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January 25, 2021
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BURSTING WITH IDEAS

Hardanger

Sipping my favourite tea with a head bursting with ideas usually results with me just putting one into action and the forgetting the rest.

But with all this extra time we now have on our hands my head is bursting with even more ideas and I am getting them down in a little book. Not only am I getting them documented I am planning how to make them a reality.

Bursting into your life now

The first one to be thrown out into Eau Brink World is a monthly challenge. Starting in February. I will run it along the lines of our Experimental Wednesdays. Each month we will work towards making a piece which can be adapted to most disciplines. This means that it dose not only have to be sewing related. It can be a piece of fabulous art, a Craft, a stitched item or glued. The aim is to get us all exploring what we can do with the subject. The only rule is that you follow the guidelines but you can be as experimental as you wish.

Each month I will post on social media and send out the challenge by email . I will be converting a page on the website for your information and to show the finished items. They will also be posted on social media and added to the news letters.

You do not have to pay to join in and I am going to try and keep the cost of making very low by encouraging you to use what you already may have or can beg off others. Though of course I will be putting kits onto the website shop just in case you fancy purchasing one for someone else to have a go.

I do not want to bombard you with all my ideas in one go so as I organise each thing I will let you know what to look out for.

It is funny how my head only has ideas about my lovely studio and not about such mundane things as food shopping. Mind you that is just how I like it.

Smallholding News

Now for some very sad news. We have had to send our sheep to a lovely big farm. It was a hard decision to make but for their health and John’s safety we really had no choice. We have been told that they settled in well and are with a Tup so hopefully they will be producing lambs for the farmer.

We will keep our birds and really get going with the bees this year. Hopefully lots of honey to bake with at the end of the season and plenty to eat on my porridge too.

Covid update

As the lockdown continues and the schools are closed we also cannot open for groups or to teach. It is very frustrating but we need to make sure it is safe for everyone who visits Eau Brink Studio as well as for ourselves.

Of course as soon as we are given the green light we will get going again. If you have booked into a workshop and we have to move it or cancel it of course you can have a refund. If you have paid through paypal the refund will be returned through them. I am not sure what fees they take off it but you can challenge them if they do charge you. Any monies paid directly into my account will be fully refunded.

Most of our visiting artists are happy to move the workshop to a later date so you can still attend. I am offering you a way to secure your places by asking you to pay a deposit of just £10.00 per day. My booking system will permit you to pay smaller amounts until the full fee is paid. The box that has the fee in it can be changed to how much you are paying. If you wish you can just send me a cheque for the deposit and I will add it to the workshop for you.

And now my brain is bursting with the idea that I need more tea.

Stay safe everyone

Anita

 

 

 

 


January 16, 2021
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January 2021

Here we are January 2021 and we are in another lockdown due to the Covid-19. For each of us this means something different.

For us at Eau Brink Studio is means we have to close our doors to workshops until the schools are open again or maybe even longer. It all depends on the R rate of course. A number of people have contacted me asking if we are still putting on workshops but I am afraid not at the moment. We follow the Governments guidelines.

This means that there are no social Wednesdays, No Experimental Wednesday or Kids Art Club this month. however, we are looking forward to the rest of the year and have decided to move Suzette Smart from the beginning of March to October just to be optimistic we can go ahead further on.

Other workshops to be moved but as yet not confirmed for new dates are the Shibori style procion workshop and the Loom Beading in February. New dates will be added to the website as soon as we can.

So what have we been up to in the studio then?

Accounts of course have to be finalised by the end of this month so that’s ongoing.

Anita has been making loads of stock for the shop including cushions, bags and fabric boxes. the fabric boxes are pretty but take an age due to the cutting out.

Also writing up a notebook and sampling for a new project. Most enjoyable.

John has been getting to grips with the 3d printer and started to print out a few things including items to be made into pincushions.

Booking

A number of you have asked about booking and the system to spread the costs.

when booking go to the booking site as normal and in the little box with the price change it to what you are paying. In the notes box put something like deposit if its the first payment and then payment 2 or 3 which ever it is. you will see a running total going down on what is left to be paid.

