Teaching

Details of my lectures, talks, workshops, mentoring services and children’s classes (on hold during Covid 19 but this is the sort of thing I do when times are more normal!)

Dabble days, let me come to your group and set up some creative activities that will encourage members to chat, explore and enjoy making together.

In the past I spent a happy day with Westbury WI leading them in creative stitch, beading, silk painting and card making activities. Everyone had two or three things they had made to take home and had really enjoyed themselves.

Arty Parties, for any age, 3-93 years! Let me know your interests and I can set something up. I have hourly and daily rates .

For example recently, 15 ten year olds made beaded brooches, a similar sized group of 9 year olds made soft toys. A club for older people made batik pictures.

As I am a qualified(P.G.C.E.) CRB checked Primary teacher I have also led 3 classes of 5-6 year olds in designing and making their own fabric teddy.

I have created large silk batik banners in several schools in Bristol, Cheltenham, Chepstow and Dudley.

If you are interested in booking me as an artist in residence or lead teacher for Art weeks or Art events for any age 3 years upwards, do get in touch to discuss your setting’s requirements.

After School club “Sewfantastic!”

 

Examples of Workshop tuition,

Previous courses,I am happy to run again;-

Debby Bird, Felt beaded brooches, always a popular course.

“What shall we do with a shrunken jumper?” half day

Tutor: Debby Bird ( minimum number 4) £35

Bring us your shrunken disasters and turn them into something new and warm and cosy. Ideas, tips and techniques to recreate woollens and old blankets into stylish recycled goodies.

Extra trimmings, felts and blankets can be supplied by the tutor if you are not disaster prone.

Felt, beaded brooches

half day or 3 hour evening

Using hand made or ready made felts, we will use dry felting needles to build thread and yarns for a background for simple stitching either by machine or hand. As a final touch small beads and sequins or decorative wires can be added. You will also be taught how to secure a silver plated brooch back to enable your new creation to be pinned onto jackets, bags or your favourite hat

Silk and batik for beautiful greetings cards

3 hour course or a whole day

Silk and batik techniques with many ideas for creating greetings cards

course fee and small materials charge

Silk Painted Scarf

3 hour course

Silk painted scarf, why no choose your favourite colours and make a unique present  for yourself!

batik , Debby Bird

 Batik – absolute beginners

Create vibrant line drawings using hot soya wax, and paint with fabric dyes. After experimenting with techniques, you will be able to make a larger piece that could become a cushion cover, a piece for your wall, or used to make cards
Tutor: Debby Bird  (minimum number 4)

 

CELEBRATION BUNTING

A lovely thing for a pre wedding party that could involve families of all ages. Recently I co-led a lovely surprise day for a bride. Grans, uncles, cousins all helped cut out , iron on, design and make celebration bunting with the message CONGRATULATIONS spelt out on the flags.

Creative Club Alchemy

We have a welcoming drop in group giving mutual support and sharing our creative explorations. On pause currently.

Stoke Lodge Adult Learning

Debby is the Textiles tutor and teaches day workshops (Usually Saturdays) in machine embroidery

and  courses in creative stitch which are textile art and  hand embroidery with a creative twist.

Debby draws with her sewing machine using freemotion stitch to sketch and add texture to her mixed media paintings and prints.