Lampshades

October 15, 2018

Sew what’s New at Eau Brink Studio then?

We have a small section of our goods at The Barn in Long sutton. Why not pop along and see what other goodies are there? I have planned a few workshops at The Barn which will commence in November. These will be a drop in day where you can make a brooch or jar with Powertex. Get to grips with Xpandaprint and Scolarbrush as well as  few more mixed media goodies to play with.

I am also going to be working in Silverwood  also at Long Sutton.  The plan is to run workshops commencing in November which will include dying fabrics, Patchwork for beginners, getting to know your sewing machine as well as the Powertex brooches.

Here at Eau Brink Studio I am excited to announce that Pippa Pease will be here on the 26th of November teaching a beginners Skirt Making workshop. More information will be available soon. It is hoped that we can make this into a monthly sewing group with a different project each month. The plan is that each individual will learn a new set of skills at the beginning and then add to those skills so that you can tackle any project.

I am very excited as I have managed with the help of Pauline Wrighton to at long last master book making. My books were always too loose and did not sit properly. It turned out that I was using the wrong threads. Thank you Pauline.

 

As many of your know I do make lampshades using Shibori techniques. Now John has been making the bases for me and I have been sewing into the bark to add decoration. The plan is to mirror the stitching on the shades so ensure they match. the challenge is to get the bark back onto to base without it looking flat and uninteresting. I am hopeful that I can iron out the problems before Wymondham in a weeks time.

We are nearly at half term already and the children in the school have been making witches and wizards. Pumpkins and stitched coasters. This week they will be making ghost decorations.  After the half term break I will be going into another school and we will be looking at making items for Autumn. I will be getting a little sewing in there.

 

Booking for the workshops for the next year are beginning to be booked which is great news for us all. Included in this is the Airbnb workshops. What are they I hear you cry. I have registered some days on Airbnb experiences which I means that anyone staying in the area can come and play by booking through Airbnb experiences.


September 17, 2018

This week we at Eau Brink Studio have been attending fairs at Wymondham and Hampton Court Palace.

Although a very busy time we have had great fun.

Wymondham has been a two week event of displaying our Textiles and of course selling them. The King’s Lynn Embroiderers Guild had many items from our members to showcase the work we make and to encourage new members.

 

 

Wow what a roller coaster of a weekend this turned out to be. Thursday we packed up the van and trudged off to London. We made good time until we were near Hampton Court and then the traffic was horrendous. John and I agreed we would never complain about the traffic in King’s Lynn again. We duly awaited our allotted time to unload and then set up the stall with many other traders all working together to help each other. there was also a team of maintenance guys to help too. And of course the Health and Safety guy was wondering along ensuring we complied to the rules.

And here we are all set up and ready for the Friday mornings start.

Friday we had to be sure all was okay by 9am. Meaning we were there at 8am making sure that all the items were priced and we had enough packaging if needed.

 

Kirstie spent time wondering around looking at all the stalls and chatting to the stall holders until she opened the event at 09.30. She was around for the entire three days and on the Saturday evening hosted a social event for the stall holders.

 As the early mornings and long days kick in by the end of day three the thought of driving home is not a pleasant one. Of course we did get stuck on the M25 in very slow traffic.

As we reflect on the busy days and the lovely people we have met it was a great experience.

I was particularly pleased to see the people from Norfolk who popped in and said hello. Thank you for your support.

Of course it was very difficult not to go shopping myself.I have only bought a little bit of fabric, a pattern or two. John ought me  a lovely pair of warm silk fluffy slippers.  Not bad really.

Whats next then?

Cas holmes will be here on the weekend of the 29th of September. her course is full but I will see what we can get her to do next year. Probably earlier in the year.

Then we have Clare Hedges in October. There are spaces available for this course so do book if you want to join us as I have had a lot of enquiries about it. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/tiny-acorns-to-terrific-tassels-passementerie-workshop/2018-10-06/

I will be updating the website of the next few days with other coursed that will range from one to two days. Including Melly Made lampshades for the new year. This one will be over two days so you get to finish your masterpiece.

