Edna Thearle MSDC

Woven Textiles

About Edna
Edna is a designer maker of handwoven and stitched textiles. Her textural, woven accessories are characterised by mixing undyed natural yarns in the warp and weft of her Harris table loom to create one-off scarves and wraps that are tactile and comfortable to wear.
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Based in Ainsdale, Southport, Edna is a designer maker of handwoven textiles, who has life-long passion for all forms of textiles for art, fashion, and interiors.

Her textiles are inspired by colours and textures found in art, architecture, and the natural environment, and uses photography, drawing, and collage to create designs for textiles.

During her BA (Hons) Textiles degree at UCA Farnham she specialized in Weave using natural and synthetic dyeing processes, and now hand-dyes her own yarns. Her textural woven accessories are characterized by mixing natural yarns in the warp and weft of her 16 shaft Harris table loom.

Current inspiration is drawn from Japanese Shibori and Indigo tie-dyeing techniques, and the exciting results of depth of colour, determined by dip and resistance to dye, presenting new challenges for the design and processes of hand-weaving and stitched textiles.

Edna achieved her MA Art History and Curating at Liverpool Hope University, studying art history and museology (from 1848), which has created opportunities for design inspiration and an interest in exhibiting in alternative spaces.

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2017 Pottery Continuing Education, Liverpool University

2015 MA Art History and Curating (from 1848) with Merit, Liverpool Hope University.

2012 BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion and Interiors, Print and Weave, (Specializing in Weave), University of the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey

2009 Certificate of HE in Stitched Textiles, East Berkshire College, Buckinghamshire.

1990-2003 City and Guilds Fashion, Hand and Machine Embroidery, and Adult Education Teaching Certificates.


2020 Southport Contemporary Arts (SCA), Textiles Open, 28 April-16 May

2020 SCA at Home and Garden Centre, 27 Feb-27 March

2019 SCA Christmas Collection, 19 November-24 December

2019 SCA Autumn Open, 30 October-16 November

2019 Southport Palette Club, 28 September-23 November

2019 SCA Summer Open 6-24 August

2019 SCA Arts Trail 4-22 June

2019 SCA Textile Open, 30 April-18 May

2019 Sefton Open, The Atkinson Gallery, Southport, 13 April-11 May,

2019 SCA Spring Open 10th Anniversary 19 March-13 April

2019 SCA We Dream January-February

2018 Out of The Blue, Art in Windows, Liverpool, 1-31 October

2018 Hand of the Maker – Celebrating 130 Years, Society of Designer Craftsmen, Chelsea College of Art, London, 12-21 July

2018 Sefton Open, The Atkinson Gallery, Southport, 28 July-25 August

2018 Intricate Intimacy, Art in Windows, Liverpool, 8 April-7 May.

2017 Knowsley Flower Festival, Merseyside, 6 August

2017 Sefton Open, The Atkinson Gallery, Southport, 1 April-7 May

2016 Fusion/Blooming, Partia, Aintree NHS Hospital, Liverpool, November

2015 Southport Palette Club, 28 November-15 December

2014 Designer Crafts 2014, Society of Designer Craftsmen, Mall Gallery, London, 10-19 January

2013 New Designers, Business Design Centre, Islington, London, 27-30 June


2020 Textiles, Hutton Priory Quilters, 9 January

2018 Textiles, Liverpool Artists Network, 27 June

2016 Ann Sutton – The Weaver, First Ladies Exhibition, The Atkinson Gallery, Southport, 13 July

Galleries and Shops

The Atkinson Shop, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB

Southport Contemporary Arts (SCA), 65 Eastbank Street, Southport, PR8 1EJ


Society of Designer Craftsmen MSDC


Art in Windows

The Textile Society

Southport Contemporary Arts

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