2021 August

August 28, 2021

The Thing, as in The New System is in. And Working

Hurrah. We have new internet in the studio that is so fast it takes no time at all for things to load. But we will see if it does the job on Tuesday evening at 7pm, When I will be going live to test it.

All being well we will go live on a Tuesday evening and I invite you to suggest techniques you would like to see demonstrated.

Each week before Experimental Wednesday I will be demonstrating one of the techniques we will be covering on the following weeks Wednesday so you get an idea of what we will be up to. The if you fancy attending you have time to book in.

The other thing I need to tell you is that the studio also has a digital phone now so the lines are gone as it all comes through the internet some how. If the router decides to play up we have back up 4g too.

THE NEW PHONE NUMBER IS 01553 611009. And if I am not in the studio it diverts the call after 8 rings to my mobile. How impressive is that? I think I may be a proper business now.


During September there are a few changes due to the huge amount of work I have on and I am going away for a few days.

There will not be any Social Wednesdays during September.

Experimental Wednesday is still on and you can book on the site www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events

The Studio will be closed from Friday 17th to Thursday 23rd September.

Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios takes place from Saturday 25th September to Sunday 10th October. Eau brink studio will be open for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd October and 8th, 9th and 10th October hosting Progression in Textiles work. Refreshments will be on offer and a few items for sales too.

If you need a booklet for open studios then you can get one from Eau Brink Studio or EBS Retail in Long Sutton Emporium. The are on the shelves by the books.

They are free to take.

Also at the moment the Norfolk Makers have their fair in Wymondham Arts Centre for another week so if your in the area or fancy a day out pop in and take a look at tall the goodies in there.

Wymondham is a lovely place to visit for all the family. A little steam train, The Abby and some lovely little shops too.

If your into crafts visit the Big C shop by the station too as it have some great bargains.


So I hope you will tune in on Tuesday when I am live on YouTube. 7pm and you can log in and ask me questions as I am demonstrating.  We will go back to the pocket and try that one again.

Once we know we have solved the technical problems we will go back to the challenge of the month .

Oh one more thing. Zena is starting her card making from the 10th September. These are for beginners starting with the basics every other week. Kits are included so you just need to bring yourself. Please do book in rather than just turn up as we are keeping numbers limited.

Thank you all for your patience with the internet issues.

Take Care





August 26, 2021

The Nights are Drawing In

As the days get shorter and the nights are drawing in I find myself wanting to do more dyeing for some reason. I have spent the last few evenings using Procion dyes with threads. Once they are dyed I pop them into the microwave to set them and the colours are glorious. The only drawback is that they take a while to do. First a soaking in a mordant. Then pouring the dyes over them. Leaving them overnight to soak and the rinsing takes for every. But they are worth it.

I am hopeful that the thing is resolved tomorrow. I am informed by BT that I must allow the engineer on site and access to all areas he needs to get to. Well of course I will. That means as the nights draw in I will be able to go live and show you how I work. Fingers crossed.

This last week we had Pauline Wrighton here teaching us how to use all the feet on our sewing machines to create fabulous patterns and designs. It is amazing what you find out about your machine with Pauline. Like for me I found a foot I have never used or even knew it was there. Now I use it a lot as it is a better foot for free motion sewing.

It was a fun day with lots of great banter and laughter.

We have also been to Wymondham and set up with the Norfolk Makers for two weeks. Lots of lovely things to see and buy.

Whilst there I spoke to Caroline Hyde-Brown about her coming to Eau Brink and we will sort something out for the new year.

Her work is lovely so watch out for that one.


September is a busy month for us with lots going on.

Starting with Zena and her card making on the 10th. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/napkin-art-card-with-zena-landeryou/

We have Experimental Wednesday on the 15th where we will be playing with Xpandaprint and Lutradur for the day. the website will have pictures after this weekend for you to see. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/stitch-and-create-2020-01-15-2021-02-10-2021-09-15/2021-09-15/

Zena is back on the 24th for a second workshop making cards https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/mixed-media-cards-with-zena-landeryou/

And then we have Anne Hellyer with us for two days. We do have a couple of spaces available on this workshop https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/set-the-town-alight-with-anne-hellyer/  

Open studios starts at the end of the month too.

Eau Brink Studio is hosting Progression in Textiles for Open Studios and is open for two weekends out of the three. Come and take a look at the work. Stay for a cup of tea and of course cake. Chat to the artists too.

So much to do and with the longer nights plenty of time to do it.


I will let you know about the thing and we will see if they get it done. If they do there will be a new phone number for Eau Brink Studio as it is going digital.

Take Care

August 17, 2021

Goodness What a Week

Goodness what a week of rushing about and getting frustrated with the Giant company who are updating the internet and phone.

