Blog - EAU Brink Studio

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.

 

 

 

 


December 29, 2018
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Wishing you a happy new year for 2019

What does that mean to you?

For me it is the end of a spectacular year of new experiences, as well as making new friends.

I have grown personally and my business has grown thanks to you guys.

I have attended many fairs, taught at groups, clubs and schools. From each of them I have learnt something ready for the next one.

The Studio

The studio workshops have been amazing with amazing learners returning again and again. I feel very lucky to be able to consider many of you as friends.

No all of the workshops have been successful due to the lack of numbers booking onto them but that does not mean that I will not try again in the new year.

I do take note of what I am asked for by everyone. Unfortunately I do need a minimum amount of learners if I am paying another artist to teach the workshop and if I cannot book enough in then it does have to be cancelled.

2019

2019 will be a year of me producing more of my own work rather than just workshops and popular items to sell. I hope that you will like it. It may be at times traditional but mainly it will be mixed media as I like to see how I can push the boundaries with products.

I am looking forward to helping the King’s Lynn Embroiderers Guild to grow so do watch out for us in King’s Lynn. If you would like to come along to our meetings we will be at Knights Hill in the pubs meeting room. On the last Wednesday of each month from 19.30. You do not have to be a great sewer as the aim of the guild is to encourage and teach.

I will be stepping down from the St Germans Ladies committee in January but will remain a member. I hope the new committee continue to grow the group as it is great.

The shop will be up and running at Long Sutton Craft Barn in Early January so do come along and see whats on offer.

I will be teaching workshops at The Silverwood Centre also in Long Sutton commencing in January. Regular workshops include Creative Stitching using your sewing machine,  Shibori style dyeing and Lampshade making. There are other items being taught at the centre so go along and take a look. I can highly recommend the tea shop. I love the bacon and brie sandwiches.

Get In touch

If you have any ideas for your development then get in touch on 01553 762115, [email protected] or just pop in and see me. Kettle is always on.

Thank you for being part of my wonderful life. Wishing everyone of you reading this a very happy new year.


December 24, 2018

It’s the Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.

No matter what you believe in or how you celebrate during December, I wish everyone of you reading this a very happy time.

The sun will be returning from now on and the days will be getting longer. That means more light to sew and craft in. Hurrah.

And what shall I be making? Loads of different things for the exhibitions that are coming up and some items for the Embroiderers Guild pop ups that are going to happen in the new year.

 

 

This is just a quick update for you.

We are closed now until the 2nd of January. It is family time for us. That means loads of good food and a little wine and gin.

There are still places available for the workshops with Cas Holmes, Alison Hulme and Amanda Hislop. So pop over to www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/workshops and take a look at whats going on.

Any questions just give me a call on 01553 762115

Have a fabulous holiday

 


December 17, 2018

There is only a Week To go till the festivities begin At Eau Brink..

What does that mean? Just 7 days to get ready for the coming year so that I can relax with my family and friends with good food and a drink or two. And it all kicks off with the burning of the yule log during the winter solstice. And that my friends means the light will be returning and the days will get longer. Hurrah!

The New year.

And what will the coming year bring? A new programme of events which include new workshops, less fairs, a new shop at Long Sutton, Experimentals first exhibition just to name a few. It will be an exciting year of creativeness.

I have a few last minute orders to complete first. If you guys want to order anything and want to save postage just come along and collect your order. I will be able to to this up to the evening of the 23rd. Then I will be closed until the new year. The website will be open as usual of course , which means you can book in for your workshops. Please note that there are new dates for the regular workshops so do check them out before calling me to ask why you can’t book. This has already happened.

From the 1st of January I will be setting up a little shop in the Craft Barn Village in Long Sutton. Where I will be putting items for sale as well as demonstrating for the coming workshops. This will help you see what is going to be happening at the workshops so you can decide if it is for you. Pop in days are also planned. There is a lovely Cafe where you can sit by the fire and slurp hot chocolate.