A deposit secures your place on the workshop.

Smallholding

It is with deep regret and sadness that I have to report that we are selling our sheep. As John’s condition deteriorates he is unable to help me care for them to a high standard. It takes 3 of us to turn them just to clean and trim hooves. Also they keep escaping their enclosure and the fencing now needs to be replaced to keep them in. This is a big job and John will struggle to complete it so the decision was made to sell them on. They are going to a good home where they will be introduced to a flock and a Ram.

Once they sheep have left we will look at replanting the orchard and I look forward to sipping Gin under the trees. Bring on the summer sun.

We will concentrate on the bees, chickens, ducks, geese and dogs now as they are easier to care for.

It also means that I can replant the garden with herbs, dyers plants and maybe the odd flower too.

The pond may get a fountain or waterfall and perhaps a island to help keep the fox from the ducks and geese.

All in All

All in all we are planning and looking forward to the end of the Covid situation so we can sit in our lovely garden with friends, family and anyone else who fancies dropping in. We will always have refreshments on the go but cannot always promise it will contain alcohol.

Take care everyone.

Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


January 3, 2021
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New Year 2021

The New Year of 2021 has arrived and we are once again kept in our homes to try and stop the spread of the Virus. Luckily we now have the vaccine to help combat it. We are told that by Easter we should have some sort of normality return to our lives.

A Huge Thank You

I want to thank you all for your support during the last year. Just knowing you read my little blog helps me keep  motivated.  I know I am very lucky to still be in business in this New Year of 2021 as many are now closing their doors.

Update

At this moment in time Eau Brink studio is open for Children’s after school workshops as per Government Guidelines and the numbers are restricted to a maximum of 8. For more information on the new terms workshop just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/art-club-11yrs-and-older-2021-01-14/   

It is hoped that the Government review will enable us to open our doors again for the other workshops fairly quickly. Until then I am putting videos onto YouTube again. The latest is a quick one on how to make box pleats. The next one will be how to dye fabric using Shibori folding Techniques and Procion Dyes.

Our first Progression meeting of 2021 will be a zoom meeting at 11 am on the 6th January.

Bookings are open for all our planned workshops throughout the new year and as you can imagine the popular workshops are getting booked. Such as Amanda Hislop where we only have 2 spaces now available.

The first big workshop of the year is with Suzette Smart making these fabulous Embroidered Bird Boxes which make a lovely gift for anyone to use in their homes for little storage boxes. Once you have learnt the technique you can apply it to any shape box.

I am looking forward to this one as I plan to use the technique during 2021 as a way of packaging gifts for family and close friends. Saving purchasing wrapping paper which just gets thrown away. What better way than to give a gift with a pretty reusable box?

 

3D Printer

As John and I could not workout what to purchase each other as gifts for the festive season we decided to purchase a 3D Printer for the studio. John being an excellent engineer is in charge of it. That means he has to work out how to work it and I just tell him what I need printing. Of course it also means that you can discuss with John any needs you may have for replacement parts for any equipment or new equipment you may need. Also I have discovered you can print stencils which will be more robust that the commercial types so should last longer.  That means you can send in your designs and get them printed. I will keep you informed on his progress. But if you fancy coming to see it working please get in contact so we can arrange it with all Covid safety guidelines in place.

Smallholding

It is not just us humans who are currently being kept in. Once again Bird Flu has arrived and we have to keep our chickens ducks and geese in.  The problem with keeping chickens in is they get bored and start to pick on each other. With this in mind we put bark down for them to scrape through to get the bugs that have wondered into the enclosure and I spend time making they special cakes with yummy vegetables and rice to eat. Along with strings of vegetables and fruit hanging around the enclosure for them to find. We also put in food containers for their normal food which makes them stand onto a plate to get the food. Once the growing season starts we will grow plants around the enclosures and over them so they grow into the fencing and they can enjoy them too.

