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February 16, 2019

This coming weekend is all about Textiles East Fair at Swavesey College. For Eau Brink Studio that means a few items I have not had to sell before and am excited to present them to you in this blog. Aslo I will have some of my Lincoln Longwool for you which I have carded and in some cases blended with Alpaca.

I am hopeful that I will be able to get a delivery from Clover Products in time but as I have been out of action last week I cannot guarantee I can get them.

The plan is to give you access to items that we all like to use in the studio. Things like the chalk pens (Clover have new refillable ones). And a few more of their fabulous gadgets too.

If I cannot get them in time just leave me your email address on the day and I will add you to the emailing list so that you get to know what comes in before anyone else. Also you can let me know if you would like me to try and get items for you but I will only be using the suppliers that I already buy from for the workshops. Alternatively pop over to my website and sign up for the news letter at https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/     scroll down the home page and you will find a subscribe link to complete and you will be kept informed a little quicker than leaving it to the fair.

Cas Holmes Books

The most exciting thing I will have is the fabulous Cas Holmes Books. I have been sent a limited supply at the moment as they are being reprinted in some cases.

Here are a few teaser pictures and yes I will have copies for you to look through before you buy. The rest will be wrapped to keep them pristine for you.

Book 1.

  

I love the feel and the look of this book. the pages give you snippets and insights into Cas and Anne’s world and work. there are discussions on collaboration, exercised and tips for you to follow. And a way to use mark making to create your own art.

Book 2.

  

Another book by Cas that gives the reader a great deal of information on how Cas gathers her inspiration and using it.  Cas also discusses other artists in her book. It is interesting to see many textile artists who trained in fine art first.

 

   

Here we have the last book Stitch Stories. It is beautiful, colourful and full of information to help you with your textile journey.

The bad news is that I at this time only have four copies of one book, three of another and only one of another.However,  I am not going to tell you which is which. I will also not be able to reserve copies as they are so limited at this time.

I am looking forward to seeing friends old and new at the fair over the two days. there are still spaces available on the Two day course with Cas Holmes due to a cancellation, to learn more just follow this link so you can see what we will be getting up to. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/two-days-with-cas-holmes/ 

Cas will also be with us for a third day for her one day course making postcards. This link will explain more.  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/cas-holmes-postcards/

On a more personal note, we are looking forward to April for another reason. Our lovely Lincoln Longwool girls will be delivering their lambs during that month. An anxious but exciting time for everyone.

When you visit the studio make sure you go and see them.

I will welcome you feedback on the carded and blended Lincoln Longwool I am bringing along to the fair.

 


February 11, 2019

Take a look around you and see all the inspiration you can use for your particular type of art.

What do you see? colour, texture, light, shadow, look past the image your mind is telling you is there. Yes I see trees when I look out of the window. However, a tree has many different colours depending on the type and daylight. the textures change with the seasons along with the colours. Look at the lines and think about how they are different each time you look at the trees.

That is how I see my world. Try it for yourself for only five minutes each day. A whole new world opens before you.

How do interpret this into art?

Feel how it should be, block out your image of the tree and think and feel it. Think of the way it feels when you touch it, it could be smooth or rough, does it shine as it is wet? is it cold?  We assume fir trees are spiky but they are not all sharp needles some of them are soft when you feel them. If your tree is a sliver birch then you will feel many different things from a smooth trunk to a papery peeling trunk. And you can do a lot with that paper thin bark that peels off.

Then as you get into the feeling of the piece look at what medium you want to use, fabric, paper, music, paints it does not matter what it is as you will create something beautiful from that inspiration.

Some of you may think but when I do this it does not look like the tree. That is the point. If you want it to look like a tree take a picture and you will have that visual for ever. Feel it and create it and it will mean a whole lot more than the flat picture, as you have created a representation of the feelings the tree invoked in you.

So whats coming up?

Textiles East on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February at Swavesey Village College, Gibralter Lane, CB24 4RS. from 10 am each day.

Anita will be at The Barn, on Tuesday from 10am till 4pm if you fancy popping over to Long Sutton. there is a great coffee shop that sells very scrummy food too.

 

Hand stitch is required

Embroidery Mondays are a new pop in day where you can get help with your sewing or just come and enjoy the day with like minded people. Only £10.00 but you can purchase materials if we have them in stock. Let me know in advance if you want something and I will try and get it at a reasonable price for you.

 

 


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.