Janet Edmonds

Embroiderer, Tutor, Author

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Taking Textiles Further 15/16th June

This workshop looks at the work of Gillian Ayres, a widely respected British abstract artist working across the second half of the twentieth century. Her work has huge energy and vitality, with bold colour and shape and non figurative in its style.

We used this reference to create our own abstract images with strong colour contrasts and surface textures and a playful approach to media

Students enjoyed the freedom of applying  paint in various ways: drips, dabs, splattering, pouring and scraping  and aimed to emulate the excitement of colour and shape as seen in this popular artist’s work.

contact: alison@missendenschoolofcreativearts.co.uk

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Update on large scale piece

Work is progressing on the large scale piece. I have made fabric for the central area and appliqued shapes within it. I have done a lot of stitching within this area and now filling in some gaps to adjust colour.

I have added leaves to the sides, These also have a great deal of stitching on them. Each one took about 5/6 hours.

I have completed the top band with flowers and have worked out the border around the central section. This will have a 17 century verse stitch on it but I haven’t stitched that yet.

A simple pattern of small squares will divide the four quarters. I have made this ready but it will be placed over any seaming that will be done as I join the outside bands.

I have been stitching every day since I finished the design as I am concerned that I will run out of time to complete. 


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New Projects for 2019

I have two exhibitions planned for this year, the first at Hyde Hall, RHS garden in September and the second at the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamstead in November.
I am planning a large scale piece based on gardens that will include some metal thread work. I have the design completed and have made a start on the textile. It will take many months to complete.
For the Vision exhibition at Hyde Hall, I would like to make an embroidered chair if I can find the right piece to upholster. I will also use the garden to inspire a vase with flowers.


Inspired by the garden, I will be making this vase and filling with flowers

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Just Stitch

Come and enjoy a day of stitching at Missenden Abbey on Saturday 19th January 2019

Visit http://www.missendenschoolofcreativearts.co.uk for more information and to book.

Be inspired by colour and mark onto cloth. We will explore straight stitch which is the basis of many simple stitches such as satin stitch, running stitch, back stitch, cross stitch, and seeding. It is a simple mark that can be used as a line, to edge a shape or to create texture by massing it together. It can be the basis of many simple stitches such as satin stitch, running stitch, back stitch, cross stitch, and seeding. It is a simple mark that can be used as a line, to edge a shape or to create texture by massing it together. 

These are samples inspired by objects on a shelf and using straight stitching in

different ways.


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Inspired by Hundertwasser

A small but very select group of students met at the village hall in Marsh Bladon, Oxford, to enjoy a day of stitching with inspiration provided by the exciting images of the Swiss artist Hundertwasser.

We spent the first hour making a simple plan in colour on paper describing an imaginary or well known street. The rest of the day was spent building a colourful image with fabric and thread using the colour palette and simple shapes and lines that this inspiring artist shows in his paintings. Everyone ended up with a small textile set up in preparation for many hours of enjoyable stitching to embelish  their imagined place.

Thank you to the Oxford branch of Embroiderers’ Guild for an enjoyable day.


Diary September 2018 onwards


September 8th Oxford branch Embroiderers’ Guild workshop

‘Inspired by Hundertwasser’








Saturday 15th September  North Herts Settlement

Tuesday 18th September St Georges Ascot – workshop

Saturday 8th October Chiltern Embroidery and Textile group – ‘Wacky Workshop’

Tuesday 16th October Pipers School Great Kingshill workshop 3D inspirations

Thursday 25th October Workaid -Design & Stitch workshop – Cutwork

Taking Textiles Turther2019/20

 This years theme will explore various aspects of Pattern, a vast subject found across all cultures and traditions within the decorative arts.

Sat/Sun 27/28th October  Missenden ‘Taking textiles Further’ exploring pattern

This course will explore historical themes in relation to pattern, referencing the floral designs of William Morris the well known nineteenth century designer

March 9/10th March 2019 We will explore pattern using architecture as a theme to create an angular, geometric style incorporating straight lines, simple shapes and flat colour. A variety of methods of making print blocks will enable repeats to be made and the use of bold colour contrasts and varied line quality will ensure imaginative pattern to be formed. Consideration will be given to how these patternsmay be translated into fabric and thread.

15/16th June 2019

During the course we will construct and embellish a range of 3D forms inspired by flowers. We will work with a variety of materials; paper, card, plastics, wires and thread to make decorative elements that will be repeated to build pattern. Let your imagination run riot as we interpret the many amazing plant forms in the style of Haeckel. The resulting designs will lend themselves to the construction of jewelry in all its variety, mirror frames,  dimensional panels or decorations for shoes or hats.

1/2nd December 2018 Chartridge Lodge Group mentoring weekend