Anita, Author at EAU Brink Studio

July 16, 2019
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It is Exhibition Time at Eau Brink Studio, which means that I have work in many places for you to see.

Firstly at The West Norfolk Embroiderers Guild Exhibition in St Nicholas Chapel over the Weekend of the 13th and 14th. We has so many visitors that we worried we would run out of cake but the lades did us proud and kept everyone topped up with tea and cake.

The exhibition was a resounding success, with many visitors and fabulous comments from all. The committee worked hard to make sure that everyone how submitted work had it all displayed.  The stall holders encouraged all visitors to look at the exhibits and vote on their favourite.

 

The next Exhibition is in September at Wymondham and current works are already being prepared for that one.

Whats Next?

I have been making cushions for my home and now will be working on cushions to add to my shop with Christmas themes just for fun. More on those in coming blogs.

Experimental Wednesdays

Experimental Wednesdays will become a new group for the first Wednesday of each month called Experimental Textiles. The aim is to get it set up for the first Wednesday in September. Current Experimental Wednesday customers have asked for this for some time now and it has taken me a while to get it sorted out. We will have to restrict numbers so that there is plenty of space to work in.  I will continue with another Experimental Wednesday on the 3rd week of each month for those who do not wish to belong to the new group.

The aim of Experimental Textiles is to push boundaries with our work and to be part of the exhibition during Makers Month in February each year. We will also be organising fringe events during February at Eau Brink Studio. Also we will run an exhibition during the Open Studios in June each year. During which we will run workshops and demonstrations for visitors.

Do not be thinking it will all be ultra modern work as we can also push traditional works by using modern colours and fabrics as well as threads. Such as a piece called Blue Bird by a lady called Katherine which uses strands of blue threads stitched in Blackwork pattern and a 3D wing which is needle woven.

New Equipment

The studio is currently being moved around to accommodate a new super large printer for group members to use for larger pieces such as wall hangings and quilts if they wish.

This printer will also be made available to other groups and individuals from September 2019.

And just because I can

Our new cockerel is producing little babies just like this one who is two days old.

 

 


June 29, 2019
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It Is Hot at Eau Brink Studio today in more ways than one. With a little help from the West Norfolk Embroiderers Guild and Jenny Leslie we steamed a load of leaves. Luckily we had the air-con on to cool us down.

Following an introduction from Jenny and a bit of health and safety, Jenny demonstrated how to use a solution of water and vinegar with an mordant to bring out the prints from our leaves.

We sprayed the fabric and papers and after dunking the leaves into rusty water we placed them onto the fabric and rolled it tightly onto tubing and tied it.

Then into a steamer for an hour or so to get it to cure. The results were pretty amazing in many ways.

We used many leaves from our gardens as well as flowers to see what results we will get.

We also added iron in the way of wire wool to bring out a darker colour to our prints.

 

The results are not always what you expect them to be which makes it more exciting and worth the wait. As you can see from this one I just took out of the steamer. Very please with it, even though it is a little uniform for me.

Now I need to stitch into it of course as it needs a little Anita enhancement.

The day was long but we all took something home that is usable and many took home a new skill.

Just to say a big thank you to our members for the help with the organisation of the workshop and the clearing up afterwards. The studio is looking very tidy tonight.

The next time we all get together will be for out exhibition at St Nicholas Chapel in Kings Lynn on July 13th and 14th. Open to the public from 10 am till 4 pm.  We are having stalls so you can get a little shopping in, make and take, and of course refreshments.

Other news for Eau Brink Studio.

We do have space on Experimental Wednesday on the 3rd of July. If you would like to join us we are doing something with transfer paints. Just click on the link for further information.

Creative Powertex is on the 6th of July at Eau Brink Studio. Where you can make Powertex items such as brooches or book covers. Follow the link to find out more.

I will be at the Barn on Sunday July 7th teaching you how to make powertex bottles to put your candles in whilst sitting in the garden in the evenings.

Amanda Hislop

31st of August for two days Amanda Hislop will be with us teaching us mark making for sketchbooks. Encouraging us to fill our sketchbooks with colour and line so we have inspiration for our work. Only two spaces left. To book just follow the link where you will find more information.

