2021 May

May 23, 2021
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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.

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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.

 

 

 


May 6, 2021
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Confession Time for Eau Brink Studio

Oh dear I am sorry to say we have got a little behind during April. I have no idea where the month went to. One day I am putting out emails announcing the months programme and then it is the end of the month. Where on earth did the middle go?

So to put things right I am going to spend a fair bit of time in the studio over the next few days catching up with emails, bookings and the shop items.

I also need to spend a little time in the shop as the fabrics need to be cut and packaged ready to grab off the shelves if you want a metre or less. Not to mention unpack the latest arrivals of threads and needles.

On top of this I have to finish items for the shop such as bags , peg bags, pin cushions, cushions and kiddies clothes so you can see how the fabrics look made into lovely items and of course needle cases as well as scissor holders.

Luckily the 3d printers are going full time and we are managing to keep up with the stock and orders for dinosaurs as well as dragons and cookie cutters.

The videos will be uploaded for April and the first for May’s challenge in the next day or two.

So that’s the end of my confession time and moving onto this month.

What is Eau Brink’s May challenge? It is called Finders Keepers.

This challenge is all about finding something you want to keep or have already found and want to keep. It can be anything that you can fit into a pocket. Not just any pocket but one that you have made using a pattern from the V&A. Here is the link to help you http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/m/make-your-own-pocket/  

This link takes you to a 1838 guide on how to make a tied pocket to the size of the item your keeping. These pockets can be as basic or elaborate as you want to make them.

Traditionally made from linen and embroidered as your need. However silk and wool were also used depending on what you needed to carry in it.

The Victoria and Albert museum has a good collection of pockets to see on your next visit.

First spend a little time looking at your found item making a note of the shape, size, colour  and pattern. Think about what it is made of so you can decide what fabric to use for your pocket.

Of course you do not have to make your pocket from fabric it can be paper or card or even materials you have made yourself by melting packaging to form a new material.

What else is going on at Eau Brink Studio then?

We do have room on our Shibori workshop on Saturday 15th May if you would like to have a go at this brilliant workshop with Anita just click on this link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/procion-dye-day-3/

There is also room on the Beginners Loom Bead Weaving with Ruth Holmes. This workshop is on Thursday 27th May . 10 am till 4pm. To know more just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/beginners-loom-bead-weaving-with-ruth-holmes/

And of course we welcome anyone who wants to drop in on Wednesdays for a day of crafts on our social Wednesdays https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday-2/2021-05-12/

Or join us for Experimental Wednesday on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/stitch-and-create-2020-01-15-2021-02-10-2021-05-19/2021-05-19/

Take Care Everyone

Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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