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September 16, 2019

Hard work can be fun and at Eau Brink Studio we do have a lot of fun.

Hampton Court

This week we have been at The Handmade Festival in Hampton Court. The hard work starts with making  enough items to ensure you have a good stock to sell as well as items to showcase what you do in the workshops.

Then setting up on the day before the show opens starts with the journey down from Norfolk and worrying if you have everything, I always forget something. This time it was the handouts for the workshops.

Setting up takes a while but by 6pm we can go off to John’s Sisters to hopefully relax before the opening day.

Each day we are up early to get to Hampton Court by 8am. Traffic permitting of course. Check that all is well on the stall before opening. We do have a little time to catch up with old friends before we open which is always nice.

The rest of the day is spent chatting to customers old and new. Selling items of course and encouraging customers to look at the website to see if they fancy any of the workshop we run.

At 6pm the customers go home and we restock before heading back to relax or in my case sew more items.

On the last day at 6pm we pack up the stall to head home. Yesterday we arrive home late in the evening to a comfortable take away meal and a pot of tea.

Is this the end of it? No. The day after we unpack take stock of what is left. What sold well and what did not.

Then on the computer to follow up on requests and emails. Write a blog and update the website as well as social media.

The last thing is to take what is left to The Barn shop and clear up the studio.

Do I now plan for next year? yes of course it starts all over again now.

This is just one example of how we work and have fun. Others include running workshops.

Workshops

Workshops are a great way to make new friends with like minded people. I love to see how people develop their own style of sewing and crafts. I have made some very good friends through my work.

New workshops are being added to the website all the time and this week there will be more including some half day workshops and maybe the odd evening one too. so pop along to www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk to see whats going on.

Whilst away

Of course many of you reading this are probably thinking “what happens to the animals when Anita is away” My son lives with us and he cares for them. Also my sister is not far away and also pops in at regular intervals to make sure all is okay. the animals are better cared for than us humans.

Animal Update

The chickens are all doing well laying loads of lovely eggs. The geese have settle in well and protect the ducks now unless there is food about then its every duck and goose for him or herself. The sheep I think will be happy when the warm weather goes away  even when they have been sheared they they hot. And the ducks are happy. The babies are growing well and love swimming on the pond. Though it is funny to see them suddenly try and jump out when a fish catches them unaware.

Next time

Next time will tell you all about the exhibitions I am entering just need to confirm a couple today and then I can show you some new works too.

 

 


September 6, 2019
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Exciting times at Eau Brink Studio.

Firstly I would like to thank Amanda Hislop for a great weekend of making us draw. The sketchbook workshop was amazing and I have continued to work into mine. I know this is not something I usually do. Many of us wondered where this would lead to and I am happy to say that it made me go back to basics which is a good thing.

The exciting times continue with Amanda  returning to us in 2020. Details are already on the website though more information is due to be added once Amanda has sourced pictures and samples.

Next is The Handmade Festival at Hampton court. Only one week to go and I am no where near ready for it.

I had decided not to go this year but at the last minute found that I can not stay away. So working long hours making items to take with me.

If you want to go and need a ticket just ping me an email and I will see if the link still works for you.

We are in full swing at Wymondham Arts Centre so you still have time to attend as it does not finish until the 15th of September. All items are textile related at this one so pop along and see whats going on. There is also a list of the workshops on my stand as well as the table where the money is taken.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me on [email protected] 

 

Our new group has commenced this month called Progression. We are ten members and will stay at that number so if you were thinking of joining us and I have not spoken to you then if you wish to join I have to say you will be on a waiting list. Our first exhibition is in February at Makers Month starting in the Forum Norwich. We would love it if you could come and see us Fledglings. This is an exciting time for us and would appreciate your support.

News on the home front.

We have a new cockerel. He is a bit young at the moment to take his place with his ladies so is being loved and cherished on his own. This means he is being spoilt in our house.

The geese have settled in nicely, All baby duck are now wondering around and enjoying the pond for a swim and wash. The chicken are laying again so lovely fresh eggs daily and the sheep are just being hooligans as usual.

Perfect days.

 

 


August 28, 2019
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I am sure like me many of you have Lost A Month. Where on earth did August go?

Here at Eau Brink Studio it has been all go. Getting ready for Exhibitions and fairs, The Bank Holiday means a family BBQ for us and of course getting ready for Amanda Hislop to arrive for her two day workshop on the 31st.

NEC

So in order the first thing of course was going to the Festival of Quilts in the NEC. Not as an exhibitor but as a customer. It was a fantastic day of shopping and catching up with friends.

This is a picture of one of the many fantastic quilts I fell in love with. Unfortunately far too many for me to show you them all. Looking forward to next years festival now.

West Norfolk Artists

The next thing to prepare for was the West Norfolk Artists Association Exhibition which is currently in full swing at St Nicholas Chapel in King’s Lynn.

This piece is one of two in the exhibition.

What Else?

Throughout the month we have had a number of workshops in the studio for children. Working with all ages teaching them how to create colour and pattern without the stress of drawing. Many have returned home with sketchbooks full of fabulous colourful pages.

We also have been teaching the older children how to use the sewing machines for free motion embroidery. Drawing with a needle is getting popular.

Powertex is one of the none sewing workshops which is popular with groups. The best it about is the participants go home with something they have created without the confidence of what they can achieve at the beginning of the workshop.

Amanda Hislop makes fantastic landscapes

The next workshop is Amanda Hislop for two days on the 31st of August and 1st of September. This workshop was full but a last minute cancellation means one space available. If your interested just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/amanda-hislop-sketchbook-workshop/ for more information.

 

Small Holding News

Other than a full month of work and a long weekend of play we have manged to rear ducks, and chickens. We have had a visit or two from the fox but to combat that we now have a  pair of geese. Hopefully next year they will become a breeding pair. Watch out Mr and Mrs Fox.

During the windy day we had half of a plum tree fell and the sheep and chickens thought they were going to have a feast. Not likely I managed to get 10.5 kg of plums to make jam. It is scrummy even if I say so myself. Not bad for a first attempt at jam making.

 


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.

 


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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.

 

 



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.


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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