September 2019 - EAU Brink Studio

September 23, 2019

New at Eau Brink Studio

This Month I will be launching a  whole new set of kits.
Luxury Christmas stocking
Modern print stocking

What does this mean in real time? I am looking at packaging, writing instructions and searching out fabrics.

I am hopeful this will all be in place by the end of September. so no pressure then???

So far I have looked at the Christmas stockings,  three different types of baubles, and the coin purse. I still have to look at whether it will be a good idea to include the cushions, scissor holders and other items I make using the jelly rolls of fabric.

Powertex

I am also looking into kits for Powertex. Starter kits mainly with the products you need to just get going or even smaller kits for you to have a go with it and see if it is for you.

I am sure once tried you will find a place in your crafting for it.

why am I looking at this?

Several of our customers ask me for kits or suggest me making kits to sell rather than the finished items. I have made the odd few for shows and fairs but at the Handmade Fair this time I had many many people asking for kits to give away as gifts or to have a go at making themselves. This has made me think that perhaps the time is right for them.

We will see.

Whats New?

Peggy Bonner is coming to Eau Brink Studio to teach beading techniques. Starting in October for a basic workshop to get you in the mood.

The day starts at 10 am and will finish about 2 pm.  Kits will be provided on the day and each learner will finish a small beaded decoration with a wooden cotton reel. This workshop is designed to wet the appetite so that you want to learn the more complicated designs for baubles and other items.

Beaded Decorations

Peggy is new to the area and wants to make new friends through her craft. Peggy owned a shop before her move where she taught her beading skills in regular workshops alongside running a busy shop.

I am sure that we will be able to make a number of fabulous items for our homes and as gifts with Peggy’s help.

For more information just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/beading-decoration-workshop/

 


September 16, 2019

Hard work can be fun and at Eau Brink Studio we do have a lot of fun.

Hampton Court

This week we have been at The Handmade Festival in Hampton Court. The hard work starts with making  enough items to ensure you have a good stock to sell as well as items to showcase what you do in the workshops.

Then setting up on the day before the show opens starts with the journey down from Norfolk and worrying if you have everything, I always forget something. This time it was the handouts for the workshops.

Setting up takes a while but by 6pm we can go off to John’s Sisters to hopefully relax before the opening day.

Each day we are up early to get to Hampton Court by 8am. Traffic permitting of course. Check that all is well on the stall before opening. We do have a little time to catch up with old friends before we open which is always nice.

The rest of the day is spent chatting to customers old and new. Selling items of course and encouraging customers to look at the website to see if they fancy any of the workshop we run.

At 6pm the customers go home and we restock before heading back to relax or in my case sew more items.

On the last day at 6pm we pack up the stall to head home. Yesterday we arrive home late in the evening to a comfortable take away meal and a pot of tea.

Is this the end of it? No. The day after we unpack take stock of what is left. What sold well and what did not.

Then on the computer to follow up on requests and emails. Write a blog and update the website as well as social media.

The last thing is to take what is left to The Barn shop and clear up the studio.

Do I now plan for next year? yes of course it starts all over again now.

This is just one example of how we work and have fun. Others include running workshops.

Workshops

Workshops are a great way to make new friends with like minded people. I love to see how people develop their own style of sewing and crafts. I have made some very good friends through my work.

New workshops are being added to the website all the time and this week there will be more including some half day workshops and maybe the odd evening one too. so pop along to www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk to see whats going on.

Whilst away

Of course many of you reading this are probably thinking “what happens to the animals when Anita is away” My son lives with us and he cares for them. Also my sister is not far away and also pops in at regular intervals to make sure all is okay. the animals are better cared for than us humans.

Animal Update

The chickens are all doing well laying loads of lovely eggs. The geese have settle in well and protect the ducks now unless there is food about then its every duck and goose for him or herself. The sheep I think will be happy when the warm weather goes away  even when they have been sheared they they hot. And the ducks are happy. The babies are growing well and love swimming on the pond. Though it is funny to see them suddenly try and jump out when a fish catches them unaware.

Next time

Next time will tell you all about the exhibitions I am entering just need to confirm a couple today and then I can show you some new works too.

 

 


September 6, 2019
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Exciting times at Eau Brink Studio.

Firstly I would like to thank Amanda Hislop for a great weekend of making us draw. The sketchbook workshop was amazing and I have continued to work into mine. I know this is not something I usually do. Many of us wondered where this would lead to and I am happy to say that it made me go back to basics which is a good thing.

The exciting times continue with Amanda  returning to us in 2020. Details are already on the website though more information is due to be added once Amanda has sourced pictures and samples.

Next is The Handmade Festival at Hampton court. Only one week to go and I am no where near ready for it.

I had decided not to go this year but at the last minute found that I can not stay away. So working long hours making items to take with me.

If you want to go and need a ticket just ping me an email and I will see if the link still works for you.

We are in full swing at Wymondham Arts Centre so you still have time to attend as it does not finish until the 15th of September. All items are textile related at this one so pop along and see whats going on. There is also a list of the workshops on my stand as well as the table where the money is taken.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me on [email protected] 

 

Our new group has commenced this month called Progression. We are ten members and will stay at that number so if you were thinking of joining us and I have not spoken to you then if you wish to join I have to say you will be on a waiting list. Our first exhibition is in February at Makers Month starting in the Forum Norwich. We would love it if you could come and see us Fledglings. This is an exciting time for us and would appreciate your support.

News on the home front.

We have a new cockerel. He is a bit young at the moment to take his place with his ladies so is being loved and cherished on his own. This means he is being spoilt in our house.

The geese have settled in nicely, All baby duck are now wondering around and enjoying the pond for a swim and wash. The chicken are laying again so lovely fresh eggs daily and the sheep are just being hooligans as usual.

Perfect days.