Fleece Archives - EAU Brink Studio

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Another Week in quarantine at Eau Brink Studio and the weather is like winter now.

Week 8 started with a freezing cold wind  and grey cloudy sky. The fire was lit in the evenings to keep warm. Just like winter time again. The result of this change in the weather was a damaged garden brolly and the felt being ripped off my shed. So urgent repair needed there.

fleeceThe poor sheep had a hair cut the week before when the sun was shining and far too hot for them. But they do not appear to care as still wondering around munching anything they can get to. And I have 4 lovely fleeces to process.

Then back to spinning practice again.

Small holding update

We have been very busy sorting out the animals. The fencing is now all completed and the sheep have access to two areas. Much to the annoyance of the chickens. Who also share the same areas. But they will all settle down I am sure.

We are getting plenty of eggs each day now and the baking has commenced with earnest. That keeps the family happy.

Unfortunately the geese did not manage to hatch their egg. They are off the nest now and back on the pond with the ducks. Such a shame as I was looking forward to seeing the goslings. That reminds me. Those of you who visit regularly will know Tina the brown duck. She is very old now and coming to the end of her days. But she still manages to get about and is eating well. But she does fall over a lot. So we will see how she goes.

The moorhens have hatched four babies who are running around with the parents quite happily. They even go to the chicken food and pinch it.

The Studio

I have had a major clear out in the studio and this week will be no exception. I am planning to get the rest of the unfinished work completed which will free up space. Projects will be moved to the Long Sutton Emporium out of the way.

We have put up a new soap dispenser in the facilities which has a antibac foam hand cleanser in it. We always had paper towels so did not need to make any changes there. Also we have put up a new dispenser with three sizes of disposable gloves in and disposable aprons too. Although we have always had this equipment available it has not always been visible and easy to get to. So now it is.

It is hoped that we can reopen for workshops in the beginning of July. I am going with the government guidelines on this so if we can we will operate with limited spaces in the workshops and insist on customers being sensible and not attending if feeling unwell in any way.

Workshops

demonstrating a process
This is how to do it girls

If we can open in July then Alison Hulme workshop may be able to still go ahead. I will discuss this with Alison when she is ready. As we will need to look at numbers and decide if it is safe to run this very popular workshop. Those who have already booked will be notified first  and any other spaces with be advertised nearer the time.

All other workshops are either still running with safeguards in place or have been rescheduled to another time. Check with the website as they will be on there but you may not be able to book as I have closed some of the booking dates.

We are still not taking any bookings until the week commencing 3rd July at this time. But this may change over the coming weeks.

To have a full programme again we are looking at next year now. Why don’t you let me know what you want us to put on? Just email at [email protected] and say who you want to visit as a tutor and what you want to learn. I will contact the tutors and ask them if they can fit us in. We need to act now on this as many are already booking up next year and beyond.

Whats New?

I have spent this time sorting out new packs for the shop and kits which I hope will be ready soon. To find out more keep an eye out on the website shop and social media.

There are new cushions in the shop at Long Sutton, New needle cases, cards, and zippy bags just to mention a few.

Fabric, fabulous fabric. I am looking at stocking more fabrics. And of course Jelly rolls. I am not looking for the cheapest but good quality such as Irene and Butler, we will see what I can get. Also a greater selection of threads. Possible Gutterman or Madeira.

There will also be more quilting supplies and lights in the shop so keep an eye out. If you want anything specific let me know and I will get it in for you. Deliveries are now arriving more quickly as more companies return to work.

YouTube

Just a quick thank you for looking at my YouTube channel and for following me on there. This has been a challenge for me as I am not comfortable in front of a camera but I think with each one I am improving a little. You never know I may get the hang of it at some point.

 

Take care and stay safe

Anita

 


June 15, 2019
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Natural Dyeing Day

Ready for colour
Soaking natural dyes

Bring along your fabric and fleece

Garden vegetation and leafy greens

Onion skins and orange peel

And we will see what colours you get. You will be surprised

This natural dye day is a  great day of learning . You will be introduced to natural dyeing following a short health and safety talk. Then a quick demonstration of how to prepare and use natural dye stuffs. At each stage you have to record what you are using and quantities so you know what you need to reproduce the result. A bit of science really.

