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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Taking Textiles Further


The second of the Missenden weekends looking at pattern is coming up soon on the 9/10th March. We will be researching Art Deco sources to see how they put imagery together to make geometric patterns and creating print blocks from images derived from architecture to make some repeat patterns in the Art Deco style.

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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.




Based on ‘From Art to Stitch’ 


The inspiration is the work of an American portrait painter. He divides his images into grids which when viewed from a distance renders the image to a photographic likeness, but close up each square is abstract.

We will use this idea to turn a photograph into a hand stitched piece.



We will explore colour and texture through the work of this popular and inspirational artist. We will look closely at the painted surfaces and working with hand stitch, we will record the extraordinary colour combinations to inspire textured, stitched landscapes.



This artist was inspired by music, geometric shapes and eccentric structures. We use these ideas to create machine stitched surfaces as backgrounds for playful, imaginary 3D figures built from found objects.



Hundertwasser was an architect who created imaginative buildings that grew out of the landscape. He had a horror of the straight line which he used to great advantage to meander across his vibrant paintings. This course uses applique and couching by hand and machine to depict architecture in the landscape.



Italian artist Georgio Morandi used a quiet, close-toned palette of colour to depict small still-life groups. We will combine loose textured surfaces with fine stumpwork-like stitching. Small vessels will be cast using a variety of techniqes with added straight stitching.



The work of this prolific artist spans much of the twentieth century, so moves through several styles. This course is inspired by his prints and drawings of architecture that captures the ‘aesthetic decay’ of the British countryside. We will work with mono print to reflect the scribbly style of his mark-making and will combine this with machine stitching to create a small panel.



Henri Matisse is a very popular and prolific artist whose work developed through decorative simplification with light , colour and space. Much of his inspiration was drawn from textiles. Taking these elements we will use patterned, printed cloth together with still-life imagery to create rich, decorative and patterned surfaces using composite stitching by hand.

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Missenden Summer School 2015

imageThis year’s summer school was based on the work of the popular artist Van Gogh exploring colour and texture. Through close examination of his vibrant paintings and recording colour combinations and texture marks students made some exciting papers for design that inspired stitch samples.

They made some texture blocks that were used for print and to make rubbings. The next step was to combine these  to create more complex surfaces for interpretation into small panels.

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Inspired by Georgio Morandi

IMG_4390My summer school at Missenden Abbey this year was about making a small panel inspired by the Italian artist Georgio Morandi. His colour palette is neutral, soft chalky colours, greys, browns, cream and rust.
We explored surface using gesso and scrims onto paper and fabric. Our stitch techniques were based on those used in stump work, detatched buttonhole and needleweaving, with some padding and working with fine threads.IMG_4374

i am doing the same workshop in November 14/16th for Anglia Leisure learning at Hillscourt, Rednal, south Birmingham. Details from Liza Jones info@anglialeisurelearning.co.uk