Making your Mark: Explore the Expressive Qualities of Line
Tutor: Janet EdmondsCourse Code: 3322-03


The use of line in design plays an important part in giving rhythm, direction, shape and style to a composition. This course explores these aspects and will provide lots of ideas and inspiration to develop and build confidence to express your ideas into fabric and thread.


We will explore the many forms of line using a variety of every day tools and materials, including improvised and invented mark making devices; pen with ink, crayons, cut paper and cloth. We will change the density and direction, vary thickness of line from fine through to thick, straight and wobbly. We will translate designs in colour and consider the wide possibilities of line in stitch. Some reference to artists who use this technique exclusively will be included.

Please bring with you

A 4 paper or a sketchbook
Pencils, 4B – 6B, fine liner pen, thick felt pen, water soluble crayons
Coloured paper
Black ink (Quink)
Fine brush
PVA glue or Pritt Stick
Kitchen roll for cleaning up

Piece of cotton fabric, coloured but not patterned
Piece of fine cotton or muslin for backing
Embroidery hoop
Range of threads from fine, ie sewing or machine embroidery thread, to thick including textured
Usual sewing kit to include a range of needle sizes to suit threads
You may like to select a colour theme and bring colours accordingly, eg tones of one colour plus a contrast, or two or three contrasting colours plus back and white


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Janet Edmonds

Janet Edmonds 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 Chiltern Embroidery and Textile Group, Textile Study Group and Buckinghamshire Craft Guild.

15th to 16th Aug 2022
Monday to Tuesday

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9.15amStudents arrive (coffee available)
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

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

"Janet is an experienced tutor who always provides excellent examples of her work, which I personally find very inspirational." (November 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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