 

If you fancy coming to a workshop but do not want to travel to this side of Wisbech, I have a number of workshops planned for Silverwood.  Regular workshops include Shibori style dyeing, Lampshade making, and How to use your sewing machine for Free motion embroidery and cord making.  The tea shop is excellent too.

I hope you all have a great festive season with family and friends.

 

 

 

 


December 10, 2018
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Embellishing means different things to different people. There are many ways to embellish your clothing and work but have you ever thought of using an Embellishing machine? I had and then decided it was not for me so have resisted using one for a long time. For me it was due to the breaking of needles which becomes expensive if the needles all have to be replaced at the same time. However , I recently found that you can get a machine that only needs the needles replaced one at a time. Far more economical.

So now Eau Brink Studio has a new machine to help with felting items together. To see it in action just follow this link to the Facebook page. This is showing you one of the many flowers I am making ready for next year. You will be able to buy them individually or in packs for you to use on your own work or as a brooch.

Embellished flowers

flowers

They will also be available as pictures and hangings once finished. I am going to add beads as well as other items. Here are some as works in progress. They just need the beads added and framing. Though I may add a little bit more to them.

This may make a nice little workshop for just half a day.

 

 

Sequins for glittering baubles

Boy have I got through a shed load of hand cream making these lovely baubles. Big thank you to John for cutting hundreds for little squares for me for the workshops.  For those of you who could not make these due to fingers not wanting to work, I know you enjoyed making the sequin versions as it is easier to get the pins to go into the balls, bells and hearts.

 

How many of you guys want to be able to sew fabulous designs but struggle to find the designs you like at a reasonable price? I can help you with that. Pink Ink Designs print onto fabulous linen ready for you to paint and stitch.

Hand stitch is required

I love this design as it lends itself to many stitches. The bonus with these is that you can paint them first then stitch into them. Once I have stitched this I will post it for you to see the finished item.

 

 

I am now slowing down for the holiday season. but I am around if you want to drop in for a coffee and cake or just a chat. Call first on 01553 762115 or message me on 07827674920 and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

I am at Silverwood in Long Sutton and The Craft Barn also in Long Sutton. Both are open 10 till 4 daily. Though the Barn is open late on Thursdays.

 

 

 


December 3, 2018
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I have been wrapping it up with the fairs for this year. So now I have a little more time for other things such as my own development. But just to show you a little of what I have been making take a look at this little video.

I am going to be concentrating on bringing in the traditional work with art. How exciting is that?

May be a little more of items like this one. Which is now in Hampshire. I plan to use more natural fabrics and fleece in my work . You are welcome to come along and join me in this little adventure.

 

I am determined to get to grips with my Scan and Cut. I can use it for paper and felt but have not yet mastered it for fabric. This is going to be my challenge for the coming month ready for the new year. Next weeks blog will be about how I am getting on with it. About time too as I have had the machine since it was launched in the UK. I bet I am not the only one. I wonder how many of you have a machine of some description you do not use to its full potential?

To combat this problem I am going to be at Silverwood in Long Sutton once a month to show you how to use your sewing machines to make items using cords and free motion embroidery. I have also asked a lovely lady to come to Eau Brink Studio to teach us all how to get the most out of all of the feet our machines have. Keep an eye out for this one.

I have started to write a number of blogs for the coming year which will give you tips and links to videos on how to items. Such as how to use natural dyes.


November 25, 2018
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I hear you all groaning because it is the Christmas Countdown at Eau Brink Studio.

I have been making loads and loads of things for you all to enjoy. Christmas stockings, baubles, skirts, gifts and art.

Fairs.

Christmas Bauble made with sequins and pins. Purple and blue with gold ribbon

I started off by making these little lovely items for the King’s Lynn Embroiderers guild. I did make a huge one but forgot to give it to them for this weekend so will give it to them for next weekend where they will be at Swaffham.