I am looking at starting another group for Experimentals as the group that meets on the first Wednesday is getting rather full. My plan is that if we have two meeting dates then everyone can switch between the two and get to know each other. That way if you miss a date you can catch up with the other group.

More News.

From the 1st of October I will be selling items and planning small workshops in the Barn at Long Sutton. I am really looking forward to this as I have been waiting for a space for some time now.

Also at Le Strange Barns in Hunstanton I am supplying more of my items as they keep selling out so a bigger space has been allotted to me.

One last note..

The King’s Lynn Embroiderers Guild are holding a workshop at Eau Brink Studio by Moira Neale. Fabric faces will be on the 20th of October from 10am till 4pm. There are two spaces available for this day. If you would like to book please contact Christine on c.booth972@btinternet.com who will be able to help you.

The cost is £35.00 for none members and £30.00 for Embroiderers Guild Members. You will need to give your membership number on booking. Here is a little snippet of what will be going on..

On this workshop we will concentrate on making just the faces. You may prefer to make one large one or two or three smaller versions. If there is time you could add clothing too.

I will be showing you how to free machine and there will be plenty of opportunity to practice before working on your faces. This workshop is a bit of fun….the wonkier your stitching, the quirkier the result! Just come along and enjoy the day and learn how to make faces to include in your quilts or to make a gallery of your friends and family!

See you all soon.

Anita

 


June 3, 2018
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The first week of Open Studios has gone with a blast. I started at Thornham for the weekend where I met many people who liked the work at Textiles in Action.

Get your brochure here at Eau Brink Studio
This years brochure

The visitors have continued to come to Eau Brink Studio throughout the week to see what its all about. Thank you all for coming and a big thank you to our new subscribers too.

Whilst being in the studio all day every day I have had the opportunity to update my website and add in all the new workshops so why not check them out at www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events/ This page takes you to the calendar where you can look on any date your free to see whats on.

The very latest to be added is Clare Hedges who is going to teach us Passementerrie. That means making lovely tassels and fabulous little acorns and covered buttons. This is a two day course on the 6th and 7th of October. The price includes all materials.

Lovely little Acorns
Handmade Acorns.

So whats been happening Eau Brink?

The lambs are growing fast and love to give mums the run around. Though now mums are getting to the stage where they do not worry so much about them.

We have two new chicks one is pure white at the moment and the other grey. I can’t wait to see what they look like when fully grown. We also have a broody hen sitting on eggs. Hurrah I hope she succeeds in bring them to life.

The moorhens have hatched out one brood and they have left the nest to free mum up and she is now sitting on another set of eggs.

The water vole has been busy digging even more holes in the bank of the lake. and the fish are now jumping up out of the water to catch the bugs. The Red Hot Pokers are looking fab around the lake.

Great Lake
Lovely Red Hot Pokers.

Just a reminder of this exhibition. 

 

 

 

 


March 31, 2018
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Spring is upon us now and here at Eau Brink Studio we hope you enjoy reading our Spring News.

so cold
Early morning snow in March

So whats been happening?

March was once again very busy with a number of workshops, and the school art clubs.

Melanie has been to us with her lovely bowls and those of us who had already been on her workshop before were given designs that were more intricate and took longer to complete.

stunning designs
Mel talking about her bowls

Embroidery Mondays saw us working on Hardanger designs for a sampler. This technique is a little tricky and you do need nerves of steel when cutting into your work. But the effects are stunning.

work in progress
steady work

The children at the art club had a go at Powertex Stone art eggs. Fabulous mess but such fun.

Love using the gloves
Powertex mess is fun

The All Saints Ladies learnt how to make felt for an evening. I was made to feel very welcome at this ladies group and they all enjoyed making a small picture with wet felting fibres.

All Saints Ladies
wet felting pictures

Fair Season Has Commenced.

Now the season of fairs and shows has started. It all kicked off for us with the Rainbow Festivals. Unfortunately the first one was snowed off but the next was at Swaffham  in the Green Britain Centre. It was lovely to be back with the Rainbowers again. Not only were there stalls but also Make and Take. For us that meant screen printing Hares. Easy fun,

Screen Print with foils
Screen printing

Excitingly I have been accepted for my first big fair. One of the Kirstie Allsopp Hand Made Fairs. Scary or what?

