Eau Brink Smallholding

September 27, 2020
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EAU BRINK NEWS

Covid-19 Update

Well we have still to contend with the Covid-19 problems but luckily as we are a educational studio we can stay open for the time being. Which is good news. Though we do have to adhere to a number of rules to stay safe.

The first is track and trace.

This is not really a issue as we do have a great booking system and can notify anyone if need be. However, we now have to use the new App so if you have not yet downloaded it onto your mobiles please do. Here is the link for you to use https://www.google.co.uk/aclk?sa=L&ai=DChcSEwiCldfm7YjsAhVS5u0KHcLTACIYABAAGgJkZw&ae=2&sig=AOD64_2BLM87m_0qqctzVuzaMp-SLZ7Qyg&authuser=1&q&adurl&ved=2ahUKEwis8M_m7YjsAhVOXRUIHevEAbcQ0Qx6BAgNEAE

Once downloaded onto your phone you can then walk into many businesses and just scan the QRcode which is the square one and it will then let you know if anyone on that given day has reported in as positive.

I have this system in the studio now but if you have not got the app I will have to ask you each day to complete a form which is kept for 21 days before being destroyed.

The next is PPE.

Of course I have the gloves and disposable aprons for you to use but I must ask you to bring along your masks or visors if you are booking onto any workshop until we are informed this is not required anymore. The masks are to be work just during demonstrations as you are near other students. Once sitting at your table you do not need to were them unless of course you want to.

Then Hand hygiene.

There is hand gel by the door for your use as you enter and leave the studio. Also by the sinks and of course in the toilet. Though I am of the view that good old fashioned hand washing is best to stop spreading infections. So you can wash your hands as often as you like. Paper towels are used at all times.

Great News on the puppy front.

On Friday 2nd October we will be collecting two puppies who were found on the side of a road where they had been dumped. Sadly the rest of the litter did not make it. Although we initially only wanted one dog I could not separate these two sisters.

We do not think they are a year old yet and we also think they will grow to be about the same size as our last dog Marlow.

They will be encouraged to love being with people and hopefully will settle very quickly into our lovely home. Not sure what the geese will think of them but I am sure they will get used to each other. Mr and Mrs Fox watch out and stay away.

Progression In Textiles

Unfortunately we have have to move our Granchester exhibition to next year. This means we have more time to prepare for the whole year in advance. So watch out for the announcements in social media.

Our first outing will be at Norwich for the Makers Festival if it goes ahead in February.

Our next meeting is on the 7th October.

Coming up

Our next workshop is this coming week with Amanda Hislop. We are fully booked with a waiting list. Two days of learning how Amanda creates seascapes using free motion embroidery.

Really looking forward to this one.

October brings us two workshops.

Warm Colours, Fallen Leaves: Autumnal Machine Embroidery Landscape with Noleen Salmon.

Suitable for all abilities including beginners. We only have 4 spaces available now for this two day workshop.

For more information just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/warm-colours-fallen-leaves-autumnal-machine-embroidery-landscape/2020-10-10/

Pen and Ink workshop

Pen and Ink workshop with Rachel Collier-Wilson. This is a first for Eau Brink Studio. I first met Rachel at a craft fair and her work is fabulous. This workshop is for all abilities and includes a basic kit.

You do not need to be able to draw for this workshop as you can use other ways to transfer you picture before using the pen and ink.

Limited space available now so if your thinking of booking just follow the link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/pen-and-ink-workshop/

Powertex

Powertex has returned to Eau Brink Studio as I have received many requests for it. If you want to have a go just give me a call on 01553 762115 or email me on [email protected] and we will organise a workshop for you. I am not putting on regular monthly events at the moment it is one to one or your small group.

Shop – EBS Retail

If you have  not already visited my shop in Long Sutton but are wondering what goodies I have then take a look at the online shop. I am updating it frequently. However, I cannot put all the fabrics on it as they are end of lines and once sold there is not more. The fabrics I buy in are all either cotton, linen or a mix of the two except for linings and some of the denim is stretch.

