Taking Textiles Further - Pattern and Ornament
Tutor: Janet EdmondsCourse Code: 1019-01


Pattern and ornament is a vast subject found across all cultures and traditions within the decorative arts. This course will explore historical themes in relation to pattern, referencing Art Deco geometric pattern. We will explore pattern making with an emphasis on geometrical imagery using architecture as a theme.


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 patterns may be translated into fabric and thread.

Please bring with you

Art Deco imagery and drawings or photographs of architecture
Several sheets of cartridge paper
Coloured papers (not patterned or textured)
Sketchbook and usual pens and pencils
Small offcuts of mountboard or foam board
Cutting equipment to include craft knife, elastoplast, mat, ruler
PVA glue and brush
Acrylics or block printing inks
Palette knife
Small piece of sponge
Water pot
Roll of kitchen paper
Plastic eraser
Lino cutting tools
Piece of blanket or thin foam as a print surface
Gloves and apron.


This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced textile students. If you are not sure if this is you, please ask!

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Janet Edmonds

Janet is a freelance textile artist, author of several books and experienced tutor, exhibiting and delivering courses to adults nationally and internationally. She has taught City & Guilds courses for 25 years at various centres, including Missenden Abbey, and also runs advanced workshops. She was awarded the Medal for Excellence and the Broderers Prize in 2016.  She is a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild and the Textile Study Group.


9th to 10th Mar 2019
Saturday to Sunday


9.30amCoffee on arrival
9.45amWelcome and tutor introductions for all
10am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all - residents may check in
2-5.30pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
From 7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session