workshops & events  

Textilia offers a variety of workshops from taster adult workshops, to young people's workshops during school holidays and Saturday mornings. 
I am always happy to accommodate 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 world, and this applies to school life and our children too. I know how important it is to make sure our children achieve their full potential and as teachers we strive to achieve this every working day! We have very little time for learning a craft, developing a new skill, nurturing a creative flair and I very much see my workshops as a supplement to the brilliant work that is already happening in schools and colleges, often with limited time and resources available in the curriculum. 
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. 
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. 

 Winter/ Spring 2022  Workshops and Events.   

All workshops can be booked directly using my booking link 
Town and Country Spinning  
and Weaving Workshops. 
New dates for 2022 are here !! 
Booking fast, but still some availability. 
Thursday 17th and Wednesday 18th March 2022 
Wednesday 18th and Thursday May 2022 
Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th September 2022 
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 free to do so. (Please let one of us know if you intend to bring your own wheel). 
Cost: £180 
All booking through please. 
Feel free to ask any questions just email me at 
Coronavirus Update. 
Having had both my vaccinations now I am looking forward to welcoming old friends and new friends back to my studio to enjoy creative times again together. 
For the time being I am continuing to invite 4 people to workshops . 
Lion House Studios are operating a policy where we are asking people respectfully to continue wearing their masks in the communal areas of the corridors, stairways and toilet areas. St. George's Works will continue to fog the building on a monthly basis for everyones safety. 
Within my studio mask wearing is optional as we have plenty of space to socially distance, but I would respectfully ask visitors to continue to use the sanitizer provided within my studio where the QR Track and Trace code remains available. 
Hope to see you soon. 
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 : 
Gift Vouchers will be available at any of the craft markets that Textilia will be taking part in during 2021/22 
Follow Textilia on Social Media. 
You can find me on: 
Instagram: symondsjulia & Textilia. 
Facebook : Textilia  
Drop - In Weave and Spin Sessions. 
Friday Mornings and Tuesday Afternoons. 
Drop in sessions are on Friday mornings 10.00am - 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). 
Please get in touch if you want to join these sessions as we have limited spaces at the moment. 
In January 22, I will be offering alternate Tuesday afternoons 2pm -5pm as an extra drop in session. 
I will be limiting all drop- ins and workshops to 4 people in the studio (excluding myself).  
Please could you drop me a message to let me know if you are interested? 
Many thanks and see you soon. 
Adult Taster Weaving Workshops 2022 
Please Note 
Hand sanitizer will continue to be available at all times.  
There are sanitizing stations as you enter our building. 
Please wear your face coverings in all communal areas 
e.g.staircases, corridors and toilets.  
The owners of the building do a monthly fogging of all the communal areas  
every month and this will continue throughout the year to the best of my  
These workshops are for ages 15yrs upwards. 
They are suitable for complete beginners and we will cover several techniques to help to show you texture and variety in 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 are included, tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided, but feel free to bring your own cups or drinks if you wish.  
Start time 10am - 1pm for all sessions in 2022 
Dates for 2022  
Wednesday 23rd March 2022 - 10am - 1pm 
Sunday 27th March 2022 - 10am - 1pm 
Wednesday 6th April 2022 - 10am - 1pm 
Wednesday 11th May 2022 - 10am - 1pm 
Saturday 21st May 2022 -10am - 1pm 
Saturday 9th July 2022 - 10am - 1pm 
Wednesday 20th July 2022 - 10am - 1pm 
Wednesday 17th August 2022 - 10am - 1pm 
Cost : £50 
Join me at The Forum Norwich on Wednesday 9th March 2022 for the beginning of Norfolk Makers Festival 2022. 
The Norfolk Makers Festival 2022 runs from 9th March - 20th March 2022 in The Forum, Norwich. 
If you haven't visited this event before it is a feast for all those interested in making and crafts. It is a huge opportunity for the people of Norfolk and visitors to our county to come along and sample some of the opportunities and activities available at this event. 
I will be there on the first day with four rigid heddle looms warped and ready for anyone to come and have a go at weaving for free. 
I'm looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm for weaving with you. 
New WorKshop News !! 
Weave and Sew Pouch-making Weekend 
Dates: Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June 2022 
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August 2022 
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm 
Cost : £175 per person for the two day workshop 
This is a workshop designed for people to come and weave their own fabric on Day 1 and continue on Day 2 to sew a large cosmetic pouch of their own, using the fabric they have created the previous day. 
Day 1 : After greeting with hot/cold drink I will introduce the equipment and the options open to us with the materials available.  
You will all be using an Ashford 50cm Knitters loom which will be pre warped for you with a colour of your choice. ( I will email for colours prior to workshop) 
For those who have not used a loom before I will demonstrate and show different techniques to achieve texture and design. 
We will break at lunchtime to enjoy a light vegetarian lunch and reflect on the morning's progress. We will continue to weave in the afternoon and aim to get our fabric off the loom before the end of the session. I will take the fabric and 'finish' it in preparation for the next day's sewing. 
Day 2 : This will be a sewing day, using our fabric that we constructed on Day 1 and we will prepare our pattern, interface our fabric and cut out our pieces for our pouches. 
We will use the overlocker to secure our edges. we will insert the zip fasteners stage by stage together, then we will sew the sides of our pouch . The pouches will be fully lined. 
We will stop for a light lunch during the day as in Day 1. 
Things that are included:  
All yarn, weft and warp. Lining fabric, all interfacings, thread, zip fasteners, all equipment and materials including a label to make your pouch special and unique. 
This workshop is suitable for everyone over the age of 16 years , no experience is essential, but if you have experience with weaving or sewing it will be an advantage.  
Only 4 spaces for each weekend course. 
Please advise of any dietary requirements when booking. 
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