We started with a talk about health and safety around hot liquids over coffee.
The discussion that followed included the natural dyeing process and how to use the different natural plant materials in their various forms. Crushed berries work better than whole berries, Dried materials need to be soaked over night, Fresh materials are far better if picked during a dry spell. Just to mention a few of the processes s discussed.
Whilst demonstrating how to use the materials by measuring out fleece, water and Weld. We looked at the different types of mordants and how they work.
I explained how vital it is to measure out your ingredients and document them so that you have a recipe for future use. With the recipe we discussed the need to document times your fleece is in the vat and what you liked and disliked about the eventual colours. Once the fleece is dried than a small sample is added to the notes. The trouble is remembering to do this while you are concentrating on your colours and not letting the pots boil dry.
Once the group were feeling a little confident they explored the different colours and then started to mix them to see what other colours can be made.
The day was exciting as nobody new what to expect or what colours will emerge.
What happens if you put fabric in the vats? Great question and answered by adding Egyptian Cotton to a Weld bath.
The colour stayed this vibrant even after rinsing.
I am writing this on a very snowy day watching the sheep peeping out of their house, and the ducks trying to shelter under the chicken house instead of going into their own house. We are now almost in March. Where did February go?
I have been very busy at Eau Brink Studio with workshops, organising the fairs we will attend, and that means lots and lots of making.
So whats new then?
Lampshades – these glorious lampshades are made using 100% cotton fabric which has been Procion dyed using shibori techniques. I have had many customers asking me to run a workshop for these. The first ever of these will be April 14th. In the morning we will spend time folding and dyeing the fabrics and in the afternoon we will be making our lampshades.
Sharpins – Whats a Sharpin I hear you ask. It is a pin cushion filled with a mixture that sharpens your pins and needles. I have purchased these items in the past and found that you have to stick your pins into the centre or outer edge. Very inconvenient in my mind. these are a little heavy so do not fall on the floor and you will also keep your pins and needles rust free.
They are double sided and very pretty.
I have been updating my Etsy shop but feel I may close it and just concentrate on my shop here on the website.
You will also notice that I have added all the fairs I am attending over the year to the workshop calendar. this way you will know where I am and can come and say hi. I always have information of the workshops with me at the fairs as well as items for sale. But you can just come along for a chat as that is always nice. In March there are two fairs organised by the Rainbow Festivals. The first is on Saturday 3rd March at the Dukes Head Hotel in Kings Lynn. The second is Saturday 24th the the Green Britain Centre, Swaffham. Both start at 11 and finish at 4. Both venues have great facilities and you can stop for a coffee and cake.
There is still space on Melanies Fabric bowl workshop. which is on the 16th of March. I love this process which can be used for many items. Mel will be teaching the basics if you have not already been on her workshop and for those who have a more advanced technique. Can’t wait. Please book in using the link above.
There is also space on A Colour Artistic Journey on the 21st of March. This fascinating workshop helps you work out your personal colours based on your date of birth and birth name. Once you know what your colours are you will just use those two to create art of your choice. It can be with paint, mixed media, Powertex or stitch. You chose. those of us who know our colours will be extending it to look at the different tints and hues of those colours.
I will be running the Powertex Thursdays each week throughout March as well as the Experimental Wednesdays. I am also commencing a 6 week course on a Monday evening for beginners Hardanger from 7pm till 9.30. All the information for all my workshops are to be found on the Workshop page of my website.
A new workshop for younger persons is now the last Saturday of most months. Sometimes it is the Saturday before. Young Textilers is for younger persons who wants to try something new, needs help with projects for school or college. Who wants to learn how to use a sewing machine or have a go at mixed media as well as traditional sewing. I do have an up to date DBS. You do not have to attend every month just when you want. But please do book in to ensure your place.
Enjoy looking around my website and feel free to take a look on the facebook page as well as the other social media.
Last year was a year of ups and downs for Eau Brink Studio . All in a good way of course. We moved website suppliers and launched the new website which has proven to be a great success.
Our classes and workshops have gone from strength to strength with a few surprises along the way.
Experimental Wednesday has turned into a lovely Experimental group, who will be exhibiting their work in March 2018.
And the fairs have been very successful in two ways. First of all with sales of our lovely products and secondly with bookings for the workshops.
Thank you all for your support. Our journey has been great fun so far and we want it to continue. You may be thinking “well I have not done much” but you have. Just by reading this blog you are being supportive.
I look forward to seeing old friends and new in the coming year.
Will it stop me sewing this darn wrist that they say is fractured?
The answer is a resounding No.
I can still manoeuvre fabric under a sewing machine. I cannot cut it, I cannot hold pins properly, I cannot hold a needle for hand stitch but I can sew in straight lines under a sewing machine.
It is frustrating to not be able to thread the machine quickly, it is even more frustrating to try and thread the bobbins. I have cried, cursed and thrown the darn fabric across the room. But I did it.
From a pile of fabric pieces to a crazy patchwork piece of fabric ready for cutting into lovely peg bags.
Enforced use of my left hand has and still is a real trial. It is frustrating to say the least but my sewing machine has saved the day.
This Tea Bag Paper Book Cover is the second item in this series showing what to use tea bag paper for.
I started with a piece of paper and printed onto it with fabric ink, using a commercial roller.
The next stage is to bond this paper onto a backing of your choice. I have used Decovil light for this project. Once bonded I machine stitched into the fish shapes. I wanted to still give it that feeling of the fish swimming and the movement of the water so they are not solid shapes.
Continue to machine embroider into the fabric until you are satisfied you have covered your fabric adequately.
I then added a backing fabric which I bonded using bondaweb and stitched around it to hold it into place. the last thing before making making it into a book cover for a diary, is to seal it with a sealant of your choice. I have used Acrylic wax.
Hear at Eau Brink Studio I am often asked what you can make with Teabag Paper. Therefore, I have decided to post a number of blogs with pictures and a few lines to show you what can be made. Starting with a Christmas Bauble.
The first part of the process is to print onto the teabag paper. You can print using any type of ink or paint. In this case I have used printers ink for fabric.
Once dry I then added a layer of sari silk by needle felting it, over a commercially produced felt. This gave a lovely soft finish to the paper as well as added colour.
The next part of the process is to machine stitch all over it using a variegated thread to add more colour. this can be done using a pre programmed stitch from the machine or just set the machine to embroidery by lowering the feed dogs and putting on the embroidery foot.
I now have a lovely new fabric to use. In this case to make a Christmas bauble. The bauble is four shapes sewn together by machine. I added beads and hand stitched it using gold thread to a little extra sparkle.