2021 October

October 18, 2021

It Is Monday Again

I have no idea where the days and weeks are going. It is Monday again and I am working hard to get new items ready for Wymondham next week, put new workshops on the systems once I have sorted out the details with the tutors or for myself. And on top of that keep the shop fully stocked. Busy Bee.

So lets start with looking at what I have been working on shall we?

Firstly a series of new workshops that are using pre-cut fabrics which can be stitched together as patchwork and quilting. This new series is starting on Thursday 4th November at 10am till 2pm.

The first one is just your basic cushion. It won’t take too long and you get to choose your fabrics over tea and cake of course. This cushion is made using a 10 inch pre-cut square of Lewis and Irene fabrics with a nice pre-cut boarder that is 2.5 inches wide. Just right for a beginner.

All machine stitched and even top stitched to finish it off and close it after stuffing .

The second is moving it on a little bit to make a cathedral window cushion on the sewing machine again. This series will run for 4 weeks ending on 25th November. At the end of the series you will be able to use the cushion blocks for larger projects such as quilts for you home or to give a gifts.

I have also been working on items for West Norfolk Artists next exhibition. I am currently working on a Cockerel and hope to get it finished and framed in time for the submission at the end of November.

The other thing I am working on is a kit for embroidering. I have dyed the threads and printed the fabric just sewing one so you can see what to expect. Nearly finished it and will post the finished picture on social media.

I have to say I am loving how the threads have turned out and the way the colours look when stitched.

Progression in Textiles

We had a great time as part of Open Studios. Enjoying lots of visitors who stayed and chatted to us about our work and what we will be up to in the coming year. We now do not have any exhibitions until March where we will be at the NEC so we have lots to get on with. Of course we will keep everyone posted on our progress through our social media pages such as Facebook and Instagram. Just look for  Progression in Textiles and if you like what you see please do like our pages.

Experimental Wednesday

So this week we have Experimental Wednesday where we will be playing with Gum Arabic transfers. I have to say I am not that good at this process for some reason everyone else gets better results than me. But that’s what we will be revisiting again. so if you fancy joining in just pop over to the events page and book in or email Anita on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk .

We have everything you need and plenty of time to practice too.


If you want to see the new cushions you can make just go to the Long Sutton Emporium and into my shop which is called EBS Retail and you can see them before they go off to Wymondham on Monday if they have not sold.

There also may be a quilling workshop coming up too. But still working out the details with the tutor. so watch this space.

Just one more thing. We have managed to hatch out one duckling and Luna has decided it is hers to protect so poor Lucy gets growled at, everytime she looks in its direction. We have had to put it in a cage instead of a box because we are not sure if it managed to escape or if Luna took it out of the box.

Take care everyone









October 11, 2021

Bringing New Challenges to Eau Brink Studio

As the new season is upon us I am finding it is bringing new challenges to Eau Brink Studio.  One being keeping warm or cool. I mean the heating is on over night in the studio,  but during the day it is either too hot with it on or too cool with the heating off. The door is being open and closed as the day goes on and the temperature in the studio changes constantly. And what do we wear? As I write this to you I have the heating off, the doors open and the sun is pouring in just like a  mid summers day.

You have to love October. We get to see all weathers as the season changes as well as all colours in the gardens. As many of you know my garden is a huge challenge for me. I am hoping the new gardener will appear very soon to help. In the mean time I will continue to cut grass and do my little bit. I have missed the sheep this year as they did keep everything down.

Another challenge is to upgrade our tables. Whilst we had the tables out of the studio for Open Studios we have decided to put another layer over the top of the wood. John has requested samples from various companies to see what we can use. I would like a non slip layer so that machines do not slip but we will see what we can get.

Talking of Open Studios, I would like to thank all the ladies of Progression in Textiles for all their hard work and support during this last two weeks. We have had some fun and lots of lovely visitors.

All the feedback has been very positive and welcoming. So I would also like to thank all the visitors who have come along to see what we have been up to and to discuss our plans for the coming year.

Progression in Textiles will be meeting on Wednesday 13th October to evaluate and plan the next outing of our work. Which will be in the Spring.