The ducks and geese are another story. We have purchased a new polytunnel for them and as soon as we can get it up we will put them into it. In the  hope they do not escape. They are very good at escaping any enclosure we have tried so far.

Talking about escaping they sheep have managed to get out of their part of the garden again so we have now decided to leave them out until we can get new stock fencing. It is easier. With their winter coats they are huge and nothing gets in their way when they want to go somewhere.

Puppies

These little loves are now 6 months old and full of  mischief.  They have also found their voices and like to bark at everything and everyone. So that is another part of their training to be quiet. They have learnt a lot so far……… How to pinch clean washing as it is folded into the basket and run off with it. How to come when called as this means a nice treat. How to sit when told. But the biggest achievement is how to ask to go out when needed.  They still like to be sitting on a lap and given lots of attention.

Thank you all once again for your support over the last year and in anticipation for the new year of 2021.

Wishing you all a Very HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Stay Safe.

 

 


December 21, 2020
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The Christmas Season

As the Christmas Holidays start and we are all wondering what we are permitted or not permitted to do life  still goes on.

Here at Eau Brink Studio we will close at 4pm on the 24th December and reopen for the 28th, 29th and 30th if you want anything or to call for a chat. Anita will be in the studio from 10am till 4pm. The number to call is 01553 762115. Mind you I may talk gibberish due to the excess consuming of foods.

Being the eternal optimist next years programme is up and running with the hope that we can continue to run them even with reduced numbers. All health and safety is in place including track and trace.

Our Smallholding

It is not just us that has to be careful or stay in our birds also have been put inside. Our chickens are in two large runs for their safety and we are currently constructing a polytunnel for the ducks and geese.

Poor geese have never been indoors shut up before. But as Bird Flu is on the rise we have no choice.

The sheep are not happy about this of course because it means they cannot pinch the birds food. They are rather keen on it. But they will also be curtailed ready for the new growing season as I want to get the fruit and veg plot going again with greedy sheep raiding it.

2021

As this year closed and before the new starts I will be spending time reflecting and evaluating ready to start the new year with a blast.  If you want to put anything onto our workshop programme or would like to see something new in the shop let me know and I will happily discuss it with you.

Who knows what will happen but hopefully we will all be thriving this time next year.

Good Luck everyone and thank you for all you support and assistance over this challenging year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

 

 

 


December 15, 2020
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2021 Workshops

The 2021 workshops are now live and ready for you to take a look at.

We have some new workshops to mix in with the old and there are more to be added. So why not take a look the the events calendar and see what we are up to at Eau Brink Studio?

We do work within the Covid-19 guidelines and if we have to close for any reason all workshops will be  moved to the next available date.

So what is planned would take up a lot of space on your emails so I will just give you a quick heads up as follows:

Each month we will be in the studio on a Wednesday for the following:

Every 1st Wednesday is Progression in Textiles.

2nd and 4th Wednesdays are Social Wednesdays where you can pop in or stay all day for a chat and sew. For more information just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday-2021-01-06/

The 3rd Wednesday is Experimental Wednesday where we experiment and try new things or ways of working. If you want to join us just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/stitch-and-create-2020-01-15/2021-01-20/

Each month on a Thursday Evening :

During term times we will be working with younger people from the age of 11 every 1st and 3rd Thursday evening. From 6pm till 8pm.

This is an art club where we go through the basics of art techniques. Drawing is not a vital part of this but drawing practice is encouraged. The younger persons will be filling sketchbooks during each term .

For more information please go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/art-club-11yrs-and-older-2021-01-14/

Visiting Artists –

March – Suzette Smart and Melanie Missin.

April – Amanda Hislop

May – Pauline Wrighton

June – Alison Hulme

July – Alexander Waylett

August – Jenny O’Leary

September – Anne Hellyer

October –

November – Cas Holmes

Dates and times for the above may change depending on government guidelines at the times. I will of course keep you informed on all changes as they occur. 

