Challenging Times means Challenging work

March 7, 2021by Anita

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.






Our next event is Amanda Hislop - Texture in landscapes - Exploring Concertina Sketch Books Click here to book
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