Blackwork cards are a great way to create stunning cards for you to give.
Using traditional techniques but with modern colours your cards will stand out from the others.
This is a hand stitch workshop at The Barn in Long Sutton on Sunday 16th June from 10 am.
Come and join us in the Coffee shop and learn a new skill.
Only £20.00 including all materials. You just need your scissors but do not worry we have plenty if you are trying out hand stitching for the first time.
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It’s Been A While since the last post as I have been very busy with a number of things.
Starting with the West Norfolk Embroiderers Guild Exhibition in July. I have been sewing items for the exhibition and gathering in others work. The work that has come in is amazing. The theme is a rainbow wall. We are also adding another section of work with all colours in it. Visitors will impressed by the level of work.
Visitors will also be able to purchase the work that is for sale, shop at the stalls, attend the make and take tables and sit and enjoy a drink with cake or biscuits.
The guild members have worked very hard to put this exhibition on and the committee members have spent hours planning and finalising the smallest detail to ensure visitors have an enjoyable experience.
I have also been working on items for the Art and soul exhibition in South Wootton starting on the 17th June in the church. This is a celebration of many local artists work. Not just textiles but other works too. Again it is free to enter and refreshments are available. The aim of this exhibition is not only to show the works of the various artists but also to raise funds for the church. Works are available to buy.
And as the year progresses we have the Textile Show in Wymondham which is always a great show full of fabulous textiles for visitors to see and buy. I understand this is probably going to be the last Textile show at this venue for a while as it is up for development so a new venue is being sourced for next year.
Then it is the Handmade festival at Hampton court. I love this show as I spend a great deal of time chatting to like minded artists and makers as well as the public who love our work. It is a great way to meet new friends as well as catching up with old friends. The fair is over three days so a lot of work goes into it by everyone who is involved.
EBS Retail is doing well at The Barn in Long Sutton. Thank you to everyone who has visited the shop. I am aiming to keep adding to the stock on a regular basis. You are welcome to ask in advance if I have anything in particular you need and I will respond to your enquiries as quickly as possible. Just ping me a email on [email protected],co.uk
The Natural Dye Day on Saturday 15th has 2 spaces available. This is not the same workshop as the Embroiderers Guild later in the month.
At The Barn on Sunday I will be teaching how to create stunning Blackwork Cards with a modern twist. We will be in the coffee shop for this workshop.
Alison Hulme will be with us next week so we can print all we can and if we feel like it on day two we can make a pinnie or a bag using the fabrics we printed on during day one. Due to a cancellation we have 2 spaces available now.
At The Barn on Sunday the 23rd June we will be Shibori dying using Procion Dyes. A great way to add colour and pattern to fabrics. Again this will be in the Cafe.
The Pinchbeck Community Hub is a new venue for me to teach at. Once a month I will be there teaching something different. This month it was Powertex next month it will be Blackwork Cards. For more information on these and many other workshops that are happening there contact them using this facebook link .
I will be confirming bookings by the end of July for 2020. Get in touch if your interested in teaching at Eau Brink Studio
Just to let you know that the sheep are all settled with the fleece off and two of the lambs have gone to new homes. the new cockerel has also settled in and the girls appear to be much calmer.
The garden is looking very soggy today but the pond is getting full again.
Next week with the weather permitting we will have some honey. Hurrah
Thank you everyone for your support in my venture.
Eau Brink Studio are going to be at the Makit Fair in Peterborough.
Looking forward to this day as a stall holder. I will also be holding a make and take all day with Powertex key Holders. They will be made in advance and all you need to do is paint it using the dry brushing method.
The Pigments and varnish are supplied for just £5.00.
I have spent some time looking at all of the stuff in the studio and shed and thinking about how a great deal of it is not used. Some has never been used and some has not been used for some time. So why keep it?
Today I sorted out all old sketch books , took out the pages I wanted to keep, then burnt the rest. What a difference that has made to one of the shelves in the studio. I then moved onto the massive pile of papers and card and did the same thing.
Guess what is next? Fabric. I have a huge amount of furniture and curtain fabric that keeps coming into the studio and I will probably never use it. I cannot bring myself to burn it so will be using some for inspiration packs and maybe some for the school clubs. The rest will be up for grabs or going into the recycling centre.
Why the big spring clean I hear you ask. Well there is far too much stuff in this studio and the shed is so full, when looking for something I knocked over a huge basket of glass which is now behind a load of chairs probably broken. At this time I cannot get to it to clear it up.
The paint cupboard is done and all old paints have gone. Same with old dyes. When I say old I do mean over 10 years old. It is quite liberating.
The Easter weekend was a great one at the Barn. We took our sheep for a day out and the visitors loved seeing them. I demonstrated how to clean the fleece and card it using the drum carder. Children in particular were interested to see where wool comes from.
Also the West Norfolk Artists had an exhibition at Thornham. It was great to see everyone’s work.
Then came the Doughty Road Show this weekend. Thank you all for coming to look at my stall and for stopping by for a chat. I was amazed to find that it only took 1.5 hours for the Bosal rolls to sell. I will be trying to get more in for the Makit fair at Peterborough. Remember if you bought any to make jelly roll rugs that you must work on a flat surface and keep stopping to iron it if need be. Otherwise they make a lovely pet bed.
