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July 25, 2021
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All You Need To Know About Our Week.

All you need to know about our week can be summed up in one word. And that work is Fabulous.

Unfortunately there is one cloud on the horizon but we cannot always have everything going our way. Or so I am told.

The week started with me dyeing fibres using Procion dyes. They could not have come out any better if I tried.

First I soaked the fibres in Soda Ash over night and then dripped the dyes onto the fibres and again left them over night to cure.

After a great deal of rinsing I popped them into the microwave to cook and set the dyes. Brilliant colours and muted where the fibres were brown before dyeing. And that’s all you need to know about how to dye using Procion dyes.

On Tuesday I spent the morning extracting honey from our hives. We did give the girls back the comb so they can use what was left for the stores they still had. We do not take all of it.

It tastes amazing and I am convinced that is because we planted a wild flower meadow in front of the hives.

A teaspoon a day is my medicine now before I even have a drink. Though it is tempting to have more.

 

Experimental Wednesday was all about the bling. We spend the day using foils with stamps, screens and stencils.

The results were fabulous and very different with each of the participants. Do you know you can use foils in this way? and not just on fabric but on paper and card too.

And of course the we did have honey cake to keep us going.

Thursday and Friday were spent in the shop. Cutting the new fabrics and moving a few items around. Also talking to Zena about her teaching card making at Eau Brink which she has agreed to do. So in September a new card making class will begin on Friday the 10th. The class will be from 10 am until 12 noon fortnightly unless you want it weekly.

The cost of the class is £15.00 and that include materials , tea and coffee.  Booking can be taken through calling Zena on 07802437575 or Anita on 01553 762115. or Email Anita on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk to book.  If we do not answer the phone leave us a message and we will get back to you to confirm your place.

And the Week has ended on a high note at Little Massingham where we were attending the church first art and craft fair to raise funds for the church.

We met so many lovely people who were all very friendly and chatty.

I am looking forward to the next one.

 

Another good thing that has happened this week is that BT are sorting our the fibre for the studio. They have made the changes they needed to make and now we are waiting for confirmation of the date they can put it in. Hurrah.

That of course will mean lots of video content live hopefully very soon.

The one down side of this week is that we may have to cancel the workshop with Jenny O’Leary. We do not at this time have enough to run it. This is very surprising as last time we were full and other wanted to join in. I would like to understand why the bookings are down on it. Is it the dates? timing? costs? or content?

Jenny has agreed that we can make it two one day workshops now. Day one is working onto paper and day two is working on fabric. The costs is £60.00 per day. Just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/batik-with-jenny-oleary/2021-08-07/ 

It would be a real shame if we cannot run it. The last time Jenny came we had a great time. She is a very generous tutor and full of knowledge. This workshop is excellent for beginners as well as more advanced students. You can book for one day or the two. If your not sure just ping me an email and I will answer as soon as I see it or give me a call on 01553 762115 If I do not answer leave a message and I will call you back.

Don’t forget that next week is Alex Waylett on Monday and Tuesday and it is Festival of Quilts week too. So exciting.

Take care everyone.

Anita

 


July 13, 2021
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The Next Steps

The next steps to get the fibre in the studio are not going as well as I would like. John has been onto Openreach and so far passed form one person to another without any results. This is not at all helpful when I want to get the videos out to you live as the quality will be far better and you can ask me questions as we stream. This is not the first battle we have had with them and we do tend to win in the end. I am told to be patient but it is very frustrating.

We are told the issue is that we have a fibre box in the house which means we cannot have one for the studio as Openreach only put one per address? I have questioned this where there are multiple homes or companies at one address. How do they all get connected? All I want is it extended to the studio. So far no answer to that one.

Oh well what have I been up to other than that?

Beside making items for the shop and bringing in more fabrics I have been making kits. I am aiming for people who want to learn to sew . This has come about from many people coming to the studio wanting to learn how to use their sewing machines to sew items for their homes and dressmaking. The first thing I usually get someone to make is a basic cushion, with a zip.  And this is the first kit. Of course I will still teach this at the studio if anyone wants help with it.