Starting on Monday when I was so excited about the updated internet and phone and of course it has not happened. I have given the company permission several times for John to talk to them and organise it all but they insist they do not have permission. Even after I told a chap 4 times to make sure it was done , today they told John he needed the code they had emailed to me. I was not home and didn’t receive the code which runs out after about 3 minutes. Not the first time they have said they sent a code and not sent it. Then they cut him off when he is speaking to them. they wonder why they get complaints. So the saga continues probably into the next week.

The rest of the week was spent making items, cutting fabrics for the shop and putting new items in there and then preparing for  the exhibition at the weekend.

Progression in Textiles had our first real exhibition this year at Brancaster Staithe.

We charged over there on Friday risking life and limb in the traffic to spend hours setting up our exhibition and tables.

Cakes were baked and the urn was switched on for 10am Saturday morning. We had a great time even though the visitors said they couldn’t find us at first or that they didn’t know we were there till they saw our flag.

A huge amount of work went into this exhibition by all members of Progression and that made it the success it was. We also learnt a lot from it, from setting up as a group to where to advertise in the future.

Talking about the future our next event is Open Studios at Eau Brink Studio.  We are open on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of October and 8th, 9th and 10th October. 10 am till 4pm .

So what else has been happening this week?

Plans for Pauline Wrighton to come on Saturday to teach us how to use all our feet on our sewing machines have been ongoing. We still have a space if you fancy joining us. Not only will we be learning how to use the feet we will be making a finished item. This is a great workshop and I am looking forward to participating as a learner. To book just click on this link. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/finding-your-feet-with-pauline-wrighton/

Finding your feet and taking steps.

We will spend the first part of the day trying out  various functions and features of our machines with a view to using them creatively and decoratively. We will use one or more of these features to create a mini -project to take home, eg  glasses or phone case, folded purse or book wrap.

Please bring;-

Your machine complete with its accessory box ,(with feet, needles, bobbins etc) and manual.

A selection of threads

Simple sewing kit, i.e. scissors large and small, needles,  tape or rule for measuring, pins

Rotary cutter and small cutting board if you have the them

A small selection of fabrics to work on, cotton prints are fine,  a couple of striped ones would also be useful.

Some plain cotton to use as stabiliser

An embroidery hoop, e.g. wooden 8 or 10 inch or similar

A twin needle to suit your machine if you have one.

Notebook and pencil

Your lunch

You may also like to bring,

Some small lengths of lace, ribbons

A selection of  buttons, 2 or 4 hole type

Please note that given time constraints of a  day workshop ,our project and samples will be small, so no need to bring large pieces of fabric.

If you think you may like to make a diary or book wrap, then please bring the book for measuring.

I will bring, extra fabrics, spares of most things, my workbooks and samples for ideas and inspiration.

Additional materials needed for your project, (at no additional cost)

And now I am getting ready for two more exhibitions. The West Norfolk Artists and Wymondham .

What a week. I have no idea where I get the energy from or how it all falls into place but I am very grateful for the help and support I have from family and friends.

We are currently working to get the card making workshops started in September after the children return to school so watch this space and social media for further information.

Take Care everyone and I will keep you up to date with the whole internet saga



August 11, 2021

Turning A Disappointment into a Positive

Well the last week was an exciting week with many disappointments and many positives. And after a great deal of discussion with my son we decided we would look for 5 positive things in our day on a daily basis.

But before I go into this I just want to share with you a great weekend we had with Jenny O’Leary.

The workshop was great fun with lots of laughter and amazing work. Yes I was challenged because it involved me drawing lots and as many of you are aware I do not enjoy this part of my work. But I am getting more and more comfortable with it.

It is good to be pushed out of your comfort zone and this workshop certainly did that for us all.

Getting to grips with hot wax and using it as a resist in layers was a challenge but once you understand how it works it is a great technique.

We all have several finished items ready to stitch into.

Some fabric and some paper.

Jenny is a great teacher with a lot a patience. We look forward to seeing Jenny again in May .

Now getting back to turning a disappointment into a positive.

As many of you know I have been struggling with getting videos and live streams on line due to the rubbish internet in the studio. BT were coming to the rescue with a new package including fibre and going digital. The exciting boxes arrived and the engineers also arrived on Monday to install it all. Then the disappointment. The engineers had to wait for a platform to arrive and toddled off to do another job. Promising to keep us informed on the delivery of the platform. So far nothing. No platform and no information. A massive disappointment. So how do you turn that into a positive?

Easy my son says. Just look at what you can get done whilst you are waiting. So planning started. I now have enough content for a lot of live streams and videos written out and have started to get the materials ready for when we can go for it. This will save me time as all will be prepped .

The next disappointment of the week came when I almost got my new super sewing machine. Unfortunately it does not look like the funds are going be available in the time scale I wanted. But again I know that I can wait and whilst waiting for this I can plan how I will use the machine for my work and look into the costs for materials so that I am ready for when it does become a reality.