The shop address is The Long Sutton Emporium, 59 Wisbech Road, Long Sutton PE12 9AQ. It is in the big barn behind MacDonalds on the A17. So you can also look at the other shops in there as well as visit the Cafe if you fancy some cake or lunch.

Small holding

Our animals are doing well at the moment. We plan a handsome boyfriend to visit the girls and hopefully we will have lambs in the spring.

The chickens are recovering from the fox visits and are more settled now. We have 4 chicks under the lamp at the moment and plan to put more eggs in the incubator this week.

The dominant Drake is still being a pest with one of the girls so she is still locked away from him with her mate. We tried to let her out but he just ran straight at her and cornered her. Luckily the geese where having none of it and dragged him off. Sadly it looks like we cannot let her out while he is around.

The Heron has given up trying to eat all the fish because a cormorant has tried to move in. We are chasing him or her off daily at the moment.

Estra our parrot has been moved from the small lounge into our hallway and is much happier chatting to everyone who visits the house. Thats a lot a chatter as our Airbnb rooms are fully booked for a while.

Thank you all for your support.

Stay Safe

 

 

 


May 5, 2020
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Do you realise we are at week 7 already. Well those of us who received letters are.

What a long time but it does not appear to be so long. I have kept busy with clearing out the studio, cleaning the house of course and clearing up the garden.

Very similar to everyone else.

YouTube

I have also started to at long last put regular videos onto my YouTube Chanel.  They are improving each week as I get more confident with being in front of the camera.

So far there are 3 on Gelli plate printing and 3 on Soluble film. The next one will be how to put these elements together to create a piece of art.

VE Day

Week 7 is also the week we celebrate VE day. I am currently making bunting for family members to put on there houses ready for their street parties. Of course they are doing this by using their front gardens to join in due to social distancing. A cracking idea I am looking forward to seeing how everyone manages to party with social distancing. I know of a few people who have managed to continue to socialise over garden walls and fencing with the partitions still in place.

Shop

You would think that due to the weeks I have spent at home that I would have a huge stack of items to sell in the shop. No not a all. I have been finishing items that have long languished in boxes or been tucked away as unfinished items. Some I have given away as have no interest in them.

I have got some great ideas for kits and new products. I am about to join a company as an agent which sells many of the quilting items I love to use. In particular the turn table cutting boards. Different sizes and not only square but circular boards too. They will be in the shop once I can reopen.

I will also be selling lights and scissors too.

Progression

Thank goodness for technology. Our members of the Progression Group have in the last 7 weeks been meeting virtually every fortnight. I is great to chat and see what each member has been up to. We are still working on items for our exhibitions once we can restart them.

It is hoped that Granchester will go ahead but we will see what happens.

 

Workshops

As I eagerly away the governments decisions about reopening  businesses I am in contact with artists who have had to move their workshops this year. So far we have moved Rachel and her pen an ink Drawing class to October. Alison Hulme is the same date unless we cannot open and Amanda Hislop also remains the same date.

The regular workshops are on hold until further notice. I am hoping July they may be able to resume with lower numbers attending to keep us all safe.

Eau Brink Smallholding

What do our animals think of this 7 week safety procedure so far? Who knows but they are getting a lot of attention.

The sheep have been sheared and are all healthy but not happy at being penned in now. The chickens are happy and laying massive amounts of eggs. Only 2 of the cockerels are fighting. And that is because one of them coverts the others house. We will see how that plays out. They are at opposite ends of the fields but that is not stopping our Steve wanting what the little one has.

Two chickens are broody.

The geese are sitting on an egg which we hope will hatch this week. The moorhens has hatched 4 eggs so we have little pompoms running around the garden now.

All that’s missing is a dog. I think I will have to remedy that as soon as I can get out and about.

Keep safe everyone

Anita