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. Inspired by Japanese Shibori and tie-dyeing techniques she also explores the unpredictability of hand-dyed Indigo yarns and fabrics to create handwoven accessories and stitched textiles.
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Edna has a life-long passion for all forms of textiles: fashion, hand and machine embroidered, dyed and woven. During her BA Hons Textiles degree at UCA Farnham she specialised in Weave, and dyeing processes, with both synthetic and natural dyes, but maintains her interest in stitched textiles. At her home studio in Ainsdale, Southport, she weaves on her 16 shaft Harris table loom and works on her much loved Bernina sewing machine where she aims to create one-off hand-woven accessories and stitched textiles.

As a designer-maker she has used photography to capture the textures and colours inspired by the natural environment, art and architecture, that she then records in her sketchbook - using drawings, paint and collage, to transform into designs for textiles.

Her developing practice has been informed by natural, undyed yarns, silk, mohair, wool, and linen. She mixes alternative warp and weft yarns to create new textures and one-off wearable accessories, scarves and wraps that suit individual taste.

Emerging work is inspired by Japanese shibori and tie-dyeing techniques, combined with natural dyeing skills learned at UCA. The results of depth of colour, determined by dip and resistance to dye, are both unpredictable and interminable, and present new challenges for the design and processes of hand-weaving and stitched textiles.

Edna achieved her MA Art History and Curating with Merit at Liverpool Hope University in 2015, studying art history and museology from 1848 to the present. She supports her local Atkinson Gallery with research for exhibitions, archiving costume and textile collections, helps hang exhibitions, and also has a keen interest in hanging in alternative spaces.

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2017 Continuing Education, Liverpool University, Liverpool Pottery

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

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

2009 Certificate of HE in Stitched Textiles, East Berks College, Buckinghamshire

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


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

2018 Art in Windows Liverpool 8 April-7 May

2017 Knowsley Flower Festival, Merseyside

2017 The Sefton Open at the Atkinson Gallery

2017 The Atkinson Gallery - Presentation - Ann Sutton -Weaver - First Ladies Exhibition

2016 Partia Aintree NHS Hospital, Liverpool

2015 The Sefton Open at The Atkinson Gallery, Southport

2014 Society of Designer Craftsmen at the Mall Gallery, London

2013 New Designers


Full Member of Society of Designer Craftsmen

Member of the Textile Society

Member of a-n

Member of Art in Windows

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