In the mean time at Eau Brink Studio we are working on items for Wymondham in  two weeks time. We will be setting up on Monday 25th October and the Christmas fair will run until Sunday 7th November. So many other Norfolk Makers will be there for the two weeks so worth a visit.

I am planning 2022’s programme and we are going in embrace new workshops. The changes are going to include a 6 week line drawing course with Rachel,  and I am  on the look out for someone to come a teach a short course in Watercolours followed by a short course in Acrylics and then a short course in other painting mediums to bring it all together. So if you are reading this and know of someone who would be interested in teaching please get them to email me on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk.


Another new workshop is with Sarah Hibbert who makes modern quilts using collage to create the initial pattern. The day will start with Sarah showing us how to create our collage  with papers and then in the afternoon will be turn our collage into a quilted block. The challenge here would be to create a big quilt from the block. Really looking forward to this one. I met Sarah at Knit and Stitch last week to discuss what we are looking for and when she has recovered from the show Sarah will send through the information and date. If you like what she is doing maybe we can encourage Sarah to come to us again later in the year.

This weeks live on Tuesday evening at 7pm is going to be how to make a cathedral window quilted block using the sewing machine. It is much quicker than all the hand stitching and the cutting out is also easier. Just straight lines.

You can even use pre cuts for this one.


Experimental Wednesday  on 20th October. We will be playing with ink transfers using gum arabic. If you fancy booking in go to www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events and look for the date its on. Alternatively you can contact Anita on 01553 611009 and request a place. Experimental Wednesdays do get booking up quickly so please reserve you please early to avoid disappointment.

If your booked onto Suzette Smart this coming weekend please look out for an email regarding that workshop.

Take care everyone














October 3, 2021

A Much Quieter Week?

It appears we have had a much quieter week at Eau Brink Studio. So I will give that some thought and we will see what has been going on.

A Much Quieter Week? No I do not think so.

Monday was a day in the shop putting out the new Lewis and Irene fabrics. A small move around to bring in some rails and then cut the one metre lengths so they can be hung and you get to see the full pattern. They are so lovely.

The first collection to arrive is the Poppy collection. All fabrics from this one are now in stock. So far I have cut the one metre lengths and Monday I will go in and cut the half metre and fat quarters.

This fabric is pre shrunk cotton with an excellent print. All fabrics in the collection compliment each other. Which makes it harder to choose a favourite. Though I think this blue one is mine.

The rest of the week was all about open studio’s.

Monday Evening I cleared out the studio with the help of the boys and then the girls from Progression in Textiles arrived on Tuesday to help with setting up the stands and the exhibition pieces. It did take us to Wednesday afternoon to get it all up and in place ready for visitors.

This was the plan so that we had Thursday to make any changes if we needed to .

Open studios is a county wide event where all artists are invited to take part to open their studio to the public. You can visit them during the open times or book an appointment with them to see their work and talk about the process and finishing. It is also an opportunity to buy local art if you wish to.  You can see what is happening by getting a booklet from local shops or ask for one to be sent out.

Progression in Textiles has been open for Friday , Saturday and Sunday this week and will be open for the same days next week. If you would like to visit during the week just contact Anita on anita@progressionintextiles.co.uk

So what else has been happening?

I have been working on new kits for Wymondham and the shop. Making some new cushions using the Lewis and Irene fabrics, and little bags too. I have decided that when I give gifts now they will be in bags made by me so that they can be reused and not in paper that it just thrown away.

Live streams

Tuesday evening I live streamed making one of the cushions so you can see what they look like.

I am going to live stream again this Tuesday at 7pm and show you how to make the little rice bags that make a great gift for anyone.

Knitting and Stitching Show

Anyone going on Thursday? Ruth and I am so if we see you we will say hello. It has been a while since I went to this show so I am looking forward to seeing how it has moved on in the pass few years. Also may get a bargain or two .


It is looking like the Suzette Smart may not run as we do not have enough people on it so if you are thinking of booking in please do so as soon as possible. It is a lovely workshop full of wonderful things to create.

If your not sure of what to expect then go to Suzettes website and take a look.

Well hopefully I will see some of you during the open studios or at Alexandra Palace soon.

Take Care






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