Of course you can raid the garden at Eau Brink.

This class is restricted to six for safety reasons and two spaces are already booked

So don’t delay.

Any questions just give me a call on 01553 762115 or email at [email protected]
Schedule Appointment


January 7, 2019
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A New Year- New Shop for Eau Brink Studio. Where is it I hear you ask?

The Barn,  59 Wisbech Road, Long Sutton, Norfolk, United Kingdom PE129AQ. Open 7 days a week. You will find loads of fabulous items for gifts and home in The Barn. As you enter the coffee shop you will find us on your left.

The shop will stock items you are used to seeing from us such as our peg bags and scissor holders with scissors. But also new items such as scissor keepsakes, new bags, Dyes both natural and man made (instructions are included with the dyes), Scolabrush kits and Xpandaprint too. Carded Fleece from our own Lincoln Longwood sheep. Some dyed and some natural. Dyed and decorated feathers from our ducks during their moulting season.

Pop In and Try.

I will be also hosting and teaching pop ins for those of you who what to give something a try but do not feel ready to commit to a full workshop yet.

Individual Jewellery

What will be included? Powertex for just £5.00 you can make a brooch, then as you feel more confident move up to a jar for £7.00 or a bottle to put your candles in for those long summer days in the garden. Suitable for all ages.

 

Not interested in Powertex? The how about PomPom making for £5.00 you can make a range of PomPoms using different colours and sizes. Suitable for all ages.

Or sewing may be your thing. I will be demonstrating skills including patchwork, quilting, free motion embroidery. Hand stitch too. Come on in and ask me questions and if I can I will help you with your projects. For all ages.

And of course I will be bringing in some mixed media such as Xpandaprint and Scolabrush which are two of my favourite products to use.

 

 

Whats new?

The Website www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk is up to date with the years workshops and fairs.

New workshops are Pauline Wrighton – Finding Your Feet. This workshop teaches you all about the feet on your sewing machine and what you can do with them. On the weekend of 18th May.

MellyMade Designs – Lampshade up-cycling using her fabulous technique with transfer paints, on the weekend of the 27th and 28th July.

I am also introducing the use of the studio of those of you who need space to complete a project or just cut your fabric on large tables saving crawling on the floor. You get full use of the studio including the refreshments for just £4.00 per hour.

 

 

 

 


March 10, 2018

Today a Spinning groups Natural Dyeing Day at Eau Brink Studio was great fun.

We started with a talk about health and safety around hot liquids over coffee.

The  discussion that followed included the natural dyeing process and how to use the different natural plant materials in their various forms. Crushed berries work better than whole berries, Dried materials need to be soaked over night, Fresh materials are far better if picked during a dry spell. Just to mention a few of the processes s discussed.

Ready for colour
Soaking natural dyes

Whilst demonstrating how to use the materials by measuring out fleece, water and Weld. We looked at the different types of mordants and how they work.

I  explained how vital it is to measure out your ingredients and document them so that you have a recipe for future use. With the recipe we discussed the need to document times your fleece is in the vat and what you liked and disliked about the eventual colours. Once the fleece is dried than a small sample is added to the notes. The trouble is remembering to do this while you are concentrating on your colours and not letting the pots boil dry.

fantastic colours
getting ready to add the fleece

Once the group were feeling a little confident they explored the different colours and then started to mix them to see what other colours can be made.

Dye Bouquet Garni
To ensure the Dye matter does not get tangled in the fleece put it in Muslin.

The day was exciting as nobody new what to expect or what colours will emerge.

Is it ready yet?
Wow a lovely colour

What happens if you put fabric in the vats? Great question and answered by adding Egyptian Cotton to a Weld bath.

fabulous colour
Fabric added to a Weld vat

The colour stayed this vibrant even after rinsing.