Textile Design: Inspired by ClothCourse Cancelled
Tutor: Janet EdmondsCourse Code: 3421-02


Artists painting in the Renaissance period, 16th/17th centuries, were very skilled in depicting figures draped in all types of cloth. They painted velvet, satin, diaphanous transparent fabrics, and working cloths made of rough cotton fabric. What kind of marks are needed to depict this range of fabrics? Be inspired to explore these wonderful drapes that can provide ideas for design and stitch.


Cloth has a long and illustrious history and has been with us since the beginning of time. We will explore the characteristics of cloth and drapery by examining how tone and texture can change the nature of it. We will use a range of media, paint, pastels and graphite to record the tonal and texture qualities through mark making. These experiments will be translated into stitched samples to create ideas to take away for further textile work.

Please bring with you

Design source such as photos of fabric, magazine pictures or books showing painted cloth
Cartridge paper
Drawing pencils
Black ink
Colouring medium such as acrylics or gouache, chalky pastels, Caran d’ache neocolour crayons
Dip in pen
Selection of brushes
Water pot
Roll of kitchen paper
Apron and gloves
Selection of hand stitch threads,fine to thick
Background fabric
Fine piece of cotton or muslin as backing
Embroidery frame if wished
Small selection of fine transparent fabrics such as chiffon, silk mousseline or fine Habitai silk
Usual sewing kit


This course is suitable for those with some experience. If you are not sure if that is you, please ask!

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Janet Edmonds

Janet Edmonds is a freelance medal winning textile artist, author of several books and experienced tutor, exhibiting and delivering courses to adults nationally and internationally. Her practice involves experimenting with surface and structure using hand and machine stitching. She is a member of the Embroiderers Guild and the Textile Study Group.


23rd to 25th Aug 2021
Monday to Wednesday


9amCoffee on arrival
9.15amWelcome and tutor introductions
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch 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)

"I really enjoyed the course" (June 2019)

"I very much enjoyed the course and having one day of design and one of stitching worked well." (June 2019)

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