Just a little tip for you. if you plan on making any of these for your own festivities I strongly suggest you use smaller pins and dip them into glue for security.

I also suggest you use a thimble or small piece of leather to protect your fingers when pushing in the pins. Boy can that be painful without them.

Sequin and pin bauble. Red and silver with gold ribbon

mulit-coloured sequin and pin bauble with bauble hanger.However, the results are stunning and well worth it. Take your time with them and play around to get different results.

Try using just one colour over the entire bauble or loads of colours to brighten up any tree or home. Either way they will look great.

The pins and sequins can be bought off the internet as well as baubles which are just Polystyrene so easy to push the pins into.

Children love making these and they are safe as the pins are not too sharp.

Workshops.

No sew patchwork bauble. multi coloured fabrics usedFabric bauble kits ready for the instructions to be added. Another great way to make a bauble is to use fabric. This is a little more complicated but once you get into the swing of it, it is easy.

I do have to point out though this one is a little harder on the fingers no matter how sharp your pins are it still can be painful.

For those of you out there who would like to have a go I have made kits for you to buy. I am also running workshops which are on the website for you to book. You can message me if you wish to attend a workshop at The Craft Barn in Long Sutton or Silverwood also in Long Sutton.

Workshops are £15.00 including the price of the kit. Additional kits are £5.00.

My other life.

If you do not follow me on Social Media you will not be aware of what I get up to when not sewing or creating.

So here is a little clue…

Anita at her first photo shoot wearing a steam punk outfit. pose is under the hoop
Photo shoot
Resting in the hoop contemplating the next move
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My favourite pass time besides sewing and reading is getting into this hoop. Though not in this dress as a rule.

I have spent many many months getting to this level working twice a week on perfecting these moves. From the first time I went into the studio to get my fitness up to scratch I wanted to get into the hoop but was not permitted for a full 18 months as my trainer knew that I was not ready for it physically.

This photo shoot was my personal goal this year. And I am really pleased with the results. These two are from 90 pictures taken. And there are no edits either.

Why am I sharing this with you? Because in the last 6 years I have changed my life completely and never thought that in my 50’s I would be pushing myself out of my comfort zone as much as I have. So I am saying to you.. Just go for it. Life is for living.


November 18, 2018
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At Eau Brink Studio The Festive Season Is Upon Us and we have one last fair to attend.

I have added an additional workshop where you can make Fabric Decorations. For only £10.00 you can spend time chatting to friends old and new whilst making fabric decorations. You can bring your own materials or buy a kit for as little as £5.00 each. There are two kits available.

Folded fabric bauble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us even if you do not feel like making a decoration or two just for the tea and cake on 8th December from 10 am till 4 pm. To book just click on the button

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What have we been up to this week then?

The Embroiderers Guild have been in making Christmas decorations ready for their stalls at St Margaret’s Church in King’s Lynn on the 24th November and in Swaffham on the 1st of December.

Items made for the Embroiderers Guild

On a personal note I have been working towards something that is way out of my comfort zone. A photo shoot. Yep I know not my thing at all but I did it for me. This is one  of the pictures for you to see what I get up to in the evenings. Though not usually dressed in this way. This picture was the dress rehearsal before the main event.

I do think it is important to get out of our comfort zones every so often and exercise is a great one to make us do that. Especially if its not the normal type of exercise.

 

Whats coming up then?

The season to be jolly is around the corner. For me that means spending time with my family eating and drinking. Toasting friends old and new. This year one friend will be absent and dearly missed but not at all forgotten.

I will be at Wymondham on the 1st December for the last Norfolk makers fair of the year. Come along to say hello. the whole of Wymondham will be open for their Winter Fest. While your there why not pop into the Big C and stock up on a few crafting items too.

The last Experimentals group meeting will be the 5th December. No need to book in just come along and we will eat Christmas goodies, Drink a toast to the end of the year and plan our next year. If your not part of this group but would like to come along anyway you will be made welcome and we will explain how the group works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


November 11, 2018
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We all know that preparation is key but there are times when no matter how hard we try outside influences can impact our plans.

