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March 23, 2019

 Eau Brink Studio is taking part in the Powertex Open Studios this weekend . We are open from 10 o’clock till 4 o’clock. Why not come along and learn what you can create with this fabulous fabric hardening medium?

You can bring along a chipped ornament, bowl or garden ornament and we can look at how we can enhance and repair it for a small sum of just £10.00.

Children can make wands or dragon Easter eggs. All you need is two hours and you can go home with a finished item.

The ladies at the Walpole Arts and Crafts Club enjoyed making these plaques on Friday Morning. To see more pictures just pop over to the Eau Brink Instagram or Facebook page.

The school children this week enjoyed making pictures using foils from little kits. Fairies and wizards were the most popular. Then we made cards and envelops for family and friends. Not so messy this week. I will put that right next week though.

Whats new for me?

I am going to make jelly roll rugs. A small one to start with just to get a feel for it. I think also I can make bowls using the same method but a little tighter. watch this space for an update on that one.

The Handmade Festival with Kirstie Allsopp  tickets are now available and you can get a discount by using this code at the checkout… SHOP. I would love to see you there on the 13TH – 15TH SEPTEMBER HAMPTON COURT. It is going to be bigger and better this year with new sellers and demonstrators.

I will be running a raffle for a Jelly Roll rug during this event. £1.00 a ticket going on sale soon.

 

Don’t forget.

The Embroiderers Guild exhibition will include make and take.   

Home made cakes to enjoy with your tea and coffee.

Stall holders selling many items to do with textiles so you can grab a bargain.

The exhibition will have items for sale too.

The King’s Lynn Embroiderers guild have changed their name to the West Norfolk Embroiderers and this month will be meeting during the day on Wednesday 27th of March at Eau Brink Studio for a Sew and Tell day from 10 am. You are welcome to join us for a chat and refreshments at any point till 4 pm.

Workshop updates.

Anna shore Medallions workshop by the Embroiderers Guild has spaces.

Small Objects of Desire with Cas Holmes has only two spaces available.

Postcards By Cas Holmes has fourspaces available.

Finding your Feet with Pauline Wrighton has spaces available. Pauline will be at Eau Brink Studio on the 12th of May teaching us what we can do with all the different feet on our sewing machines. A fabulous day of sewing for only £35.00 including refreshments.

Revamp a Lamp with Melanie Missin-Keating has spaces. Mel will be teaching us how to up-cycle a lovely old lampshade into a fabulous new colourful lampshade. This is a two day workshop for just £90.00 and refreshments included.

If you are interested in the up and coming workshops just click on the link and it will take you to the workshop page.


March 11, 2019
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It is a busy time at Eau Brink Studio and The Barn.

Why? I will tell you.

As some readers know I have spent the past few weeks setting up my little shop at The Barn in Long Sutton. Now it is beginning to look like a shop with my items I make. There are also one or two items from suppliers which I use when creating and teaching.

The next step has been to introduce workshops for children. Powertex mainly at the moment. Two hours where you can drop the children off and go for a coffee or shopping in peace. Just book them in at the desk. Pay a £5.00 none refundable deposit and then £10.00 to Anita on the day. See posters at The Barn for dates. We will be making wands like the picture shows.

This will include the Sundays when the car boots are on. Then you can drop off the children on the day at what time suits you while you go and look around the car boot. Again it is £15.00 for two hours.

Anita has a fully enhanced DBS check in place. We can accommodate up to 10 children at a time.

During the Easter School Holidays I will be organising the same workshops at Eau Brink Studio. The first being the wand workshop. To take a look at whats on go to www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk

What’s coming up?

Friday the 22nd March  till  Sunday 24th March I am part of Powertex Open Studios. Open from 10 am till 4 pm each day where you can pop in and take a look at all the lovely things you can make using Powertex. You will get the opportunity to talk to Anita about this medium and what it can be used for.

