November 2018 - EAU Brink Studio

November 25, 2018
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I hear you all groaning because it is the Christmas Countdown at Eau Brink Studio.

I have been making loads and loads of things for you all to enjoy. Christmas stockings, baubles, skirts, gifts and art.

Fairs.

Christmas Bauble made with sequins and pins. Purple and blue with gold ribbon

I started off by making these little lovely items for the King’s Lynn Embroiderers guild. I did make a huge one but forgot to give it to them for this weekend so will give it to them for next weekend where they will be at Swaffham.

Just a little tip for you. if you plan on making any of these for your own festivities I strongly suggest you use smaller pins and dip them into glue for security.

I also suggest you use a thimble or small piece of leather to protect your fingers when pushing in the pins. Boy can that be painful without them.

Sequin and pin bauble. Red and silver with gold ribbon

mulit-coloured sequin and pin bauble with bauble hanger.However, the results are stunning and well worth it. Take your time with them and play around to get different results.

Try using just one colour over the entire bauble or loads of colours to brighten up any tree or home. Either way they will look great.

The pins and sequins can be bought off the internet as well as baubles which are just Polystyrene so easy to push the pins into.

Children love making these and they are safe as the pins are not too sharp.

Workshops.

No sew patchwork bauble. multi coloured fabrics usedFabric bauble kits ready for the instructions to be added. Another great way to make a bauble is to use fabric. This is a little more complicated but once you get into the swing of it, it is easy.

I do have to point out though this one is a little harder on the fingers no matter how sharp your pins are it still can be painful.

For those of you out there who would like to have a go I have made kits for you to buy. I am also running workshops which are on the website for you to book. You can message me if you wish to attend a workshop at The Craft Barn in Long Sutton or Silverwood also in Long Sutton.

Workshops are £15.00 including the price of the kit. Additional kits are £5.00.

My other life.

If you do not follow me on Social Media you will not be aware of what I get up to when not sewing or creating.

So here is a little clue…

Anita at her first photo shoot wearing a steam punk outfit. pose is under the hoop
Photo shoot
Resting in the hoop contemplating the next move
photo shoot

My favourite pass time besides sewing and reading is getting into this hoop. Though not in this dress as a rule.

I have spent many many months getting to this level working twice a week on perfecting these moves. From the first time I went into the studio to get my fitness up to scratch I wanted to get into the hoop but was not permitted for a full 18 months as my trainer knew that I was not ready for it physically.

This photo shoot was my personal goal this year. And I am really pleased with the results. These two are from 90 pictures taken. And there are no edits either.

Why am I sharing this with you? Because in the last 6 years I have changed my life completely and never thought that in my 50’s I would be pushing myself out of my comfort zone as much as I have. So I am saying to you.. Just go for it. Life is for living.


November 18, 2018
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At Eau Brink Studio The Festive Season Is Upon Us and we have one last fair to attend.

I have added an additional workshop where you can make Fabric Decorations. For only £10.00 you can spend time chatting to friends old and new whilst making fabric decorations. You can bring your own materials or buy a kit for as little as £5.00 each. There are two kits available.

Folded fabric bauble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us even if you do not feel like making a decoration or two just for the tea and cake on 8th December from 10 am till 4 pm. To book just click on the button

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What have we been up to this week then?

The Embroiderers Guild have been in making Christmas decorations ready for their stalls at St Margaret’s Church in King’s Lynn on the 24th November and in Swaffham on the 1st of December.

Items made for the Embroiderers Guild

On a personal note I have been working towards something that is way out of my comfort zone. A photo shoot. Yep I know not my thing at all but I did it for me. This is one  of the pictures for you to see what I get up to in the evenings. Though not usually dressed in this way. This picture was the dress rehearsal before the main event.

I do think it is important to get out of our comfort zones every so often and exercise is a great one to make us do that. Especially if its not the normal type of exercise.

 

Whats coming up then?

The season to be jolly is around the corner. For me that means spending time with my family eating and drinking. Toasting friends old and new. This year one friend will be absent and dearly missed but not at all forgotten.

I will be at Wymondham on the 1st December for the last Norfolk makers fair of the year. Come along to say hello. the whole of Wymondham will be open for their Winter Fest. While your there why not pop into the Big C and stock up on a few crafting items too.

The last Experimentals group meeting will be the 5th December. No need to book in just come along and we will eat Christmas goodies, Drink a toast to the end of the year and plan our next year. If your not part of this group but would like to come along anyway you will be made welcome and we will explain how the group works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


November 11, 2018
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We all know that preparation is key but there are times when no matter how hard we try outside influences can impact our plans.

What do you do to plan your week?

I have an excellent diary planner which has the whole year planned out. I know where I should be each day as well as the preparation I need to do.

