Taking Textiles Further - create a modern icon from recycled materialsCourse Cancelled
Tutor: Janet EdmondsCourse Code: 2420-04


Connections are 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.


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.

Please bring with you

A design source - choose an object, book or old garment to repurpose.
Cutting equipment to help take your object apart – scissors, craft knife, Elastoplast, pliers or screw driver if appropriate.
Fine wire, buttons or washers, beads, offcuts of card, any bits of bric-a-brac that you think might be useful. PVA and brush or Pritt stick.
Variety of old fabrics to recycle – small fragments from your rag-bag, cotton, lawn, calico, muslin, chiffon. These may be plain, coloured or patterned, a variety of threads for stitching and wrapping from fine to thick, usual sewing kit.


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.


13th to 14th Jun 2020
Saturday to Sunday


9.45amStudents arrive
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

"Always inspiring and encouraging - a good opportunity to learn new techniques in a supportive atmosphere, and polish up old ones.  I now have enough skills and ideas to keep me going for the next few months!" (November 2019)

"Lots more like this, please" (November 2019)

"Refreshing and stimulating - a year's work to do at home!" (June 2019)