March 5, 2022
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Bento Boxes

 

 

Melanie Missin will be returning to get us to make these fabulous boxes. This two day workshop will get us using all sorts of mixed media to create flowers and leave to decorate our boxes with. Each day will start with Mel talking to us about our day and how we will progress. Then at each stage Mel will demonstrate each step and help us to create our masterpieces.

 

I was inspired by the Floral Bento Boxes that had been made at a florist workshop. I decided to try and make something similar with my favourite material, Vlieseline, (vilene to most people). Using Teabags, Free motion stitching, paint, varnish and a soldering tool, I created these delightful little boxes.

 

Requirements:

 

  • Sewing machine with a new 90/14 needle.
  • A darning foot for free motion stitching (Older machines may need a plate to put over the feed dogs if there is no switch to put them down).
  • ½ metre (a metre if you would like to make more) of craft Vilene – Vlieseline S80/240 (50cm x 90cm)
  • Dried, used teabags (tea leaves removed) approx. 30 bags
  • Apron
  • Koh-I -Noor water colour paints (dye based is fine to) and shimmer water colour paints (I use Artway 2303017 available from Amazon there are others too), or Lumiere paints.
  • Quick dry Clear gloss varnish. I use Wilkos own make.
  • Paint brushes for paint and an old one for the varnish.
  • Black cotton or rayon thread, not polyester.
  • Soldering tool with mask and old tile or glass which will not burn
  • Hair dryer (optional).
  • A container or tray to take the boxes home as they will still be wet.

 

 I can supply 1/2 metre of Vilene, teabags, the use of my paints and varnish for               £6.00, payable on the day, to me.

 

Refreshments are available throughout the day but don’t forget to bring your lunch

Schedule Appointment

It is set in a lovely rural situation just off the A47 and you can join Anita there where she will teach you to make all kinds of textile art in safe regulated conditions that include:

Restricted numbers to ensure safe social distancing.

Track and trace is in place.

Face masks are worn if demonstrations are taking place.

Hand sanitizers are situated at the entrance and in the bathroom facilities,

Disposable aprons and gloves.

The studio is light and airy and there are all sorts of hand and machine stitch workshops, Powertex and Eco dying.
Experimental Wednesdays takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, where you are more than welcome to explore stitch and other textile art skills.
Anita will make you welcome and there might be other visitors there to chat with and share the experience . Cake and hot and cold drinks are available on tap through out the day.  You will also find lots of other items for sale. Die Cut Kits can be collected from the Studio if preferred.

Long Sutton Emporium:

EBS Retail is the name of Anita’s shop at Long Sutton Emporium where you can get kits amongst many other items that Anita makes and buys in such a needles and threads as well as fabric.
The long Sutton Emporium is situated on the A17 .look out for the bright orange signs.


December 15, 2021
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Four Reasons Why Creating Art can be Hard

Have you ever wondered why creating art can be hard? There are four reasons that I can think of.

There are many thoughts on this subject which so I will just touch on the subject. What did you think of when you read the heading?

Experimental Machine stitchThe first thought for many will be that you have to be able to draw to create art.  This is not at all true. We are all able to create we just need to decide on what we like to do and how we want to do it. Art can be anything from drawing simple sketches to producing the most amazing pictures, sculptures and instillations. And they can be made using any medium you fancy. Pictures can be drawn, painted, digitally created and stitched. Sculptures can be from wood, ceramics, stone, fabric, threads and yarns. Anything really. And that also goes for instillations.

I think art is just the term used for creating something pleasing and perfecting the use of a medium. In my case fabric and threads. For many it is mastering the use of colour and texture or line drawing. It really can be anything you want it to be.

So why do we find it so hard?

