2021 June

June 29, 2021


You know when your trying to do a thing and it is becomes hard work? Well that is what is happening to me.

My thing I am trying to do is videos. First I was uploading them and spending hours and hours trying to get it right to find I am not succeeding. I gave up with editing and surprisingly the feedback was good. As you liked the warts and all approach.

Then it still took a while to get them to upload onto an editor and slice all the elements together. When it comes to technology I am not the most patient person. In my mind it should work because that is its job. So when it does not work I get very frustrated. And when it takes ages I get even more frustrated.

So my new thing is to live stream. Well so far that thing has not happened at all. Last week it would not work for no reason I could see but it did record so I set it to upload and found out today it did not work.

Todays live stream turned out to be a stop and start load of confused rubbish.  Oh the thing is not working I shout at my son. Who comes to my rescue to inform me that my internet in the studio is rubbish and needs to be upgraded.

Well I am not giving up. I will conquer it. John will get onto Bt and get my internet upgraded with a great deal. I do not speak to them as the long wait to talk to 5 different people drives me mad. But John is very good at getting through to them and getting me a great deal.

Hopefully they will switch it over quite quickly. In the mean time I will just go over what I tried to show you today.

Firstly thank you for looking in on my YouTube. It does show me when someone is watching and that did make me feel a little better about doing the thing.

I was demonstrating how to make a tied pocket. They are simple to make and you can make them any size or shape you wish. You can decorate them with hand or machine stitch and then sew them together either by hand or on the machine.

I will record it again and hope fully upload it properly by the weekend.

I decided to write off Junes challenge due to being so behind on the videos and go straight to July. July’s challenge is called Sun Worshipers. You can interpret that how ever you want. For me it makes me think of the flowers that follow the sun or close at the end of the day. Sunflowers of course and buttercups. I know of someone who would interpret this theme with a host of reptiles. And others would perhaps look to the beaches.

Any media can be used to make a piece of art. The art can be a picture, a 3d piece. On a cushion or card. However you decide it will look lovely.

What’s coming up ?

On the 1st July we still have a little space on Ruth’s workshop so if your interested just click on this link for more information. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/hand-applique-flower-picture-with-ruth-holmes/

Also at the weekend we have Melanie Missin getting us to make one of her fabulous books and we do have a couple of spaces available if you want to join us. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/my-little-book-of-favourite-things/

You do not have to work into your book using Mels designs but can use any of your own including any of your own stamps and stencils. Chose your subject and go for it.

If your thinking of joining us for Alex Waylett then do book as it is almost full now so don’t delay and book today as they say. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/3d-mixed-media-tryptch-machine-embroidery/

I will plod on with my thing and hope to see you all at some point so we can all do a thing together.

Take Care

June 17, 2021

It Is a Busy Time at Eau Brink Studio

So much is happening my head is in a whirl.

Firstly we had the Exhibition at The Forum in Norwich for the Progression Group. The feedback we had was amazing and the most popular piece we had on show was made be Katherine White. Her fox in a bin is hand stitched with a needle felted fox tail so it looks like the fox is bin raiding. It is a lovely piece.  We will be there again next year and hopefully we will be able to offer make and take too. Our next exhibition is at Little Massingham church in August.


Wednesdays are getting to be busy with our social days and Experimental Wednesday too. This month Mel came to get us to transfer images using natural dyes and the heat press in the way that she works. Mel and I have spent many hours happily working with our heat presses to see what we can do with them and how we can push the experimenting with them including using flora and fauna. It is great fun. We have created some fantastic images and made jams without wanting to as we put fruits and veg under the press too.

Of course Mel likes to use Vilene with her work so it is a little different from mine as I prefer cotton fabric. It is nice to be able to work with someone who has similar ideas but uses different substrates.

The children’s Art club is also a busy with the kids working on their sketch books. This year for them is almost over as we only have a couple of workshops left until the summer break. Next years workshops will be concentrating on drawing skills with a little bit of extra fun added to it of course.

colour and texture

With all this going on I have now caught up on most of the work I had outstanding but not the videos. With this in mind my son came up with the idea that I live stream them and then tell YouTube to upload them once the live stream has finished. This will save loads of time. It will mean no editing so you will get to either join in at the live stream or you can watch it later when the video is uploaded. I have set aside a Tuesday evening for this starting on  Tuesday 22nd June. Each week I will be there working on something different. I am going to start with the outstanding videos that are not edited. Going back so you can watch at the same time as I am working and ask questions as I go. This is a very new thing for me and I am expecting it to not be perfect but who wants perfection when creating?


