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August 1, 2020
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Eau Brink Times

Eau Brink  Times can report that Eau Brink Studio is now fully open again. We really kicked off this weekend with a two day workshop with Alison Hulme.

An amazing two days of printing using Acrylic paints, Fabric medium and Brusho.

Everyone worked hard in the heat to create fabulous fabrics for later use. Luckily the ice creams arrived just on the second day just as we all needed a little pick me up.

Day one

Of this fantastic workshop at Eau Brink started with Alison discussing her technique for transferring colour and pattern onto fabric. This followed with a demonstration and advice on how to use the paints.

Throughout the day Alison kept us informed going with a number of instructions, and demonstrations along with a few anecdotes about her life and friends which had us laughing.

By the end of the first day we were all tired but very happy with our results.

Day two

Started with a bit of drama as the gazebo blew away in the wind but we still managed to get so much done with moving the outside tables into the shade as best we could.

Some of us made fabulous pinnies with the help of Alison of course but others preferred to buy a pinny and just print mountains of fabric for future use.

Many times throughout the the two days Alison made us laugh and it was a welcome change from all the sadness  that we have all had to contend with recently.

To see more of our pictures pop over to our facebook page and see what we truly got up to.

It is lovely to see the studio full of life again after so long of it being quiet and unused.

Small Holding News

Of course Eau Brink Times also covers the small holding news as I know many of want to keep up with whats happening to the wild life.

As many of you know we had to separate one of our female ducks from the others as she was in a terrible state due to an over amorous male. Not her mate either.

I can now report she is fully recovered with the exception of a few of her wing feathers which are growing back. She is very happy with her true mate in their new enclosure where she cannot be got at. Much to the other males disgust.

We have not had a visit from the fox for a week or two now so with a bit of luck it has given up or moved on.

The chickens are doing well and we have one who will not go into any of the houses for the night she roosts in the trees near the BBQ.

The sheep do not like this weather at all it is far too hot for them. So they spend a great deal of time under the trees keeping cool and running into the rain when it comes.

Mind you it does not stop them eating. The fruit trees are getting a bashing as they want the fruits to drop.

The bees are not doing so well with this constant weather change.

But they do have enough honey for themselves and we will of course let them keep it. However, I have explained to them it would be nice if they could just produce a little more to share with the humans.

Coming Up

Experimental Wednesdays are back on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. If you wish to book in go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/experimental-wednesday-4/2020-08-19/ for August. but if you follow this link it will take you to all bookings for other months too.

Dawns Gems is returning to us on the 22nd of August for the morning to get a little taster of her Diamond Art. Suitable for families. Ages from 3 years upwards. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/diamond-art-taster/

The Batik with Jenny O’Leary workshop is now full.  Amanda Hislop’s workshop is filling fast with only 3 spaces available now. To book go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/amanda-hislop-paint-collage-and-stitch/

Progression in Textiles

We are happy to announce that we can go ahead with our exhibition in Grantchester Cambs CB3 9NQ on the 24th and 25th of October. From 10 am untill 4 pm each day. Entry is free and we will have refreshments available. The group has worked hard to produce work for this exhibition and are looking forward to seeing you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


July 15, 2020

Experimenting to Learn is the way I love to find out what works and what does not.

Experimental Wednesday is a day of experimenting with fabric, colour and stitch. This week at Eau Brink Studio, we are looking at what we can do with a cross stitch. Starting with making the stitch in different sizes and then seeing how we can change it to create something different but without changing the basic formula.

This may appear a strange thing to do but with Textile Art exploring and experimenting is the way to create the most amazing pieces.

As we work through the process failure is not a consideration. If something does not work out how you want it to then re-evaluate  look at the positives and see if it fits into the piece you are working on. If not keep it for another piece.

Cross Stitch Samples

As you can see from these pictures the Cross Stitch can be used for adding pattern to work, for filling in spaces and to create movement.

