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October 18, 2021
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It Is Monday Again

I have no idea where the days and weeks are going. It is Monday again and I am working hard to get new items ready for Wymondham next week, put new workshops on the systems once I have sorted out the details with the tutors or for myself. And on top of that keep the shop fully stocked. Busy Bee.

So lets start with looking at what I have been working on shall we?

Firstly a series of new workshops that are using pre-cut fabrics which can be stitched together as patchwork and quilting. This new series is starting on Thursday 4th November at 10am till 2pm.

The first one is just your basic cushion. It won’t take too long and you get to choose your fabrics over tea and cake of course. This cushion is made using a 10 inch pre-cut square of Lewis and Irene fabrics with a nice pre-cut boarder that is 2.5 inches wide. Just right for a beginner.

All machine stitched and even top stitched to finish it off and close it after stuffing .

The second is moving it on a little bit to make a cathedral window cushion on the sewing machine again. This series will run for 4 weeks ending on 25th November. At the end of the series you will be able to use the cushion blocks for larger projects such as quilts for you home or to give a gifts.

I have also been working on items for West Norfolk Artists next exhibition. I am currently working on a Cockerel and hope to get it finished and framed in time for the submission at the end of November.

The other thing I am working on is a kit for embroidering. I have dyed the threads and printed the fabric just sewing one so you can see what to expect. Nearly finished it and will post the finished picture on social media.

I have to say I am loving how the threads have turned out and the way the colours look when stitched.

Progression in Textiles

We had a great time as part of Open Studios. Enjoying lots of visitors who stayed and chatted to us about our work and what we will be up to in the coming year. We now do not have any exhibitions until March where we will be at the NEC so we have lots to get on with. Of course we will keep everyone posted on our progress through our social media pages such as Facebook and Instagram. Just look for  Progression in Textiles and if you like what you see please do like our pages.

Experimental Wednesday

So this week we have Experimental Wednesday where we will be playing with Gum Arabic transfers. I have to say I am not that good at this process for some reason everyone else gets better results than me. But that’s what we will be revisiting again. so if you fancy joining in just pop over to the events page and book in or email Anita on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk .

We have everything you need and plenty of time to practice too.

 

If you want to see the new cushions you can make just go to the Long Sutton Emporium and into my shop which is called EBS Retail and you can see them before they go off to Wymondham on Monday if they have not sold.

There also may be a quilling workshop coming up too. But still working out the details with the tutor. so watch this space.

Just one more thing. We have managed to hatch out one duckling and Luna has decided it is hers to protect so poor Lucy gets growled at, everytime she looks in its direction. We have had to put it in a cage instead of a box because we are not sure if it managed to escape or if Luna took it out of the box.

Take care everyone

Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


October 11, 2021
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Bringing New Challenges to Eau Brink Studio

As the new season is upon us I am finding it is bringing new challenges to Eau Brink Studio.  One being keeping warm or cool. I mean the heating is on over night in the studio,  but during the day it is either too hot with it on or too cool with the heating off. The door is being open and closed as the day goes on and the temperature in the studio changes constantly. And what do we wear? As I write this to you I have the heating off, the doors open and the sun is pouring in just like a  mid summers day.

You have to love October. We get to see all weathers as the season changes as well as all colours in the gardens. As many of you know my garden is a huge challenge for me. I am hoping the new gardener will appear very soon to help. In the mean time I will continue to cut grass and do my little bit. I have missed the sheep this year as they did keep everything down.

Another challenge is to upgrade our tables. Whilst we had the tables out of the studio for Open Studios we have decided to put another layer over the top of the wood. John has requested samples from various companies to see what we can use. I would like a non slip layer so that machines do not slip but we will see what we can get.

Talking of Open Studios, I would like to thank all the ladies of Progression in Textiles for all their hard work and support during this last two weeks. We have had some fun and lots of lovely visitors.

All the feedback has been very positive and welcoming. So I would also like to thank all the visitors who have come along to see what we have been up to and to discuss our plans for the coming year.

Progression in Textiles will be meeting on Wednesday 13th October to evaluate and plan the next outing of our work. Which will be in the Spring.

In the mean time at Eau Brink Studio we are working on items for Wymondham in  two weeks time. We will be setting up on Monday 25th October and the Christmas fair will run until Sunday 7th November. So many other Norfolk Makers will be there for the two weeks so worth a visit.