My week starts on a Sunday evening when I should get my blog finished ready for the social media to send it out to you all on Monday.

I then look at what I need to have ready for each day. This week I need to add in extra towels and rollers for an added workshop for felt flower making. I need to Plan a workshop for Monday afternoon, cut out many flower shapes for the school on Tuesday, ensure there is plenty of cake on Wednesday.

The website needs updating, the social media scheduled emails need to be kept on top of.

Then I get to spend the rest of the time making lovely items for the fairs and shops. Which means cutting them out once I have decided what I need. But not this Sunday as I have been at Dents Farm.

 What a fabulous weekend we have had. Thank you for stopping by and saying hello. And thank you to all our customers old and new. It was lovely to see you all.

 

 

So what’s coming up then I hear you ask?

Christmas Decorations

November 24 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

£25.00

Do you fancy making your own decorations for Christmas using traditional techniques?

Then join us at Eau Brink Studio on the 24th of November for Christmas Decorations with Clare Hedges.

We will be starting at 09.30 and finishing at 1pm. Clare will be supplying all the materials.

All you need to bring is yourself and your scissors. Refreshments included in the price.

Making Christmas decorations using traditional techniques is not as hard as you think.

Clare will supply all the materials and equipment so you will just need to turn up and follow her easy instructions.

Of course Clare is on hand if you get stuck and need a little extra help.

Once you know what to do then you can make these decorations all year round for other celebrations in many colours.

Beginners Skirt Workshop

November 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

£25.00

Beginner level at Eau Brink Studio.

Using a simple pattern, Create a skirt in this one day workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you caught the sewing bug?  Are you waiting (patiently) for the sewing bee to come back on our screens? This is your chance to get ahead with your winter wardrobe and sew a skirt for you.

Starting with learning how to read the pattern, Pippa will take you step by step to create a simple skirt.  Learn how to finish seams to prevent fraying, Stitch a dart, put in a zip and everything else in between to create a skirt.

 You’ll need:

·       A pattern.  Most of the pattern companies have a beginners/ simple section to choose a pattern from.  If you like the look of some of the indi pattern companies you could try Sew me somethings Viola skirt or for a slim pencil skirt, Liesel and co super sharp pencil skirt.  Simple sews Kiera skirt or The Named Azara skirt works for those that like a little more flow of fabric.  A quick search for skirt patterns will give you lots of choice, just remember, the less pieces it appears to have, the simpler it will be to put together and the more likely you’ll be to make it in a day.

·       Fabric- your pattern will give you an idea on the back as to the type of fabric to choose, if in doubt, ask a fabric shop assistant.

·       Thread and machine needles to match your fabric

·       Sewing machine

·       Sewing kit i.e. Scissors (Paper and Fabric) Pins, Hand needles, Tape measure etc

·       Zip, if your pattern requires one

·       Interfacing-choose a weight that’s slightly lighter than you fabric.  If in doubt ask an assistant.

Powertex Thursday

November 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Recurring Event (See all)

£20.00

Want to Discover the Possibilities of Powertex? You can on Powertex Thursday.

Powertex
Fabric Bowl with Powertex

Learn how to manipulate this versatile medium, giving you the start to get creating…

Have you recently purchased a Powertex system, but are finding it tough to get results?

Perhaps you have heard about the potential of this fabric hardening system to create beautiful and distinctive structures?

Although Powertex can produce outstanding results, you are not alone if you are struggling to make this environmentally friendly product work for you.

If you want a practical grounding in using this sculpting medium then Powertex Thursdays is the perfect solution.

Designed to give you the skills and know how to capture your creative flair, this course takes place at Eau Brink Studio under the supervision of Anita O’Neill.

Available for £20.00 this 2-3 hour course gives you all the basics needed to make a jar or brooch. Whole days are also available for support with larger projects.

This course gives you the following…

  • All your materials are included – in the overall course price and extra products are available for a small cost to ensure you achieve the result you desire.

 

  • Initial demonstration – watch as Anita goes through all the basics necessary for successfully bringing your ideas to life with this exciting medium.

 

  • Positive learning environment – work with Powertex and share information and findings with other artists and creatives in a fun, energised atmosphere.

 

  • Refreshments – including Anita’s famous cakes and cups of tea to get the inspiration flowing around the room.

Experimental Wednesday

December 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Recurring Event (See all)

£20.00

Mixed Media

There are many ways to decorate fabric and paper using stitch, dyes, paints and other mediums. But have you ever thought about mixing up the paints and stitches? What about making your own surface to stitch into or to add to using paints or other embellishments? How many kits are lurking in your craft room or cupboards that you have not used yet?