Well the worse thing of all is when you hear someone who does not like your work picking it to pieces. They either do not like the colours, or the textures. Maybe they think it is not well made or too complicated. At first this is a challenge as being only human we get hurt when we have spent many hours making something to hear someone rubbishing it within minutes of seeing it. But we have to get over that and I like it when I hear someone critiquing my work so I can join in the conversation. I usually introduce myself and then ask them why they think the colours are wrong. Many times individuals think I put the wrong colours together because they would not do that. But that’s okay I know what I like and who’s to say if its right or wrong? Many of the individuals cannot justify why they are pulling my work apart so I tell them its okay for them to have an opinion.

The next thing that we can worry about is what the finished item looks like. Should it look like the inspiration? I say no. The inspiration is just the start. If you take a picture why would you recreate it exactly as it is?  you already have the picture. Move it around, change the colours, just use one part of it and see where that takes you.  It takes many years to feel comfortable with your own art and there is always something you can change but I think that is all part of the learn curve.

One more thing we find hard it finding our own way within our field. Of course we have to learn all we can about the subject and to do that we look at others, read books, attend classes and look on the internet to see what is trending. But after a while you have to go your own way. I find that I like to problem solve so I will get some materials out and then start to play with them. Use colour and texture in different ways, use the materials in different ways. If I don’t like it rip it up and reuse it. Dye it or paint it.  Stitch all over it.  The possibilities are endless.

And lastly we need to think about how we look at the world around us. When looking at a tree tell yourself that your not looking at a tree but a lot of lines, textures and colour. The tree will have many colours during the different seasons, in different light, and when wet as well as dry.  This applies to everything we look at. We just need to think of the world in a different way.

 

So you see the four things that we find hard are:- Others perceptions of our work, what it should look like,  finding our own way in our art and how we see the world around us.

You may or may not agree with this and feel that there is more to it. Of course I can think of a lot more that will stop you from producing a piece of art but the real thing that stops us is ourselves. There are days when I can find many excuses not to start a project or to finish a piece. But eventually I will get on with it.

There are no more workshops this year but we have a very exciting programme for 2022 starting with a one day lantern making workshop with Anita and then a  lino cutting and printing workshop with Rachel Collier-wood in January.

Take care

Anita

 

 


November 9, 2021
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Sometimes Life is Not What We Expect

Well for the past couple of weeks I have found that life is not what I expect at all.

My life is planned in advance. Of course I can change my plans at times and do take into consideration outside influences. But sometimes when we are feeling under the weather life is not what we expect at all.

Last week I had to cancel everything due to a heavy cold setting in. At first I felt fine just a little cough or sneeze here and there. Covid test done and fine so went ahead with a meeting for Progression in Textiles. That evening the cold suddenly took a turn for the worse and talk about being knocked off my feet. More covid testing just in case.

I think Microban should give me shares now for the amount of the stuff I have been spraying in the studio, car and my home.

So you see sometimes life is not what we expect. But now the turning point has arrived and I am feeling more human again. Stopped taking expensive medicines to help me get through the days as well.

This time though, has not been wasted. Through the fog my brain has been working on what I want to do and what I need to do for the year of 2022.

Experimental Wednesday

Also some lovely ideas have emerged for my own work and how I can move it on. With this in mind I am going to restart the Tuesday evening Go Lives. This evening I will be demonstrating backgrounds. Our Experimental Wednesday this month is all about creating your own backgrounds using mixed media. Why? Well, one of the days of floating around doing nothing in particular I remembered a conversation with some of you about creating backgrounds and wanting to spend the day working on getting a few ready for your next works. We talked about making Muslin papers. We can make many more than that. Such as using paints in plastic bags, layering up sheer fabrics over papers, spending time using Angelina to create interest in our papers and then of course when they are dry sewing into them.

Wednesday 10th of November is our Social day. If you fancy popping in for the day to spend time with like minded others then do so from 10am till 4pm. Of course there will be cake and refreshments but remember to bring your lunch. Here is the link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday-2/2021-11-10/ 

It is best to book into the workshops as I am keeping the restricted numbers and do not want to have to turn anyone away on the day. If you do not want to book through the website just send me an email or message and I will add you to the site. A none returnable deposit is required for the bigger workshops at the time of booking.