I am planning 2022’s programme and we are going in embrace new workshops. The changes are going to include a 6 week line drawing course with Rachel,  and I am  on the look out for someone to come a teach a short course in Watercolours followed by a short course in Acrylics and then a short course in other painting mediums to bring it all together. So if you are reading this and know of someone who would be interested in teaching please get them to email me on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk.

 

Another new workshop is with Sarah Hibbert who makes modern quilts using collage to create the initial pattern. The day will start with Sarah showing us how to create our collage  with papers and then in the afternoon will be turn our collage into a quilted block. The challenge here would be to create a big quilt from the block. Really looking forward to this one. I met Sarah at Knit and Stitch last week to discuss what we are looking for and when she has recovered from the show Sarah will send through the information and date. If you like what she is doing maybe we can encourage Sarah to come to us again later in the year.

This weeks live on Tuesday evening at 7pm is going to be how to make a cathedral window quilted block using the sewing machine. It is much quicker than all the hand stitching and the cutting out is also easier. Just straight lines.

You can even use pre cuts for this one.

 

Experimental Wednesday  on 20th October. We will be playing with ink transfers using gum arabic. If you fancy booking in go to www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events and look for the date its on. Alternatively you can contact Anita on 01553 611009 and request a place. Experimental Wednesdays do get booking up quickly so please reserve you please early to avoid disappointment.

If your booked onto Suzette Smart this coming weekend please look out for an email regarding that workshop.

Take care everyone

Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


October 3, 2021
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A Much Quieter Week?

It appears we have had a much quieter week at Eau Brink Studio. So I will give that some thought and we will see what has been going on.

A Much Quieter Week? No I do not think so.

Monday was a day in the shop putting out the new Lewis and Irene fabrics. A small move around to bring in some rails and then cut the one metre lengths so they can be hung and you get to see the full pattern. They are so lovely.

The first collection to arrive is the Poppy collection. All fabrics from this one are now in stock. So far I have cut the one metre lengths and Monday I will go in and cut the half metre and fat quarters.

This fabric is pre shrunk cotton with an excellent print. All fabrics in the collection compliment each other. Which makes it harder to choose a favourite. Though I think this blue one is mine.

The rest of the week was all about open studio’s.

Monday Evening I cleared out the studio with the help of the boys and then the girls from Progression in Textiles arrived on Tuesday to help with setting up the stands and the exhibition pieces. It did take us to Wednesday afternoon to get it all up and in place ready for visitors.

This was the plan so that we had Thursday to make any changes if we needed to .

Open studios is a county wide event where all artists are invited to take part to open their studio to the public. You can visit them during the open times or book an appointment with them to see their work and talk about the process and finishing. It is also an opportunity to buy local art if you wish to.  You can see what is happening by getting a booklet from local shops or ask for one to be sent out.

Progression in Textiles has been open for Friday , Saturday and Sunday this week and will be open for the same days next week. If you would like to visit during the week just contact Anita on anita@progressionintextiles.co.uk

So what else has been happening?

I have been working on new kits for Wymondham and the shop. Making some new cushions using the Lewis and Irene fabrics, and little bags too. I have decided that when I give gifts now they will be in bags made by me so that they can be reused and not in paper that it just thrown away.

Live streams

Tuesday evening I live streamed making one of the cushions so you can see what they look like.

I am going to live stream again this Tuesday at 7pm and show you how to make the little rice bags that make a great gift for anyone.

Knitting and Stitching Show

Anyone going on Thursday? Ruth and I am so if we see you we will say hello. It has been a while since I went to this show so I am looking forward to seeing how it has moved on in the pass few years. Also may get a bargain or two .

Workshops

It is looking like the Suzette Smart may not run as we do not have enough people on it so if you are thinking of booking in please do so as soon as possible. It is a lovely workshop full of wonderful things to create.

If your not sure of what to expect then go to Suzettes website and take a look.

Well hopefully I will see some of you during the open studios or at Alexandra Palace soon.

Take Care

Anita

 

 

 

 


September 27, 2021
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Not All Workshops Are The Same

Our world has gone mad. But I am staying calm because I can sew, create and explore in my studio.  You can too if you fancy it. I am often asked if a returning tutor is revisiting a previous workshop. The answer is  mostly no unless it has been requested. Not all workshops are the same. Even with two tutors working in a similar way there is always something new to learn.