The Powertex Open Studios will be on once again from Friday 29th March to Sunday 31st March again 10 am till 4 pm. You will get the chance to come and have a go during this second event.

Unfortunately I have had to cancel the Experimental Wednesday on the 20th of March due to an appointment I cannot cancel or change.

The children in the schools are enjoying a number of workshops on a Tuesday Afternoon this term which have so far included a great deal of messy fun.

The King’s Lynn Embroiderers Guild has changed its name to West Norfolk Embroiderers and are holding a drop in Sew and Tell at Eau Brink Studio on Wednesday 27th March from 10 am till 4 pm. Why not pop along and see what we are getting up to? This replaces our evening meeting on the same day.

The Guild members are preparing for their exhibition in July at St Nicholas Chapel in King’s Lynn. I understand there is still space for stall holders. All stalls have to be connected to sewing in some way or form. for further information contact Sandra at [email protected] who will be able to assist you.

Due to cancellations I do have spaces on both of the Cas Holmes workshops in April. To take a look go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/two-days-with-cas-holmes/ for the two day workshop and https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/cas-holmes-postcards/ for the one day workshop.

I also have copies of three of Cas Holmes books for sale at the studio and The Barn.

Also in April during the Easter Weekend The West Norfolk Artists are having an exhibition at Thornham. Entry is free so why not come along and see what we have on offer? Spend a little time browsing and then go to the Deli for coffee or lunch. A great trip out.

 

If you missed our fun at Textiles East just take a quick look at this last post. We are looking forward to next years event.

For those readers who enjoyed looking at the work by a family who came to learn about colour therapy they are returning for even more with a few friends. I will of course post their day so you can see what they are getting up to next week.

Animal Update

We do believe our girls are with lamb and are eagerly waiting for the happy day they arrive. We are expecting the happy event to be in the next four weeks all being well.

I am busy processing the fleece from the last lambs before they went away. When carding it the softness is wonderful. I am bagging it up for the Makit fair at Peterborough. I also have a small amount at The Barn. It is undyed and I am selling at 10 pence a gram.

The ducks are laying again but the crows get to the eggs before us. We will have to do something about that. The chickens are also laying but we do not have a cockerel at the moment so no chicks there for a while.

The bees are busy flying and collecting pollen so hopefully both colonies will be in full flow for two lots this year. The rapeseed is growing so that will have to be collected as soon as they make the honey or it sets so hard it has to be discarded. We cream it so you can spread it on your toast in the mornings.

I hope to see you all soon

Anita


February 20, 2019

Colour Therapy Family Time at Eau Brink Studio today.

What on earth does that mean I hear you say?

As a family it can be hard to all get together to do something that can encourage creativity. Something that the entire family can do.

Today a family came to Eau Brink Studio to work with colour. The tricky bit is working out your personal colours. Once done it is just a case of using them to create texture and line using a variety of implements.

 

 

The youngest member of today’s group was 10 years old who became very excited when she realised that just by taking a rubbing and washing it over with a gold ink you can create something beautiful. we also had teenagers and parents. It was a fabulous day watching the nervousness disappear as they became involved in the art.

 

Some of it was drawing, some painting. We had textures with printing and stitching free motion for the first time. A spectacular result on the sewing machine. Just goes to show what can be done with an very old Bernina and a little imagination.

 

 As you can see this is a very talented family. This drawing took a while as the young lady wanted to ensure she managed to get her drawing to look proportionate.

For one so young it is a great piece.

 By the afternoon they entire family had managed to get a number of pieces finished. I love the colours in the eye.

Mum and Dad worked through a number of different ideas ranging from printing to watercolours. All with brilliant results.

Looking forward to the next Colour Therapy Family Time  just to see what they turn out.

 

 

 


February 16, 2019

This coming weekend is all about Textiles East Fair at Swavesey College. For Eau Brink Studio that means a few items I have not had to sell before and am excited to present them to you in this blog. Aslo I will have some of my Lincoln Longwool for you which I have carded and in some cases blended with Alpaca.

