How’s Your New Year Going So Far?

January 31, 2022by Anita

How’s Your New Year Going So Far?


So how’s your new year going so far? Mine is pretty busy at Eau Brink Studio and at the shop too. Not to mention the exhibitions we are preparing for.

We are already at the end of January. It has been a strange month with warm and freezing weather as well as the news that the restrictions are being lifted. So far so good but is it a good thing to relax everything? I am still wearing my masks in crowded areas and supermarkets. Visitors to the studio are welcome to wear masks as long as you like your safety is paramount. The Gels, gloves and aprons will always be available.

I am grateful that we are now permitted to try and get back to normal but I still have reservations so have decided to keep the number of places on the workshops at a maximum of 10. This gives us space. I cannot wait for the longer days and warmer air so we can have the windows and doors open.

Much of the month ahs been spent updating many things such as the workshop calendar and social media. One of the very busy things I and my glamorous assistant Ruth have been up to is preparing for a few exhibitions. We are involved with Progression in Textiles, a lovely small group of ladies who just want to show our work and hopefully encourage a few people into the textile world of art. We are going to firstly be at the Forum in Norwich in March and at the NEC too. We would love you to come and see our work. You can pick up a leaflet from the end of this week or at any of the exhibitions .

We look forward to seeing you.

This is one of the pieces I am submitting into the Progression in Textiles Exhibition at the Forum.

Ruth set us all a challenge and gave us a picture to use for inspiration as well as the materials to use. Each of us had a different one and it will be interesting to see what we all produce as there are no rules on how to use what we were given.

Ruth and I are also exhibiting at 3’s A Crowd so watch out for that. Our first one will be in Gorleston in a few months.

John and I have been upgrading our Chickens home and now have extended it with an old polytunnel. They love it. Fortunately we have not fixed it to the original enclosure so can move it around them to give them access to the extra grass. My plan is to plant herbs and nasturtium around the enclosure so as it grows and pokes through the wires they can eat them. When you visit the studio you are welcome to go and see them and take pictures if you wish. They are a great source of inspiration as well as just being fun to watch.

So going back to the beginning, How is your year going so far? have you set any resolutions and have you kept to them? Not something that I do, set new year resolutions but planning is everything for me. I have a diary planner that goes everywhere with me. I like lists that I can tick off. And can get very crabby if by the end of a week I have to move something to the following week. But there are times that outside influences get in the way.

How do you deal with that? I used to get very upset but realise one day that I am just wasting my energy if there is nothing I can do about it. So now as I plan I try and think of things that may delay what I need to do so I can even try and plan for that. Does this make me a sad person? Maybe, but I do get a lot done in a day. Even on the days that  I am under the weather I can still sit in front of my laptop and work or sit and do some hand sewing without having to worry too much about it. I am very lucky to have the life I live. And would not change it at all. Well except to earn a little bit more to pay for more hours for the gardener.

So with that in mind I am going to remind you that I am taking my lovely Lewis and Irene fabrics to Textiles East in February. The new Jubilee fabric will be here this week and on the website as soon as it arrives. Textiles East is at Swavesey Village College, in south Cambridgeshire. Tickets can be purchased from

Also We do have room for a couple more on our regular Wednesday workshops. That is Social Wednesday  Experimental Wednesday   and Ruth’s Wednesday’s   There is also and extra date for Lantern making The lantern making day gives you the opportunity to make lanterns of your choice using fabrics. The day is for beginners to learn how to use the kits and go home with at least one completed lantern. You may get two made. Anita will demonstrate how to take the basics further to make even more elaborate lanterns.

Stay safe





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