Would you consider using it for your work? This piece shows how it can be used for filling but still create movement.

At Experimental Wednesday we are going to be exploring stitch over the next few months. Looking at what we can do with them to change how they look.

Learning through trial. Looking at how we can change the stitch but keep it true to its basics. Also looking at changing the fabrics, threads, and using papers.

The emphasis is in “What if” this will change your thinking from “this is the way it should be done”.

Cross stitch can be changed in many ways and as you can see this square does not resemble the original stitch at all but it was still working from left to right and the crosses remain they are just no longer even.

I love the fluid effect it creates.

 

And this one shows you how you can use the stitch to create wholes and change the look of the fabric through working one complete stitch at a time and pulling the stitches tight so that the holes move the fabric.

By experimenting to learn you create your own style with your work and not have to rely on others techniques. Thus giving you freedom.

Add a Little Colour

When you put all these elements together and add a little dye you get amazing results.

This process is perfect for creating landscapes as well as pattern.

Interestingly some of the threads have not taken on the colour of the Procion dyes. This is will be  due to no mordant being used. I will work another sample and pre soak it before the dye bath to see how it changes again.


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Sewing Machine Confidence

Sewing Machine Confidence will show you that your machine can do so much more? Many of us know who to use our sewing machines tend to use them for straight sewing.

Even the old mechanical machines can do far more than expected. On the 4th Saturday of each month Anita will show you a new skill on your sewing machine.

This is not a dressmaking course. But you will learn the skills to make items using a pattern once confident.

During Sewing machine Confidence You will build a book of samples and add your own notes with the help of Anita to ensure you are able to dip into the sampler book at any time and still be able to complete the task at hand. Samples will include all stitches your machine is able to do.  Each stitch can be shortened, elongated and widened. You can also use the stitches for free motion embroidery too.

In the morning Anita will demonstrate a new technique for you to practice and in the afternoon you can use this technique to make a small object.

Every Month will be a different technique so you can dip in and out when you fancy it.

Each workshop will have one or more learners at different stages of their development. This makes learning more interesting for everyone.

At the beginning of each workshop You will be asked to ensure your machine is clean and lint free. Also if you have changed the needle. Once this is completed the machine is ready for use. This stage of learning is a vital part of Sewing Machine Confidence.

All Sewing Machines have to be PAT tested. If your machine needs to be tested it can be booked in on your first workshop with the studio. For  more information on this contact Anita on [email protected]

Schedule Appointment


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Understanding My World can be a little tricky even for me.

I shall try and explain what I mean.

I like to plan things in advance and do have an excellent diary planner to help me with this. However, outside influences tend to get in the way of a perfect plan. That means re-evaluating each day, week or month. Normally not a real problem but with the Covid-19 situation it is a real challenge.

Gaining an understanding of my world in real terms is simple as I write it but in reality it is quite complicated at the moment.

Eau Brink Studio

Firstly I need to try and keep visitors to the studio safe. So hand gels, good soap, single use paper towels, aprons and gloves are all available. And have always been but now with larger quantities. Having to remind customers to use them gets very tedious but has to be done according to my insurance company.

The next thing is to reduce the numbers attending workshops. This raises difficulties with fully booked workshops as when I email the attendees I do not want to disappoint anyone and a decision has to be made. Do we cancel? Do we split it into two workshops? or do we offer full refund to anyone coming from another area which may or may not increase the risk of spreading the virus. This is one of the tricky problems that needs to be solved.

The most amazing thing about my world is the support I have from family, friends and support groups. Most people I meet want me to succeed in my work.  The studio is a happy creative space that has a positive vibe. Everyone who visits no matter in what capacity is friendly and wants to support others in the room.

Most of the feedback from others about my own art is pretty positive. Even if they do not understand it.