Ruth will be with us on 24th November teaching us how to stitch layered landscapes. All materials are supplied for this workshop you just need to bring your basic sewing kit and machine. Of and your lunch of course.

Layered Landscape

This was just a quick update so I will leave you in peace for now.

If you are thinking of watching me tonight please remember to say hello.

Take Care

Anita

 

 

 


November 5, 2021

Double and Triple Embossing with Zena Landeryou

 

Week 5 of a 6 week course

Zena will be joining Eau Brink Studio as a tutor making cards. Each week for the next 6 weeks you can learn how to make fabulous cards , week five is all about embossing layers cards to create a Card.

This process involves using embossing powders to enhance your card. Embossing Powders are used with a ink pad and then heated to set them. The result is a raised area which can be used to highlight any area of your work or to outline a shape. This workshop will show you how to layer the embossing powders and then stamp into them again .

Embossing powders come in many different colours.

Once the embossed areas are set you can add colour and use the die cutting machine to create your shapes for your card.

The day commences at 10.00 and finishes at 13.00. Refreshments and kits provided.

Schedule Appointment

Accommodation

The nearest Hotel for bed and breakfast is the Premier Inn Kings Lynn hotel, 12 Clenchwarton Rd, King’s Lynn PE34 3LW. This hotel is under 5 minutes away from the studio by car. Anyone who is booked into the hotel but has no transport we can collect and return you to the hotel at no extra charge.

Covid Postponement and Refunds

Here at Eau Brink Studio we want to ensure everyone who is booked onto one of our workshops is kept safe and we will follow the governments advice on educational workshops.

If government advice means face-to-face workshops cannot continue due to coronavirus (COVID-19), classes will be rescheduled to another date where possible.

Where this is the case, and you cannot attend the new workshop on the new date refunds will be provided.

If you have used paypal or card payments the companies take their fees out of refunds. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about this as they take their cut before they pay anything out.

It is set in a lovely rural situation just off the A47 and you can join Anita there where she will teach you to make all kinds of textile art in safe regulated conditions that include:

Restricted numbers to ensure safe social distancing.

Track and trace is in place.

Face masks are worn if demonstrations are taking place.

Hand sanitizers are situated at the entrance and in the bathroom facilities,

Disposable aprons and gloves.

 

 


November 1, 2021
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How is it November Already?

I have no idea where October went but we are very busy at Eau Brink Studio so it is not surprising that it is November already.

Many of you reading this are still nervous about attending workshops and going shopping but so long as we keep on using the masks in crowded areas and wash our hands we should be okay. And of course there is a vaccine. I have had all three as well as the flu one this year already. Doing my bit to try and keep us safe.

With safety in mind I have decided to keep the numbers in the studio to 10. This number works well with the tutors and us learners and it feels comfortable. We will also be keeping the need to wear masks during the workshops when the tutor is demonstrating or in close proximity for a while longer. Who would have thought that we were still trying to keep this thing at bay in November?

Well on to more nicer things.

What is November bringing us then. We have quite a lot going on.

Firstly Progression in Textiles are meeting on the 3rd. It is planning all the way for next years programme of exhibitions. You will be able to find us at the NEC twice, Possibly in Norwich, King’s Lynn, Brancaster and Wymondham.  Of course we will keep you informed, Once we have organised it all.

We do hope we can get to exhibit in King’s Lynn as that is where we are based so it would be great.

 

The first workshop of November is the basic cushion making day on Thursday the 4th.  10 am till about 2pm. All materials provided. All you need to do is turn up after booking with your sewing machine and basic sewing kit. We will be using the Lewis and Irene fabrics for this day. You get to chose your fabrics. Beside learning how to put the boarder onto the front panel you will be learning how to top stitch around the entire cushion even the opening after stuffing it.  Refreshments provided. To book just follow this link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/pieced-cushions-with-anita-oneill/

This week sees the last week of the fair at Wymondham so if you have not been take a day out. It is lovely in Wymondham and of course the Big C is open and has loads of fabulous items for crafters.

