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Classes currently available:

Freestyle Machine Thread Sketching: the Easy, Whimsical Way

Fabulous Fabric Landscapes

Plan a ‘live’ Workshop with Deborah

For detailed information about these workshops, plus booking, fees, availability and other arrangements, please contact Deborah via email.

Please note: I love doing ‘live’ workshops, but have limited availability. Please be sure to contact me at your earliest convenience if you would like to book me for a live workshop.

Whimsical Flowers Thread Sketching Workshop

  Floral Whimsy Black Eyed Susan - Whimsical flowers thread sketch workshop - Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist Floral Whimsy in Orange - Coneflowers - Deborah Wirsu

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate / Advanced

For lovers of all things floral and whimsical! Create your own free motion thread sketched designs, even if you think you can’t draw! (Or you can use one of my designs).

  • No drawing skills required!
  • Use inspiration from your own photos, magazines or real flowers to design your picture
  • Learn to create interesting, yet simple backgrounds
  • Discover how to build colour, texture and tonal value with thread to create a beautiful and unique work of art
  • Explore a range of free motion stitch techniques
  • Explore a range of techniques to embellish and enhance your design
  • Learn about different finishing, edging, mounting and framing options


Freestyle Stained Glass Quilting Workshop

Giant Russian Sunflower - Freestyle stained glass quilting workshop - Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist  Red Poppy - Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate / Advanced

Create stunning art quilts using this simple and versatile fused appliqué technique. No ‘lead lighting’ with bias tape required – saves time and money and looks fabulous!

  • Learn how you can create your own designs from photos, or use one of my patterns to make ‘as is’ or adapt as you wish
  • Discover how ‘free cutting’ the appliqué pieces creates a ‘painterly’ effect
  • Use hand dyed or commercial patterned fabrics to create different looks
  • Explore the use of sheer or textured fabrics to create interesting layers of colour
  • Learn free motion quilting and thread sketching techniques to create design detail and texture


 Layered Collage Thread Art Workshop

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate / Advanced

Free stitched grasses - layered collage thread art workshop - Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist  Whimsical Flowers Urban Roadside - layered collage thread art workshop - Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist  Star of the Sea - layered collage thread art workshop - Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist

Discover how to use fabric and stitch to recreate your inspiration for flowers, seeds, grasses, landscapes, etc, into layered thread art that can be bound or framed, or incorporated into other textile art and quilts.

  • Learn exercises that will guide you through how to create your own unique designs
  • Discover the principles of colour, balance and texture
  • Explore different methods for layering your background
  • Learn how to adapt free motion embroidery and thread painting to suit your style
  • No specific drawing skills required!



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Painting on Fabric

Stained Glass Appliqué