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 7, 2020

.  We are Opening again on Saturday 4th July for our first Post Covid-19 workshop at Eau Brink Studio.

This workshop is a little different to our usual line up.

Diamond Art Taster Day by Dawns Gems is a two hour taster class. Dawn will provide kits for all the family to try their hand at Diamond art. Dawn will be with us for a morning class commencing at 10 am. And then an afternoon class commencing at 2pm.

Our class numbers will be a maximum of 10 at this moment in time. However, if we are able to increase them nearer the time we will do.

It will be even better if we can move it to outside but that will of course depend on the weather.

So What is this Diamond Art then?

Diamond Art is a craft that includes a pre printed picture with glue already on it ready for you to place small coloured crystals in place. Once the picture is completed you can frame it before hanging it in your home.

Each kit comes with a stylus to help you pick up the diamonds and a small amount of putty to help them stick to the stylus before placing onto the picture or household item.

Dawns Gems keeps a good stock of items for all budgets. Dawn likes to keep up with the current new items being brought out by her suppliers which means her stock is changing all the time to keep you busy.

Keeping Safe While we are open again.

During this uncertain time we are living in we are asking visitors to the studio to keep to some new rules. I am sure you all know what I am going to ask of you but I have to ensure you are aware.

Please do wash your hand at regular intervals throughout your time in the studio. To ensure your safety I have installed a new soap dispenser with foam antibacterial soap in it. We already use paper towels and I have some hand gel by the door too use on the way in and on the way out.

There are disposable gloves and aprons available but no fabric aprons. Of course you can bring your own to use.

You can if you feel you want to use your own face masks or face visors or shields.

Please be considerate to others when coming in and out of the studio keeping your distance.  If you need any help with your equipment I can help you unload your car and will wear gloves to do so. Please let me know if you will need any help at the time of booking. If you are unsure please do call or email before booking.

When in the studio we will only have up to 10 persons at any one time until we are told we can increase the numbers but sometimes I may limit the numbers to 6 or 8 depending on what we are working on.  With this in mind I do need you to book in through the booking system so I can monitor numbers.

I ask you to place all cups, glasses, plates and cutlery into the dishwasher once you have finished with it. That way I can just put it on when the class has finished.

The Tables will be covered with a disposable covering which will be changed between classes.

And Finally

It is important that to me that you enjoy your time at Eau Brink Studio once we open again, so please do let me know if we can help you in any way before, during and after a workshop.

 

 

 



West Norfolk Embroiders Guild Branch welcome you to Eau Brink Studio to Sit and Sew Day in delightful company and surrounds. Bring something to stitch by hand or machine and then sit and sew while put the world to rights. Friendly people with a passion for all different types of stitch both traditional and experimental. The group have a wide range of skills levels and are not experts but enthusiasts. Help and advice are freely available along with hot drinks and cake at Sit and Sew Day.

While you are sitting and sewing you can take time to look at the work of Progression in Textiles group. They will be exhibiting as part of Open Studios at Eau  Brink Studio, and will have items for sale. This is a newly formed textile art group who recently had a debut exhibition at The Forum as part of Makers Festival. That work and more will be on display for you to see. The work ranges from experimental to traditional and many of us belong to the West Norfolk Embroiderers too.

West Norfolk Embroiderers Guild previously known as King’s Lynn Embroiderers has been established for over 20 years in the area. We are currently a small group and would be delighted to meet more like minded people with similar interests. We meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.20 at the community room at Tesco Hardwick where you would be most welcome to join us. The first visit will be free.  We usually have speakers who bring work to show us, tell us about how they became embroiderers and techniques involved in there work. On the Sit and Sew Day we meet at Eaubrink Studio on a drop in basis from 10am until 4pm.

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Join Melanie Missin at Eau Brink Studio for an exciting day doing a Woodland Wall Art Workshop

In this Woodland Wall Art Workshop you will be using a variety of techniques to make your own wall art hanging

You will be using

  • transfer paints which you will use to colour the background by using a heat press to transfer the colour.
  • print blocks that will be supplied, but feel free to bring your own.
  • free motion embroidery
  • gilding flakes which will be provided

Working in the light airy studio at Eaubrink  and surrounded by woodland inspiration you will be using man made materials. Which you will layer, print, stitch and gild to create a wall hanging on the theme of trees.

