Learn how to prepare your fabrics and then mix your procion dyes.
This is a day where you will be getting to grips with folding techniques to create pattern using Shibori techniques.
The day starts at 10 am with introductions and a quick health and safety discussion. Anita will demonstrate how to mix the dyes and prepare the fabrics. Then she will follow this with demonstration on folding your fabrics and adding the dyes to create the patterns.
After lunch we will be unwrapping the fabrics to reveal the great designs and colours you have created.
Materials and refreshments included but not lunch.
Off street parking.
The nearest Hotel for bed and breakfast is the Premier Inn Kings Lynn hotel, 12 Clenchwarton Rd, King’s Lynn PE34 3LW. This hotel is under 5 minutes away from the studio by car. Anyone who is booked into the hotel but has no transport we can collect and return you to the hotel at no extra charge.
Covid Postponement and Refunds
Here at Eau Brink Studio we want to ensure everyone who is booked onto one of our workshops is kept safe and we will follow the governments advice on educational workshops.
If government advice means face-to-face workshops cannot continue due to coronavirus (COVID-19), classes will be rescheduled to another date where possible.
Where this is the case, and you cannot attend the new workshop on the new date refunds will be provided.
If you have used paypal or card payments the companies take their fees out of refunds. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about this as they take their cut before they pay anything out.
Eau Brink Times can report that Eau Brink Studio is now fully open again. We really kicked off this weekend with a two day workshop with Alison Hulme.
An amazing two days of printing using Acrylic paints, Fabric medium and Brusho.
Everyone worked hard in the heat to create fabulous fabrics for later use. Luckily the ice creams arrived just on the second day just as we all needed a little pick me up.
Of this fantastic workshop at Eau Brink started with Alison discussing her technique for transferring colour and pattern onto fabric. This followed with a demonstration and advice on how to use the paints.
Throughout the day Alison kept us informed going with a number of instructions, and demonstrations along with a few anecdotes about her life and friends which had us laughing.
By the end of the first day we were all tired but very happy with our results.
Started with a bit of drama as the gazebo blew away in the wind but we still managed to get so much done with moving the outside tables into the shade as best we could.
Some of us made fabulous pinnies with the help of Alison of course but others preferred to buy a pinny and just print mountains of fabric for future use.
Many times throughout the the two days Alison made us laugh and it was a welcome change from all the sadness that we have all had to contend with recently.
To see more of our pictures pop over to our facebook page and see what we truly got up to.
It is lovely to see the studio full of life again after so long of it being quiet and unused.
Small Holding News
Of course Eau Brink Times also covers the small holding news as I know many of want to keep up with whats happening to the wild life.
As many of you know we had to separate one of our female ducks from the others as she was in a terrible state due to an over amorous male. Not her mate either.
I can now report she is fully recovered with the exception of a few of her wing feathers which are growing back. She is very happy with her true mate in their new enclosure where she cannot be got at. Much to the other males disgust.
We have not had a visit from the fox for a week or two now so with a bit of luck it has given up or moved on.
The chickens are doing well and we have one who will not go into any of the houses for the night she roosts in the trees near the BBQ.
The sheep do not like this weather at all it is far too hot for them. So they spend a great deal of time under the trees keeping cool and running into the rain when it comes.
Mind you it does not stop them eating. The fruit trees are getting a bashing as they want the fruits to drop.
The bees are not doing so well with this constant weather change.
But they do have enough honey for themselves and we will of course let them keep it. However, I have explained to them it would be nice if they could just produce a little more to share with the humans.
We are happy to announce that we can go ahead with our exhibition in Grantchester Cambs CB3 9NQ on the 24th and 25th of October. From 10 am untill 4 pm each day. Entry is free and we will have refreshments available. The group has worked hard to produce work for this exhibition and are looking forward to seeing you.
It is easy to sit around and worry about what is going to happen. Watching the the news does not help at all as I find it all very depressing. I would prefer it if they told us about the good things. Such as how many people have recovered from this dreadful illness.
Now I find I do not watch the news anymore. Nor do I respond to anything negative on my social media feeds. Eau Brink Studio is looking to the future. And that means a huge clear out of items not used or not likely to be used.
Fabric stash first.
Looking at it all has made me realise I do not use most of it. So the outcome is to use it up over the next few weeks and I will post on Social media what I make with it all. What on earth can it all be used for? We will see what transpires. At the moment I am using some of it to make fabric bowls. Sitting in my garden outside the studio. This is helping me stay focused and keeping the studio going.