Sunday is the last day to visit the fair in Wymondham but it is also a day I am going to the NEC for a fair they have on to see what goodies I can get for the shop. Looking forward to that one.

Wednesday 10th of November is Social Wednesday. Why not pop in for a little bit of R and R with your craft? You do not have to bring sewing it can be anything. Refreshments provided. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday-2/2021-11-10/

On the 24th of November we will be with Ruth Holmes who is going to get us making landscapes with layers of fabrics. Using a sewing machine or hand stitch. All the materials are provided for this workshop so once again just bring along your basic sewing kit and sewing machine. Oh and lunch of course. Refreshments are provided.

West Norfolk Artists Association will be holding an exhibition at the Fermoy gallery in Kings Lynn from the 27th of November. Hopefully two of my pieces will be there but if not at least one will be.

And lastly Ruth and Anita will be at the Minister on the 27th until 2pm with a stall for their Christmas fair.

EBS Retail

The shop is doing well now that the Emporium is more stable and open for regular hours. The winter hours start from the 1st of November and are 10am till 4pm. The shop has a heater so is nice an cosy. To keep the heat in the door is closed but the shop is definitely open all the time. Even when I am not there.

 

Well that is all folks as they say for now.

Looking forward to seeing you all over the next few weeks.

Anita


October 22, 2021

Embossing Folders with Zena Landeryou

Week 4 of a 6 week course

Zena will be joining Eau Brink Studio as a tutor making cards. Each week for the next 6 weeks you can learn how to make fabulous cards , week four is all about embossing folders  to create  Card.

This process involves using the cut and emboss system to create your card. By placing the folder through an embossing machine.

Once the embossed areas are set you can add colour and use the die cutting machine to create your shapes for your card.

The day commences at 10.00 and finishes at 13.00. Refreshments and kits provided.

Schedule Appointment

Accommodation

The nearest Hotel for bed and breakfast is the Premier Inn Kings Lynn hotel, 12 Clenchwarton Rd, King’s Lynn PE34 3LW. This hotel is under 5 minutes away from the studio by car. Anyone who is booked into the hotel but has no transport we can collect and return you to the hotel at no extra charge.

Covid Postponement and Refunds

Here at Eau Brink Studio we want to ensure everyone who is booked onto one of our workshops is kept safe and we will follow the governments advice on educational workshops.

If government advice means face-to-face workshops cannot continue due to coronavirus (COVID-19), classes will be rescheduled to another date where possible.

Where this is the case, and you cannot attend the new workshop on the new date refunds will be provided.

If you have used paypal or card payments the companies take their fees out of refunds. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about this as they take their cut before they pay anything out.

It is set in a lovely rural situation just off the A47 and you can join Anita there where she will teach you to make all kinds of textile art in safe regulated conditions that include:

Restricted numbers to ensure safe social distancing.

Track and trace is in place.

Face masks are worn if demonstrations are taking place.

Hand sanitizers are situated at the entrance and in the bathroom facilities,

Disposable aprons and gloves.

 

 


October 8, 2021

Heat Embossed Cards with Zena Landeryou

Week 3 of a 6 week course

Zena will be joining Eau Brink Studio as a tutor making cards. Each week for the next 6 weeks you can learn how to make fabulous cards , week three is all about embossing powders to make a flower card Card.

This process involves using embossing powders to enhance your card. Embossing Powders are used with a glue and then heated to set them. The result is a raised area which can be used to highlight any area of your work or to outline a shape.

Embossing powders come in many different colours.

Once the embossed areas are dry you will use promarkers or water colours to finish your card

The day commences at 10.00and finishes at 13.00. Refreshments and kits provided.

Schedule Appointment

Accommodation

The nearest Hotel for bed and breakfast is the Premier Inn Kings Lynn hotel, 12 Clenchwarton Rd, King’s Lynn PE34 3LW. This hotel is under 5 minutes away from the studio by car. Anyone who is booked into the hotel but has no transport we can collect and return you to the hotel at no extra charge.