What do you do to plan your week?

I have an excellent diary planner which has the whole year planned out. I know where I should be each day as well as the preparation I need to do.

My week starts on a Sunday evening when I should get my blog finished ready for the social media to send it out to you all on Monday.

I then look at what I need to have ready for each day. This week I need to add in extra towels and rollers for an added workshop for felt flower making. I need to Plan a workshop for Monday afternoon, cut out many flower shapes for the school on Tuesday, ensure there is plenty of cake on Wednesday.

The website needs updating, the social media scheduled emails need to be kept on top of.

Then I get to spend the rest of the time making lovely items for the fairs and shops. Which means cutting them out once I have decided what I need. But not this Sunday as I have been at Dents Farm.

 What a fabulous weekend we have had. Thank you for stopping by and saying hello. And thank you to all our customers old and new. It was lovely to see you all.

 

 

So what’s coming up then I hear you ask?

Christmas Decorations

November 24 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

£25.00

Do you fancy making your own decorations for Christmas using traditional techniques?

Then join us at Eau Brink Studio on the 24th of November for Christmas Decorations with Clare Hedges.

We will be starting at 09.30 and finishing at 1pm. Clare will be supplying all the materials.

All you need to bring is yourself and your scissors. Refreshments included in the price.

Making Christmas decorations using traditional techniques is not as hard as you think.

Clare will supply all the materials and equipment so you will just need to turn up and follow her easy instructions.

Of course Clare is on hand if you get stuck and need a little extra help.

Once you know what to do then you can make these decorations all year round for other celebrations in many colours.

Beginners Skirt Workshop

November 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

£25.00

Beginner level at Eau Brink Studio.

Using a simple pattern, Create a skirt in this one day workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you caught the sewing bug?  Are you waiting (patiently) for the sewing bee to come back on our screens? This is your chance to get ahead with your winter wardrobe and sew a skirt for you.

Starting with learning how to read the pattern, Pippa will take you step by step to create a simple skirt.  Learn how to finish seams to prevent fraying, Stitch a dart, put in a zip and everything else in between to create a skirt.

 You’ll need:

·       A pattern.  Most of the pattern companies have a beginners/ simple section to choose a pattern from.  If you like the look of some of the indi pattern companies you could try Sew me somethings Viola skirt or for a slim pencil skirt, Liesel and co super sharp pencil skirt.  Simple sews Kiera skirt or The Named Azara skirt works for those that like a little more flow of fabric.  A quick search for skirt patterns will give you lots of choice, just remember, the less pieces it appears to have, the simpler it will be to put together and the more likely you’ll be to make it in a day.

·       Fabric- your pattern will give you an idea on the back as to the type of fabric to choose, if in doubt, ask a fabric shop assistant.

·       Thread and machine needles to match your fabric

·       Sewing machine

·       Sewing kit i.e. Scissors (Paper and Fabric) Pins, Hand needles, Tape measure etc

·       Zip, if your pattern requires one

·       Interfacing-choose a weight that’s slightly lighter than you fabric.  If in doubt ask an assistant.

Powertex Thursday

November 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Recurring Event (See all)

£20.00

Want to Discover the Possibilities of Powertex? You can on Powertex Thursday.

Powertex
Fabric Bowl with Powertex

Learn how to manipulate this versatile medium, giving you the start to get creating…

Have you recently purchased a Powertex system, but are finding it tough to get results?

Perhaps you have heard about the potential of this fabric hardening system to create beautiful and distinctive structures?

Although Powertex can produce outstanding results, you are not alone if you are struggling to make this environmentally friendly product work for you.

If you want a practical grounding in using this sculpting medium then Powertex Thursdays is the perfect solution.

Designed to give you the skills and know how to capture your creative flair, this course takes place at Eau Brink Studio under the supervision of Anita O’Neill.

