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September 27, 2020
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EAU BRINK NEWS

Covid-19 Update

Well we have still to contend with the Covid-19 problems but luckily as we are a educational studio we can stay open for the time being. Which is good news. Though we do have to adhere to a number of rules to stay safe.

The first is track and trace.

This is not really a issue as we do have a great booking system and can notify anyone if need be. However, we now have to use the new App so if you have not yet downloaded it onto your mobiles please do. Here is the link for you to use https://www.google.co.uk/aclk?sa=L&ai=DChcSEwiCldfm7YjsAhVS5u0KHcLTACIYABAAGgJkZw&ae=2&sig=AOD64_2BLM87m_0qqctzVuzaMp-SLZ7Qyg&authuser=1&q&adurl&ved=2ahUKEwis8M_m7YjsAhVOXRUIHevEAbcQ0Qx6BAgNEAE

Once downloaded onto your phone you can then walk into many businesses and just scan the QRcode which is the square one and it will then let you know if anyone on that given day has reported in as positive.

I have this system in the studio now but if you have not got the app I will have to ask you each day to complete a form which is kept for 21 days before being destroyed.

The next is PPE.

Of course I have the gloves and disposable aprons for you to use but I must ask you to bring along your masks or visors if you are booking onto any workshop until we are informed this is not required anymore. The masks are to be work just during demonstrations as you are near other students. Once sitting at your table you do not need to were them unless of course you want to.

Then Hand hygiene.

There is hand gel by the door for your use as you enter and leave the studio. Also by the sinks and of course in the toilet. Though I am of the view that good old fashioned hand washing is best to stop spreading infections. So you can wash your hands as often as you like. Paper towels are used at all times.

Great News on the puppy front.

On Friday 2nd October we will be collecting two puppies who were found on the side of a road where they had been dumped. Sadly the rest of the litter did not make it. Although we initially only wanted one dog I could not separate these two sisters.

We do not think they are a year old yet and we also think they will grow to be about the same size as our last dog Marlow.

They will be encouraged to love being with people and hopefully will settle very quickly into our lovely home. Not sure what the geese will think of them but I am sure they will get used to each other. Mr and Mrs Fox watch out and stay away.

Progression In Textiles

Unfortunately we have have to move our Granchester exhibition to next year. This means we have more time to prepare for the whole year in advance. So watch out for the announcements in social media.

Our first outing will be at Norwich for the Makers Festival if it goes ahead in February.

Our next meeting is on the 7th October.

Coming up

Our next workshop is this coming week with Amanda Hislop. We are fully booked with a waiting list. Two days of learning how Amanda creates seascapes using free motion embroidery.

Really looking forward to this one.

October brings us two workshops.

Warm Colours, Fallen Leaves: Autumnal Machine Embroidery Landscape with Noleen Salmon.

Suitable for all abilities including beginners. We only have 4 spaces available now for this two day workshop.

For more information just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/warm-colours-fallen-leaves-autumnal-machine-embroidery-landscape/2020-10-10/

Pen and Ink workshop

Pen and Ink workshop with Rachel Collier-Wilson. This is a first for Eau Brink Studio. I first met Rachel at a craft fair and her work is fabulous. This workshop is for all abilities and includes a basic kit.

You do not need to be able to draw for this workshop as you can use other ways to transfer you picture before using the pen and ink.

Limited space available now so if your thinking of booking just follow the link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/pen-and-ink-workshop/

Powertex

Powertex has returned to Eau Brink Studio as I have received many requests for it. If you want to have a go just give me a call on 01553 762115 or email me on [email protected] and we will organise a workshop for you. I am not putting on regular monthly events at the moment it is one to one or your small group.

Shop – EBS Retail

If you have  not already visited my shop in Long Sutton but are wondering what goodies I have then take a look at the online shop. I am updating it frequently. However, I cannot put all the fabrics on it as they are end of lines and once sold there is not more. The fabrics I buy in are all either cotton, linen or a mix of the two except for linings and some of the denim is stretch.

The shop address is The Long Sutton Emporium, 59 Wisbech Road, Long Sutton PE12 9AQ. It is in the big barn behind MacDonalds on the A17. So you can also look at the other shops in there as well as visit the Cafe if you fancy some cake or lunch.

Small holding

Our animals are doing well at the moment. We plan a handsome boyfriend to visit the girls and hopefully we will have lambs in the spring.

The chickens are recovering from the fox visits and are more settled now. We have 4 chicks under the lamp at the moment and plan to put more eggs in the incubator this week.

