Taking Textiles Further - Pattern and Ornament
Tutor: Janet EdmondsCourse Code: 2419-03


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 the organic and botanical drawings of the amazing nineteenth century artist Ernst Haeckel, a German biologist and philosopher. Flowers in all their myriad forms will be the theme to inspire three dimensional pattern.


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 jewellery in all its variety, mirror frames, dimensional panels or decorations for shoes or hats.

Please bring with you

A design source - pictures, photographs or drawings of flowers
Sketch book and usual pens and pencils
Small amounts of card, coloured papers
Plastic straws
Fine wires
Variety of threads
Sweet papers
Small curtain rings
Sewing kit including needles to suit threads
Fine fabrics eg. chiffons, fine silk
Small pair of pliers
Dimensional paint if you have it
Lolly sticks, BBQ sticks, match sticks


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.


15th to 16th Jun 2019
Saturday to Sunday

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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