For further information on the above and for other workshops  please take a look at https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events/

Gift Vouchers

Did you know we do gift vouchers starting from £10.00?

A gift voucher is available to use for 12 months from the date it was purchased.

Your gift vouchers can be used for any workshop or purchase within the 12 month period. Even as part payment for a workshop.

Why not give a gift voucher to someone who would love to make one of these great little bird houses?

This is Suzett Smarts workshop in March.

If the bird houses are not for you then take a peek at the others we have on offer. For more information just contact Anita on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk 

Smallholding News

Well we have the mammoth task of keeping in our birds now that the bird flu has hit the region. So we have moved the old polytunnel over and netted it to keep them in. The other were already in a good sized area to protect them from the fox. Now we will put wood chips on the ground for them and string along a few treats to stop them getting bored.

The ducks and geese are the challenge as each time we get them in an enclosure they escape.  But we will see.

When visiting the studio the gates are closed as the sheep keep escaping from their pen. We are looking at new stock fencing for them in the hope it works.

Our puppies are getting along fine though the car journeys still are a challenge for them. Luna is still quite shy and a bit nervous too. But she has come along heaps and bounds. They are learning how to come back when called but still cannot be off the lead outside as they like to chase anything that moves. Well I say anything not the sheep they are too big and intimidating for them.

They do sit when commanded, so we can put on the harness and take it off without all that wriggling. They stop when on a short lead so they can sit by roads too. And they are house trained Hurrah.

Still a bit nervous of other people but they are still very young. So you will be seeing them more and more in the studio now.

Looking forward to seeing you all very soon

Anita

 

 

 

 

 


December 2, 2020
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Hello it is December already? What a year we have all had. I for one am looking forward to 2021.

Decembers news starts off with us coming out of lockdown and our Progression in Textiles meeting.  We had a lovely day where we did a small amount of business but then enjoyed the lovely foods everyone bought in and each others company. Also some very nice cards and gifts from Ruth. A lovely end to our first year.

So how are you all feeling about the coming year ? I am excited about it. We have some new workshops being organised. Ruth is going to teach  a few too.

Wednesdays are now all organised as follows. The first Wednesday of the month is Progression in Textiles. This is a closed group for members only.

The 2nd Wednesday of the month is a social day where you can join us for  a bit of stitching of your choice and a day of socialising with like minded others. Just bring along your stitching and lunch. Refreshments are provided. For more information just follow the link. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday/2020-12-09/

3rd Wednesday of the month is Experimental Wednesday. These days are organised so that you can either have a go at something you have wanted to try but not wanted to purchase a load of equipment first or you can join in with the organised work with Anita.  Refreshments are provided remember your lunch. There is an extra cost for any materials provided by the studio. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/experimental-wednesday-4/2020-12-16/

And then the 4th Wednesday again is a social day the same as the 2nd Wednesday of the month. The exception to this is December as the Studio closes at the end of the day on the 17th December for the Christmas break. So the next social Wednesday will be in January 2021

The Progression group  have some great exhibitions lined up and the members are looking forward to getting their work out for everyone to see. Our first is in February at the Forum as part of Makers Festival. This is being organised now and we will  find out the final details soon. Then in March we hope to be at the NEC which we are very excited about. Hopefully that will be able to go ahead. Check out Eau Brink Website for more information on what’s coming with Progression in Textiles. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/

Powertex is back and there will be a Saturday each month organised for this fabulous day of creating with Powertex.

PAT testing. John will be in the studio one day a month for PAT testing your items. These do not necessarily have to be your sewing machine but anything that will need a test. His rates are very reasonable and he will put new plugs on if you need them. John does a lot of work with Antiques and rewires lamps and other such items to get them safe to use.

And what of the smallholding news for December?

Well the sheep keep escaping from their field and are munching their way through the garden. New and better stock fencing is required so thats probably the next job.  All the chickens are safe and thriving. Big ol cockerel is keeping the girls happy in on pen and when we get the others penned in we will also give them a boyfriend.