My favourite fabrics are 100% cotton and hemp. Old hemp is far better in my opinion but can be equally expensive.
It is returning but not to the same degree unfortunately. What a great way to restart another of our industries by producing affordable hemp fabric in the UK.
I like plan fabrics that I can print on or dye. That way I am in full control of my work and not working around others colours and patterns. And one of my favourite workshops is with Alison Hulme who visits once a year to help me and others to do just that. Print all we can for two days. So far we have kept Alison’s workshop open as we are hoping the restrictions are lifted by the end of July.
Keeping Going means with a bit of luck we may be able to open by the end of June and we can then plan to bring back the delayed workshops. It will be a welcome change to meet friends again. Eat cake and discuss textiles, art and crafts. Something to look forward to.
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.
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.
Its has been very busy making, demonstrating and chatting to people of all ages.
Some people were well known to Eau Brink Studio whilst others are new to us. Thank you everybody for stopping and chatting to me. Also a big thank you to Christine and Sandra for helping me out over the weekend at the Embroiderers Guild exhibition. You are shining stars.
The sheep will now be happy as they can roam about all day.
Welcome to our new subscribers. Each Sunday I sit and write this blog to show you all what I have been up to and what is coming up over the month. As well as what is new.
On Wednesday the Experimental group met as usual being the first Wednesday of the month. We worked our way through some of Maggie Grey’s workshop with fantastic results. You can see them on the Eau Brink Facebook Page.
This piece is layers painted onto Vilene using inks, Acrylics and Gesso.
Everybody used different stencils with fantastic effect.
We also dyed Silk Rods and stitched into them to create more texture. In some cases we stitched over Cords which we made first using our sewing machines.
Then we cut up the main piece and started to assemble them in different ways.
Mixed media is one of the most interesting ways of creating art, and exciting items for the home or office. Especially if you experiment with different media. No only do I love this way of working I never plan it. For me just gathering a few materials together and then sitting down and seeing what happens is exciting.
At the moment my favorite media are Xpandaprint and Scolabrush crystals. Mixing these two creates endless pieces of textured art. Just like this one.
The background it Scolabrush and the shell is Xpandaprint with Acrylic paint to make it look like a fossil.
Once the painting is completed I added Acrylic wax to set it and then stitched it all over to make the fossils stand out further.
So what else has been happening at Eau Brink.
The most annoying thing is the Post Office has decided to change our address from Eau Brink Studio, Eau Brink Cottage Eau Brink, Tilney All Saints, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. PE34 4SQ to Eau Brink Studio, Eau Brink Cottage, Pullover Road, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. PE34 4SG. I have no idea why but they are going to find out how much of a problem this is now causing me as I have to change all the literature, and I have to inform all my suppliers as well as you my customers. Apparently they have already made the change before informing me.
On Saturday I will be at the Rainbow festival at Fakenham Racecourse. Come on over for a fantastic day out with live music and lots of fun.
For the rest of the month we have the lovely Alison Hulme coming for two days and just after on the Saturday I will be teaching a workshop for beginners Natural Dyeing. For further information on the dyeing day just click on the link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/natural-dye-day/
Just a last note on the regular workshops.
Monday evenings are Embroidery. Suitable for beginners who want to learn a new skill or for anyone wanting to rekindle old skills. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/embroidery-monday-2/2018-06-18/
Wednesdays are Experimental days where you can try something new or use up a kit with a little help from me. Or just come and play as I really do not mind the mess. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/experimental-wednesday/2018-06-13/
And before I forget:
During the summer school holidays the Saturdays have been allocated to the younger generations. Where they can come and learn new skills with sewing and mixed media. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/young-textilers-5/2018-07-27/
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.
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.
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.
I have lost my diary and that has make me out of sorts. Not to mention stressed too.
So what has this all meant then? I have been rather ill which has not helped the situation but I have managed to meet my obligations except for one meeting and my personal goals of exercise.
Monday evening we continued with Embroidery Monday and Katherine finished her Blackwork piece which is stunning.
Tuesday and Wednesday was all about getting ready for Open Studios which started this weekend. For Eau Brink that meant two days in Thornham for Textiles in Action. I want to say thank you to everybody who stopped by and said hello. Also to everybody involved in the event which made it a great success.
Thursday as usual was all about Powertex and for me brooch making. And then off to the school for After School Art club. Where we made Whirly toys from CD’s.
So Whats Next?
Open Studios until the 10th June.