Fabrics and colours will vary from simple cottons to denim. Some will also have a bit of embroidery on the plan fabrics too.

Besides these and working on my own art for show I have been making up inspiration packs  with ideas on what to do with them.  Each pack has fabric, papers and threads with an ideas page in them. The are colour co-ordinated to help you with your ideas.

What workshops have we coming up?

Machine Appliqué with Ruth Holmes on the 22nd of July. A lovely day with Ruth getting us to  work with our machines to create postcard size Applique. For more information just follow the link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/machine-applique-post-cards-with-ruth-holmes/

You do not have to make postcards out of the days work but they are lovely to send to friends and family. Like a little handmade gift.

 

 

We still have 2 spaces on Alex Waylett on the 26th and 27th of July. This is a Monday and Tuesday. More information can be found on https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/3d-mixed-media-tryptch-machine-embroidery/

I am really looking forward to this workshop as I have been taking photographs of the meadow and some of the flowers will work very well for this workshop.

 

Then in August we have Jenny O’Leary coming for two days of Batik creating landscapes as follows. Using the exciting art of batik – hot wax resist – on paper and tissue paper and using traditional and non traditional tools to create interesting marks and textures. We will then cut and tear the papers we make  to create collages, landscape being our inspiration. These will then be used as  our  starting point on day two to create work on cotton fabric. Having never used hot wax on tissue paper before this will be a new discovery for me and I am quite excited about the workshop.

To book just follow this link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/batik-with-jenny-oleary/2021-08-07/

Of course we still have our social Wednesdays and our Experimental Wednesdays to look forward to as well. To join us for the social Wednesdays this link will take you to the booking page https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday/2021-08-11/

This month we are playing with foils and the heat press for Exerimental Wednesday. Materials are included for this one but of course you are welcome to bring along any you have .

As we move out of our restrictions I have decided to keep them for the time being. So I ask you to still use the QR code to register when you arrive and to use the gels for your hands. I will also keep the numbers at a maximum of 10 as I like the interactions we get without too many people in the room at one time. We will be utilising the outside space more too. We did have a gazebo up attached to the studio where the patio will be going but unfortunately as expected it has blown down in the wind. Still it was a great space when up.

I am looking forward to seeing you all in the studio soon

Anita

 


July 6, 2021
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The Thing is Still Not Working

And it is driving me mad. We have been onto the powers that control our internet and have been told that we cannot have fibre in the studio. But we have it in the house so why not? We are being passed up the chain of command to find an answer to this mind boggling question.

In the mean time it looks like we have two options. The first is to abandon all live streaming…… Not really an option when I have spent so much resources on trying to get the thing to work. The second is to stream from the house… This may be the solution short term but the others in the house are not at all happy as it will interrupt their sport watching. Still, I do not have a problem with that.

I ask you to bear with me for a day or two more whilst I try and sort this out and then I will be live streaming or recording the videos until we can get the powers to be to organise the fibre in the studio.

With the announcement yesterday from our government it means we can go back to being fully functioning if we wish. I have quite gotten used to restricting numbers and space so may continue to work in this way. We will see. Though I will ask you to continue to scan in the QR code on entry and use the gels please.

Workshops

I have some spaces on the following workshops if you fancy them? The first in line is with Ruth Holmes working on machine applique post card size pieces. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/machine-applique-post-cards-with-ruth-holmes/

The we have a couple of spaces on Alex Waylett  this month making a 3d triptych piece https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/3d-mixed-media-tryptch-machine-embroidery/

And in august we have Jenny O’Leary coming for two days of fun with wax resists. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/batik-with-jenny-oleary/2021-08-07/

There are many more things going on of course just go to the website and look at the events pages the calendar has it all on and is regularly updated with new workshops as they are confirmed.