 

EBS Retail

My little shop is doing well now that the Emporium is open again. New stock is arriving daily so it will soon be full. The challenge of getting the stock in at the moment is suppliers working short staffed. Couriers working long hours trying to get our packages out to us and of course how it can be delivered safely. This means we have to be patient for delivery can be a little slower than we want.

Small Holding

Great Lake
Lovely Red Hot Pokers

My world has been very up and down with the small holding. Our visiting fox has returned and is taking our girls again. Even one of our cockerels had a close call. I think it is a case of watching and waiting to catch it. On a much happier note we have hatched two ducks and have chicken eggs in the incubator so fingers crossed.

The outside space will be used for workshops more and more now. We will be erecting covered areas to work in as year progresses. Some temporary and maybe one or two more permanent.

On the whole my world is looking fabulous and no matter what is happening in the wider world I will keep on sewing and creating.

 

 

 



PROGRESSION in TEXTILES

 

Progression in Textiles is a group of like minded people working to improve their practice over the year, Meeting at Eau Brink Studio.

Bringing our work to the public through a series of events to show how we have  moved our practice on from basic beginnings to finished pieces.

As a group of individuals we are all working on our own skill set and intend to push the boundaries to explore a technique or subject to its persevered limits. Each year the members of the group plan to concentrate on a different technique  or subject to explore. As work progresses more than one technique will be involved adding already explored work into a new piece. Or part of previous works.

At our Textiles in Progress exhibitions you can see everything connected with the subject including the rejected pieces. Talking to the artists will give you an insight into their world. showing you how a piece was constructed including workbooks and samples.

Also whilst at some exhibitions you will be able to take part in a Make and Take. Make and Take is a great way to learn a new skill or to just have a go.

Our members want to help you learn and progress in your own practice of work so do ask questions.

Exhibitions

Our exhibited work can be seen in King’s Lynn, Norwich  and  Granchester Village Hall. Not to mention Wymondham at the end of the year. For further information check out the Facebook page at regular intervals.

Progression in Textiles is a group of ten and at this time is full. If you wish to join us when a vacancy arises please get in touch on [email protected] 


June 27, 2020
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Sewing Machine Confidence

Sewing Machine Confidence will show you that your machine can do so much more? Many of us know who to use our sewing machines tend to use them for straight sewing.

Even the old mechanical machines can do far more than expected. On the 4th Saturday of each month Anita will show you a new skill on your sewing machine.

This is not a dressmaking course. But you will learn the skills to make items using a pattern once confident.

During Sewing machine Confidence You will build a book of samples and add your own notes with the help of Anita to ensure you are able to dip into the sampler book at any time and still be able to complete the task at hand. Samples will include all stitches your machine is able to do.  Each stitch can be shortened, elongated and widened. You can also use the stitches for free motion embroidery too.

In the morning Anita will demonstrate a new technique for you to practice and in the afternoon you can use this technique to make a small object.

Every Month will be a different technique so you can dip in and out when you fancy it.

Each workshop will have one or more learners at different stages of their development. This makes learning more interesting for everyone.

At the beginning of each workshop You will be asked to ensure your machine is clean and lint free. Also if you have changed the needle. Once this is completed the machine is ready for use. This stage of learning is a vital part of Sewing Machine Confidence.

All Sewing Machines have to be PAT tested. If your machine needs to be tested it can be booked in on your first workshop with the studio. For  more information on this contact Anita on [email protected]

Schedule Appointment


June 24, 2020

Eco Dying

A Eco Dyeing day with the West Norfolk Embroiderers Guild learning how to dye fabrics and paper using natural colours.

Eco dyeing is a form of natural dyeing where the colours from plant material are transferred to paper or fabric via steaming or boiling.

Each plant will have its own properties and depending on the freshness of the plant and the mordant used you can achieve different colours from one pant.

