New courses for 2013 & using disassembly as a learning tool

New courses for 2013

This week I have been busy planning lots of new courses for 2013. In particular I have had lots of requests for a course on the A level Product Design: Textiles course as well as a course on engaging boys so these two are planned for the summer. Take a look at these and other new teacher courses at 

I also run workshops for adults generally and many teachers might be interested in these too. They are much cheaper as they don’t include any teaching and learning information nor do they include any of the free classroom resources I normally give away on teacher courses. The products in these courses make great school projects and many include smart, technical and electronic textiles. All of these courses are also great if you are just looking to top up your making and machine skills. 

Quite a few of the adult courses for 2013 are based on articles I will be writing forSewing World magazine on ‘high tech textiles’. Take a look at the blog I write as a part time designer maker for more information on these articles. For more information on courses I run for adults visit 

Book For Courses In November

On the theme of courses there are a few left to run before Christmas. There is still time to book for this Saturday’s course on decorative techniques focusing on topping up knowledge and skills. On 20th November there is also a course for D&T teachers of any specialism, not just textiles, focusing on outstanding teaching and learning strategies. As with all teacher courses I run there will be lots of free resources for you to take away ready to use immediately in your classroom.

If you are interested in the cheaper courses there is an adult course running on Saturday 24th November called ‘See in the dark slippers’ making slippers that have electronic modules in them. On December 1st there is also the final network meeting for the year which is a 2 hour session with a chance to share ideas with other teachers as well as time to do some practical learning. At £30 and £20 respectively these courses are great value for money. 

For information on teacher courses visit and for adult courses visit 

Live Online Q&A Session By Kitronik

Are you a D&T teacher with questions about electronics? Are you a textiles teacher who wants to use electronics in textiles products by your find the whole thing confusing?

Kitronik are a Nottingham based company who sell electronic resources (amongst other things) and it is their products I sell on my website and which I use in my courses. Kitronik will be doing a live online session with queries and advice about the resources they sell on Saturday 17th November between 10:00 - 12:00 and 12:30 - 14:30.  You can ask anything about the resources they sell whether it be textiles ones or others in their range for use in other areas of D&T. 

You don't need any special software or a camera just internet access. If you have aquestion you just type it in and they will answer you on the video cam. For more information visit

Sawing More Products In Half!

Last week I mentioned the idea of cutting a trainer in half to show students how they are made and the technical materials that are used. 

This idea can be used for any number of products across most D&T areas. Here is a car tyre cut in half showing the layers of strengthening materials on the . It is a great way of showing how textiles materials can be hidden away inside a product. 

As well as cutting items in half textiles products can be cut open along stitching lines.  This is useful for fashion items as it helps students to understand the shapes that make up products. In particular this can help students understand how 2D shapes can create 3D forms when sewn together. This really helps with students understanding of items like trousers as students find it hard to understand how the pattern piece shapes are formed. 

The exercise in the photo on the left shows a product cut up into ‘jigsaw puzzle’ pieces which students have to piece back together again to show which bits fit together. The labels are part of a product analysis exercise that follows on from this analysing how techniques etc. 

In the photo on the right you can see that a football has been partly disassembled to show students how it is made of patchwork and how a ball shape is formed out of a number of 2D shapes. This is a great application of maths as well as being a way of showing that patchwork isn’t just used for traditional things like quilts. It is also another good example of hidden textiles materials with the hidden inner tube for the ball tucked away inside the outer fabric.

Useful Link 

This is a great video clip on 3D printing - it talks about what is, why it is revolutionary and how it can be used in industry and the home. It includes a variety of applications as well as textiles. 

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