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Last week I spoke about techniques and news for Eau Brink Studio.

This week I am going to show you one of the techniques taught to us by Alison Hulme. Just follow this link to my Instagram Tv to see how to put colour and pattern onto your fabrics. Once it has dried you do need to iron it to fix the paint. The longer you leave it before washing it the better the colour fixes.

printing on fabric
Screen printing with layers of colours

This week I have spent my time making items for the fairs and shows as well as local shops. This means that a big pile of scissor holders is emerging along with few peg bags. The making up of these items does not take too long but the preparation does. The patching of the fabrics for the peg bags takes ages and then there is the cutting out of everything. If its not right it will not sew together properly.

So what can you expect in July?

As usual the weekly workshops are all going ahead. That is Embroidery Mondays, Experimental Wednesdays, and Powertex  Thursdays.  At the end of the month the children are starting their summer holidays and at Eau Brink Studio we are going to help those who want to move on their portfolios for their GCSE or College diplomas by offering a workshop every Friday for a small sum with a different technique each week for 6 weeks. Young Textillers commences on July 27th. By the end of the 6 week period if you attend all the weeks your portfolio will be stuffed full of exciting processes s to use in your training.

And not forgetting the younger ones every Wednesday you can bring them along for a morning or afternoon to learn some of the basics of art and crafts, commencing on July 25th. The only Wednesday this is not offered is Wednesday 1st August as the Experimentals always come in on the first Wednesday of the month.

All Workshops start from 10am or 2pm if its the afternoon. Booking is through the links or go to

Our sheep are very grateful that they had their fleece removed last month as it is very hot. But the lambs are beginning to feel the heat a bit and tend to stay under the shady trees until mum moves them.

A very hot Lamb but mum wanted to eat to out of the trees.

Quick update.

The following workshops still have spaces : Natural dye Day, Procion Dye DayAbigail Mill, Clare Hedges, as well as the Young Textillers during the holiday period.

I am looking at moving the Embroidery Monday evenings to the afternoons or doing something different with this workshop from September.

I hope you find this information useful.





June 24, 2018

Acrylic Paint and Textiles go together like bread and butter. With a little help from an additive or two you can use acrylic paint for most things.

Take a look at the work Alison Hulme  does with her fabulous pinnies and bags.

Alison came to Eau Brink Studio for two days this last week and using System 3 Acrylic Paint and Fabric medium a huge amount of fabric was printed and decorated.

Alison arrive with a huge amount of ready mixed paints and explained that to mix the acrylic with the fabric medium we were to use a ratio of 1:1 but as Alison had already mixed loads of colours we did not have to worry about it.

Each day Alison started with showing us her techniques and demonstrating how to get the best results. Then as we had a go she cruised the room to make sure we were happy and if stuck, Alison helped us to move forward.

Most of us on day two made a pinny or a bag with the fabrics we decorated.

layers of colour
screen printing layers

What else can you use Acrylic for then I hear you ask?

You can add Flow Improver to the Acrylic to get a more fluid response and then move it around on most surfaces until your happy with the results.

Have you  seen on You Tube fantastic art using a number of colours in a plastic cup turned upside down and let go onto a canvas called a dirty pore? This is Acrylic with flow improver added as well as a bit of silicone to add the cell like areas.

To use this method on fabric  dilute one teaspoon of flow improver with 20 teaspoons of water and give it a good shake.Swirling waters Add this solution to your acrylics a little at a time to get a consistency you feel you can work with.

Use an old picture frame and pin or tack a piece of fabric over it ensuring its as tight as a drum. I like to use Egyptian Cotton for this.

Pore your colours over the fabric and holding the frame in both hands move and tilt it to move the paint around it. Keep adding colours until your happy with the results.

Leave to dry over night and the next day it is ready stitch into it.

I like to use this method on paper and card too. But if you like to use papier mache shapes it works a treat and the kids do love the mess it makes. With this in mind make sure you do it over a tray.

I am planning to take this into school this week.




On another note.

Our moorhens have just hatched out a second brood of lovely chicks. Two more of our hens are sitting on eggs and one hen has successfully hatched one egg. We also have a duck on a nest.

The sheep look strange now that the fleece has been shaved off but they are much cooler. But best of all I have three fleece to process. The lambs are all growing well and getting up to mischief. And Marlow still looks after them all.

Whats coming up?

Saturday  30th June I am holding another Procion Dye day

Wednesday 4th July is Experimental Group and you are welcome if you want to join the group. Just give me a call or email me on [email protected] as numbers are limited for this group.

Saturday 7th July is a natural dye day Although is a part two I am going to incorporate both one and two into the day for you.

Be inspired and daring with your art.








June 18, 2018

This week at Eau Brink Studio I have been looking at processes and what we do with them.