The dominant Drake is still being a pest with one of the girls so she is still locked away from him with her mate. We tried to let her out but he just ran straight at her and cornered her. Luckily the geese where having none of it and dragged him off. Sadly it looks like we cannot let her out while he is around.

The Heron has given up trying to eat all the fish because a cormorant has tried to move in. We are chasing him or her off daily at the moment.

Estra our parrot has been moved from the small lounge into our hallway and is much happier chatting to everyone who visits the house. Thats a lot a chatter as our Airbnb rooms are fully booked for a while.

Thank you all for your support.

Stay Safe

 

 

 


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.

 

 

 

 


May 13, 2019

This Week At Eau Brink I have been continuing to sort out old stock. Cleaning out cupboards. and, generally getting sorted.

School News

We are having a great time at school with Powertex wands and card making. And next week we plan to dye t-shirts and socks with procion dyes.

West Norfolk Embroiderers guild

The Embroiderers guild met at St Nicholas Chapel to discuss the exhibition we are putting on in July. The Rainbow Wall Exhibition is on Saturday 13th of July and Sunday the 14th. Not only will there be the exhibition but stalls and make and take too.

 

Workshops

I want to thank the customers who have been in for one to one workshops. we have had fun. these workshops included making Christmas baubles and mixed media books.

On Sunday we had a fabulous workshop with Pauline Wrighton teaching us how to be more creative with out sewing machines and what all the feet are for. Pauline introduced us to a new book for Bernina machines explaining all the feet and tricks to make us more successful when using them. My lovely sister has ordered me a copy.

Retail

The shop at The Barn is now called EBS Retail. We spent a couple of days and a long evening laying carpet and moving the shop around to make it more appealing to our customers. It is also much warmer now that the carpet is down.

Whats Next?

Wednesday 15th is Stitch and Create. This is the second day of the month where you can experiment using techniques first used on the first Wednesday of the month in Experimental Wednesday. The aim of the day is to take your work further than you had before. Exploring and working in ways that may take you out of your comfort zone.

Saturday 18th May if Makit Fair in Peterborough. Come along and see what fabulous goodies are on offer. Take a look at the Take and Make stalls and have a go. We will have Powertex Key holders for you to paint and take home. Thee is also an exhibition of Region 9 Quilters guild work.

Saturday 25th May and Sunday 26th May are Textiles in Action in Thornham Village Hall. An excellent exhibition with demonstrations from some of the participants.


January 28, 2019

Inspiration is all around us at Eau Brink Studio.

I feel we are very lucky to live in a almost rural area. Not too far from the major shops but far enough to see the land changing with the seasons and the wildlife that comes into our garden.

Not to mention the domestic animals that roam around throughout the day that make me smile. The chickens have a new boyfriend who is young and learning to crow. Some of the girls are in love but one or two are not that bothered by him. Though they are the girls he is chasing.

The chickens love rummaging around in our log pile for bugs. This leads me to looking closely at it for inspiration. As this picture shows.  It has colour, texture, light and ice. Who would have thought it just from a pile of logs.

The same day I looked at the lake which was frozen and found bubbles trapped in the ice along with feathers from the ducks. It made fabulous patterns amongst the opaque ice. to take a look follow the link to https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/2138675026198386/

The sun is shining as I write this and the lake is shimmering. It is cold but the sheep do not mind as they have their lovely woolly coats on. And we hope are nurturing the next generation too.

The school children this last week had a lesson in looking at features and drawing funny faces. We made a crowd to show how much we are different and how we see each other. Take a look following this link. https://www.facebook.com/anita.oneill.12/videos/10218328936553351/UzpfSTI2OTQ5NzY2MzM5MDMwMjo4MDk1NjAzMTYwNTA2OTg/

So whats happening at Eau Brink Studio?  Friday I am at the Silverwood Centre teaching creative sewing with your machine.

This day is designed to show you that your sewing machine can do more than sew in straight lines including using the programmed stitches for the more modern machines. So long as you can drop the feed dogs or cover them you can fee motion machine.

At the end of the day you will have a number of samples and a £d piece to take home.

In the studio I am hosting an Airbnb experience on Saturday for Powertex. I love hosting these as the customers get to play all day and create what they like. Using all the Powertex products they want. Send this link to your Airbnb customers and see if they fancy coming along for the day. https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/315009/book?scheduled_id=4259257

 

It is the end of the month now and we are fast approaching  a number of gatherings such as   The Kings Lynn Embroiderers Guild on Wednesday evening at Knight Hill. the Farmers Arms have a room at the end of the stables where we are meeting. A fabulous lady called Anna shore will be coming to talk to us and show us her lovely work. This will lead to a workshop on the 22nd of February.

