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.



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] 


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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



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] 


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Join us for Finding Your Feet and taking steps at Eau Brink Studio.

A follow up to the fantastic 2019 workshop Finding your Feet, where we learned how to use the many feet from our sewing machine and more.

Detail of sewing machine and sewing accessories.

A Creative play day where you will explore the capabilities of your sewing machine feet. Suitable for those of you who are wishing to become more familiar and confident with their machine feet and accessories. This will including participants on the 2019 Finding your Feet Workshop. You will use a variety of feet, needles and techniques.  You will then be sampling ideas to  incorporated into a mini project for you to take home.

For those of you who were not on the initial workshop but would like to join us, Pauline will help make your confidence grow.  This is so you can use your machine to its full potential.

What to bring for finding your feet and taking steps

Bring with you

  • sewing machine
  • box of accessories
  • the instruction book if you have it.
  • fabric and threads to use
  • your lunch.

Pauline will bring with her three or four choices for the mini project. Along with a selection of materials and items you can purchase from her on the day.

Information on Pauline.

Pauline Wrighton is a retired teacher and experienced tutor. who spends many happy creative hours in her own studio. The common compulsive element in all her work is stitch. It combines diverse materials and a variety of techniques, both traditional and experimental. Fabrics may be created from raw fibres or re-cycled materials, others hand coloured and textured, de-constructed or altered. Works often develop spontaneously, colours and textures dictating the development of the piece.
Pauline is largely influenced by my rural surroundings, with organic, natural forms providing a favoured conceptual source.

Exhibitions

To see Pauline’s work you can visit exhibition with West Norfolk Artists. Mixed media collaborative group ‘Links and Layers’  and participates over many years  in the  Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios scheme.

Schedule Appointment


April 25, 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


April 1, 2020

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] 


March 28, 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


March 27, 2020
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Gelli Plate Printing part 1

Yesterday I uploaded a new Video on my YouTube Channel for you. Just pop over to YouTube and search Eau Brink Studio and you will see Gilli Plate Printing part one.
Our Classes and workshops are predominately fabric and textile led. However the  majority of our classes can be adapted to work with paper and card too.
Every workshop on this channel is demonstrated by Anita O’Neill in real time.

Each video is approximately 15 minutes long to make it easy for you to follow each step.

The aim of the channel is to encourage you to try new forms of art and stitch.
If you like what you see and find you want more just book into Eau Brink Studio for a group workshop, join in a planned workshop or book a one to one with Anita for her full attention.

Gelli Plate Printing Part 1 is the first video on Gelli Plate Printing on my YouTube Channel.  This video shows you how to use your Gelli Plate to print onto fabric and paper. Filmed in real time making it easy to follow.

What comes after part 1?

Part 2 and 3 will be added over the next few days so make sure you keep an eye out for them.

Part 2 will show you how to layer up your colours and textures. We did touch on this in part one but there is so much more you can do with your Gelli plate.

Part 3 will show you how to transfer pictures from magazines and prints. This one make take a little longer as you have to get the right amount of paint onto the Gelli for this to work.

Getting a good print does take a bit of practice but it is worth it in the end. It also depends on the quality of paper and the original print.

 

 


March 23, 2020
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March News at Eau Brink Studio is more positive than you may think.

As directed by the government Of course we have deferred many of our workshops, Yes we have closed our bricks and mortar shop for the time being.  And yes Anita has lost the majority of her income.

But looking on the positive side of things.

Anita has time to update her Youtube Channel. By this I mean that I will be adding content to it so that you can watch the videos and still have a go. Many of the videos will be short demonstrations in real time. Making it easy to follow them. The plan is to upload a series at a time which will concentrate on a specific subject or area to help your practice. I have no idea on how to do this but with a little help I am sure I will get the hang of it.

Each section will start with the basics and then grow into more complex practice. I do not have it all recorded as yet but as I go I will add more and more for you to dip into.

It will also be based on techniques I am currently using. So for example Gelli Plate printing. This will start with a small talk about the Gilli plates and what you can use them for. Then each video will follow on from the previous so that you can save a library of content specific to your practice.

All content will be useful for those of you who like to use textiles, paper and mixed media. I will at the beginning of each video let you know what the process is suitable for and if you need to add anything for fabric such as fabric medium.

Once I get the first videos onto YouTube I will send you the link or point you in the right direction for the link on the website.

The next new page

I am going to also add a page for Progression in Textiles group so that everyone can see the work and get updates on where the exhibitions are going to be held. So far we have found that the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios is not taking place but may be in the autumn. Also we wanted to exhibit at Wymondham but the venue is not opening this year. We are discussing having a virtual exhibition but no decision has yet been made. Progression in Textiles does have a Facebook page which shows some works and updates too.

 

Shop

Other March News is that  the online shops are being updated. Our Amazon shop also needs attention. It takes a great deal of time to keep items up to date. Not only do I have to make the item but I have to be specific when entering them onto the sites. Sometimes copying and pasting does not work which is a shame as it speeds thing up a great deal.

Work

The best part of all of this March News  is that I have time to concentrate on my own work practices too. And that is where I can link all of the above in my daily working schedule.

To do that I will encourage my son to film me working which is the content for YouTube. Finished items will either be added to the Progression in Textiles pages or onto the one line shops for sale. So it all should flow nicely.

I suspect the reality may be very different. Though I do have help with all the online work. Quickfire Digital designed and look after my website. So when I need help they are always there for me. I also have a administrator who is a godsend and working on most of the daily updates.

Keep safe

Anita