The geese and ducks are happy splashing around in the pond with the fish and morhens.

And of course our puppies are growing happily with the aid of the parrot who likes to feed them her chillies. Not a good idea. so no more chillies for her. I wonder what they will make of the snow if we get any.

stay safe everyone

 

 

 

 


November 17, 2020
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Half Way into 2nd Lockdown

So here we are again and now half way through. How are you all feeling? Keeping busy is key for me as it is easy to slip into bad habits and poor health.

With this in mind I make a point of getting up early still and working on my admin before the day really begins. Evenings are spent sewing my own work. To continue to develop and evolve so whilst the boys watch sports I can sew happily in my studio.

We are working hard at moving the shop around and making new stock for it such as new bags and Christmas decorations which will be added onto the online shop very soon. 2021 is now planned and the website will be updated over the next few days.

 

 

2021

So  Every alternative Wednesday we have Social Wednesday. From 10 am till 4 pm you are welcome to join us for a day of chatter and sewing. Of course there will be cake to go with the hot drinks. This day will only cost £10.00 unless you purchase materials from the studio.

Just bring along your stitching and machine if you want to use it and your lunch. All machines must be PAT tested. If this is a problem John will PAT test it for you for a small fee.

To book in just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday/  Our first one is on the 9th December if we are out of lockdown.  Not 2021 but near enough to get  going.

Every third Wednesday we will continue with Experimental Wednesday as it is a great day of experimenting and moving our own practice on or in different directions.

Visiting Artists

We have booked in a number of visiting artists and we are slowly getting them on the system. Of course it is difficult as we do not know what will happen so I am planning as if we can have a normal life again. Though I think it may be a very different normal to what we are used to. Not all of our visiting artist are will us for two days many are one day workshops and we have quite a varied programme planned for the year.

PAT Testing Days

On the second Wednesday of every month John will be around if you want to have your machines or equipment tested. The charge is £2.50 per item or three items for £5.00. John will also change plugs if need be for a additional cost of £1. per plug.

Progression in Textiles

We are working hard to complete items for exhibition in the new year hopefully starting at the Norfolk Makers Festival in Norwich. It will be a little different next year depending on the restrictions that may be imposed but at least we hopefully will have a great exhibition for you to visit. Some items will be available for sale through contact with the artist.

Our full programme will be uploaded to our Facebook page by the end of November. And onto the Eau Brink Studio Website.

Smallholding News

We are on the look out for a Ram for our girls. A Lincoln Longwool ram so we can have lambs in the spring. the problem we have is Johns mobility is limited and he is not able to fix the trailer on his own so we cannot collect a ram it needs to be delivered. We have put out a plea on Facebook but so far nobody has responded. It may be that I try and help John with fixing the trailer but the gates and back are very heavy and need to come off for repair. Fingers crossed someone can deliver a ram for the girls.

Our fox issue continues but we have outsmarted it for the time being by penning in one house of birds. It looks like we may be doing the same for the rest. such a bind for them but its the only way to keep them safe.

The geese are happy with the ducks flapping around on the pond when the fox visits so there is not a problem for them.

Our puppies are growing daily and growing naughtier daily too. so funny to watch them. Though somethings are not going to be forgiven like wrecking my spinning wheel.

The girls are almost housetrained. One still has not learnt how to hold it for more than 3 hours all the time but she is getting there. They have learnt to sit by the door if they want to got out but do not bark. Though they will run to us and run back to the door sometimes. So daily improvements. Their next challenge is to get used to being in the car. They both get very frightened and need lots of reassurance at the moment.

Stay Safe Everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 


November 5, 2020
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ANOTHER LOCKDOWN

How fed up are we now ? Another Lockdown to make life a bit more challenging. Luckily at Eau Brink Studio teaching can continue as we are educational. But of course the café and my physical shop are now closed.