 

 

 

Please bring the following

  •  Your sewing machine and accessories
  • Any fabrics and embellishment you feel might be useful to enhance a woodland theme.
  • Inspiration pictures of woodland scenes and trees
  • Hand and Machine threads suited to the theme of woodlands
  • Embellishments such as beads, buttons, wires etc
  • Sewing kit
  • Hanging ideas for wall art

Melanie Missin

British Textile artist Melanie Missin has been working with textiles for many years. In the last 14 years she has been passing on her knowledge to students across the country as well as continuing to learn new techniques and develop a wide range of exciting ideas. She has recently had a piece of works published in WOW book five which she describes as “a lovely book full of very inspirational textile Artists articles”.

 

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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 14, 2020

 

Gelli Plate Printing at Eau Brink Studio is a great day of printing onto fabric and paper using acrylic paints and fabric medium.

The day commences at 10 am and end at 4 pm. We will stop for lunch at 12.30 till 1 pm. However you can continue with your work if you wish.

After general introductions and refreshments Anita will introduce you to Gelli plate printing. We will talk about the products and how to get the best effects using them.

Once the discussion has ended Anita will demonstrate how to use the Gelli plate starting with the basics of how to get the paint onto the plate. Which will follow with a practice onto paper.

Once your feeling confident you then will practice onto fabric. This part includes mixing your own paints with fabric medium.

After this Anita will demonstrate how to use the Gelli plates with stamps, stencils and mark making items.  Once you have tried various techniques and decided which you prefer you can move onto mixing colours ready for your sampling and finishing.

Then the day is yours to play and experiment.

Gelli Plate printing is a fantastic way of transferring your designs onto paper and fabric. You can control what is going onto the surface and how many prints you make.

Refreshments included but not lunch.

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January 22, 2020

   

Experimental Wednesday at Eau Brink Studio encourages you to spend time pushing the boundaries of your practice.

Spend the day in the studio experimenting with mixed media – any medium can be used.

      • Bring your own or use the studio’s
      • Try new techniques for your projects
      • Prepare your samples for your educational needs
      • Be creative!

There are no restrictions on what you can do – be as messy or as tidy as you wish! Small or large projects most welcome.

Things you can do include (and by no means are restricted to):

  • Using a substrate of paper or fabric, man made or natural
  • Enhancing your project it with paint, dyes, inks, prints; machine or hand stitch
  • Felt it, Embellish it, screw it up, iron it flat

The most important thing is to let your imagination take you beyond what is considered the norm!

Once you have finished playing  with all media and decided what you love doing, push it further and establish your artist identity.

Click here to book your place on the next workshop.

For more details on this or any other events, please contact us here:

 

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September 25, 2019

Experimental Wednesday at Eau Brink Studio encourages you to spend time pushing the boundaries of your practice.

Spend the day in the studio experimenting with mixed media, Any medium can be used. Bring your own or use the studio’s. Try new techniques for your projects. Prepare your samples for your educational needs.

There are no restrictions on what you can do only your own. You can be as messy or as tidy as you wish. You can work on very small projects or very large.

Use a substrate of paper or fabric, man made or natural. Enhance it with paint, dyes, inks, prints, machine or hand stitch,

Felt it, Embellish it, screw it up, iron it flat. let your imagination take you beyond what is considered the norm.

Once you have finished playing and decided what you love doing push it further and establish our artist identity.

If you want to know more then contact me through [email protected] or call on  01553 762115

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September 15, 2019

2019 we will be once again attending The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace Green.

I am so looking forward to seeing you all there.

Meeting up with friends old and new.

Seeing the fabulous items for sale.

And of course showing off my wares.

 

 


September 14, 2019

2019 we will be once again attending The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace Green.

I am so looking forward to seeing you all there.

Meeting up with friends old and new.

Seeing the fabulous items for sale.

And of course showing off my wares.