Whilst thinking about this and what I am going to do I cleaned out my shed. I am sure the mice were watching and getting excited as their winter home is now clean and tidy. But dear mice you will be disappointed as I have removed anything that I think you will be trying to nest in. I will also be looking to block any holes to stop you getting in. Also the spiders are gone too.

Each day we now look for at least 5 small things that make our day a positive day.  Yesterday started with my dogs greeting with gusto as I came down the stairs. They are so loving. the next thing was the postman bringing me fabulous unexpected post from a friend. I then got to eat breakfast with both my son and partner which is rare. Then met with another tutor and planned her 6 week card making workshop .The sun came out, so there are the first five happy things. There were more and as i look for the nice things in life no matter how small I am finding that the bigger irritating things like BT are not quite so irritating. Especially as I have decided not to talk to them and leave it all up to John to deal with. See all positives.

And now I am positively going to get on with some sewing as we have our Progression in Textiles exhibition this weekend at Brancaster. Saturday 14th August and Sunday 15th August  if your in the area pop in and say hello. Browse our art, take a look at the sales tables and perhaps stop for a cup of tea and cake.

Each member will be displaying their art in their own way. Members will be available to answer questions to their best ability.

Just look for the Progression in Textiles flags if your not sure where the hall is. The address and postcode is Main Road, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk, PE31 8BZ

The next workshop is Experimental Wednesday on the 18th August where we will be working with our sewing machines to layer up man made fabrics and making grids with soluble film.

Ruth will be with us on the 19th August teaching her transfer and stitch workshop which involves using the heat press and transfer paints.

Then on the 21st August we have Pauline Wrighton teaching her fabulous Sewing Machine workshop where you get to use all the feet on your machine. Learning how to use them to their maximum and will go home with a made item. To book just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/finding-your-feet-with-pauline-wrighton/

Take Care Everyone





August 1, 2021

5 Advantages of Our Good News


There are 5 advantages to our good news, which will make us more efficient and it means that we can very soon restart the videos and streaming.

And here it is. The best news for a while. BT have sorted out our problems with our connections and we are going digital .

The engineer arrives on the 9th of August to connect everything for me including lovely fast fibre.

The phone number will change as it is a digital phone they are sending .

So beside the obvious what will this mean ?

Firstly We should not have any more crackly phone calls. There are times when I answer the phone I cannot hear the other person on the phone. Also when the caller leaves a message it is difficult for them to be heard if they current phone permits them to leave a message. It is getting on a bit that phone so retirement is probably a good idea. The new number will be sent out on email to all our subscribers and then added to the website.

The second advantage is that all the calls can be diverted to my mobile phone as well so I am hopeful that I will not miss any calls. Of course any cold callers and sales persons will still be ignored. As I prefer it if companies emailed me.

Advantage number 3, we will have the most fastest fibre we can get. I am told it will be pretty good as the pole it is on, is outside our house and the line coming into the house is brilliant so it should also be in the studio.

The fourth advantage is fast fibre means faster downloads and we will not have to wait for the items we are looking at to load in slow motion.

And the fifth advantage is that we can stream without it cutting out and getting stuck.

All in all we are going to go full steam ahead with plans that were going to be put in place a little at a time.

What does that mean ?

All five advantages mean we will start the new streaming as soon as the engineer leaves the premises. Starting with a test stream.

Then we will catch up on all the monthly challenges with live streaming on a weekly basis. To go with the live streams there will be kits which can be bought in advance so you can create along with Anita. the kits will include card making as well as stitching in the same kit. It would be great if you could do both and Anita will demonstrate how.

Once we get into the routine of our weekly evenings sewing we will sort out a new sewing club which will be subscription based. The price will include a kit and access to the YouTube video that goes with it.

I am aware that at times life gets in the way of creating so, there will not be a set time for you to subscribe for, you will be able to cancel your subscription at any time and restart it when you want to.

There will be further information in coming blogs.

Well that’s my news for this week but I do have a couple of reminders for you .

We still have space on Jenny O’Leary workshop on the 7th and 8th August. You can book for just one of the days or both. For more information just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/batik-with-jenny-oleary/2021-08-07/

And Progression in Textiles are having an exhibition at Brancaster the weekend of 14th and 15th August. For more information just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/progression-in-textile-exhibition-at-brancaster-village-hall/

Experimental Wednesday this month is all about grids. We will be layering up sheer fabrics and creating grids so we can use the soldering iron to burn back the layers. The top layer will be machine stitched with metallic threads on soluble film. I will get the website updated tomorrow with pictures of samples I am making for this workshop. There will be a kit available if you like this process but on the day the cost of materials is £5.00

A materials list will be added to the website so you can bring your own if you wish.

Take Care








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