I am hopeful that I will be able to get a delivery from Clover Products in time but as I have been out of action last week I cannot guarantee I can get them.

The plan is to give you access to items that we all like to use in the studio. Things like the chalk pens (Clover have new refillable ones). And a few more of their fabulous gadgets too.

If I cannot get them in time just leave me your email address on the day and I will add you to the emailing list so that you get to know what comes in before anyone else. Also you can let me know if you would like me to try and get items for you but I will only be using the suppliers that I already buy from for the workshops. Alternatively pop over to my website and sign up for the news letter at https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/     scroll down the home page and you will find a subscribe link to complete and you will be kept informed a little quicker than leaving it to the fair.

Cas Holmes Books

The most exciting thing I will have is the fabulous Cas Holmes Books. I have been sent a limited supply at the moment as they are being reprinted in some cases.

Here are a few teaser pictures and yes I will have copies for you to look through before you buy. The rest will be wrapped to keep them pristine for you.

Book 1.

  

I love the feel and the look of this book. the pages give you snippets and insights into Cas and Anne’s world and work. there are discussions on collaboration, exercised and tips for you to follow. And a way to use mark making to create your own art.

Book 2.

  

Another book by Cas that gives the reader a great deal of information on how Cas gathers her inspiration and using it.  Cas also discusses other artists in her book. It is interesting to see many textile artists who trained in fine art first.

 

   

Here we have the last book Stitch Stories. It is beautiful, colourful and full of information to help you with your textile journey.

The bad news is that I at this time only have four copies of one book, three of another and only one of another.However,  I am not going to tell you which is which. I will also not be able to reserve copies as they are so limited at this time.

I am looking forward to seeing friends old and new at the fair over the two days. there are still spaces available on the Two day course with Cas Holmes due to a cancellation, to learn more just follow this link so you can see what we will be getting up to. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/two-days-with-cas-holmes/ 

Cas will also be with us for a third day for her one day course making postcards. This link will explain more.  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/cas-holmes-postcards/

On a more personal note, we are looking forward to April for another reason. Our lovely Lincoln Longwool girls will be delivering their lambs during that month. An anxious but exciting time for everyone.

When you visit the studio make sure you go and see them.

I will welcome you feedback on the carded and blended Lincoln Longwool I am bringing along to the fair.

 


February 11, 2019

Take a look around you and see all the inspiration you can use for your particular type of art.

What do you see? colour, texture, light, shadow, look past the image your mind is telling you is there. Yes I see trees when I look out of the window. However, a tree has many different colours depending on the type and daylight. the textures change with the seasons along with the colours. Look at the lines and think about how they are different each time you look at the trees.

That is how I see my world. Try it for yourself for only five minutes each day. A whole new world opens before you.

How do interpret this into art?

Feel how it should be, block out your image of the tree and think and feel it. Think of the way it feels when you touch it, it could be smooth or rough, does it shine as it is wet? is it cold?  We assume fir trees are spiky but they are not all sharp needles some of them are soft when you feel them. If your tree is a sliver birch then you will feel many different things from a smooth trunk to a papery peeling trunk. And you can do a lot with that paper thin bark that peels off.

Then as you get into the feeling of the piece look at what medium you want to use, fabric, paper, music, paints it does not matter what it is as you will create something beautiful from that inspiration.

Some of you may think but when I do this it does not look like the tree. That is the point. If you want it to look like a tree take a picture and you will have that visual for ever. Feel it and create it and it will mean a whole lot more than the flat picture, as you have created a representation of the feelings the tree invoked in you.

So whats coming up?

Textiles East on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February at Swavesey Village College, Gibralter Lane, CB24 4RS. from 10 am each day.

Anita will be at The Barn, on Tuesday from 10am till 4pm if you fancy popping over to Long Sutton. there is a great coffee shop that sells very scrummy food too.