Covid Postponement and Refunds

Here at Eau Brink Studio we want to ensure everyone who is booked onto one of our workshops is kept safe and we will follow the governments advice on educational workshops.

If government advice means face-to-face workshops cannot continue due to coronavirus (COVID-19), classes will be rescheduled to another date where possible.

Where this is the case, and you cannot attend the new workshop on the new date refunds will be provided.

If you have used paypal or card payments the companies take their fees out of refunds. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about this as they take their cut before they pay anything out.

It is set in a lovely rural situation just off the A47 and you can join Anita there where she will teach you to make all kinds of textile art in safe regulated conditions that include:

Restricted numbers to ensure safe social distancing.

Track and trace is in place.

Face masks are worn if demonstrations are taking place.

Hand sanitizers are situated at the entrance and in the bathroom facilities,

Disposable aprons and gloves.

 

 

 


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 25, 2021
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Set the town Alight! with Anne hellyer

 

Join us at Eau Brink Studio for two day of creating these fabulous lamps with Anne

Create a beautiful 3D wrap suitable for use with LED string lights or a battery operated tea-light candle.  Using my hand painted fabrics and free machine embroidery.

For more information  just take a peek at the link below.

Set the Town Alight requirements list 2020

Accommodation

The nearest Hotel for bed and breakfast is the Premier Inn Kings Lynn hotel, 12 Clenchwarton Rd, King’s Lynn PE34 3LW. This hotel is under 5 minutes away from the studio by car. Anyone who is booked into the hotel but has no transport we can collect and return you to the hotel at no extra charge.

Covid Postponement and Refunds

Here at Eau Brink Studio we want to ensure everyone who is booked onto one of our workshops is kept safe and we will follow the governments advice on educational workshops.

If government advice means face-to-face workshops cannot continue due to coronavirus (COVID-19), classes will be rescheduled to another date where possible.

Where this is the case, and you cannot attend the new workshop on the new date refunds will be provided.

If you have used paypal or card payments the companies take their fees out of refunds. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about this as they take their cut before they pay anything out.

To book just follow the link below

Schedule Appointment

 


September 17, 2021

Mixed Media Cards with Zena Landeryou

Week 2 of a 6 week course

Zena will be joining Eau Brink Studio as a tutor making cards. Each week for the next 6 weeks you can learn how to make fabulous cards , week two is all about backgrounds using mixed media to make an  Autumnal colour Art Card.

This process involves using mixed media such as stamps, Starlights and spritzers to create a fabulous background for your card.

If you’ve never tried mixed media or you need some ideas for how to use your products then book into this workshop with Zena who will help you create fabulous cards using a variety of media.

The day commences at10.00 and finishes at 13.00. Refreshments and kits provided.

To book just click on the green button

Schedule Appointment

Accommodation

The nearest Hotel for bed and breakfast is the Premier Inn Kings Lynn hotel, 12 Clenchwarton Rd, King’s Lynn PE34 3LW. This hotel is under 5 minutes away from the studio by car. Anyone who is booked into the hotel but has no transport we can collect and return you to the hotel at no extra charge.

Covid Postponement and Refunds

Here at Eau Brink Studio we want to ensure everyone who is booked onto one of our workshops is kept safe and we will follow the governments advice on educational workshops.

If government advice means face-to-face workshops cannot continue due to coronavirus (COVID-19), classes will be rescheduled to another date where possible.

Where this is the case, and you cannot attend the new workshop on the new date refunds will be provided.

If you have used paypal or card payments the companies take their fees out of refunds. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about this as they take their cut before they pay anything out.

It is set in a lovely rural situation just off the A47 and you can join Anita there where she will teach you to make all kinds of textile art in safe regulated conditions that include:

Restricted numbers to ensure safe social distancing.

Track and trace is in place.

Face masks are worn if demonstrations are taking place.

Hand sanitizers are situated at the entrance and in the bathroom facilities,

Disposable aprons and gloves.

 

 

 

 


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