EBS Retail

Although the physical shop is closed for the next four weeks that does not mean that all work has stopped. We are planning a big clean and revamp. we hope to add a new ceiling to help keep it warm and the fabrics will be taken off the rolls and put on flat cores so it is easier for you to see them. Also it is easier for me to cut them too. We have many fabrics in now all natural fibres such as linen and cotton. I am hoping to get some Linen Hemp too.

You can still order from my website and I have asked the techy guys if they can add click and collect onto the shipping section so that you can either collect from the studio in King’s Lynn or from EBS Retail in Long Sutton. Until that can be completed you can email me or message me with your needs and we can sort it out from there.

Progression in Textiles

Our monthly meetings are always informative and friendly. This month we took care of business quite quickly and then spent time looking at each others work and helping each other over our difficulties. The work being produced is amazing. We cannot wait for our first exhibition in 2021. Hopefully we can continue without any  further interruptions.

Our first is planned for February in The Forum in Norwich, Then in March the NEC. During the year of 2021 we have planned to exhibit in Norwich, NEC, Granchester, Brancaster, Wells, and King’s Lynn. We will run competitions and hopefully have sales tables too. Maybe a little make and take if all the restrictions are lifted and life can get back to some sort of normal. For more information please go to our facebook page and like it so you can keep up to date with what we are up to.

Eau Brink Studio

The studio is open for our regular workshops such as Experimental Wednesday. Numbers are limited and booking must be through the booking site. Sadly  There will be no visiting artists until next year if all restrictions are removed. Kids club is still happening every other Thursday evening until the end of the school year. Next year they are running during the school term times.

4 weeks of lockdown may seem a long time but I bet it goes quickly. I have loads of work to be getting on with such as finishing work for the planned exhibitions next year and restocking my shop. This means the studio may get a little messy some times but that is half the fun of working with textiles, paint, paper and inks. Not to mention dyes too.

This year I have been amazed at the level of support I have received from family, friends, customers, acquaintances and people I have never met. You are all amazing.

I feel I am so lucky to have you all in my life.

Small Holding

So what are we up to in the animal world then?

Of course many of you are aware we have two new puppies. Who are settling in well but still have their frightened moments.

Luna and Lucy are rescued dogs who were found by the side of the road with the entire litter. They were the only two alive. I didn’t intend to have two dogs but when I was told of their beginning in life I could not separate them.

As they grow and get braver they get naughtier of course. It is very hard to tell them off though.

They have been to the groomers for their first pamper with us and coped very well. They are not happy with car journeys yet but it is early days.

You will see them if you visit the studio as they are now getting used to being in the with me. They will stick their noses in your bags, climb up on your knee for a little lovin and run off with your threads.

The fox is still visiting and we are still trying to keep it away but I think the time is coming to try and trap it. I have called in the pest control and hopefully they can stop the chicken population from further devastation.

The sheep are not at all bothered by any of what is going on so long as they have food. And can push over the fences as they find that fun.

For now we are just looking after everyone and preparing for the winter months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


October 24, 2020
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October at Eau Brink Studio has been very busy. Even living with the continued threat of lockdown we are keeping our spirits up.

Visiting Artists

We started the  month with Amanda Hislop finishing her workshop with us on the 1st.

It was an excellent two days of working with very small pieces to depict a landscape shoreline. This piece is by one of our learners which she has made into a concertina book. Amanda will be returning to us in April and already we only have two spaces available.

If your wanting to join us just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/line-colour-texture-in-landscape-exploring-concertina-books/2021-04-24/

 

After this workshop we were enthusiastic and loved the idea of working with smaller pieces to create a larger piece of art or a book.

The next visiting artist was Rachel Collier-Wilson who taught us how to drawer using a dip pen and ink. The results were amazing and we got to grips with the pens a lot quicker than we all thought. Rachel is an excellent tutor and encouraged us all to try and work freely which is harder than you think. Practice is needed. But when you have a fabulous pen and ink it is much more fun.

Using it to shade your work is a little tricky until you get  used to it of course.

Rachel will be returning to us on November 28th to teach us how to make lino prints. This workshop will be live on the website in the coming week.  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events/.

