Janet Edmonds

Embroiderer, Tutor, Author

Taking Textiles Further


Two further weekends are offered at Missenden Abbey in the Taking Textiles Further series.

Taking Textiles Further is a course aimed at textile artists who have completed certificated courses or others to come and further develop their design  skills within their own textile specialism. This may be anything from embroidery to patchwork, or knitting, felting, weaving or lace making. Students are encouraged to explore ideas and methods of design that may be outside their usual range and to critique their own and others within this supportive environment where peer support is part of the workshop time. Drawing is a key activity and is practised in its widest forms giving learners a very individual and original starting point. There is an expectation that learners will also take a keen interest in contextural issues and the wider sphere of textile practice.

Weekends are designed around broad topics with attention given to design elements and principals and contextural concerns. This year’s theme is ‘connections’ which may be made in many different ways; physical, digital, writings, through historical, geographical and community sources. There is a rich seam of inspiration to be found wherever one looks. Connections may be made through practical means or may be unseen and merely sensed or felt. They may be personal, local, cultural, lasting or ephemeral. This subject provides a feast of exciting but challenging starting points for textile design.

Weekend two 28/29th March 2020

This course considers the design ideas found through investigating connections between people past and present. These may be family trees or historical registers such as lists of people travelling by boat or train, the written word through letters or diaries between family or others or any other written evidence. This is an opportunity to design a unique textile that illustrates personal connections with people, places, or an historical event.

Using the texts we will design with print, transfer methods and Thermofax prints to engage with the connections they present, combining paper, cloth and writing. We will create surfaces that suggest the passing of time and evoke memories using maps and family tree forms and embedded text.


W:Dean walkconnection

Weekend three 13/14th June 2020

Connect with recycling and repurpose unwanted objects with reclaimed materials to create a modern icon or container to hold a precious item. Consider using an old garment, a book, an object or piece of jewelery that is past its best and transform it into something else to give new meaning and fresh appeal. Using wrapping and stitching together with old used cloth we will create a new object imbued with special memories and significance.

For further information check out the Missenden Abbey website: Missendenschoolofcreativearts.co.uk

Author: janetedmonds165

Embroiderer, Tutor, Author

2 thoughts on “Taking Textiles Further

  1. Dear fellow artist
    I am contacting yourself, and other artists, via your details on the Bucks Arts week website.
    I am helping to organise an Art Day where we are inviting local artists to join us for free poetry, drawing and painting workshops in a beautiful ancient woodland that is under threat by HS2.
    Jones’ Hill Woods is where Roald Dhal was inspired to write his book ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ and is currently occupied by ‘Tree Protectors’ trying to prevent their destruction.
    These workshops are a chance to both highlight its plight, record this moment in history and to be inspired by it’s unique atmosphere.
    There is also an opportunity for any Art work produced to be exhibited at a local venue, to be confirmed.

    I have attached an invitation, with further details, for yourself and to pass on to any other artists or writers you think might like to come along.
    Please RSVP via replying to this email.
    If you have any question please feel free to get in touch

    • Dear Sally Brooks
      I am interested in the Art Day at Jones’ Wood. Please send me more information as I didn’t get the invitation that you said was attached. Also what is the date of this event?
      Many thanks
      Janet Edmonds

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