Anita, Author at EAU Brink Studio - Page 2 of 9

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.


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.