Next years workshops are almost planned and will be soon appearing on the calendar. Just take a little trip to Eau Brink Studio and see whats going on.

 

 


June 22, 2019
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What a fabulous week. Alison Hulme visited with her lovely husband for two days.

It has been a very busy week at Eau Brink Studio. I am now making many items for a variety of fairs as well as the shop.

Trying out new ideas and techniques have been high on my agenda this week. But the most exciting part of the week was the visit by Alison Hulme and her husband.

Getting the studio ready.

On arrival Alison proceeded to to empty her car into the studio where we covered tables and laid out a huge array of thermofax screens, mark making materials and paints for all our learners to use.

By 9 o’clock all was ready for the next two days workshop and we relaxed for a while before retiring.

Day 1

Up early to bake a cake for the customers and put on the urn. Fruit bowl filled and we were ready by the time our customers started to arrive.

After introducing Alison I sat and enjoyed the day of printing and over dyeing with procion dyes. There were lots of fabulous fabrics being printed with lovely colours. Alison is an excellent teacher who can get the best out of anyone at her workshops.

Day 2

Unfortunately I could not to attend day 2 but when I could pop in I was amazed at all the lovely fabrics and prints. I was over whelmed by the help and support I received from regular learners. I humbly Thank you. Also, I thank you  for the lovely medicine that arrived. The clearing up was quick and efficient.

Alison arrived home safely and in a good time.

The feedback for the workshop has been great and already I have been asked if Alison will be returning next year. This is something I need to discuss with Alison in the near future. I will keep you posted.


June 12, 2019
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It’s Been A While since the last post as I have been very busy with a number of things.

Whats Happening?

Starting with the West Norfolk Embroiderers Guild Exhibition in July. I have been sewing items for the exhibition and gathering in others work. The work that has come in is amazing. The theme is a rainbow wall. We are also adding another section of work with all colours in it. Visitors will impressed by the level of work.

Visitors will also be able to purchase the work that is for sale, shop at the stalls, attend the make and take tables and sit and enjoy a drink with cake or biscuits.

The guild members have worked very hard to put this exhibition on and the committee members have spent hours planning and finalising the smallest detail to ensure visitors have an enjoyable experience.

I have also been working on items for the Art and soul exhibition in South Wootton starting on the 17th June in the church. This is a celebration of many local artists work. Not just textiles but other works too. Again it is free to enter and refreshments are available. The aim of this exhibition is not only to show the works of the various artists but also to raise funds for the church. Works are available to buy.

And as the year progresses we have the Textile Show in Wymondham which is always a great show full of fabulous textiles for visitors to see and buy. I understand this is probably going to be the last Textile show at this venue for a while as it is up for development so a new venue is being sourced for next year.

 

Then it is the Handmade festival at Hampton court. I love this show as I spend a great deal of time chatting to like minded artists and makers as well as the public who love our work. It is a great way to meet new friends as well as catching up with old friends. The fair is over three days so a lot of work goes into it by everyone who is involved.

EBS Retail is doing well at The Barn in Long Sutton.  Thank you to everyone who has visited the shop. I am aiming to keep adding to the stock on a regular basis. You are welcome to ask in advance if I have anything in particular you need and I will respond to your enquiries as quickly as possible. Just ping me a email on [email protected],co.uk 

Where are we with the workshops?

The Natural Dye Day on Saturday 15th has 2 spaces available. This is not the same workshop as the Embroiderers Guild later in the month.

At The Barn on Sunday I will be teaching how to create stunning Blackwork Cards with a modern twist. We will be in the coffee shop for this workshop.

Alison Hulme will be with us next week so we can print all we can and if we feel like it on day two we can make a pinnie or a bag using the fabrics we printed on during day one. Due to a cancellation we have 2 spaces available now.

At The Barn on Sunday the 23rd June we will be Shibori dying using Procion Dyes. A great way to add colour and pattern to fabrics. Again this will be in the Cafe.