The first one is bubble painting and once I had reacquainted myself with this process I took it into the school so the children could have a go.

Bubble painting as a simple way of transferring a pattern onto fabric or paper. To see the Children’s results click on the link

You do need to think about Health and Safety with this one and wear eye protectors. You also need to remember to blow down the straw and not suck up the contents of your jar.

For Fabric mix Procion Dye as an ink and add a drop or two of washing up liquid into a jar or pot. Blow through your straw to create the bubbles and then lay your fabric over the bubbles to transfer them onto your fabric. You can do this with several pots of colour for one piece of fabric.

You can also use transfer dyes for this onto paper and then you will get several prints onto your fabric from the one transfer sheet.

For papers use Acrylic paints and dilute them to a ink consistency making sure your have enough colour for transferring. Test first and if not add more paint.

Edwardian inspired bubble hat

This hat was a piece I made using this process for my City and Guilds many years ago. It still looks good today though.

There are panels of bubbles that were transferred using the transfer dyes in four colours. Before assembling them I machine stitched to bring out the pattern.

Considering how old it is the dyes have not faded at all.



What exciting things have happened this week then?

Maggie Grey’s Wow Book II arrived and I can’t wait to get started on the processes in it. Trouble is I am still working my way through the first books courses.

I received confirmation that I have a place at The Handmade Fair Hampton Court in September so that’s something to look forward to.

And not so exciting the Post office have now confirmed our address as being Eau Brink Studio, Eau Brink Cottage, Pullover Road, Tilney All Saints, Kin’s Lynn, Norfolk. PE34 4SG. Very annoying of them to change it.

Whats coming up?

Alison Hulme is arriving on Tuesday evening to teach us all to print and make pinnies or bags. Two days of fun and laughter. For those of you who are coming to this please remember to wash your fabrics if they are new before you arrive to help them take the paints and dyes better.

Just so you know what to expect

This is one from another class that Alison taught last week elsewhere.

Just so that you know what to expect this week.


June 10, 2018

Phew, Open Studios Ended today for another year.

Pages 59-63 for West Norfolk
Listings in the Open Studios Brochure

Its has been very busy making, demonstrating and chatting to people of all ages.

Some people were well known to Eau Brink Studio whilst others are new to us. Thank you everybody for stopping and chatting to me. Also a big thank you to Christine and Sandra for helping me out over the weekend at the Embroiderers Guild exhibition. You are shining stars.

The sheep will now be happy as they can roam about all day.

Welcome to our new subscribers. Each Sunday I sit and write this blog to show you all what I have been up to and what is coming up over the month. As well as what is new.


On Wednesday the Experimental group met as usual being the first Wednesday of the month. We worked our way through some of Maggie Grey’s workshop with fantastic results. You can see them on the Eau Brink Facebook Page.

Inspired by Maggie Grey

This piece is layers painted onto Vilene using inks, Acrylics and Gesso.

Everybody used different stencils with fantastic effect.

We also dyed Silk Rods and stitched into them to create more texture. In some cases we stitched over Cords which we made first using our sewing machines.


Then we cut up the main piece and started to assemble them in different ways.



Mixed media is one of the most interesting ways of creating art, and exciting items for the home or office. Especially if you experiment with different media. No only do I love this way of working I never plan it. For me just gathering a few materials together and then sitting down and seeing what happens is exciting.


At the moment my favorite media are Xpandaprint and Scolabrush crystals. Mixing these two creates endless pieces of textured art. Just like this one.

The background it Scolabrush and the shell is Xpandaprint with Acrylic paint to make it look like a fossil.

Once the painting is completed I added Acrylic wax to set it and then stitched it all over to make the fossils stand out further.



So what else has been happening at Eau Brink.

The most annoying thing is the Post Office has decided to change our address from Eau Brink Studio, Eau Brink Cottage Eau Brink, Tilney All Saints, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. PE34 4SQ to Eau Brink Studio, Eau Brink Cottage, Pullover Road, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. PE34 4SG. I have no idea why but they are going to find out how much of a problem this is now causing me as I have to change all the literature, and I have to inform all my suppliers as well as you my customers. Apparently they have already made the change before informing me.

On Saturday I will be at the Rainbow festival at Fakenham Racecourse. Come on over for a fantastic day out with live music and lots of fun.

For the rest of the month we have the lovely Alison Hulme coming for two days and just after on the Saturday I will be teaching a workshop for beginners Natural Dyeing. For further information on the dyeing day just click on the link

Just a last note on the regular workshops.

Monday evenings are Embroidery. Suitable for beginners who want to learn a new skill or for anyone wanting to rekindle old skills.