 

Experimental Wednesday at Eau Brink Studio is a day where you can be free to experiment using any medium you like. We have put paper to fabric, made paper, dyed fabrics and used the left over dye as ink. 

We look around us and think about what everyday objects can be used for in our experimenting. for example: take some rusty objects and lay them over and around fabric. Leave for  a few weeks and then unwrap. Lovely rust dyed fabrics to sew into. 

 

Snow is something many dread. We look forward to it as then we can use it to dye fabrics using Procion Dye crystals.

The world around us makes many synthetic fabrics which can be coloured and then heated to make the most fantastic surfaces. Such as Tyvek, Lutradour, and of course everyday plastics.

Every Wednesday from 10am till 4pm. From £20.00 per day and then additional costs for materials. Refreshments included but not lunch.

Gain an Expressive Flair and New Confidence Working with Mixed Media

 Learn the techniques that will give you the basis for a developing your creativity and own personal style at Eau Brink Studio.

Have you been on a course or show that has opened your eyes to the possibilities of working with textiles, paint, inks, wax, acrylics and other types of mixed media?

Want to take your artistic productions to the next level and develop a range of skills that you can explore in your own studio or home workshop?

If the answer is yes, then the Experimental Wednesday Course at Eau Brink Studios with Anita O’Neill could give you the boost you need to take your creativity to the next stage.

Designed to teach you everything you need to get the results you want from mixed media – this 6 hour course is available for £20.00.

This workshop gives you the following:

  • Introduction phone call – Anita will talk to you before the day to ensure that your chosen technique is covered during the course.

 

  • Lecture sessions – where you learn not only about your technique but get an insight into everything that is being taught during the day.

 

  • Practical demonstration – going through a clear, step by step approach that gives you enough time to truly understand how to use each technique.

 

  • Workshop – practice the techniques you have learned, with Anita on hand to give you all the support and assistance you need.

 

  • Cake and refreshments – bring your own lunch, but Anita bakes her own special cakes to keep you sustained in the afternoon.

 

Taking place in our spacious and relaxed Eau Brink Studio, simply bring your own materials or let us know and we’ll provide them for you. Be inspired in this artistic space and share ideas with others on their expressive journey.

For 2019 we start out in January  with

Mels up-cycled Lampshades

Then we have …

Small Objects of desire with Cas Holmes

Followed by a one day ..

Cas Holmes – Postcards

And we also have..

Print and Make with Alison Hulme

followed by..

Amanda Hislop – Sketchbook workshop

If you are interested in any of these workshops please click on the title and it will take you to the website so you can take a look at what we will be up to. If you fancy it just click on the schedule appointment button. Any problems give me a call on 01553 762115.

And as you can see I am planning right up to the end of 2019. There is more planned but as I have not finalised things I do not feel I can publish them. So keep watching and reading.


November 5, 2018

We are at that time of the year where It’s Busy. The new school year is underway.

Everybody is beginning to think about Christmas and that means fairs and new items to make. such as our Powertex Candle holders that make fabulous night lights with the colour changing battery candles.

There are two types. Glasses and bowls. To see the bowls changing colours follow this link. https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/696953244031107/

Both are very elegant and easy to use without the risk of fire. They make fabulous gifts.

 

Also after attending the workshop with  Moira and her faces I have become obsessed with them. I have been making smaller faces in frames as well as the larger ones. Do they remind you of anyone you know?

I will be having these and other items with me at Dents Farm on the weekend of the 9th November as well as at the Winter fest in Wymondham on the 1st December. Why not come along and say hello?

I am also looking at making pets with this technique too.

 

Amanda Hislop weekend
Layers of papers ready for stitch

We are looking at the new years programme. so far we have many things planned but they do need a little tweaking.  Such as the Experimental Wednesdays. A group has grown out of this that meets on the first Wednesday of the month. We are almost at capacity for this group. I am capping the numbers so that everyone gets plenty of space to work in. I am going to continue to run other Wednesdays for beginners and then when there is room beginners can move into the group once up to speed.

 

Learning new stitches
Stitch library

Embroidery Mondays will also be changing to a day where you can come along and enjoy traditional hand stitch. Rather than it being a structured class, learners can dip in and out as they want. The day will start at 10 and end at 4. Materials will not be included in the price as it can be expensive. However I will have the materials here if you wish to purchase them. For learners who are totally new to embroidery you will be given a choice of printed linens to use to practice your stitching. This will give you finished items to remind you of your stitches.

On another note a Ram called Tornado has been chasing our three girls around the garden and has settled in for the next few weeks. I am not sure if the girls like him as much as they did like Conkers.

Marlow is spending his days chasing herons out of the pond and the resident crows have been joining in. Hopefully the heron will give up and move on soon.

And lastly the chickens have molted so hopefully now the egg production will increase again. That means more cake.