Next Years Programme

Next years programme is coming together nicely and the website is being updated at regular intervals. I was hoping to get it finished by the end of October but am a little behind. You never know I may get it there before November. Not only are we organising visiting artists for most months, Ruth Holmes is going to be teaching regular workshops throughout the year. Some for half a day and others for the entire day. That means much more cake to consume.

During the school term time Anita has started an art club for 11yrs upwards. This started this week with two lovely young ladies who are keen to learn how to move their art forward using different media. They are practicing drawing with their entire arm to free up their work. This is every other Thursday so Twice a month. Numbers will be kept at 8  children to ensure each learner is given the help they need as well as safe with the current guidelines. Materials are provided as well as hot chocolate and cake.

Progression in Textiles

Unfortunately we have had to put on hold our exhibition at Granchester this month and differed it to next year.

This does not mean we just sitting and chatting at our meetings. We are all working hard on next years exhibitions. A great deal of planning and organisation is involved. All members are working towards us having a great year showing off our makes. These include works of art to hang and 3d work. Where permitted we will also include make and take when possible due to current restrictions being lifted.

We are hopeful that our year will commence at the Forum in February with the Makers Festival.

EBS Retail

The shop is doing well at the Long Sutton Emporium. Lots of new fabrics in stock and little kits for stocking fillers. Yes it is that time of the year when we look for gifts for the coming season. I have installed a small heater to keep the shop from getting too cold. The aim of having this shop was to enable me to cease attending lots of shows and fairs over the year. Although I have achieved this I do miss the fairs. But I am booked into NEC in March so hopefully will see some old friends and new if it goes ahead. I will be running a competition for this where the winner will be able to pick up their winnings from my stand. Details to follow.

Smallholding

We have once again been visited by the fox. Poor cockerel is no longer with us. With this problem returning we have our new puppies who are in training to protect our livestock. Unfortunately the livestock are not impressed at the moment but then the girls are very small. Once fully grown the fox family will not dare to visit our lovely girls and handsome chaps again. We do have 4 chicks under the lamp and we think one is a cockerel. They still have some growing to do so are very safe in their current home. We also have some rehoming hens arriving next month so will encourage the dogs to patrol the perimeters during their walks to hopefully deter any fox coming into the premises.

We are now looking for a very nice boyfriend to service our lovely Lincoln Longwool sheep. Over the next week or two the girls will be fully occupied for a few weeks. I love seeing lambs in the spring and really did miss them this year. We tend to do this during the end of October as it delays the birthing to after the show animals are born. Just in case we need a vet to attend we will miss the busy season.

This little princess is now fully grown and it will be her first time introduced to ram. I am sure she will behave like a lady.

Wednesdays I am in my studio either teaching, supporting or just sewing. On the two Wednesdays when there is not a workshop on you are welcome to pop in for tea and cake. Visitors are always welcome at Eau Brink Studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


September 27, 2020
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EAU BRINK NEWS

Covid-19 Update

Well we have still to contend with the Covid-19 problems but luckily as we are a educational studio we can stay open for the time being. Which is good news. Though we do have to adhere to a number of rules to stay safe.

The first is track and trace.

This is not really a issue as we do have a great booking system and can notify anyone if need be. However, we now have to use the new App so if you have not yet downloaded it onto your mobiles please do. Here is the link for you to use https://www.google.co.uk/aclk?sa=L&ai=DChcSEwiCldfm7YjsAhVS5u0KHcLTACIYABAAGgJkZw&ae=2&sig=AOD64_2BLM87m_0qqctzVuzaMp-SLZ7Qyg&authuser=1&q&adurl&ved=2ahUKEwis8M_m7YjsAhVOXRUIHevEAbcQ0Qx6BAgNEAE

Once downloaded onto your phone you can then walk into many businesses and just scan the QRcode which is the square one and it will then let you know if anyone on that given day has reported in as positive.

I have this system in the studio now but if you have not got the app I will have to ask you each day to complete a form which is kept for 21 days before being destroyed.

