2021 March

March 30, 2021

Last days of Scrap Bag Challenge

As we approach the end of the month we are rapidly running out of days to finish our challenge. Many of you have said you will send in your pictures over the next few days and I look forward to seeing what you have manged. I must confess to not finishing mine as yet but will do and get it onto the social medial pages for you to see.

When this idea was first suggested to me I was a little unsure that anyone would want to do these but now I see how it has been helpful to keep us all going whilst housebound. I have also been made aware that it will be something we can all do whilst the Embroiders Guild is morphing into  small groups as it is no longer running. Such as shame.

This months exercise has made me look at how much scrap I have. Far too much as I do not like to throw anything away in case I need it. This means I have a lot of scraps of fabric, paper, specialist papers and pages from old books and maps.  Not to mention wools, fleece and other materials.

The upshot of this has been a major clear out. Being honest and looking at the items and deciding on what really is needed and what can go. Local residential homes have once again received a little gift. This time I have packaged the items up and given them as craft packs for their fund raising.

Amongst the scrap I have found some fabulous packaging from a firm who sell lovely bath products. Each item arrives wrapped in a concertina of thick paper to protect it. When opened out it looks like honeycomb. I have used this for one of my challenge pieces. Just need to add a few beads to finish it. I have to point out that my lucky man of the moment was sitting shaking his head when I became more excited about the packaging than the bath products.

Next months challenge is called Recycled Memories.

March 25, 2021

Ready and Waiting

The studio is ready and waiting for your return. The kettle has been replaced, the cups washed to remove the dust again. The cupboards cleaned out again. And I have been ploughing through  all my unfinished items to get them out of the way.

The studio has had a move around so that the side door is now usable and the plan is to have a big outside space. A covered patio is planned just need to get it done now. This will increase the capacity of the studio during the summer months and on the less cold and wet days too. Depending on what we are doing. I may invest in a heater if needed.

The gardening has started and the first seeds are poking their heads out of the compost for the dyers garden. so excited. Hopefully you will see it growing fairly quickly. The planting area has been rotavated ready for planting.  I have two Aloe Vera plants too but am not sure if we can plant them outside. However if I can I will  try and then we will see what we can do with them. The plan is to also plant a few camomile benches in case we need something calming when things do not go to plan. We have also planted a wild meadow for the bees. And of course I will be encouraging visitors to go and pick the flowers and grasses for their work.

During March we have been working on using our scrap bags in the scrap bag challenge. Already one piece has been finished and the picture uploaded onto the social media sites. As they come in I will post them.

For inspiration pop over to my YouTube channel and take a look at what I have been up to with my scraps.

Assuming all goes well we can open in April and will start with our social Wednesday where you can pop in for refreshments and a chat. Bring along something to do but do book in please on https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday-2/2021-04-14/

Children’s art club on a Thursday evening. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/art-club-11yrs-and-older-2021-01-28-2021-02-18/2021-04-15/

Then we have our Experimental Wednesday. This will be a planned day to experiment with fruit and veg under the heat press with man made fibres. We have to hope for a nice day so we can have all the doors and windows open. I have been playing with this and the results are varied. The aim is to get prints from the organic matter and for the man made fibres to shrink to create new shapes. In some cases you will just get the colour from the organic matter which may spread over the fabric. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/stitch-and-create-2020-01-15-2021-04-14/

The First workshop is making a woodland hanging just like the one Melanie has made in this picture. For  more information follow the link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/woodland-art-hanging-with-melanie-missin/

On the following Thursday Ruth Holmes will be here making Machine Applique postcards. To book just go to  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/machine-applique-post-cards-with-ruth-holmes/

The Following weekend we have Amanda Hislop and only two spaces due to cancellations. So if you fancy it just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/line-colour-texture-in-landscape-exploring-concertina-books/2021-04-24/


We have moved the Pauline Wrighton workshop to August so if you wanted to book but couldn’t make the date try the new date and see if that fits in with you. Just follow the link on Pauline’s name. This workshop is all about learning how to use the various feet for your sewing machine. This is the second one but it is okay if you missed the first as Pauline will help you.

So we are hopefully at the end of many of the restrictions and have all been at least offered a vaccine if not had them.

Stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all soon.





March 7, 2021

Challenging Times means Challenging work


Our monthly challenge is under way. We are working with our scraps to create a piece of art. This can be a picture, functional piece or anything you want it to be.

Challenging ourselves to move out of our comfort zones is a good thing and as we are confined to our homes we have time to experiment and have a go at new things.

This week after sorting out the scraps to be used I have completed  video’s on YouTube for you about Appliqué using a cutting machine. These shapes can be used on card stock, paper and fabric which means we have a fair amount of choice for our art.

