2018 February

February 28, 2018

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.

Hand made Lampshade
Procion Dyed Lampshade
Procion Dyed
Shibori Lampshade

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.

Keeping them pins sharp
New design to keep you pins and needles sharp

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.

stunning designs
Mel talking about her bowls

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.

Bar Code of colour
Colour Coded

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.

recycled bowl
Fabric and Powertex gives you a creative flair

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.





February 11, 2018

What a fantastic day we had with Melanie Missin-Keating making fabric bowls at Eau Brink Studio.

Eye catching bowl
Stunningly life like fabric bowl


First Melanie demonstrated the principles of the bowl talking us through each one she had with her. Then using a step by step approach she enabled us to make our very own bowls.

Starting with an explanation of how Mel designs her bowls and how she organises the designs within a circle.

This picture is one of Mels flower bowls with machine stitch.

Using stitch and layers these bowls can be created in any design as you can see from the fish design below.

Fish design using layers and machine stitch.

Fabric bowl using fish
Using stitch and layers these bowls can be created in any design.
stunning designs
Mel talking about her bowls

Following the initial talk and questions Mel proceeded to get us making.

Firstly by painting our designs using transfer paints.

Painted designs

once we had painted our designs we had to transfer them onto the interfacing. Then chose a sheer fabric to go on the top of it. Not as easy as it sounds as they are are fabulous.

Lovely choice of fabrics
Hnnn what shall I chose ?

Then to stitch using our machines. My machine did not like it at all so had to use another older machine which once set up worked beautifully.

decorative bowl
Fabric bowls are a lovely and decorative.

By the end of the day we all had our own unique bowls and all very different.

Fabric Bowls
All our bowls at different stages


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