We just had an amazing weekend with Anne Hellyer making little streets. Using a variety of fabrics that Anne had dyed and our sewing machines on free motion.

This is my effort.

We were all given the same template to work from but had to choose our own fabrics and design our own buildings.

The results were amazing. None of them are the same.

Anne will be returning next year to get us to work on panels instead of buildings.

Whist we sat at our machines on Sunday Radio Norfolk popped in as we took part in the Treasure Quest programme. It was great fun being part of the programme. We were clue number 3. If you want to listen to this programme just follow this link  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09vcjtf  Or you can take a look at the pictures from the programme here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09x061r .

Progression in Textiles

Tuesday will see us setting up our exhibition for Open Studios, We will have the doors open Friday 1st October, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October. Then Friday 8th October, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th too. If you would like to come in during the week please call or email Anita and we will open up for you.

Not all our members like to sell their work.

Suzette Smart

Have you heard of Suzette Smart? A wonderful tutor and textile artist. Her work is very distinctive. Here is a little snippet from her website.

I’m a Textile Artist and Tutor living in a rural hamlet in North Shropshire. The natural world outside my door as well as the familiar journeys along the towpath close by, are my greatest source of inspiration for stitching and storytelling.

I’m not a light stitcher and I never manage to tell all in the first layer but prefer to build a story through collage, thread and a little mixed media. My work often includes hidden histories in the inherited or found fabrics and repurposed embroideries (own and other) I choose to use for collage and sometimes as my foundation layer. I mainly use free machine embroidery but the finishing stitches are often by hand.

Suzette is coming to Eau Brink Studio to teach on the 16th and 17th of October where we will be working towards a scroll or book using nature as our inspiration. You can choose your subject to work with. Using collage and stitch in layers we will build our work over the two days.

To book just follow this link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/nature-inspired-book-or-scroll-suzette-smart/

Suzettes workshop is the last two day workshop for this year at Eau Brink Studio the next one is Cas Holmes in February.

Go Live

This Tuesday we will be going live in the studio showing you a little bit of the exhibition as it takes shape. Also I will be showing you how to make a cushion using a Pre-cut fabric roll from Lewis and Irene.

Lewis and Irene fabrics are new to EBS Retail so if your wanting your lovely cotton fix pop into the Long Sutton Emporium or go to my on line shop where we are adding lines all the time. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/shop/

Come and visit us at

Eau Brink Studio,

Eau Brink Cottage,

Pullover Road,

Tilney All Saints

Norfolk

PE34 4SG

01553 611009

 

Stay Safe,

 

 

 

 

 


September 16, 2021
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My Job is So Much Fun

My job is so much fun and this is the first time I can really say that and mean it. I have loved my past career but now I have fun, am challenged and get to be creative all at once.

A typical day for me is usually an early start with walking the dogs, baking, setting up the studio or loading the car for the shop. Here are two examples for you.

The Studio day

Now these days depend on who is teaching. If it is me I do not set up the night before but if another tutor is visiting they like to be set up the previous night so they can relax in the mornings and prepare themselves for their days. I like to get up at six and start preparing then. Walk the dogs first. Put on the urn bake the cakes and then set up the studio of what ever we are doing. As the day progresses we have so much fun with our creativeness that the time flies and before we know it we have to pack up. I see my job as a facilitator of learning. A secretary, A general dogs body but most of all the person who ensures that others are having fun and being creative. The day does not end when everyone else has gone. I then have to clear up, cook dinner, get the admin done and plan for the next few days or more. Then walk the dogs before going to bed,

A shop  day

The job as a shop owner or assistant is very different from the studio owner or assistant. I still get up early, walk the dogs, sometimes bake for others. Sometimes put some threads or fabrics into dyes to set, Load the car and trundle over to the shop. At the shop it is a quick clean down, then unpack any parcels (there are usually loads) price and stack the goods. Then upstairs to cut fabrics, pack them and price them before putting them into the shop. Cutting fabrics for putting onto the shelves is one of my least favourite jobs. I do love it when the customers come in, even if they are just looking around and stop for a chat. It is great fun and helps break up the day. Especially when stock taking. Of course sometimes I get to catch up on all the admin at the shop and that means I have time for me in my studio during the evenings.