Monday its a day of getting to know the studio and having a go. Pop along and for a small fee you can have a go at Printing, Powertex, mixed media, procion dyeing, hand or machine stitch.
The kettle will be on and there will be scrummy cake too. Say hello to the sheep, ducks, chickens, and pond life. But most of all to Marlow our dog.
During Open Studios we are still running our workshops and in case you need a reminder we have Embroidery Mondays from 7pm till 9.30 pm.
Experimental Wednesdays where you can come and have a go at something you have always fancied. Or if your stuck bring your work along and we will see if we can sort it out together. from 10 am till 4 pm.
Powertex Thursdays are from 10 am till 4 pm you can make brooches, jars, books and other items.
To book just go to www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk and then go to workshops and click on the dates to see whats happening. When you find something you like click on the Schedule appointment button to book.
Don’t forget that the Embroiderers Guild will be holding their Time and Tide Exhibition on the 9th and 10th of June.
Why is it so busy you may ask? Well first I am getting ready for Textiles in Action on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of May.
The Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios runs from the 26th May to the 10th June and you can get your booklets from may places but if you want one and cannot find anywhere near you just drop me a line and I will send it out to you.
During this time we have the King’s Lynn Embroiderers guild Time and Tide Exhibition on the 9th and 10th of June at south Wootton Village hall PE30 3LJ. Just opposite the church.
Whats happening with Eau Brink studio then?
Well at long last due to the nice weather I now have my shed up so can clear out all the items we do not use all of the time and make the studio less cluttered. Thank you boys for getting that done.
I am still running our regular workshops during Open Studios. Which are Embroidery Monday from 19.00 till 21.30. Experimental Wednesday from 10 till 4 and Powertex Thursday from 10 till 2. I am also running a taster day on Monday 28th May where you can drop in to have a go at something for just £5.00 per hour. Great if you always wanted to have a go at something but did not want to buy all the equipment in case you did not like it. I will be offering Screen printing, dyeing with Procion or natural dyes, Paper layers, Xpandaprint, and many more mixed media techniques. You can even come and have a go at free motion machine embroidery using my lovely old Bernina. And lastly you can also try your hand at Powertex and make a brooch.
During the Open Studios of course there will still be plenty of cake. So if you just fancy popping by to say hello and enjoy a brew you will be very welcome.
Is there a downside to this week?
Yes there is. I have lost my diary. It is A4 and has my whole year planned into it. It is a Ultimate Diary Planner and I cannot for the life of me find it. I have retraced my movements to the beginning of last week when I know I had it last but it still is missing. I have asked everyone I can think of to look in their bags in case they picked it up by accident and emailed or called everywhere I have been to see if I have left it behind. It is incredible how lost I feel without it.
Still I am sure it will turn up and I hope that I do not miss attending anywhere or forget who is visiting the studio over the next week.
Spring is upon us now and here at Eau Brink Studio we hope you enjoy reading our Spring News.
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.
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.
The children at the art club had a go at Powertex Stone art eggs. Fabulous mess but such 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.
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,
Excitingly I have been accepted for my first big fair. One of the Kirstie Allsopp Hand Made Fairs. Scary or what?
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.
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.
Starting on Monday where we are working on Hardanger Embroidery as part of Embroidery Monday.
Hardanger is a traditional embroidery from Europe. Traditionally worked with white threads on white even weave fabric. Stitched in blocks so that threads can be withdrawn giving it distinctive holes.
using colours in the pattern helps to see the stitches.
Tuesday was in the school for art club. and what a great way to end the term using Powertex and stone art to make eggs.
My colour workshop came next.
A great day of colour and experimentation.
Firstly everybody had to work out their colours and then could only use those colours to create their art.
one lady has been on this workshop before and wanted to take the colours she had further. Orange and gold.
This meant looking at adding black, white and grey to create Tints, Hues, tones and shades.
Another customer wanted to know about dyeing fabric with Procion dyes. Her colours sorted and she was unstoppable. The one thing she found amazing was that as the colours moved during the process secondary colours emerged.
And I have to mention a lady who told me that she had no idea how to do this as she is not artistic.
well we will see about that was my reply.
And moving on to using a Gelli Plate to print along with a block
Then it’s all exciting to get ready for the Rainbow Festival at Swaffham on Saturday.
A new idea was to Make and Take. Screen print a hare onto fabric and a card using Thermofax screens and acrylic paint.
I hope you enjoyed seeing what we have been up to and it inspires you to have a go at something new.