Available for £20.00 this 2-3 hour course gives you all the basics needed to make a jar or brooch. Whole days are also available for support with larger projects.

This course gives you the following…

  • All your materials are included – in the overall course price and extra products are available for a small cost to ensure you achieve the result you desire.

 

  • Initial demonstration – watch as Anita goes through all the basics necessary for successfully bringing your ideas to life with this exciting medium.

 

  • Positive learning environment – work with Powertex and share information and findings with other artists and creatives in a fun, energised atmosphere.

 

  • Refreshments – including Anita’s famous cakes and cups of tea to get the inspiration flowing around the room.

Experimental Wednesday

December 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Recurring Event (See all)

£20.00

Mixed Media

There are many ways to decorate fabric and paper using stitch, dyes, paints and other mediums. But have you ever thought about mixing up the paints and stitches? What about making your own surface to stitch into or to add to using paints or other embellishments? How many kits are lurking in your craft room or cupboards that you have not used yet?

 

Experimental Wednesday at Eau Brink Studio is a day where you can be free to experiment using any medium you like. We have put paper to fabric, made paper, dyed fabrics and used the left over dye as ink. 

We look around us and think about what everyday objects can be used for in our experimenting. for example: take some rusty objects and lay them over and around fabric. Leave for  a few weeks and then unwrap. Lovely rust dyed fabrics to sew into. 

 

Snow is something many dread. We look forward to it as then we can use it to dye fabrics using Procion Dye crystals.

The world around us makes many synthetic fabrics which can be coloured and then heated to make the most fantastic surfaces. Such as Tyvek, Lutradour, and of course everyday plastics.

Every Wednesday from 10am till 4pm. From £20.00 per day and then additional costs for materials. Refreshments included but not lunch.

Gain an Expressive Flair and New Confidence Working with Mixed Media

 Learn the techniques that will give you the basis for a developing your creativity and own personal style at Eau Brink Studio.

Have you been on a course or show that has opened your eyes to the possibilities of working with textiles, paint, inks, wax, acrylics and other types of mixed media?

Want to take your artistic productions to the next level and develop a range of skills that you can explore in your own studio or home workshop?

If the answer is yes, then the Experimental Wednesday Course at Eau Brink Studios with Anita O’Neill could give you the boost you need to take your creativity to the next stage.

Designed to teach you everything you need to get the results you want from mixed media – this 6 hour course is available for £20.00.

This workshop gives you the following:

  • Introduction phone call – Anita will talk to you before the day to ensure that your chosen technique is covered during the course.

 

  • Lecture sessions – where you learn not only about your technique but get an insight into everything that is being taught during the day.

 

  • Practical demonstration – going through a clear, step by step approach that gives you enough time to truly understand how to use each technique.

 

  • Workshop – practice the techniques you have learned, with Anita on hand to give you all the support and assistance you need.

 

  • Cake and refreshments – bring your own lunch, but Anita bakes her own special cakes to keep you sustained in the afternoon.

 

Taking place in our spacious and relaxed Eau Brink Studio, simply bring your own materials or let us know and we’ll provide them for you. Be inspired in this artistic space and share ideas with others on their expressive journey.

For 2019 we start out in January  with

Mels up-cycled Lampshades

Then we have …

Small Objects of desire with Cas Holmes

Followed by a one day ..

Cas Holmes – Postcards

And we also have..

Print and Make with Alison Hulme

followed by..

Amanda Hislop – Sketchbook workshop

If you are interested in any of these workshops please click on the title and it will take you to the website so you can take a look at what we will be up to. If you fancy it just click on the schedule appointment button. Any problems give me a call on 01553 762115.

And as you can see I am planning right up to the end of 2019. There is more planned but as I have not finalised things I do not feel I can publish them. So keep watching and reading.


Parties for all ages - paints and puff paints. Powertex and other mixed media. A great way to celebrate your special day or just to have fun.
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