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August 1, 2021
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5 Advantages of Our Good News

 

There are 5 advantages to our good news, which will make us more efficient and it means that we can very soon restart the videos and streaming.

And here it is. The best news for a while. BT have sorted out our problems with our connections and we are going digital .

The engineer arrives on the 9th of August to connect everything for me including lovely fast fibre.

The phone number will change as it is a digital phone they are sending .

So beside the obvious what will this mean ?

Firstly We should not have any more crackly phone calls. There are times when I answer the phone I cannot hear the other person on the phone. Also when the caller leaves a message it is difficult for them to be heard if they current phone permits them to leave a message. It is getting on a bit that phone so retirement is probably a good idea. The new number will be sent out on email to all our subscribers and then added to the website.

The second advantage is that all the calls can be diverted to my mobile phone as well so I am hopeful that I will not miss any calls. Of course any cold callers and sales persons will still be ignored. As I prefer it if companies emailed me.

Advantage number 3, we will have the most fastest fibre we can get. I am told it will be pretty good as the pole it is on, is outside our house and the line coming into the house is brilliant so it should also be in the studio.

The fourth advantage is fast fibre means faster downloads and we will not have to wait for the items we are looking at to load in slow motion.

And the fifth advantage is that we can stream without it cutting out and getting stuck.

All in all we are going to go full steam ahead with plans that were going to be put in place a little at a time.

What does that mean ?

All five advantages mean we will start the new streaming as soon as the engineer leaves the premises. Starting with a test stream.

Then we will catch up on all the monthly challenges with live streaming on a weekly basis. To go with the live streams there will be kits which can be bought in advance so you can create along with Anita. the kits will include card making as well as stitching in the same kit. It would be great if you could do both and Anita will demonstrate how.

Once we get into the routine of our weekly evenings sewing we will sort out a new sewing club which will be subscription based. The price will include a kit and access to the YouTube video that goes with it.

I am aware that at times life gets in the way of creating so, there will not be a set time for you to subscribe for, you will be able to cancel your subscription at any time and restart it when you want to.

There will be further information in coming blogs.

Well that’s my news for this week but I do have a couple of reminders for you .

We still have space on Jenny O’Leary workshop on the 7th and 8th August. You can book for just one of the days or both. For more information just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/batik-with-jenny-oleary/2021-08-07/

And Progression in Textiles are having an exhibition at Brancaster the weekend of 14th and 15th August. For more information just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/progression-in-textile-exhibition-at-brancaster-village-hall/

Experimental Wednesday this month is all about grids. We will be layering up sheer fabrics and creating grids so we can use the soldering iron to burn back the layers. The top layer will be machine stitched with metallic threads on soluble film. I will get the website updated tomorrow with pictures of samples I am making for this workshop. There will be a kit available if you like this process but on the day the cost of materials is £5.00

A materials list will be added to the website so you can bring your own if you wish.

Take Care

Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 


March 8, 2020
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With the help of my new administrator we are getting back on track at Eau Brink Studio.

What does this mean?

The website appears to be back to working again, Thank you to the tech team for sorting it out.

We are getting the calendar up to date with workshops including those run by other agencies such as the West Norfolk Embroiderers Guild..

There are two workshops available being organised by the guild. An Eco dye day and a workshop with Melanie Missin.

If you have booked onto any workshop and have not had an email confirming your booking please do get in touch as we are still trying to get it all up to date.

The next available workshop is the Gilli Plate day on 14th of March. Only three spaces available so book early.

Following the Gelli plate day we have the Experimental Wednesday on 18th March.

All our workshops start at 10 am and end at 4 pm.

Getting back on track has meant we have revisited all of the workshops and upgraded them.

Other News

What else is happening at Eau Brink?

First ever lamb born
Hello baby girl

This time last year we were monitoring our sheep getting ready to lamb. But this year we have rested them and I can confirm that I am missing the buzz. I will miss not having Lambs around this spring.

On the plus side we have had our geese laying eggs so maybe we will get goslings.