I am in negotiation with a card making tutor at the moment who is keen to start a group to meet regularly at Eau Brink Studio.

Once we are sure of what the plan is I will advertise it and put our the information as a stand along news letter.

 

We are also looking for a regular wool craft workshop. But so far I have not found a tutor to do this though many think it a great idea if I advertise their shops to buy the yarn from. So with that in mind when we find a tutor if they do not have a shop I will ask who they recommend and see if we can negotiate a deal of some sort from the shop.

 

If you have any ideas about workshops for the future please do let me know and I will see what I can do about getting new tutors in.

Setting aside the new tutors and the thing for now what have we been up to?

Plenty of course.

Melanie Missin has been here teaching us how to use Vilene’s to create a book and embellishments.

We first printed off our pictures onto the vilene which had been dyed using tea.

We added colour to our pages by painting various bonding fibres so that we could add layers and burnt back edges to create lovely books about our favourite things.

This was a lovely two day workshop with of course lots of cake and scones.

Ruth Holmes came and got us all hand stitching applique with surprising results.

I did a thing that was totally outside of my normal and am quite pleased with the results.

Using soft pinks and a mixture of hand and machine stitch created a little picture of a flower. Not sure what type of flower it is but I quite like it.

 

Progression

A few of us from the group visited Brancaster to take a look at the hall and we now have planned our exhibition to be held on the 14th and 15th August. Please do come along and say hello. We will have home made cakes and hot drinks too.

But before that we will be at Little Massingham Church on the 24th July from 11.30 to 3.30.  This is a joint effort with others to help with the fund raising for the church. If your in the area do come along and see us.

After that we will be exhibiting at Open Studios at the end of summer this year.

July Challenge

This months challenge is called Sun Seekers.

How you interpret this is up to you. For me I think of the flowers in the garden that follow the sun during the day and open and close at sun up and sun down.  There are many. But you may think of other things such as holidays, sunbathing, reptiles and other cold blooded animals who like to warm up in the sun. Anything goes and I am looking forward to seeing what you can produce.

I am aiming to get the live streams up and running in the next few days one way or another so I will let you know how I get on and we will catch up with the pocket that didn’t play properly as well as sun seekers flowers using soluble film.

Take Care

 

 


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Hand Applique Flower Picture with Ruth Holmes

Come to lovely Eau Brink Studio and enjoy a day of making a beautiful, hand stitched appliqué picture, using found and recycled materials with Ruth Holmes.

You will be supplied with all the materials you need for the day and they are included in the price of the workshop. This will include fabrics and embroidery threads but do feel free to bring any favourites from home should you wish to use them.  You will be taught several 3D techniques, and get help learning the embroidery stitched you want to use as you build your picture during the day. All you need to bring is your sewing kit including needles, pins, small and large scissors for cutting material and your lunch.

Hot drinks and cake are on tap all day.

Accommodation

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.

To book just follow the link below

Covid-19 restrictions are in place and we have plenty of room for each of us to be at minimum of 1 metre apart. Numbers are restricted to 8 until the current guidelines are lifted.

Schedule Appointment


June 29, 2021
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TRYING TO DO A THING

You know when your trying to do a thing and it is becomes hard work? Well that is what is happening to me.

My thing I am trying to do is videos. First I was uploading them and spending hours and hours trying to get it right to find I am not succeeding. I gave up with editing and surprisingly the feedback was good. As you liked the warts and all approach.

Then it still took a while to get them to upload onto an editor and slice all the elements together. When it comes to technology I am not the most patient person. In my mind it should work because that is its job. So when it does not work I get very frustrated. And when it takes ages I get even more frustrated.

So my new thing is to live stream. Well so far that thing has not happened at all. Last week it would not work for no reason I could see but it did record so I set it to upload and found out today it did not work.

Todays live stream turned out to be a stop and start load of confused rubbish.  Oh the thing is not working I shout at my son. Who comes to my rescue to inform me that my internet in the studio is rubbish and needs to be upgraded.