Studio Time for Anita

My time in the studio is varied. I am having the most fun when I am creating. Sometimes it is all about dyeing fabrics and threads. Soaking them in soda ash and then dropping dyes onto them, tray dyeing, or Shibori dyeing. I am impatient so I do pop them into the microwave to set the dyes. It can take days or weeks for some of them to dry. But I am always amazed by the array of colours , especially in the cones of threads.

Other times I am playing or sewing. I do love this part more than any and forget the time as I get lost in what I am doing. Starting something from scratch with the basics of an idea is thrilling for me. Looking at a picture I have taken and seeing shapes and colour brings all sorts of ideas into my head. I love it when the ideas start to take shape. Of course they do not always work but then I look at what has not worked and try another way to get the results I want.

Sampling helps me understand where I started and where I ended up . What’s not to love about that?

Yes I am a messy worker and the studio very often looks like a bomb hit it but that means I am creating, having fun and enjoying every minute of it. Yes even when I am swearing at the piece that will not go under the sewing machine or at the pins I have dropped.

The Challenges

Although most of the time I am enjoying my job there are aspects of it I definitely find a challenge. Such as the going live sessions on a Tuesday evening. (by the way there is not one on the 21st of September as I am away). I have found the technology testing to say the least. I do not like seeing myself on a screen. I try not to think too much about it. I plan what I am going to do. I then prepare samples and the items I need. My son helps me set up the cameras and then off I go. I do not edit them in any way. I just go for it as though the viewer is in my studio watching me demonstrate. So it is warts and all.

I found I was lagging behind most of the time with the admin and now I have a lovely assistant who helps me called Ruth. Between us we get it all done in a timely manner.

I think what I am saying in this section is that even though there are challenges I like to find a solution and if that means asking for help I will ask.

What’s coming up?

Friday September 17th Zena will be here teaching mixed media card making for the morning. 10 am till 1ish. a great morning with all your needs supplied. For more information take a look here  

 

Wednesday 22nd September you will find Ruth Holmes at Eau Brink Studio teaching her Transfer and Stitch workshop. This is a great workshop and fun so if you fancy joining in just click on the link above. Ruth will supply kits so all you need is your basic sewing kit.

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September is the Anne Hellyer weekend workshop. We do have a couple of spaces available if you fancy it.  Just click on her name and it will take you to the web page with all the information on.

 

 

Have you got your Open Studios booklet? If not you can get one at Eau Brink Studio or in EBS Retail in the Long Sutton Emporuim. Eau brink studio is hosting the Progression in Textiles group so why not pop along on the weekend starting 1st of October and then again the weekend starting on the 8th October. If you would like to look at the exhibition during the week days just ping Anita and Email or call on 01553 611009 to book an appointment.

Just a little reminder that I am away for a week and will return on Friday 24th. Ruth is around and so is John if you need anything.

Take Care

Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 


September 13, 2021
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As the Weeks Fly By At Eau Brink Studio

As the weeks fly by at Eau Brink Studio I find myself enjoying the daily challenges more and more.  Moving things around appears to be the norm now and I am getting pretty good at it.

Last week Zena came for the first time to teach card making and I was blown away with the cards that were produced. The ladies almost finished three cards in the time they were with Zena. They looked fabulous and very professional. Zena took them through each stage by firstly demonstrating and explaining why she used the products she used and what other products were on the market for them to try. We had planned for the second workshop to be in two weeks time but one of the ladies couldn’t attend so we moved it to this week. Friday 17th of September. This time Zena will be taking her learners through the steps of backgrounds using mixed media.  If you fancy joining in or know someone who may like to join in just click on the date link.

Last week was full on for me. I enjoyed the live session on Tuesday evening and want to thank those of you who watched and spoke to me. This week I am going to show you a little bit about the Experimental Wednesday I have planned. Its all about the Lutradur again with a little added puffiness.

Then some colour and stitch needs to be added to this too. I will be making a small tiled piece which is a prelude to something I am working on for next years exhibitions.

Wednesday I hopped into the car and went up to the NEC to a trade show. It was not as big as before but some interesting things. I found some lovely kits to sell in the shop. When they arrive I will put them online too. They are aimed at beginners but so cute.

On Thursday I attended a workshop with Caroline Hyde Brown where we were weaving. But just just plain weaving we added flora and fauna which we foraged first. I was interested in how Caroline had managed to keep the added grasses and flowers in the weaving. The results were all varied as we all used different yarns and threads. As you know I couldn’t leave it as just woven and needed to put it under the sewing machine. Caroline had not tried this as she was concerned about how the machine would cope so we discussed the possibilities and when I returned home did put it through the Pfaff. I used a green variegated thread first with one of the stitches programmed into the machine then thought it needed more colour so went over it again with a deep red thread. I love the results and will be looking at using this for a 3d piece.