The ducks are reduced in numbers due to a fox visit which is very sad. The chickens are doing well and will be increasing in numbers as we have rescued about 30 birds and are preparing to move them this week. They will be in the same area as the sheep rather than with the others so that they can settle with out stressing the current residents.

So plenty to look forward to in the spring. Including preparing for exhibitions starting with the Open Studios.

Anita is also looking at becoming a Agent for a company selling haberdashery items especially for quilting. Of course she will continue with the Powertex too.

Looking forward to the new season.

 

 

 

 


November 11, 2019

Time at Eau Brink Studio passes far too quickly.

Pin CushionsTime at Eau Brink Studio passes far too quickly for the amount of work I want to get through.  For example, I have been restocking the shop in The Barn with Christmas items as well as new 3D printed pin cushions.

 

The fair season is still upon us and of course I have to make items to sell at the craft fairs as well as making up packs for the trade fairs.

On top of these I send out items purchased through Amazon Handmade and the studio website.

Whew that sounds a lot before all the other day to day stuff.

This weekend I was asked if I really did enjoy my work and the unpredictability of it.

The honest answer to this question is yes and this is why.

Every day is very different from the previous day which I love. I get to meet loads people during my day even when in the studio on my own people call or pop in. (I think the cake helps with that)

It is hard work especially when a fair or show is looming and I need to make sure I have plenty to take and keep the shop stocked up. But that is part of the fun.

Income is very unpredictable some weeks good and some not so good. On the not so good weeks I do worry about it and at times I do find myself thinking how much easier it is to work for someone else but why would I want to restrict myself just for money?

So going back to the question Yes I love what I do and it is worth it.

News

I have been asked to start up a craft group in Eau Brink Studio where other crafters can meet. It is now live on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Called Socially Crafty  The cost is only £5. because your bring along your own crafts to make. Tea and coffee is provide with an honesty box. Socially Crafty runs from 10 am till 2 pm. Starting 13th November 2019.

As your aware we have had Peggy here teaching how to make fabulous baubles with beads. Unfortunately we have had to cancel the rest of the workshops due to ill health. It is hoped that Peggy can return in the future.

The orders for the Powertex are coming nicely and I would like to thank you all for the help and support so that I can become a stockist for Powertex. This has also sparked a renewed interest in the products especially the Translucent as it dries clear helping our textiles stand and shape.

Coming up

My next fair is the

Makit LQ&N Christmas Fair
Solihull Saturday 30th Nov 2019
Cranmore Park,
Solihull, West Midlands B90 4LF

I am also thinking about joining in one of the Christmas market days at King’s Lynn.

 

 


April 14, 2018
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Well I can say that this week has been so busy I am not sure how we managed it.

All our lambs are now born. three girls and two boys all doing well and our ladies are great mums.

Boy and girl

The ducklings are outside enjoying the sun and the interaction with the other fowl in the garden. And of course our Marlow is keeping a close eye on it all.With all this new life going on I am also getting ready for Amand Hislop to arrive on Friday for the weekend. what an exciting weekend it will be and I for one cannot wait. (there is still time to book. Just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/amanda-hislop) .

Also I am getting ready fro the Kirstie Allsopp Hand Made Fair in May at Ragley Hall. Three days of excitement with like minded people. Lucky John is coming with me.  I will be taking my Sharins, lampshades, bags and other sewn items along with the Powertex brooches and two new products if I can get them finished in time.

Individual Jewellery

I have finished my Time and Tide pieces for the Embroiderers Guild Exhibition in June and I have a piece for the Exhibition at Thornham too. These take place during the Open Studios from 26th May to the 10th June. but more about this at a later date.

The studio is a real mess at the moment with so much happening and on top of all this I have to get my accounts in for my accountant. Not a job I enjoy I have to say.

 

One change this week in the running of our programme is the Embroidery Mondays. Rather than booking up a 6 week block you can book in for the afternoon from 2 pm till 4.30 pm. This appears to be working better than the evenings and you can book in to work on what ever you wish to learn. It is basic beginners embroider and you can learn at your own pace. It is open for all ages.

Katherine’s first sampler

Take a look at the workshops coming up and see if you fancy any of them

 

Be Inspired

 

Anita


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