This weekend we have Alison Hulme arriving for a weekend of printing and making pinnies, bags and canvases. the only problem we may have is it is not going to be sunny and warm but a bit rainy. Hopefully we can still get things dry. I love this workshop with Alison we have loads of fun and get so much work finished in the two days.

It is a lot of work that goes into these workshops by everyone involved but so worth it when you see the end results.

On top of all this we still have the shop to keep stocked so making for that and Eau Brink Studio will be at a number of other events in the year such as Little Massingham, Brancaster and Wymondham. So again more items to be made and kits too.

I have decided to make up kits for cushions and some of the other items I make so more work to keep me busy. These kits will be for beginners to work at first and then I may look towards something more advanced for next year. Starting slow and building up maybe.

Next years programme is being planned too so if you want me to ask someone to come and teach or if you want me to put on a specific workshop please do let me know sooner rather than later as many other artists are already taking bookings for next year and we do not want to miss out here in West Norfolk do we?

One last thing to mention is I was interviewed on Radio Norfolk. Talk about being pushed out of your comfort zone. But in the end it was okay and not a scary as I thought it would be. I was stunned when they called and asked me to to the interview and it was aired live too. I did remember not to swear and I hope minded my manners like a good girl.

Take care everyone







June 1, 2021


What on earth has happened to the first half of 2021? June already and only just getting back into the swing of things.

So what have we been up to then? The workshops are going full pelt again. It is so lovely to see everyone again and being able to speak face to face. sharing ideas and helping each other in the groups is a great way to spend a day.

Ruth’s workshops are going well and her loom beading one even got me working on making some bracelets. An who knows if I can find the patience to get past the first two rows I may even make something else.

Our Shibori and reverse Shibori dye day was great fun making loads of mess and getting frustrated with hand stitch and wrapping fabrics to dye. Also pulling threads on denim. That was a challenge on the black one. But how lovely to sit in the garden and work on our fabrics. The results have been stunning on the denim and we are all very pleased with them. One of mine looks like people in the mist so a bit of stitch into that and we will have a finished picture.


And I have been busy making some little clothing to show off the lovely fabrics we have in the shop. this one is so pretty and the dress turned out beautifully.

I picked this pattern because of the box pleats which show off the fabric with movement as well as how well it hangs. There are more on the way. At the moment I am making a set of dungarees using the scarecrow fabric.

And of course we have spent time in the shop and getting ready for the exhibitions.

The first exhibition is currently in The Forum, Norwich. Running until the 11th June. This exhibition if free to attend. We have booklets printed for anyone who wants one just let email in and we will send you one. The information in there is about the artists involved in Progression in Textiles and where we are exhibiting.  We would love to see you and see what you think of our work.

And with June already upon us we are moving forward with our next exhibitions. And more workshops.

There is NO Social Wednesday on the 9th of June due to my family visiting and an appointment. But Experimental Wednesday is going ahead on the 16th of June and Social Wednesday on the 23rd will be going ahead.  Alison Hulme is full still. If you want to reserve a place for next year please let me know and I will email you as soon as Alison confirms she is returning.

We are planning a new series of Eco Printing workshops starting at the beginning for a basic one day workshop building up to some two day workshops making all sorts of things including hand made books and using the scraps for landscapes. I am really excited about this and cannot wait to get the dates confirmed. The tutor is called Fiona Balding.  If this is something you would be interested in please do let me know so I can build a list ready for when we can go live and you will be emailed a few days before the adverts go out giving you the chance to get a place in advance.

And as we are already half way through the year I will be now looking at the plans for 2022 and what workshops we will be adding to the programme. If you would like someone to be added please to let me know and I will approach them to see how they feel about teaching in West Norfolk.

And lastly I have no plans to increase prices this year for the workshops which may help and to help further you can spread the cost by paying a deposit of £10.00 per day and then you can pay as you go up to the last 4 weeks before the workshop. All you need to do is go to the booking site and change the amount your paying in the pay box. The system will take it off the amount owing. Of course I will keep a check on this for you. All deposits are none refundable. If you are unable to attend we will try and resell your place as soon as we can.

Thank you all for your support.



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