This picture is a before and after shot. The before is as it came home and unfinished. The after is the finished piece. One thing I was not happy about  on bringing it home was the finished edge was too bulky for my liking so decided not to finish the other edge the traditional way but with the machine, I much prefer it. If you get the chance to do this with Caz do its great fun.

This week I am just as busy. Monday I am prepping for the going live and in the shop too. Ruth is joining me to help with admin. She is a star. Tuesday day time I am off to see Alex Waylett for a day of Indian Tiles. That will be fun. Wednesday is Experimental Wednesday so if you want to join in We only have two spaces I think left. And After Zena has been on Friday I am clearing off on a holiday for a week. The first one since moving up to Eau Brink.

Whilst I am away things will still be happening. The shop will still be open. Ruth will be in the studio on Wednesday as we have moved her workshops from Thursdays to Wednesdays. Ruth will be teaching a technique called Transfer and Stitch. Using the heat press you will be transferring colour and pictures onto fabric and stitching into them.

This is a technique I have been playing with for a number of years now. I am impatient and Ruth arrived at the studio many years ago with a heat press and asked what we could do with it. Well what a daft question. I have ever since that day put all sorts of things under it as I love how quick I get results. One of my favourite things is to get flora and fauna from the garden and using it to create shapes to stitch into. If you fancy having a go with Ruth then just book in or send me an email and I will book it for you.

What’s coming up?

On my return we have Anne Hellyer coming for a weekend. I have been looking forward to this workshop for some time now. We still have a couple of spaces if your interested .

Starting on Friday 1st October Progression in Textiles will be having their exhibition at Eau Brink Studio for Open Studio’s. We will be open for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of October and then the 8th, 9th and 10 of October. The Exhibition will be up for the entire time from the 1st of October so if you want to come and take a look during other dates please do get in touch and I will make sure someone is available to show you around.

 

Just one more thing.

I took some items to Framing Art in Downham Market to be framed. There are rumours that they are either closing or moving as the building is up for sale. I of course asked the question and here is the response. No We are not moving or closing. We are selling the building but will remain here and open. We are developing the workshop area to include regular workshops and will still be framing your art. So there you go. We still have someone who can make our art look fabulous in its frames.

Take care

Anita


September 6, 2021
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It Is A Packed Week at Eau Brink Studio

Our Week started yesterday at Wymondham where we had our final day with the Norfolk Makers where we finished after two weeks of exhibiting and selling.

Now for the stocktaking and making to replace sold items which takes time but gives me time to reflect on what to make next.

We will be returning to Wymondham at the end of October for the Christmas one.

Talking of making. I have been dyeing threads for some time for my own personal use but have been putting them in my shop too. Now I am going to add them to the website in box sets. Just got to sort out boxes for them. Which is Mondays job. I am getting a bit fed up with putting them into little plastic bags.  I am hoping to get them on line by the end of this week.

Tuesday I will be in my shop all day. Giving it a good clean and perhaps moving a few things around too. If your in the area pop in and say hello.

Maybe take a look around and see the new cushion kits. They make great gifts.

I will print off some sheets for the workshops that are planned for the rest of this year and for 2022. So you can pick on up whilst your visiting. We almost have a full programme. Just got to chase a couple of tutors for a little bit more information for their workshops to go live.

Talking of going live of course I will be going live on Tuesday evening again at 7pm. I am going to show you how to free motion stich flowers using soluble film. Using the old Bernina machine so you can see how it is set up. If you join me please do say hi and ask questions. With last weeks test we did get some sort of alert come up over the video but we think we have now switched it off.

See I told you its a packed week at Eau Brink Studio.

Wednesday its an early start for me as I am off to the NEC to a trade show. I am hoping there will be a few fabric suppliers there as well as trimmings. I want to get some fancy bias bindings in the shop as I love using them for my peg bags. I will also look at what else there may be that will be of benefit to us all.

Thursday is a day for me to go and learn something new. I am attending Caroline Hyde Browns workshop for the day and will hopefully be booking her into Eau Brink Studio for 2022.  I am looking forward to this one.

