The Ups and Downs of May
May the season of new beginnings and lovely weather. Long days returning and we are all happy to be back out and about. Conjures up a lovely picture of happiness.
The reality for us all has been a little different. The weather playing a huge part in our getting out and about as well as the Covid situation. Also Anita has been a little bit poorly and had to have an unscheduled stay in hospital. Which is why everything is a little late. Only the scheduled emails and social media has been going out. But we are all back to normal at Eau Brink Studio now and hopefully the weather will improve. So it remains to be seen if we can now have more ups and than downs for the remainder of May.
For the smallholding side of things we are having a little reshuffle due to the fox situation so the chickens will all be kept in the top field and unfortunately shut in their own enclosure for a while.
The bees are doing well so far this year despite the weather and the ducks are just being themselves. Though we do need to get some more girls for the boys as the ladies are looking a little ragged at the moment.
This weather has meant that we have not been able to plant our dyers garden so far and it may be delayed whilst we try and source new plants. The seedlings have not gown as well as planned and of course we couldn’t get them in the ground. If the wind had not taken the cover off the polytunnel we could have put more in there. We have some we kept going and potted into larger pots so all is not lost.
Talking of dyeing we do have space on Saturday for the rescheduled Procion Shibori Dye Day. If you fancy having a go we are also going to be working into some reverse Shibori dyeing using denim. Just to mix it up a bit. Here is the link to book https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/procion-dye-day-3/
All dyes and equipment are supplied as well as some fabrics.
We also have space on Ruth’s bead loom day on Thursday if you fancy something a little different. Ruth Holmes will be teaching us how to create lovely beaded bands using basic equipment . All equipment including the beads and needles are supplied. Ruth will also show us how to use a bead loom and there are looms available to buy if you want them. Here is the link for booking. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/beginners-loom-bead-weaving-with-ruth-holmes/
Besides Social Wednesday that is all we have time for this May and we are looking forward to June.
But before May goes away we do have the challenges to complete. The outstanding videos will be uploaded over the next few days. There will be instruction on how to make the pocket to keep your found treasure in. Also variations on decorating it. An there is a planned paper version for a keepsake book. Though this is still at the planning stage.
Please remember to send me your pictures so that I can upload them onto the website and everyone can see you lovely work.
Thank you all for your help and support over this past few weeks it has been amazing and Anita cannot thank you enough.
June is going to be a fabulous month. Alison Hulme is fully booked with a short waiting list and Progression in Textiles are exhibiting at the Forum In Norwich from the 1st to the 11th. This is a free exhibition so please do come and see our work.