Details of my lectures, talks, workshops, mentoring services and children’s classes

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. Recently 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.

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!”


Workshop tuition, for most recent dates at Heartspace studios see my blog posts.

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

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.

Tutor: Debbie Bird ( minimum number 3)

Cost: £25, plus materials charge depending on usage.


Felt, beaded brooches

half day or 3 hour evening

Heart Space Studios , 4 Harcourt Rd. Bristol BS67RG   0117 9232391

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

Heart Space Studios , 4 Harcourt Rd. Bristol BS67RG   0117 9232391

Silk and batik techniques with many ideas for creating greetings cards

£25 and small materials charge


Silk Painted Scarf

3 hour course

Heart Space Studios , 4 Harcourt Rd. Bristol BS67RG   0117 9232391

Silk painted scarf, why no choose your mum’s favourite colours and make her a unique present or for yourself!


batik , Debby Bird

 Batik – absolute beginners

Whole day course including a lovely lunch.

Heart Space Studios

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)



see blog

Heart Space Studios , 4 Harcourt Rd. Bristol BS67RG   0117 9232391

Make  beautiful stitched bunting to suit your special occasion.