The Pinchbeck Community Hub is a new venue for me to teach at. Once a month I will be there teaching something different. This month it was Powertex next month it will be Blackwork Cards. For more information on these and many other workshops that are happening there contact them using this facebook link .

2020

I will be  confirming bookings by the end of July for 2020. Get in touch if your interested in teaching at Eau Brink Studio

Personally

Just to let you know that the sheep are all settled with the fleece off and two of the lambs have gone to new homes. the new cockerel has also settled in and the girls appear to be much calmer.

The garden is looking very soggy today but the pond is getting full again.

Next week with the weather permitting we will have some honey. Hurrah

Thank you everyone for your support in my venture.

 


May 21, 2019
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At last we have Longer Days so that light is not a problem for us sewers.

I love to be able to use natural light rather than the artificial sort. Natural light makes it easier to see so less strain on the eyes.

Stitching outside is something I love to do and I plan to get the lucky man of the moment to make me a table just for this purpose. It will need to be solid, stable and large. Able to take the sewing machine working flat out. It will need a cover I think for the rainy days but if its treated I suppose it should be okay. If he is reading this blog it will be the first time I have mentioned it to him.

Out and About

This week we have been to the Makit Fair in Peterborough. A fabulous new venue. Thank you everybody who came and said hello, joined in the make and take, and for the organisers of course who make it all possible. I am looking forward to the next one in St Ives. One conversation I had with a number of people was the sad fact that the various guilds are in decline and what we can do to give them a boost. I would like to write a piece on this so I am asking for your thoughts on it. Why do you think the Embroiderers Guild, Quilt Guild and Lace Guild are not thriving? Either respond to this blog or email me on [email protected]

I have also had a great meeting with some lovely ladies in the Pinchbeck community Hub about delivering workshops for their craft group once a month. The first will be a Powertex workshop on the 8th of June. For more information just contact Beautiful Designs on 07846733943. Then in July we will be introducing hand stitch. Blackwork  with a modern twist.

And then there is The Barn in Long Sutton. My little shop is now filling up nicely with haberdashery and hand made goods. On a Thursday evening from 4 pm till 7 pm I will be organising make and takes as well as short workshops. Starting this Thursday with a Powertex make and take. Then on weekends there will be other workshops including mixed media tasters.

Coming up

This weekend I will be with other makers in Thornham Village Hall from 10 am till 4 pm for Textiles in Action. Come along and see all the different types of textiles from Weaving to hand stitch and everything in between

The Barn in Long Sutton have a Car Boot along with a family fun day. From 10 am till 4 pm. Care boot pitches are free this month so why not get in touch and see whats going on?

West Norfolk Embroiderers guild meeting is at Knights Hill on Wednesday 29th May from 19.30 till 21.30. why not pop along and listen Moira Neal talking about an old cotton sheet??. You will be made welcome by our members and who knows you may like to join.

And last but not least

Our lovely chickens have a new boyfriend. He is lovely and just finding his voice. On your next visit to the studio stop and say hello to him. Steve 4th is black and white with green tail feathers. Very different from the others.

 

The lambs will be moving to their new homes at the end of this week. Though we are keeping one who is definitely a little princess.

 

 


May 13, 2019

This Week At Eau Brink I have been continuing to sort out old stock. Cleaning out cupboards. and, generally getting sorted.

School News

We are having a great time at school with Powertex wands and card making. And next week we plan to dye t-shirts and socks with procion dyes.

West Norfolk Embroiderers guild

The Embroiderers guild met at St Nicholas Chapel to discuss the exhibition we are putting on in July. The Rainbow Wall Exhibition is on Saturday 13th of July and Sunday the 14th. Not only will there be the exhibition but stalls and make and take too.

 

Workshops

I want to thank the customers who have been in for one to one workshops. we have had fun. these workshops included making Christmas baubles and mixed media books.

On Sunday we had a fabulous workshop with Pauline Wrighton teaching us how to be more creative with out sewing machines and what all the feet are for. Pauline introduced us to a new book for Bernina machines explaining all the feet and tricks to make us more successful when using them. My lovely sister has ordered me a copy.