Wednesdays are Experimental days where you can try something new or use up a kit with a little help from me. Or just come and play as I really do not mind the mess.

And before I forget:

During the summer school holidays the Saturdays have been allocated to the younger generations. Where they can come and learn new skills with sewing and mixed media.

stay Inspired






The first week of Open Studios has gone with a blast. I started at Thornham for the weekend where I met many people who liked the work at Textiles in Action.

Get your brochure here at Eau Brink Studio
This years brochure

The visitors have continued to come to Eau Brink Studio throughout the week to see what its all about. Thank you all for coming and a big thank you to our new subscribers too.

Whilst being in the studio all day every day I have had the opportunity to update my website and add in all the new workshops so why not check them out at This page takes you to the calendar where you can look on any date your free to see whats on.

The very latest to be added is Clare Hedges who is going to teach us Passementerrie. That means making lovely tassels and fabulous little acorns and covered buttons. This is a two day course on the 6th and 7th of October. The price includes all materials.

Lovely little Acorns
Handmade Acorns.

So whats been happening Eau Brink?

The lambs are growing fast and love to give mums the run around. Though now mums are getting to the stage where they do not worry so much about them.

We have two new chicks one is pure white at the moment and the other grey. I can’t wait to see what they look like when fully grown. We also have a broody hen sitting on eggs. Hurrah I hope she succeeds in bring them to life.

The moorhens have hatched out one brood and they have left the nest to free mum up and she is now sitting on another set of eggs.

The water vole has been busy digging even more holes in the bank of the lake. and the fish are now jumping up out of the water to catch the bugs. The Red Hot Pokers are looking fab around the lake.

Great Lake
Lovely Red Hot Pokers.

Just a reminder of this exhibition. 





It’s Been a Strange Week this week at Eau Brink Studio.

I have lost my diary and that has make me out of sorts. Not to mention stressed too.

So what has this all meant then? I have been rather ill which has not helped the situation but I have managed to meet my obligations except for one meeting and my personal goals of exercise.

Monday evening we continued with Embroidery Monday and Katherine finished her Blackwork piece which is stunning.

Hand Stitched
Blackwork by Katherine.

Tuesday and Wednesday was all about getting ready for Open Studios which started this weekend. For Eau Brink that meant two days in Thornham for Textiles in Action. I want to say thank you to everybody who stopped by and said hello. Also to everybody involved in the event which made it a great success.

Thursday as usual was all about Powertex and for me brooch making. And then off to the school for After School Art club. Where we made Whirly toys from CD’s.

So Whats Next?

Open Studios until the 10th June.

Monday its a day of getting to know the studio and having a go. Pop along and for a small fee you can have a go at Printing, Powertex, mixed media, procion dyeing, hand or machine stitch.

The kettle will be on and there will be scrummy cake too. Say hello to the sheep, ducks, chickens, and pond life. But most of all to Marlow our dog.

During Open Studios we are still running our workshops and in case you need a reminder we have Embroidery Mondays from 7pm till 9.30 pm.

Experimental Wednesdays where you can come and have a go at something you have always fancied. Or if your stuck bring your work along and we will see if we can sort it out together. from 10 am till 4 pm.

Powertex Thursdays are from 10 am till 4 pm you can make brooches, jars, books and other items.

To book just go to and then go to workshops and click on the dates to see whats happening. When you find something you like click on the Schedule appointment button to book.

Don’t forget that the Embroiderers Guild will be holding their Time and Tide Exhibition on the 9th and 10th of June.




It’s A busy Time for us all at Eau Brink Studio.

Why is it so busy you may ask? Well first I am getting ready for Textiles in Action on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of May.

Textiles of all sorts
A Great Exhibition which kicks off the Open Studios this year for me.

The Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios runs from the 26th May to the 10th June and you can get your booklets from may places but if you want one and cannot find anywhere near you just drop me a line and I will send it out to you.

During this time we have the King’s Lynn Embroiderers guild Time and Tide Exhibition on the 9th and 10th of June at south Wootton Village hall PE30 3LJ. Just opposite the church.

Another great Exhibition to visit.

Whats happening with Eau Brink studio then?

Well at long last due to the nice weather I now have my shed up so can clear out all the items we do not use all of the time and make the studio less cluttered. Thank you boys for getting that done.

I am still running our regular workshops during Open Studios. Which are Embroidery Monday from 19.00 till 21.30.  Experimental Wednesday from 10 till 4 and Powertex Thursday from 10 till 2. I am also running a taster day on Monday 28th May where you can drop in to have a go at something for just £5.00 per hour. Great if you always wanted to have a go at something but did not want to buy all the equipment in case you did not like it. I will be offering Screen printing, dyeing with Procion or natural dyes, Paper layers, Xpandaprint, and many more mixed media techniques. You can even come and have a go at free motion machine embroidery using my lovely old Bernina. And lastly you can also try your hand at Powertex and make a brooch.