What you will be doing

To achieve different Eco Dyeing effects, you will be exploring using different plants, mordants and surfaces all of which will be explained to you. Some of these you will have met before and others will be new to you. You will be encouraged to fold, wrap and contain your pieces in different ways, after which they will be steamed or boiled for an extended period of time. If you have patience you will be able to wait for 24 or 48 hours before unwrapping which can give you stronger results. If, however you are like most of us the urge to peep will be impossible to resist.

Requirements

Please bring:

 

  • Natural fabric, at least six 35 c.m. squares of assorted silk, cotton and a 1 of wool if possible.
  • Handmade paper – this can be your own, or something like Khadi Indian Cotton Rag paper A4 size.
  • A ball of thin string.
  • Scissors
  • Large beads to identify your own samples.
  • Bits of copper piping or similar – about 4” length [optional]
  • Leaves from the garden and country side, blackberry, ornamental plum, eucalyptus, dogwood, walnut, apple, Stagshorn sumac, herbaceous geranium. Bring what you can.
  • Apron & gloves
  • Notebook & pen, camera
  • A bag to take damp samples home.

For more information please email [email protected]

Biography

Sewing has always been a part of my life. At the grand old age of 16 I was given my first sewing machine. A very old singer that was then replaced it will a Janome. Now I predominately use a Pfaff but also have a lovely old Bernina to use too.

My sewing career started with a lovely lady called Christine Davey and eventually I started the City and Guilds. Then when I moved to Kent after the first year and finished it with Ruth Issett. It was Ruth, in her own way, gave me licence to use many colours, that up to this point I would not have thought of using before.

In October 2013 I returned to Norfolk to set up a studio where I wanted to teach mixed media textiles as well as encourage other tutors into the area.


June 10, 2020
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Sewing Machine Confidence

Sewing Machine Confidence will show you that your machine can do so much more? Many of us know who to use our sewing machines tend to use them for straight sewing.

Even the old mechanical machines can do far more than expected. On the 4th Saturday of each month Anita will show you a new skill on your sewing machine.

This is not a dressmaking course. But you will learn the skills to make items using a pattern once confident.

During Sewing machine Confidence You will build a book of samples and add your own notes with the help of Anita to ensure you are able to dip into the sampler book at any time and still be able to complete the task at hand. Samples will include all stitches your machine is able to do.  Each stitch can be shortened, elongated and widened. You can also use the stitches for free motion embroidery too.

In the morning Anita will demonstrate a new technique for you to practice and in the afternoon you can use this technique to make a small object.

Every Month will be a different technique so you can dip in and out when you fancy it.

Each workshop will have one or more learners at different stages of their development. This makes learning more interesting for everyone.

At the beginning of each workshop You will be asked to ensure your machine is clean and lint free. Also if you have changed the needle. Once this is completed the machine is ready for use. This stage of learning is a vital part of Sewing Machine Confidence.

All Sewing Machines have to be PAT tested. If your machine needs to be tested it can be booked in on your first workshop with the studio. For  more information on this contact Anita on [email protected]

Schedule Appointment


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Here we are in Week 11 and the Lockdown is beginning to slowly move towards freedom.

But not for me at Eau Brink Studio just yet. I am staying closed until July at the earliest. This is due to myself and many of my friends and customers being in the vulnerable category.  This does not mean that I am not working though.

The Studio

The studio has has a thorough cleaning  and a new soap dispenser has been installed as well as a dispenser for the gloves and aprons. The funny thing about that is I spent the first week of this happening looking for the box of open medium gloves and could not for the life of me work out where I had put them. The the dispenser is by the toilet door which I have walked pass it several times. I have removed the fabric aprons so you need to bring along your own apron to wear or it will be a  plastic disposable apron.

I am currently working towards a new programme of events to structure the regular workshops. One I am hoping to introduce is Dawns Gems. Dawn teaches Diamond Art and provides kits for all ages and abilities.