Makers month commences on the 8th of February and the Kings Lynn Embroiderers Guild will be spending a little time in the Library so you can come along and see what we get up to.

Mondays the 4th of February is Embroidery Monday at Eau Brink Studio and we will be looking at hand embroidery so pop along and join in. Coffee and cake is included.

Wednesday the 6th is Experimental Wednesday and we will be exploring our own way. So it is a chance to pick up on a technique you really like and explore it to its full potential. Not sure what to focus on? then not worries we will also be looking at the new Maggie Grey workshops.

Most importantly do not forget it is Textiles East which aims to provide a dynamic, active platform for textile artists to exhibit and retailers to showcase their beautiful products for purchase. Friday  22nd & Saturday 23rd February 2019 Swavesey Village College, Cambridgeshire.

 

 

 

 

 


January 14, 2019
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A New Venue for Workshops have been organised for those of you reading this in the Long Sutton Area.

Silverwood, St James Rd, Long Sutton, Spalding PE12 9AU is a fabulous shopping experience with a room for workshops.

Each month I have organised to go into Silverwood and teach how to use your sewing machine for more than straight stitches. All you need is your sewing machine and a darning or embroidery foot. Threads and some fabrics. I will supply patterns and soluble film for the 3D effects.

Shibori Dyeing (tie Dye) using procion dyes is on trend this year. All dyes and some fabrics are included in the price.

Lampshade making using fabrics of your choice. The Shibori dyed lampshades work beautifully for this workshop.

Also returning is Powertex for beginners. This will include your materials to make brooches, bottles for candles, and boxes and plaques.

To book just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events/ and search for the workshop and date you are interested in. Whilst your rummaging around the events pages why not also look at the rest of the website to see what we get up to?

What else is new?

We now have a  YouTube channel. It is very new so please do go and take a look. Subscribe, and let me know what you think of the videos. Just go to youtube and look up anita O’Neill and you should be able to see it.

What am I working on?

PomPoms is the simple answer to that question. Hundreds of them. Which I am making cushions, pencil tops, rugs, bunting and much much more. I am amazed at how much I am enjoying it too.

I particularly love the variegated yarns. So pretty.

 

What else?

Experimental Wednesday is one of my favourite days where a lovely group has formed on the first Wednesday of every month. Now there is a second Wednesday where we will follow the same format we first started on so yo get to learn many techniques. Of course those of you in the first group are welcome to attend the second day if you want to go over anything we already covered. To book just follow the link. The first date is January 23rd and we will be working on Layers.  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/experimental-wednesday-2-2/

 

 

 

 


September 24, 2018
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This week at Eau Brink Studio as been a bit of a roller coaster of a week.

large working areaSorting out the studio has been a big priority as it is a mess after all the fairs so far.

This is what it should look like.

 

The children at school enjoyed making these wizards. The mess was unbelievable but they had fun.

I am thinking of spiders and cobwebs this week for them.

Pompoms and pipe cleaners for the spiders. Not sure about the cobwebs as yet. But I am sure it will come to me.

 

Teacher and Artist

Cas Holmes will be arriving on Friday evening ready for our exciting  two day workshop with her. That will include using found materials, mark making and stitch. It also means loads of cake.

Cas will be bringing copies of her latest book for you to look at and if you have not already done so there will be a copy or two for sale. Cas is happy to sign her books. So if you already have one please do bring it along with you.

 

I have had some major issues with emails not being received or going into the spam folders. Please check to see if you have missed any and tell your computer it is not spam. My computer guys are on it. I will keep you posted.

Whats coming up?

Please do check the website for workshops as I am now putting on next years. I am aware that there is an issue for those of you with codes to put in. I am sorry it is not working. The computer guys are also looking into that for me. It will be sorted once they work out what the problem is.

Tassels

Clare Hedges Passementerie workshop has spaces in October. to book just follow the link.

It is two days of learning how to make braids, tassels, and those lovely little acorn tassels too.

Passementerie is one of the crafts that is on the endangered list and is in need of some love to stop if from disappearing for ever.

Clare works with the heritage charities, the V&A and heritage homes in private hands to keep their collections looking like the original furnishings. She matches the colours and fibres to make the replacements.

 

Next years programme is now being added to the calendar so book early to ensure your place.

 

 


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