During the Open Studios of course there will still be plenty of cake. So if you just fancy popping by to say hello and enjoy a brew you will be very welcome.

Is there a downside to this week?

Yes there is. I have lost my diary. It is A4 and has my whole year planned into it. It is a Ultimate Diary Planner and I cannot for the life of me find it. I have retraced my movements to the beginning of last week when I know I had it last but it still is missing. I have asked everyone I can think of to look in their bags in case they picked it up by accident and emailed or called everywhere I have been to see if I have left it behind.  It is incredible how lost I feel without it.

Still I am sure it will turn up and I hope that I do not miss attending anywhere or forget who is visiting the studio over the next week.

Stay inspired





What an Amazing Weekend we have had at the Kirsite Allsopp The Handmade Fair.

Officially in the annual
We are official

For the past three days we have been at Ragley Hall and the Handmade Fair talking to thousands of lovely people about Eau Brink Studio.

Setting up took place on Thursday afternoon and evening so that on Friday by 9am we were all ready to go. Kirstie was around before the show opened and spoke to many of us about our businesses. Then she opened the fair at 9.30.

Bright and ready to trade on day two.

The days were long but so much fun. I made many new friends with the other traders. The atmosphere was lovely and the organisers could not be more helpful.

But the most important people were the many customers I met. We had many laughs and discussions all about crafting. I want to thank each and everyone of you who visited my stall and particularly those of you who entered the competition.

The WINNER is LISA KNOWLES who managed to get the nearest guess of how many beads in the jar. the actual number is 1085 and Lisa guessed 1050. Congratulations I will be emailing you your £30.00 voucher.

I also want to thank you all for the lovely comments on the quality of my work. I hope to see you again at future shows.

enjoying discussions on crafts
talking about our goods.

The saddest part was the taking it all down and saying goodbye.

All thats left
At The end this was all that was left in the stall as I left to go home.

I am really looking forward to going to Hampton Court Palace in September.


What a week I have had at Eau brink Studio.

It all started on Monday with an email from the team at The Handmade Fair which is next weekend. Many emails and phone calls later I think I am ready.

New Fairs
Exciting New Ground

I had originally planned to travel on the Friday morning and set up on arrival. But the email I received instructed me I had to be there on the Thursday evening. Panic then.   Luckily I could add a night to the hotel but it means I have lost a days preparation. So I cancelled everything else except the experimental Wednesday and the after school art club. Which means I have been using the time to catch up.

I am now at the stage of making sure I have everything and will be planning on Monday our staging. Whew.

Experimental Wednesday was great fun with us all working on something different. One person using the Lamination technique for transferring pictures to fabric. She then had a go at Shibori dying fabrics too. Another got to grips with free motion machine embroidery for the first time. whilst another lady practiced her free motion machining too.

That just left one other who was working on a piece for the Kings Lynn Embroiderers Guild exhibition and I worked on finishing making up peg bags whilst helping the others when they needed me.

Amanda Hislop weekend
Layers of papers ready for stitch

John popped in to do the PAT testing for those who bought items. Well that’s what he said as we were having tea and cake.

The children at the school enjoyed an hour of playing with Xpandaprint by using it with paints on door hangers. They were fascinated when it puffed up.

What’s happening this month?

Well beside the Kirstie Allsopp Handmade Fair on the 11th to the 13 at Ragley Hall it is also Textiles In Action at Thornham on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27 which is the first weekend of the Open Studios.

Textiles of all sorts
Great Exhibition

Open Studios is from the 26th May to the 10th June. there are lots of artists participating and if you need a booklet they are everywhere. If anywhere has run out just let me know. I have plenty more to give out.

Get your brochure here at Eau Brink Studio
This years brochure

And beyond?

The Kings Lynn Embroiderers Guild are holding an Exhibition called Time and Tide on the 9th and 10th June.


So there is loads going on for you to go and look at.

stay inspired.



April 26, 2018

This week at the Children’s After School Art Club we made fish using old CD’s with  Eau Brink Studio.

CD art
Bright fish

Painting old CD’s and turning them into a piece of art is kids play today. The children all enjoyed painting them bright colours and adding glitters to give a little bit of extra sparkle.

Two CD’s are required for this . The children then cut the fins and tail from card, which they then painted. They stuck Googly eyes on both CD’s . Once dried they glued them together with the fins and tail in between the disks.

Fishing line is added to the top fin to use to hang the fish.

A perfect project that takes about an hour.

lots of brightly coloured fish. They would make a great mobile.

All the children enjoyed this activity and took the fish home to hang in their bedrooms.



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