 

Hand stitch is required

Embroidery Mondays are a new pop in day where you can get help with your sewing or just come and enjoy the day with like minded people. Only £10.00 but you can purchase materials if we have them in stock. Let me know in advance if you want something and I will try and get it at a reasonable price for you.

 

 


February 3, 2019

Good and Bad? This is a loaded question. Can you be honest and answer it?

I will try and for those of you who find yourself reading this perhaps you can let me know if I have been honest in this blog.

Starting with what I am not so good at. Or as the question says Bad.

Selling is my weakest point for my business.

Mad I know but true. I am not a sales person. I am a creator, I can get very passionate about creating but not about selling.

Selling is easy for some individuals and they can sell anything to most customers. But I find that I cannot get my enthusiasm for what I do across to a new customer.

In fact sometimes I find just describing what I do to someone difficult. And why is that I hear you ask.

Well that is because my work is very visual and tactile and trying to get that across is not easy. I know that once I engage with a customer and they get what I am saying the next step is to convince them they need to attend a workshop to feel that excitement of creating something new, Learning a new skill, or just to come and have a go. The thrill of engaging with a new way of expression is something you need to experience before you can decide if it is for you or not. But fear gets in the way for many customers as they think they cannot do it. But guess what you can.

And for me that is the same will selling. I am learning from my lovely customers what it is they want and I am reading a great deal on the subject and have found that so far I need to be able to break down each component of my business to be able to sell it to customers who are interested.

Teaching is my strongest point for my business.

Once a new customer has booked onto a workshop I am able to encourage them to produce a great piece of work. It does not matter what type of item they are learning or what medium they are using, I can get give them the confidence to finish an item.

For some they need a step by step approach in the beginning and then they will look at what they have achieved and want to move it onto the next step. For example, learning how to layer fabrics to create texture and colour using sheer fabrics and stitch.

Others just need to be encouraged to explore what they can do with the medium they have chosen to work with. For example, if you wish to layer up fabrics with stitch and want to bring the layers through what would you do to show them? cut the top layers back? or burn them to add extra interest?

Colour is another thing of fear for some but it does not have to be. colour charts show you what to put together. If you wish to be creative audition your colours to see what pleases you and don’t be worries about what other think.

The one thing I can assure you all is that I am always learning. Not just from books and the internet but also from the other artists who visit the studio. But most of all from my customers. Though I have to say with one group of ladies it is not always learning about our art. You know who you are.

Whats coming up?

Wednesday 6th and 20th February is Experimental Wednesday.

Friday 22nd  and Saturday 23rd of February is Textiles East

 

 

 


January 28, 2019

Inspiration is all around us at Eau Brink Studio.

I feel we are very lucky to live in a almost rural area. Not too far from the major shops but far enough to see the land changing with the seasons and the wildlife that comes into our garden.

Not to mention the domestic animals that roam around throughout the day that make me smile. The chickens have a new boyfriend who is young and learning to crow. Some of the girls are in love but one or two are not that bothered by him. Though they are the girls he is chasing.

The chickens love rummaging around in our log pile for bugs. This leads me to looking closely at it for inspiration. As this picture shows.  It has colour, texture, light and ice. Who would have thought it just from a pile of logs.

The same day I looked at the lake which was frozen and found bubbles trapped in the ice along with feathers from the ducks. It made fabulous patterns amongst the opaque ice. to take a look follow the link to https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/2138675026198386/

The sun is shining as I write this and the lake is shimmering. It is cold but the sheep do not mind as they have their lovely woolly coats on. And we hope are nurturing the next generation too.

The school children this last week had a lesson in looking at features and drawing funny faces. We made a crowd to show how much we are different and how we see each other. Take a look following this link. https://www.facebook.com/anita.oneill.12/videos/10218328936553351/UzpfSTI2OTQ5NzY2MzM5MDMwMjo4MDk1NjAzMTYwNTA2OTg/

So whats happening at Eau Brink Studio?  Friday I am at the Silverwood Centre teaching creative sewing with your machine.

