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.


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]


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.


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”.


Schedule Appointment

March 27, 2020

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.

Schedule Appointment

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.



September 13, 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.



August 20, 2018

A Busy Week at Eau Brink Studio teaching, making and organising new mugs and coasters.

On Monday a lady and her daughter came to learn how to embroider onto calico. The aim was to make little bags to put herbs in to raise money for a local carehome.

Tuesday was all about the stitching. Machining items to sell such as the scissor holders. Aslo learning how to make small items of interest for craft stalls.

Wednesday children arrived to make a memory book, using many art techniques. At the end we printed out the pictures of them working to pasted them into the books. It was a great day of fun and mess.

At the end of the day the books looked fantastic.


Powertex Thursday. We had a lovely group in this week including a father and daughter who spent the day making brooches, dog tags, this lovely heart, and may other items. The interaction  in the group was great with everyone sharing ideas and helping each other to create fabulous items using Powertex. Our next Powertex workshop is on Thursday 23rd of August from 10am till 4pm.


Friday saw young textilers coming in to learn how to fill up their sketchbooks with colour techniques. They went on to make felt and use the sewing machines to make cords and use solvable film with free motion embroidery. To see what they go up to follow this link. https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/255423328628941/

And Saturday we enjoyed a day of Eco dyeing. Where we used a mixture of flowers and foliage from the garden as well as dried natural dye stuffs. The results were amazing and to see what we got up to just follow the link. https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/280654236087539/

Steaming flowers in fabric to be unwrapped the next day.

Sometimes the studio was very fragrant with fruit and flowers and I have to report there was one dye pot that smelt like rotten spouts.

If you fancy joining in on any of our workshops just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events/

Whats coming up?

Every Thursday is Powertex Thursday and you are welcome to join us at any time.

Wednesdays are Experimental days and on the first Wednesday of every month we have a lovely group of ladies who have got together to form the Experimentals group. This group is almost at capacity now so if you fancy joining them come along and meet the ladies to see what we get up to.

We are fast approaching September and that means Abigail Mill, Cas Holmes workshops. Along with the regular workshops of Embroidery Monday, Experimental Wednesday, and Powertex Thursday,

I will also be at Downham Market selling items at a craft fair on the 2nd of September and at The Hand Made Fair at Hampton Court for three days from the 14th of September.

Come along to say hello at any time as the kettle is always on and I always have home made cakes for you to enjoy.

See you soon.




June 20, 2018

Alison Hulme 2 Day Workshop 2oth and 21st June 2018. 10 till 4 daily.
Day 1 – Learn how to print onto fabric using screen printing, Thermafax screens, Printing Blocks and a variety of stamping implements under the expert tuition of Alison.

demonstrating a process
This is how to do it girls

Day 2 – Make either a bag or one of Alison’s fabulous pinnies with step by step instruction from Alison.
£120.00 + materials. Suitable for all levels.
Sewing Machine required on day 2 but some are available if booked in advance. Call Anita 01553 762115 for more details.

Schedule Appointment

We will be at Ragley Hall, Warickshire for the Kirstie Allsopp Fair. for the three days and look forward to meeting friends old and new.

The Handmade Fair is the ultimate creative day out.

Take part in hands-on workshops, learn from the experts, eat from delicious street food vendors, and buy tools, materials, and beautiful products from the handpicked sellers.

Tickets for Ragley Hall 2018 are now on sale!