Diamond art is a fascinatingly addictive art where you stick little coloured diamonds to a base that already is prepared with the glue and colour numbers. It is very popular because you can make anything from small to large pictures, clocks, books and other smaller items. Just perfect for you during week 11 if you have no gardening or sewing to do.

As many of your know John does like to help us out where he can and he has been looking at sharpening my rotary cutting blades as they are expensive and the sharpener that is available is very expensive especially if you do not use your cutter that often. With this in mind he has been sharpening my blades for me. And is keeping an eye on how many times he can do this before we have to replace the blade.

EBS Retail

 Is currently moving from beside the tea room to a larger shop next door in The Emporium. Two reasons for this are its is a better shop and it means we can expand the tea room ready for opening and social distancing .  I have already been in touch with a number of fabric suppliers, I will increase the haberdashery supplies and will be adding quilting supplies too.  Of course I will still be selling my hand made items along with the items to raise funds for Progression where the members are making items to sell.

I have also engaged a photographer to take real pictures of the stock which can be used on all social media and on line shopping. I am really looking forward to seeing the results. Especially as I am fully aware the only nice picture I have taken is the one of the peg bags hanging on my washing line.

Progression

We continue to meet regularly during lockdown virtually. It is lovely to see everyone but I for one cannot wait for when we can meet in person again. 11 weeks is a long time to not see your friends. We have been working on our exhibition items as well as books to show how we are feeling during this period of our lives. These books will be displayed at our Granchester exhibition if we are permitted to go ahead with it. We also work on a postcard over a two week period and they will be displayed also during the exhibitions.

Small Holding News

11 Weeks of looking after our lovely animals has also been a little challenging.  The lack of rain has meant that the grass is not growing and trying to get hay for the sheep at the beginning was a huge problem. Although they do have sheep nuts too again getting the feed for them was problematic. The same for the birds getting their pellets became something of a mission. I fail to understand why everyone ran out of everything. Now though its not so bad at the big suppliers.

The sheep have been extremely naughty by spreading they hay around instead of eating it. Which the chickens seam to enjoy sitting in. Also they have been escaping by jumping on the fencing until it breaks and then the chickens follow them out. I appears to me to be a collaboration with the sheep being the muscle and the chickens reaping the rewards.

The result of all this escaping is they have eaten my strawberry plants, tomato plants and the few flowers we had. So back to square one.

Bertie and Gertie are once again trying to nest but have no idea how to keep their eggs safe. When they remember to sit on the nest they forget to sit on the egg. Resulting in the crows and magpies pinching the eggs. It is their first year so maybe next year they will have learnt. We did try to put some in the incubator but they did not hatch.

The moor hens have hatched one brood and are now sitting on another clutch of eggs. So they are doing very well.

Stay Safe

Anita

 

 

 

 



PROGRESSION in TEXTILES

 

Progression in Textiles is a group of like minded people working to improve their practice over the year, Meeting at Eau Brink Studio.

Bringing our work to the public through a series of events to show how we have  moved our practice on from basic beginnings to finished pieces.

As a group of individuals we are all working on our own skill set and intend to push the boundaries to explore a technique or subject to its persevered limits. Each year the members of the group plan to concentrate on a different technique  or subject to explore. As work progresses more than one technique will be involved adding already explored work into a new piece. Or part of previous works.

At our Textiles in Progress exhibitions you can see everything connected with the subject including the rejected pieces. Talking to the artists will give you an insight into their world. showing you how a piece was constructed including workbooks and samples.

Also whilst at some exhibitions you will be able to take part in a Make and Take. Make and Take is a great way to learn a new skill or to just have a go.

Our members want to help you learn and progress in your own practice of work so do ask questions.

Exhibitions

Our exhibited work can be seen in King’s Lynn, Norwich  and  Granchester Village Hall. Not to mention Wymondham at the end of the year. For further information check out the Facebook page at regular intervals.

Progression in Textiles is a group of ten and at this time is full. If you wish to join us when a vacancy arises please get in touch on [email protected]