Well I am not giving up. I will conquer it. John will get onto Bt and get my internet upgraded with a great deal. I do not speak to them as the long wait to talk to 5 different people drives me mad. But John is very good at getting through to them and getting me a great deal.

Hopefully they will switch it over quite quickly. In the mean time I will just go over what I tried to show you today.

Firstly thank you for looking in on my YouTube. It does show me when someone is watching and that did make me feel a little better about doing the thing.

I was demonstrating how to make a tied pocket. They are simple to make and you can make them any size or shape you wish. You can decorate them with hand or machine stitch and then sew them together either by hand or on the machine.

I will record it again and hope fully upload it properly by the weekend.

I decided to write off Junes challenge due to being so behind on the videos and go straight to July. July’s challenge is called Sun Worshipers. You can interpret that how ever you want. For me it makes me think of the flowers that follow the sun or close at the end of the day. Sunflowers of course and buttercups. I know of someone who would interpret this theme with a host of reptiles. And others would perhaps look to the beaches.

Any media can be used to make a piece of art. The art can be a picture, a 3d piece. On a cushion or card. However you decide it will look lovely.

What’s coming up ?

On the 1st July we still have a little space on Ruth’s workshop so if your interested just click on this link for more information. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/hand-applique-flower-picture-with-ruth-holmes/

Also at the weekend we have Melanie Missin getting us to make one of her fabulous books and we do have a couple of spaces available if you want to join us. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/my-little-book-of-favourite-things/

You do not have to work into your book using Mels designs but can use any of your own including any of your own stamps and stencils. Chose your subject and go for it.

If your thinking of joining us for Alex Waylett then do book as it is almost full now so don’t delay and book today as they say. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/3d-mixed-media-tryptch-machine-embroidery/

I will plod on with my thing and hope to see you all at some point so we can all do a thing together.

Take Care


May 23, 2021
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The Ups and Downs of May

May the season of new beginnings and lovely weather. Long days returning and we are all happy to be back out and about. Conjures up a lovely picture of happiness.

The reality for us all has been a little different. The weather playing a huge part in our getting out and about as well as the Covid situation. Also Anita has been a little bit poorly and had to have an unscheduled stay in hospital. Which is why everything is a little late. Only the scheduled emails and social media has been going out. But we are all back to normal at Eau Brink Studio now and hopefully the weather will improve. So it remains to be seen if we can now have more ups and than downs for the remainder of May.

For the smallholding side of things we are having a little reshuffle due to the fox situation so the chickens will all be kept in the top field and unfortunately shut in their own enclosure for a while.

The bees are doing well so far this year despite the weather and the ducks are just being themselves. Though we do need to get some more girls for the boys as the ladies are looking a little ragged at the moment.

This weather has meant that we have not been able to plant our dyers garden so far and it may be delayed whilst we try and source new plants. The seedlings have not gown as well as planned and of course we couldn’t get them in the ground. If the wind had not taken the cover off the polytunnel we could have put more in there. We have some we kept going and potted into larger pots so all is not lost.

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Talking of dyeing we do have space on Saturday for the rescheduled Procion Shibori Dye Day. If you fancy having a go we are also going to be working into some reverse Shibori dyeing using denim. Just to mix it up a bit. Here is the link to book https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/procion-dye-day-3/ 

All dyes and equipment are supplied as well as some fabrics.

 

We also have space on Ruth’s bead loom day on Thursday if you fancy something a little different. Ruth Holmes will be teaching us how to create lovely beaded bands using basic equipment . All equipment including the beads and needles are supplied. Ruth will also show us how to use a bead loom and there are looms available to buy if you want them. Here is the link for booking. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/beginners-loom-bead-weaving-with-ruth-holmes/

Besides Social Wednesday that is all we have time for this May and we are looking forward to June.