The first video is live now called Any Old Scrap – Machine Applique. As usual I have recorded this in real time. warts and all. It is just one way of using your scraps of course and it is up to you what you do with them. Here is the link for you. https://youtu.be/25Ea3KGtlLo

The second video will be using hand stitch for Applique. Demonstrating the Tent Makers way of using scraps of fabric and traditional ways for rolled edges with applique but of course with a little cheat by ironing first.

I am not always a purist when it comes to some techniques and am quite happy to use a machine or cheat to get the results I want. As in this case.

It is good for me to be going over techniques I have not used for some time as it makes me think and at times I could do with the practice of course. Especially Applique as I have not used it for a very long time.

Of course you may not want to use your scraps for this process but do not worry I have other ideas to show you and am recording the video’s all this week. I will not bombard you though they will be uploaded gradually so you have time to think about what you want to make.

One will be a mixed media picture. Using stamps machine stitch maybe a little hand stitch into the scraps to create landscape or other scene. And maybe a bit of abstract too.

This would fit in with the Amanda Hislop workshop which is on the 24th and 25th of April. Of course this will depend on the opening of the next stage in the roadmap on the 12th of April. As numbers are limited we do only have two spaces now available so booking quickly will ensure your place.

This abstract piece was completed at the last Amanda workshop and we will be using a similar technique for the coming workshop. Those of us who attended do have scraps left over from that workshop to use and Amanda will be bringing her pieces for use too.

If you would like to be part of the workshop just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/line-colour-texture-in-landscape-exploring-concertina-books/2021-04-24/

Before Amanda’s workshop we have Woodland Art Hanging with Melanie Missin on the weekend of the 17th April. Again it is over two days and we will be able to complete our piece in that time.

With Melanie’s expertise we will learn how to use shear fabrics and a soldering iron to create a hanging with machine stitch. Of course a few embellishments too if you want. I would have to add a bead or two. This is a great workshop for both beginners and the more experienced textile artist. For more information just follow the link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/woodland-art-hanging-with-melanie-missin/

All our workshops commence at 10am and end at 4pm for all day. Bring your own lunch but refreshments are provided with hot and cold drinks, home made cake and a fruit bowl.

We are working on an outside patio area very soon. It would be fabulous if we can get it finished in time for our programme to restart again. Fingers crossed as this will increase our work space when the weather permits.

One last thing is to remind you that we do have a shop in the Long Sutton Emporuim. 59 Wisbech Rd, PE12 9AQ.

The shop is called EBS Retail and stocks many of the items I make but also fabrics, quilting equipment and other haberdashery. Not to mention the items John is printing on his 3d printer. If you cannot make it to the shop then take a look at the on line shop https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/shop/    the fabrics are being uploaded as they come in as with the other stock. If you cannot see what you are looking for just drop us a line or call and we will endeavour to help you with your needs.

The teabag challenge was great fun and I thank you for joining in. We have had a number of requests for the Bister granules in brown. We are still trying to get them so please do be patient but we do have some ready mixed in our online shop.

We will keep you up to date when we have the granules in.

In the mean time please take care.





March 3, 2021

Any Old Scrap

Experimental mixed Media

ANY OLD SCRAP is the challenge for March.
This months Challenge is to create a piece of art using only scraps. So what is art? This is from Wikidpedia.
Art is a diverse range of human activities involving the creation of visual, auditory or performing artefacts (artworks), which express the creator’s imaginationconceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
You can use fabrics, lace, wool, embellishment’s, zips, beads, old threads or ends of reels but nothing new.
If you do not have any scraps then ask friends who sew if you can delve into their scrap bags.
You can also use paper, card, old stamps, postcards, maps and pages from old damaged books.
There is no limit to size, colour or shape. It can be abstract or traditional.
The piece does have to be a piece of art. How you interpret that is up to you.
It can be 3d, framed or unframed.
Enjoy the process but do not over think it.
Anita always starts her projects with a pile of materials and then plays to see what comes out of them. No plan means no anxiety. Look at colour ways, how the materials you are using will work together, do you want your piece to be distorted, manipulated? What will it represent if anything? Will it have pockets and layers? What about sheer fabrics and using plastic? Will you pad it or areas of it?
If stitching will it be hand or machine stitch?
If not stitching how will you hold it together? Glue, tape?
Felting can mean using up old wool or wool given to you that so far you have not found a purpose for it.
The ideas keep coming so give it some thought and join in.
What about a Powertex piece? Powertex is perfect for using up old scraps of anything.
You can make your art piece as a picture, a useful item, or to upcycle an old tired piece.
There will be videos on my YouTube channel to help with ideas and techniques for this challenge. Including the use of Powertex.

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