 30th October 24 
 
Bookings through www.burntfen.co.uk please. 
Feel free to ask any questions , email me: juliasymonds@hotmail.co.uk 
 
Gift Vouchers. 
 
Gift Vouchers are now available for purchase towards any workshop, one to one tuition or Textilia merchandise. 
A perfect gift for someone who might enjoy discovering weaving or spinning. 
Just email Julia : juliasymonds@hotmail.co.uk. 
 
Gift Vouchers will be available at any of the craft markets that Textilia will be taking part in 2024 
Young People's Weaving Day 
Wednesday 21st August 2024 
 
Morning session - 10.00am - 12.30pm 
Afternoon session - 1.30pm - 4pm 
 
There are six spaces in the morning session and 
six spaces in the afternoon session. 
Cost : £20 per session. 
A chance in the holidays to come and weave, 
explore colour and texture and have some creative fun. 
 
Age limits: 8 years to 16 years welcome 
 
 
 
 
Drop - In Weave Sessions 
Friday mornings 
Drop in sessions are on Friday mornings 10.30am - 2pm 
These sessions are for weavers who wish to develop their weaving skills and have their own loom (or are in the process of getting a loom). It is a session of social weaving, warping and discussing ideas. 
Dates for the next few months are : 
 
24th May 24 
7th June 24 
21st June 24 
5th July 24 
2nd August 24 
23rd August 24 
13th September 24 
 
Please get in touch if you want to join these sessions as we have limited spaces at the moment.  
Many thanks  
 
 
Adult Taster Weaving Workshops 2024. 
These workshops are for ages 15 yrs upwards. 
They are suitable for complete beginners and we will cover several techniques to help you bring texture and variety into your weaving. 
The Ashford 10" Sampleit rigid heddle looms that you will use will be pre - warped and ready for you to weave on straight away. 
 
Materials and equipment are included. 
Tea, coffee, fruit teas and biscuits will be provided. 
 
Time: 10am - 1pm for all sessions. 
 
Dates for Spring/ Summer 2024 
Wednesday 19th June 2024 -10.00am - 1pm 
Saturday 22nd June 2024 - 10.00am - 1pm 
Saturday 6th July 2024 - 10.00am - 1pm 
Wednesday 10th July 2024 - 10.00am - 1pm 
Wednesday 7th August 2024 - 10.00am - 1pm 
Wednesday 11th September 2024 - 10.00am - 1pm 
Saturday 14th September 2024 - 10.00am - 1pm 
Saturday 5th October 2024 -10.00am - 1pm 
Wednesday 9th October 2024 -10.00am - 1pm 
Wednesday 20th November 2024 - 10.00am - 1pm 
 
 
Cost : £55 
 
 
Further Rigid Heddle Techniques for Design and Pattern. 
New dates for 2024 
 
Date: 
Saturday 30th November and  
Sunday 1st December 2024 
Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm 
Cost: £175  
 
I have been asked about techniques that can be learnt on the rigid heddle loom to add more pattern and design, so in this workshop my aim is to teach some of those techniques to help rigid heddle weavers to experiment a bit more with pattern and get more from their looms at home. 
Some of the topics I will be covering in this workshop include: 
Leno - basic technique including Brooks Bouquet 
Creating weft floats and warp floats using pick up sticks to create patern and texture, including honeycomb. 
Log cabin 
Hemstitching and Fringe Finishes 
Pinwheel 
Danish Medallions 
All materials will be provided, together with written instuctions to help you warp and weave using these techniques at home.  
A light lunch and refreshments each day are included.  
 
*This workshop is for people who have some experience of weaving, it is more advanced that the beginner level.* 
Age : 18 years upwards. 
 
 
 
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