New Fairs
Exciting New Ground

And for the new season of fairs we have been making our usual goodies plus some new. Like the Sharpins which are pin cushions that sharpen and clean the pins and needles. And New zippy bags.

Whats coming up?

April is an exciting month as we have the lovely Amanda Hislop visiting us to teach a two day workshop on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd. This two day workshop is going to teach us how to create wonderful things using found materials. Once we have completed the basics we will on the second day be using our sewing machines to complete the work.

But before that is a lampshade making workshop. In one day you can dye your fabrics and finish a lampshade that is unique and very different from the high street lampshades.

stunning hand dyed hand made lampshades

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I am up to and what is coming up. I will keep you posted of course but not all the posts will be as long as this one.


February 28, 2018

I am writing this on a very snowy day watching the sheep peeping out of their house, and the ducks trying to shelter under the chicken house instead of going into their own house. We are now almost in March. Where did February go?

I have been very busy at Eau Brink Studio  with workshops, organising the fairs we will attend, and that means lots and lots of making.

So whats new then?

Lampshades –  these glorious lampshades are made using 100% cotton fabric which has been Procion dyed using shibori techniques. I have had many customers asking me to run a workshop for these. The first ever of these will be April 14th. In the morning we will  spend time folding and dyeing the fabrics and in  the afternoon we will be making our lampshades.

Hand made Lampshade
Procion Dyed Lampshade
Procion Dyed
Shibori Lampshade

Sharpins – Whats a Sharpin I hear you ask. It is a pin cushion filled with a mixture that sharpens your pins and needles. I have purchased these items in the past and found that you have to stick your pins into the centre or outer edge. Very inconvenient in my mind. these are a little heavy so do not fall on the floor and you will also keep your pins and needles rust free.

Keeping them pins sharp
New design to keep you pins and needles sharp

They are double sided and very pretty.

I have been updating my Etsy shop  but feel I may close it and just concentrate on my shop here on the website.

You will also notice that I have added all the fairs I am attending over the year to the workshop calendar. this way you will know where I am and can come and say hi. I always have information of the workshops with me at the fairs as well as items for sale. But you can just come along for a chat as that is always nice. In March there are two fairs organised by the Rainbow Festivals. The first is on Saturday 3rd March at the Dukes Head Hotel in Kings Lynn. The second is Saturday 24th the the Green Britain Centre, Swaffham. Both start at 11 and finish at 4. Both venues have great facilities and you can stop for a coffee and cake.

There is still space on Melanies Fabric bowl workshop. which is on the 16th of March. I love this process which can be used for many items. Mel will be teaching the basics if you have not already been on her workshop and for those who have a more advanced technique. Can’t wait. Please book in using the link above.

stunning designs
Mel talking about her bowls

There is also space on A Colour Artistic Journey on the 21st of March. This fascinating workshop helps you work out your personal colours based on your date of birth and birth name. Once you know what your colours are you will just use those two to create art of your choice. It can be with paint, mixed media, Powertex or stitch. You chose. those of us who know our colours will be extending it to look at the different tints and hues of those colours.

Bar Code of colour
Colour Coded

I will be running the Powertex Thursdays each week throughout March as well as the Experimental Wednesdays. I am also commencing a 6 week course on a Monday evening for beginners Hardanger from 7pm till 9.30. All the information for all my workshops are to be found on the Workshop page of my website.

recycled bowl
Fabric and Powertex gives you a creative flair

A new workshop for younger persons is now the last Saturday of most months. Sometimes it is the Saturday before. Young Textilers is for younger persons who wants to try something new, needs help with projects for school or college. Who wants to learn how to use a sewing machine or have a go at mixed media as well as traditional sewing. I do have an up to date DBS. You do not have to attend every month just when you want. But please do book in to ensure your place.

Enjoy looking around my website and feel free to take a look on the facebook page as well as the other social media.