On Friday we have our first card making workshop with Zena. Here workshops are initially aimed at beginners. All the kits and equipment are supplied so all you need to do is book in and turn up. For more information just click on this link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/napkin-art-card-with-zena-landeryou/    She still has space available.

In the afternoon I will be in the shop as well as Saturday and Sunday.

What’s next?

Next week I am meeting with a rep from Irene and Lewis fabrics to see what we can do to get these lovely fabrics into the shop.

Irene and Lewis fabrics are a British company who use pre shrunk cottons for their designs. Many of the designs are contemporary so your quilts and makes have a fresh upbeat feel to them.

They also do jelly rolls which I love to use in many of my makes such as the peg bags and some cushions.

 

Stay Safe

Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 


August 28, 2021
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The Thing, as in The New System is in. And Working

Hurrah. We have new internet in the studio that is so fast it takes no time at all for things to load. But we will see if it does the job on Tuesday evening at 7pm, When I will be going live to test it.

All being well we will go live on a Tuesday evening and I invite you to suggest techniques you would like to see demonstrated.

Each week before Experimental Wednesday I will be demonstrating one of the techniques we will be covering on the following weeks Wednesday so you get an idea of what we will be up to. The if you fancy attending you have time to book in.

The other thing I need to tell you is that the studio also has a digital phone now so the lines are gone as it all comes through the internet some how. If the router decides to play up we have back up 4g too.

THE NEW PHONE NUMBER IS 01553 611009. And if I am not in the studio it diverts the call after 8 rings to my mobile. How impressive is that? I think I may be a proper business now.

OTHER NEWS

During September there are a few changes due to the huge amount of work I have on and I am going away for a few days.

There will not be any Social Wednesdays during September.

Experimental Wednesday is still on and you can book on the site www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events

The Studio will be closed from Friday 17th to Thursday 23rd September.

Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios takes place from Saturday 25th September to Sunday 10th October. Eau brink studio will be open for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd October and 8th, 9th and 10th October hosting Progression in Textiles work. Refreshments will be on offer and a few items for sales too.

If you need a booklet for open studios then you can get one from Eau Brink Studio or EBS Retail in Long Sutton Emporium. The are on the shelves by the books.

They are free to take.

Also at the moment the Norfolk Makers have their fair in Wymondham Arts Centre for another week so if your in the area or fancy a day out pop in and take a look at tall the goodies in there.

Wymondham is a lovely place to visit for all the family. A little steam train, The Abby and some lovely little shops too.

If your into crafts visit the Big C shop by the station too as it have some great bargains.

 

So I hope you will tune in on Tuesday when I am live on YouTube. 7pm and you can log in and ask me questions as I am demonstrating.  We will go back to the pocket and try that one again.

Once we know we have solved the technical problems we will go back to the challenge of the month .

Oh one more thing. Zena is starting her card making from the 10th September. These are for beginners starting with the basics every other week. Kits are included so you just need to bring yourself. Please do book in rather than just turn up as we are keeping numbers limited.

Thank you all for your patience with the internet issues.

Take Care

Anita

 

 

 


August 26, 2021
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The Nights are Drawing In

As the days get shorter and the nights are drawing in I find myself wanting to do more dyeing for some reason. I have spent the last few evenings using Procion dyes with threads. Once they are dyed I pop them into the microwave to set them and the colours are glorious. The only drawback is that they take a while to do. First a soaking in a mordant. Then pouring the dyes over them. Leaving them overnight to soak and the rinsing takes for every. But they are worth it.

I am hopeful that the thing is resolved tomorrow. I am informed by BT that I must allow the engineer on site and access to all areas he needs to get to. Well of course I will. That means as the nights draw in I will be able to go live and show you how I work. Fingers crossed.

This last week we had Pauline Wrighton here teaching us how to use all the feet on our sewing machines to create fabulous patterns and designs. It is amazing what you find out about your machine with Pauline. Like for me I found a foot I have never used or even knew it was there. Now I use it a lot as it is a better foot for free motion sewing.

It was a fun day with lots of great banter and laughter.

We have also been to Wymondham and set up with the Norfolk Makers for two weeks. Lots of lovely things to see and buy.

Whilst there I spoke to Caroline Hyde-Brown about her coming to Eau Brink and we will sort something out for the new year.

Her work is lovely so watch out for that one.