We do have space this coming week for Experimental Wednesday. We will be working on a technique of layering to make items using machine embroidery. Based on Nikki Parmeters work from the Wow series. Pictures will be taken of the work and sent to Maggie Grey to see how we progress. Sewing machine is required on Wednesday.
We only have four spaces available for the Pauline Wrighton workshop this month “Finding your Feet”. This is a workshop for anyone who would like to know what the different feet are for on their sewing machine and how they can be used for more creative sewing as well as the more traditional.
This year we have sold our lambs on to lovely new homes. One is going to a vicarage and the other to the Barn as part of their petting animals. the other is staying with us. Mums are being sheared in the next couple of weeks so more fleece to process.
I hope you all enjoy the warmer days and longer evenings.
Cas Holmes – Postcards is an introductory workshop marking your places of interest you.
Returning to Eau Brink Studio for this one day workshop to inspire you to record your travels.
What landscapes and images seen on your travels would you represent on your postcard?
We will share processes and ideas based on some of the artist’s personal approaches to creating mixed media works with found materials. We will look at transforming paper to turn it into a cloth-like feel through Momigami (Japanese crumpling) and combining it with textile and stitch to create small postcard size samples.
The focus will be on hand stitching as an extension of mark making and drawing.
STUDENT PREPARATION FOR WORKSHOP: All should fit in one small bag
Postcards and images representing a place you have been or travelled to use a an initial source of inspiration. Themes could be
Gardens or Natural History:Images and text relating to plant, insects, birds. (based on the idea of a Planthunter or naturalist recording.their world.
Equipment: Hand sewing equipment (scissors,a few threads for hand stitching, pins). Waterproof felt pen or a biro if you have one. Glue sticks (pritt) or similar. Sewing machine (optional)
Paper and textiles inspired by your theme.
Papers: Brown wrapping paper or large brown envelopes, tissue paper, Collect assorted waste papers from patterned paper bags, magazines, oriental specialist papers, sweetwrappers, printed photocopy paper etc.
Gathered fabric scraps: Writing, prints, lace, scraps of cotton/ linen, silk fabrics with or without prints- various sizes.
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Here at Eau Brink Studio we are Springing into Life with the the arrival of the lambs, chicks and ducklings. The place is absolutely buzzing with bees from the hives starting to build their nests for the foraging season.
The bees are not the only ones buzzing either. We have had Cas Holmes here for two days teaching her fabulous workshop “Small Objects of Desire”. This workshop was over two days where we worked onto and into commercial canvas. The results were stunning as you can see. Everybody enjoyed the workshop and the new techniques we learnt. I particularly loved the idea of working into a canvas using a sewing machine. I will definitely be working this way again and again.
Over at the Barn we also have been busy with the children’s workshops making wands using Powertex. Great fun and messy. I was taken aback though when a two year old wanted to join in. She did do a great job.
The next Workshop at Eau Brink Studio is the 1st of May Experimental Wednesday. If you would like to join us do get in touch and I can explain what we will be working on.
Finding your feet with Pauline Wrighton has only four spaces left so do not leave it too long to book. This exciting workshop will get you using your sewing machine to its full potential.
Small Objects of desire with Cas Holmes learning how to make art from found materials.
Taking our inspiration from everyday objects, (cups, bowls etc) collections of natural forms (shells, feathers, leaves) or other types of personal memorabilia as a starting point for developing themes we will create our own layered, collage and stitch ‘Still Life’ or ‘Landscape/Nature Study’
Found paper, fabric scraps and found materials will be combined with transferring of images and stitch as a means for informing work for the development of new ideas. These will be constructed on a small canvas .
Please bring to the workshop:
A waterproof pen scissors, regular sewing thread, pins and needle.A few hand threads in your preferred colour range
Small portable kit of painting media you may like to use (can be watercolour, Koh I Noor, Inktense whatever you have)
Also useful camera for documentation, notebook, drawing media.
Sewing machine with free motion capability. (optional) Embroidery hoop
Collection of waste papers and gathered fabric scraps: Examples. Brown wrapping paper or large brown envelopes, tissue paper, patterned paper bags, photocopies of images relating to your theme, magazines, oriental specialist papers, prints, lace, scraps of cotton, linen, silk fabrics with or without prints- various sizes. All should fit into one small bag
Embroidery Monday at Eau Brink Studio is a day of relaxed stitching. Supported by Anita who will help you with your project.
Come along to Eau Brink Studio and learn how to hand stitch using traditional techniques. Suitable for both beginners and the more experienced who want to improve their skills.
To start with you will get a choice of printed linens to practice your new stitches on.
Then you will learn how to transfer your own designs using traditional and modern methods.
If your more experienced and you wish to just practice your skills or want to refresh yourself bring along your design and threads and we will see what we can do to help.
The aim of these workshops is to encourage a group of like minded individuals who enjoy hand stitching.
the day commences at 10 am and ends at 4 pm. But you can attend just the morning or afternoon if that is more suitable for you.
Drop me a line on [email protected] or call on 01553 762115
Of course there will be tea and cake. Not to mention fruit and biscuits.