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February 3, 2019

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

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

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

Selling is my weakest point for my business.

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

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

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

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

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

Teaching is my strongest point for my business.

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

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

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

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

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

Whats coming up?

Wednesday 6th and 20th February is Experimental Wednesday.

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

 

 

 


January 28, 2019

Inspiration is all around us at Eau Brink Studio.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

King’s Lynn Embroiderers Guild.

Why a red theme you ask?

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

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

Reminder.

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What else is new?

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

What am I working on?

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

I particularly love the variegated yarns. So pretty.

 

What else?

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

 

 

 

 


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

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

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

Pop In and Try.

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

Individual Jewellery

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

Whats new?

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 


December 29, 2018

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.