Retail

The shop at The Barn is now called EBS Retail. We spent a couple of days and a long evening laying carpet and moving the shop around to make it more appealing to our customers. It is also much warmer now that the carpet is down.

Whats Next?

Wednesday 15th is Stitch and Create. This is the second day of the month where you can experiment using techniques first used on the first Wednesday of the month in Experimental Wednesday. The aim of the day is to take your work further than you had before. Exploring and working in ways that may take you out of your comfort zone.

Saturday 18th May if Makit Fair in Peterborough. Come along and see what fabulous goodies are on offer. Take a look at the Take and Make stalls and have a go. We will have Powertex Key holders for you to paint and take home. Thee is also an exhibition of Region 9 Quilters guild work.

Saturday 25th May and Sunday 26th May are Textiles in Action in Thornham Village Hall. An excellent exhibition with demonstrations from some of the participants.


May 6, 2019
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We have had a roller-coaster of a week at Eau Brink Studio.

Lots of great things are happening with the workshops filling fairly quickly.

Pauline Wrighton will be with us on Sunday the 12th of May. Teaching us how to use all the different feet for a more creative sewing experience. We have only one space left on this workshop.

 

Experimental Wednesday was a great deal of fun. We were pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones by using a mixed medial technique inspired by Nikki Parmeter. Using a number of layers of sheer fabrics and threads with free motion machine stitching to create the patterns on the surface.

The saddest part of our week was, we had to say goodbye to Marlow. A lovely dog who lived with us for 14 years. He loved coming into the studio for the day. Greeting all the visitors and of course eating all the biscuits and treats brought for him. Thank you all for that and for the support I have received from you on his last day.

We have also been working over at the Barn on our shop, improving them area and helping customers find the items they are looking for. I have decided that we will no longer be offering workshops at The Barn as it became very complicated getting the items we needed over there on a daily bases. Which basically means I kept forgetting things.

The newest part of our business is on Amazon Handmade. Take a look and see what you think. I am adding items slowly as it takes a while so only three on there at this time. https://www.amazon.co.uk/handmade/Eau-Brink-Studio?fbclid=IwAR1Zy0quRkQWQlFy1gO0aRDOrxlx100vmDG-fC0mm8N5kjAEtRJ5yhRq0Xs

What do we have to look forward to then?

Finding Your Feet with Pauline Wrighton

Stitch and Create

Makit Fair

Textiles in Action


April 28, 2019
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Whats happening in the studio now then? A big spring clean.

I have spent some time looking at all of the stuff in the studio and shed and thinking about how a great deal of it is not used. Some has never been used and some has not been used for some time. So why keep it?

Today I sorted out all  old sketch books , took out the pages I wanted to keep, then burnt the rest. What a difference that has made to one of the shelves in the studio. I then moved onto the massive pile of papers and card and did the same thing.

Guess what is next? Fabric. I have a huge amount of furniture and curtain fabric that keeps coming into the studio and I will probably never use it. I cannot bring myself to burn it so will be using some for inspiration packs and maybe some for the school clubs. The rest will be up for grabs or going into the recycling centre.

Why the big spring clean I hear you ask. Well there is far too much stuff in this studio and the shed is so full, when looking for something I knocked over a huge basket of glass which is now behind a load of chairs probably broken. At this time I cannot get to it to clear it up.

The paint cupboard is done and all old paints have gone. Same with old dyes. When I say old I do mean over 10 years old. It is quite liberating.

Whats been happening otherwise?

The Easter weekend was a great one at the Barn. We took our sheep for a day out and the visitors loved seeing them. I demonstrated how to clean the fleece and card it using the drum carder. Children in particular were interested to see where wool comes from.

 

Also the West Norfolk Artists had an exhibition at Thornham. It was great to see everyone’s work.

Then came the Doughty Road Show this weekend. Thank you all for coming to look at my stall and for stopping by for a chat. I was amazed to find that it only took 1.5 hours for the Bosal rolls to sell. I will be trying to get more in for the Makit fair at Peterborough. Remember if you bought any to make jelly roll rugs that you must work on a flat surface and keep stopping to iron it if need be. Otherwise they make a lovely pet bed.