 

September is a busy month for us with lots going on.

Starting with Zena and her card making on the 10th. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/napkin-art-card-with-zena-landeryou/

We have Experimental Wednesday on the 15th where we will be playing with Xpandaprint and Lutradur for the day. the website will have pictures after this weekend for you to see. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/stitch-and-create-2020-01-15-2021-02-10-2021-09-15/2021-09-15/

Zena is back on the 24th for a second workshop making cards https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/mixed-media-cards-with-zena-landeryou/

And then we have Anne Hellyer with us for two days. We do have a couple of spaces available on this workshop https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/set-the-town-alight-with-anne-hellyer/  

Open studios starts at the end of the month too.

Eau Brink Studio is hosting Progression in Textiles for Open Studios and is open for two weekends out of the three. Come and take a look at the work. Stay for a cup of tea and of course cake. Chat to the artists too.

So much to do and with the longer nights plenty of time to do it.

 

I will let you know about the thing and we will see if they get it done. If they do there will be a new phone number for Eau Brink Studio as it is going digital.

Take Care


August 17, 2021
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Goodness What a Week

Goodness what a week of rushing about and getting frustrated with the Giant company who are updating the internet and phone.

Starting on Monday when I was so excited about the updated internet and phone and of course it has not happened. I have given the company permission several times for John to talk to them and organise it all but they insist they do not have permission. Even after I told a chap 4 times to make sure it was done , today they told John he needed the code they had emailed to me. I was not home and didn’t receive the code which runs out after about 3 minutes. Not the first time they have said they sent a code and not sent it. Then they cut him off when he is speaking to them. they wonder why they get complaints. So the saga continues probably into the next week.

The rest of the week was spent making items, cutting fabrics for the shop and putting new items in there and then preparing for  the exhibition at the weekend.

Progression in Textiles had our first real exhibition this year at Brancaster Staithe.

We charged over there on Friday risking life and limb in the traffic to spend hours setting up our exhibition and tables.

Cakes were baked and the urn was switched on for 10am Saturday morning. We had a great time even though the visitors said they couldn’t find us at first or that they didn’t know we were there till they saw our flag.

A huge amount of work went into this exhibition by all members of Progression and that made it the success it was. We also learnt a lot from it, from setting up as a group to where to advertise in the future.

Talking about the future our next event is Open Studios at Eau Brink Studio.  We are open on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of October and 8th, 9th and 10th October. 10 am till 4pm .

So what else has been happening this week?

Plans for Pauline Wrighton to come on Saturday to teach us how to use all our feet on our sewing machines have been ongoing. We still have a space if you fancy joining us. Not only will we be learning how to use the feet we will be making a finished item. This is a great workshop and I am looking forward to participating as a learner. To book just click on this link. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/finding-your-feet-with-pauline-wrighton/

Finding your feet and taking steps.

We will spend the first part of the day trying out  various functions and features of our machines with a view to using them creatively and decoratively. We will use one or more of these features to create a mini -project to take home, eg  glasses or phone case, folded purse or book wrap.

Please bring;-

Your machine complete with its accessory box ,(with feet, needles, bobbins etc) and manual.

A selection of threads

Simple sewing kit, i.e. scissors large and small, needles,  tape or rule for measuring, pins

Rotary cutter and small cutting board if you have the them

A small selection of fabrics to work on, cotton prints are fine,  a couple of striped ones would also be useful.

Some plain cotton to use as stabiliser

An embroidery hoop, e.g. wooden 8 or 10 inch or similar

A twin needle to suit your machine if you have one.

Notebook and pencil

Your lunch

You may also like to bring,

Some small lengths of lace, ribbons

A selection of  buttons, 2 or 4 hole type

Please note that given time constraints of a  day workshop ,our project and samples will be small, so no need to bring large pieces of fabric.

If you think you may like to make a diary or book wrap, then please bring the book for measuring.

I will bring, extra fabrics, spares of most things, my workbooks and samples for ideas and inspiration.

Additional materials needed for your project, (at no additional cost)

And now I am getting ready for two more exhibitions. The West Norfolk Artists and Wymondham .

What a week. I have no idea where I get the energy from or how it all falls into place but I am very grateful for the help and support I have from family and friends.

We are currently working to get the card making workshops started in September after the children return to school so watch this space and social media for further information.

Take Care everyone and I will keep you up to date with the whole internet saga

Anita

 


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