The next is PPE.

Of course I have the gloves and disposable aprons for you to use but I must ask you to bring along your masks or visors if you are booking onto any workshop until we are informed this is not required anymore. The masks are to be work just during demonstrations as you are near other students. Once sitting at your table you do not need to were them unless of course you want to.

Then Hand hygiene.

There is hand gel by the door for your use as you enter and leave the studio. Also by the sinks and of course in the toilet. Though I am of the view that good old fashioned hand washing is best to stop spreading infections. So you can wash your hands as often as you like. Paper towels are used at all times.

Great News on the puppy front.

On Friday 2nd October we will be collecting two puppies who were found on the side of a road where they had been dumped. Sadly the rest of the litter did not make it. Although we initially only wanted one dog I could not separate these two sisters.

We do not think they are a year old yet and we also think they will grow to be about the same size as our last dog Marlow.

They will be encouraged to love being with people and hopefully will settle very quickly into our lovely home. Not sure what the geese will think of them but I am sure they will get used to each other. Mr and Mrs Fox watch out and stay away.

Progression In Textiles

Unfortunately we have have to move our Granchester exhibition to next year. This means we have more time to prepare for the whole year in advance. So watch out for the announcements in social media.

Our first outing will be at Norwich for the Makers Festival if it goes ahead in February.

Our next meeting is on the 7th October.

Coming up

Our next workshop is this coming week with Amanda Hislop. We are fully booked with a waiting list. Two days of learning how Amanda creates seascapes using free motion embroidery.

Really looking forward to this one.

October brings us two workshops.

Warm Colours, Fallen Leaves: Autumnal Machine Embroidery Landscape with Noleen Salmon.

Suitable for all abilities including beginners. We only have 4 spaces available now for this two day workshop.

For more information just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/warm-colours-fallen-leaves-autumnal-machine-embroidery-landscape/2020-10-10/

Pen and Ink workshop

Pen and Ink workshop with Rachel Collier-Wilson. This is a first for Eau Brink Studio. I first met Rachel at a craft fair and her work is fabulous. This workshop is for all abilities and includes a basic kit.

You do not need to be able to draw for this workshop as you can use other ways to transfer you picture before using the pen and ink.

Limited space available now so if your thinking of booking just follow the link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/pen-and-ink-workshop/

Powertex

Powertex has returned to Eau Brink Studio as I have received many requests for it. If you want to have a go just give me a call on 01553 762115 or email me on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk and we will organise a workshop for you. I am not putting on regular monthly events at the moment it is one to one or your small group.

Shop – EBS Retail

If you have  not already visited my shop in Long Sutton but are wondering what goodies I have then take a look at the online shop. I am updating it frequently. However, I cannot put all the fabrics on it as they are end of lines and once sold there is not more. The fabrics I buy in are all either cotton, linen or a mix of the two except for linings and some of the denim is stretch.

The shop address is The Long Sutton Emporium, 59 Wisbech Road, Long Sutton PE12 9AQ. It is in the big barn behind MacDonalds on the A17. So you can also look at the other shops in there as well as visit the Cafe if you fancy some cake or lunch.

Small holding

Our animals are doing well at the moment. We plan a handsome boyfriend to visit the girls and hopefully we will have lambs in the spring.

The chickens are recovering from the fox visits and are more settled now. We have 4 chicks under the lamp at the moment and plan to put more eggs in the incubator this week.

The dominant Drake is still being a pest with one of the girls so she is still locked away from him with her mate. We tried to let her out but he just ran straight at her and cornered her. Luckily the geese where having none of it and dragged him off. Sadly it looks like we cannot let her out while he is around.

The Heron has given up trying to eat all the fish because a cormorant has tried to move in. We are chasing him or her off daily at the moment.

Estra our parrot has been moved from the small lounge into our hallway and is much happier chatting to everyone who visits the house. Thats a lot a chatter as our Airbnb rooms are fully booked for a while.

Thank you all for your support.

Stay Safe

 

 

 


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