But before May goes away we do have the challenges to complete. The outstanding videos will be uploaded over the next few days. There will be instruction on how to make the pocket to keep your found treasure in. Also variations on decorating it. An there is a planned paper version for a keepsake book. Though this is still at the planning stage.

Please remember to send me your pictures so that I can upload them onto the website and everyone can see you lovely work.

 

Thank you all for your help and support over this past few weeks it has been amazing and Anita cannot thank you enough.

June is going to be a fabulous month. Alison Hulme is fully booked with a short waiting list and Progression in Textiles are exhibiting at the Forum In Norwich from the 1st to the 11th. This is a free exhibition so please do come and see our work.

 

 

 


May 6, 2021
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Confession Time for Eau Brink Studio

Oh dear I am sorry to say we have got a little behind during April. I have no idea where the month went to. One day I am putting out emails announcing the months programme and then it is the end of the month. Where on earth did the middle go?

So to put things right I am going to spend a fair bit of time in the studio over the next few days catching up with emails, bookings and the shop items.

I also need to spend a little time in the shop as the fabrics need to be cut and packaged ready to grab off the shelves if you want a metre or less. Not to mention unpack the latest arrivals of threads and needles.

On top of this I have to finish items for the shop such as bags , peg bags, pin cushions, cushions and kiddies clothes so you can see how the fabrics look made into lovely items and of course needle cases as well as scissor holders.

Luckily the 3d printers are going full time and we are managing to keep up with the stock and orders for dinosaurs as well as dragons and cookie cutters.

The videos will be uploaded for April and the first for May’s challenge in the next day or two.

So that’s the end of my confession time and moving onto this month.

What is Eau Brink’s May challenge? It is called Finders Keepers.

This challenge is all about finding something you want to keep or have already found and want to keep. It can be anything that you can fit into a pocket. Not just any pocket but one that you have made using a pattern from the V&A. Here is the link to help you http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/m/make-your-own-pocket/  

This link takes you to a 1838 guide on how to make a tied pocket to the size of the item your keeping. These pockets can be as basic or elaborate as you want to make them.

Traditionally made from linen and embroidered as your need. However silk and wool were also used depending on what you needed to carry in it.

The Victoria and Albert museum has a good collection of pockets to see on your next visit.

First spend a little time looking at your found item making a note of the shape, size, colour  and pattern. Think about what it is made of so you can decide what fabric to use for your pocket.

Of course you do not have to make your pocket from fabric it can be paper or card or even materials you have made yourself by melting packaging to form a new material.

What else is going on at Eau Brink Studio then?

We do have room on our Shibori workshop on Saturday 15th May if you would like to have a go at this brilliant workshop with Anita just click on this link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/procion-dye-day-3/

There is also room on the Beginners Loom Bead Weaving with Ruth Holmes. This workshop is on Thursday 27th May . 10 am till 4pm. To know more just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/beginners-loom-bead-weaving-with-ruth-holmes/

And of course we welcome anyone who wants to drop in on Wednesdays for a day of crafts on our social Wednesdays https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday-2/2021-05-12/

Or join us for Experimental Wednesday on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/stitch-and-create-2020-01-15-2021-02-10-2021-05-19/2021-05-19/

Take Care Everyone

Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


April 27, 2021
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Great Workshops mean Great Fun

What a fabulous weekend we have just had with Amanda Hislop.  A great workshop full of fun as well as stretching our skills.

The concertina sketchbooks were a bit daunting at first but once we got going we sped along the first side on the first day. It was fun sloshing paint, inks and glue over the pages to create a landscape.

Day two was a little bit more of a challenge as we had to work on side two and had to be mindful of side one. We also had to draw into the first side to add detail.

This workshop really makes you think about the landscape around us and makes you look at the detail of every tree, bush, blade of grass and the water.

It is fascinating to see things with this much detail.