This day is designed to show you that your sewing machine can do more than sew in straight lines including using the programmed stitches for the more modern machines. So long as you can drop the feed dogs or cover them you can fee motion machine.

At the end of the day you will have a number of samples and a £d piece to take home.

In the studio I am hosting an Airbnb experience on Saturday for Powertex. I love hosting these as the customers get to play all day and create what they like. Using all the Powertex products they want. Send this link to your Airbnb customers and see if they fancy coming along for the day. https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/315009/book?scheduled_id=4259257

 

It is the end of the month now and we are fast approaching  a number of gatherings such as   The Kings Lynn Embroiderers Guild on Wednesday evening at Knight Hill. the Farmers Arms have a room at the end of the stables where we are meeting. A fabulous lady called Anna shore will be coming to talk to us and show us her lovely work. This will lead to a workshop on the 22nd of February.

Makers month commences on the 8th of February and the Kings Lynn Embroiderers Guild will be spending a little time in the Library so you can come along and see what we get up to.

Mondays the 4th of February is Embroidery Monday at Eau Brink Studio and we will be looking at hand embroidery so pop along and join in. Coffee and cake is included.

Wednesday the 6th is Experimental Wednesday and we will be exploring our own way. So it is a chance to pick up on a technique you really like and explore it to its full potential. Not sure what to focus on? then not worries we will also be looking at the new Maggie Grey workshops.

Most importantly do not forget it is Textiles East which aims to provide a dynamic, active platform for textile artists to exhibit and retailers to showcase their beautiful products for purchase. Friday  22nd & Saturday 23rd February 2019 Swavesey Village College, Cambridgeshire.

 

 

 

 

 


January 20, 2019
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Gathering Inspiration can be a real treat as this week can testify.

Spending a day in London with all the colours, shapes and sounds brings a huge amount of ideas. But the most inspiring came not from Kensington Palace as expected but from The Royal Opera House.

The Royal Opera house has layers of boxes, seats, lights, and sweeping curves with the gold and red. It is stunning as this link to a little video shows. https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/1973974682906696/

An evening in this place lifts the spirits no end. What did I see? The Nutcracker.

Looking at the fabrics, costumes and general bling for this lovely ballet makes me realise how hard the teams work to put on this entertainment. And that is not including the hours of practice the dancers put in. Well worth a visit.

But what about Kensington Palace? We looked at the fabulous rooms of course and the staircases. We loved the Princess Diana clothes, and the clothes from the film The Favourite which of course is about Queen Anne.

 

Unfortunately the rooms for Queen Victoria were closed but we did get to look at the fabulous Tiaras she wore.  I was rather taken by this suite even though my theme at the moment is red and not green.

 

King’s Lynn Embroiderers Guild.

Why a red theme you ask?

I am currently working on a number of items for the King’s Lynn Embroiderers Guild Exhibition in July. We will be at St Nicholas Chapel so come and take a look at what we get up to. the Exhibition theme is the rainbow so it will be colourful.

We have room for stall holders if you are interested, your stall must be textiles of some sort. Fabric based, weaving, threads, found materials, anything that can be used for textiles so that includes decoration and paints too.

Reminder.

Just to remind you that you can rent Eau Brink Studio for anything from one hour to the entire day for your projects large or small. You get to use all the facilities, cake is supplied, heating or air conditioning depending on the weather. There is a large working area. Large enough to lay out an entire quilt if needed. Just give Anita a call on 01553 762115 or email on [email protected] for further details.

Wednesday 23rd of January is the next Experimental Wednesday. If you want to join us just go to  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/experimental-wednesday-2-2/  and book in. You can be at the beginning of your artistic journey to join in or just looking to perfect your skills. We stat at 10 am and finish at 4 pm.