Coming up

We do have space this coming week for Experimental Wednesday. We will be working on a technique of layering to make items using machine embroidery. Based on Nikki Parmeters work from the Wow series. Pictures will be taken of the work and sent to Maggie Grey to see how we progress. Sewing machine is required on Wednesday.

 

We only have four spaces available for the Pauline Wrighton workshop this month “Finding your Feet”. This is a workshop for anyone who would like to know what the different feet are for on their sewing machine and how they can be used for more creative sewing as well as the more traditional.

 

This year we have sold our lambs on to lovely new homes. One is going to a vicarage and the other to the Barn as part of their petting animals. the other is staying with us.  Mums are being sheared in the next couple of weeks so more fleece to process.

I hope you all enjoy the warmer days and longer evenings.

Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 


April 15, 2019

Here at Eau Brink Studio we are Springing into Life with the the arrival of the lambs, chicks and ducklings. The place is absolutely buzzing with bees from the hives starting to build their nests for the foraging season.

The bees are not the only ones buzzing either. We have had Cas Holmes here for two days teaching her fabulous workshop “Small Objects of Desire”. This workshop was over two days where we worked onto and into commercial canvas. The results were stunning as you can see. Everybody enjoyed the workshop and the new techniques we learnt. I particularly loved the idea of working into a canvas using a sewing machine.  I will definitely be working this way again and again.

 

Over at the Barn we also have been busy with the children’s workshops making wands using Powertex. Great fun and messy. I was taken aback though when a two year old wanted to join in. She did do a great job.

 

The next Workshop at Eau Brink Studio is the 1st  of May Experimental Wednesday. If you would like to join us do get in touch and I can explain what we will be working on.

Finding your feet with Pauline Wrighton has only four spaces left so do not leave it too long to book. This exciting workshop will get you using your sewing machine to its full potential.

 


April 9, 2019

Spring Madness has hit Eau Brink Studio with a flurry of work and new life.

First we have hatched some lovely ducklings. Eight in total. Then two new chicks arrived. And so far two lambs. The Moorhens are nesting and we have a young couple of wild ducks arrive. Luckily our domestic ducks have welcomed them. Even to the point of showing them where we feed our fowl.

We have had lots of fun with the children in the schools making Easter eggs and wands.

The West Norfolk Embroiderers Guild have been to the studio with Anna Shore making hand stitched medallions.

 

I have been stitching away making items for exhibitions which I hope will fit the criteria of each one so they get accepted.

 

I am also planning the workshops for 2020 at Eau Brink Studio. I will inform you each time we add to the calendar.

So where are we with this year?

Cas Holmes will be here this weekend for the two day canvas workshop starting on Saturday. Due to cancellations we do still have two spaces on this workshop. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/two-days-with-cas-holmes/

Cas Holmes one day workshop on Monday also still has two spaces. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/cas-holmes-postcards/

In May Pauline Wrighton will be with us teaching us what the different feet are for on our sewing machines and what we can achieve with using them. This workshop is now half full and has been sent out to the local WI’s and is about to be advertised on the local council websites. So if you are thinking of booking do so without delay. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/finding-your-feet-with-pauline-wrighton/

June is going to be a busy one as we have the lovely Mel from Mellymade designs coming for two days to Revamp a Lamp. Again this is about to be put on the council websites as well as sent to the WI’s so do book if your thinking about it. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/revamp-a-lamp/2019-06-01/

Then we have the fabulous Alison Hulme for two days getting us to print print print. you can also make a pinny or bag on day two with your printed fabrics. This workshop only has one space left.

September brings Amanda Hislop to Eau Brink Studio for two days and already spaces are getting booked up so do not delay if this is one you fancy.

Of course we do have our regular Experimental Wednesdays, Creative Powertex days and one or two other workshops thrown into the mix.

For Hire

The studio is also available for you to hire for your own workshops to teach just send me an email if your interested for a quote.

Parties are great fun for all and we have a great variety of crafts for them. From one hour parties to all day. Get in touch and we can discuss what you would like to do.

Will the Spring Madness continue? yes it will as we have one more sheep to lamb yet and more items to sew.