You will be welcomed with tea and home made lemon cake. So why not pop in and try something new?

 


January 14, 2019
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A New Venue for Workshops have been organised for those of you reading this in the Long Sutton Area.

Silverwood, St James Rd, Long Sutton, Spalding PE12 9AU is a fabulous shopping experience with a room for workshops.

Each month I have organised to go into Silverwood and teach how to use your sewing machine for more than straight stitches. All you need is your sewing machine and a darning or embroidery foot. Threads and some fabrics. I will supply patterns and soluble film for the 3D effects.

Shibori Dyeing (tie Dye) using procion dyes is on trend this year. All dyes and some fabrics are included in the price.

Lampshade making using fabrics of your choice. The Shibori dyed lampshades work beautifully for this workshop.

Also returning is Powertex for beginners. This will include your materials to make brooches, bottles for candles, and boxes and plaques.

To book just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events/ and search for the workshop and date you are interested in. Whilst your rummaging around the events pages why not also look at the rest of the website to see what we get up to?

What else is new?

We now have a  YouTube channel. It is very new so please do go and take a look. Subscribe, and let me know what you think of the videos. Just go to youtube and look up anita O’Neill and you should be able to see it.

What am I working on?

PomPoms is the simple answer to that question. Hundreds of them. Which I am making cushions, pencil tops, rugs, bunting and much much more. I am amazed at how much I am enjoying it too.

I particularly love the variegated yarns. So pretty.

 

What else?

Experimental Wednesday is one of my favourite days where a lovely group has formed on the first Wednesday of every month. Now there is a second Wednesday where we will follow the same format we first started on so yo get to learn many techniques. Of course those of you in the first group are welcome to attend the second day if you want to go over anything we already covered. To book just follow the link. The first date is January 23rd and we will be working on Layers.  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/experimental-wednesday-2-2/

 

 

 

 


January 7, 2019
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A New Year- New Shop for Eau Brink Studio. Where is it I hear you ask?

The Barn,  59 Wisbech Road, Long Sutton, Norfolk, United Kingdom PE129AQ. Open 7 days a week. You will find loads of fabulous items for gifts and home in The Barn. As you enter the coffee shop you will find us on your left.

The shop will stock items you are used to seeing from us such as our peg bags and scissor holders with scissors. But also new items such as scissor keepsakes, new bags, Dyes both natural and man made (instructions are included with the dyes), Scolabrush kits and Xpandaprint too. Carded Fleece from our own Lincoln Longwood sheep. Some dyed and some natural. Dyed and decorated feathers from our ducks during their moulting season.

Pop In and Try.

I will be also hosting and teaching pop ins for those of you who what to give something a try but do not feel ready to commit to a full workshop yet.

Individual Jewellery

What will be included? Powertex for just £5.00 you can make a brooch, then as you feel more confident move up to a jar for £7.00 or a bottle to put your candles in for those long summer days in the garden. Suitable for all ages.

 

Not interested in Powertex? The how about PomPom making for £5.00 you can make a range of PomPoms using different colours and sizes. Suitable for all ages.

Or sewing may be your thing. I will be demonstrating skills including patchwork, quilting, free motion embroidery. Hand stitch too. Come on in and ask me questions and if I can I will help you with your projects. For all ages.

And of course I will be bringing in some mixed media such as Xpandaprint and Scolabrush which are two of my favourite products to use.

 

 

Whats new?

The Website www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk is up to date with the years workshops and fairs.

New workshops are Pauline Wrighton – Finding Your Feet. This workshop teaches you all about the feet on your sewing machine and what you can do with them. On the weekend of 18th May.

MellyMade Designs – Lampshade up-cycling using her fabulous technique with transfer paints, on the weekend of the 27th and 28th July.

I am also introducing the use of the studio of those of you who need space to complete a project or just cut your fabric on large tables saving crawling on the floor. You get full use of the studio including the refreshments for just £4.00 per hour.