Amanda will be back next year in April. Teaching us how to use our sketchbooks to create a piece of art. Anyone can join in all you need is a sketchbook completed with studies of landscapes. But if you want to join in be quick because although we do not have all the details yet we are half full already.

https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/landscape-observations-with-amanda-hislop/

Next months workshops include Nodeen Salmon on the 8th and 9th May. We do still have space if you have been thinking of booking. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/trees-with-nodeen-salmon-2021-05-09/2021-05-08/

A great two days of learning how to create fabulous trees with Nodeen guiding you to your finished piece. Lots of help and demonstrations with this one to ensure beginners can complete a great piece of art.

 

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May the 15th we are Shirbori style dyeing with Procion dyes. Anita will be demonstrating how to mix the dyes and use them on folded fabric to create lovely designs for future use. This is a modern twist on a traditional technique. Places are limited but if the weather permits we can also work outside to give us more space for larger pieces.

Dyes and some fabric provided along with refreshments.

 

on May the 27th we have beginners bead loom weaving with Ruth Holmes.  A lovely workshop full of glistening beads to create great designs for you to use in your work to to make bracelets. Basic kit provided with the option to purchase a loom of your own. Refreshments provided.

We still have space for you to join in.

Well besides Experimental Wednesday and Social Wednesdays that the plan for May. I hope to see you soon

Anita

 

 


April 19, 2021
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A Brilliant Re-Start At Eau Brink Studio

Wow what a time we have had. Just like to thank everyone who has visited and supported us opening again.

We started with Progression in Textiles. It was so lovely to meet everyone again in person and not on a screen. Cake and hot drinks were the order of the day with a little bit of business thrown in too.

Fabulous items stitched by our members ready for our exhibitions. So looking forward to them. The first being in June at the Forum in Norwich. Then excitingly the NEC also in June.

We then had a social Wednesday which was just lovely to sit, Sew and chat. The next one is Wednesday 28th April from 10 am. You do not have to sew you can do anything you want just bring your work along with you.

Making friends and learning new skills is what we are about so come and join in.

 

Thursday the children’s art club started again and we had a great time over hot chocolate and cake practicing our drawing skills using shading. Next week we will be planning what we are going to put into our concertina sketch books. All materials are supplied for this group.

The weekend we spent with Melanie Missin from Mellymade designs learning how to make a tree hanging using machine stitch and transfer paints. It was a great weekend full of fun and even those who have never used their sewing machines for embroidery produced great results. Mel will be returning to Eau Brink in the near future for another great two day workshop.

Of course I decided not to make a hanging with  mine but to put them in frames.

So what’s next then?

This Wednesday (21st) we have Experimental Wednesday where we are pressing fruit and veg using a heat press so we get fabulous designs on our fabrics. We do still have space in you fancy giving this a go.

Just click onto the link above for more information.

Then the weekend is going to be spent with Amanda Hislop working in Concertina sketchbooks but not necessarily with drawing. This workshop was full but unfortunately two ladies have had to isolate from today so will not be able to join us.  That means we have two spaces available now.

 

We have another social Wednesday on the 28th and that is it for this month. Our next big workshop is with Nodeen Salmon on may the 8th and 9th.

Nodeen will be showing us how to stitch trees with our sewing machines. You can be a complete beginner and Nodeen will help you achieve a great picture and learn a new skill. Two days learning and making new friends with refreshments thrown in.

To book just follow this link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/trees-with-nodeen-salmon/2021-05-08/

What Else?

The seeds set for the dyers garden are growing well but are still too tender to go in yet.

The wild bee meadow is starting to grow too. I have also planted a fig tree in the hope that the figs are lovely and we can get some sort of dye out of the leaves.

The puppies are of course naughty which is expected and growing well. They are a lot bigger than this now.

 

John has started the PAT Testing year off with the studio items and can fit anyone in if they want their items tested just bring them along. He is very reasonable. John is also happy travel to you if it is easier.

The shop in the Emporium at Long Sutton is open again and the fabric is a hit not to mention other items in there. Including Johns 3d printed animals and dinosaurs.

Take Care Everyone and thank you once again for your support.

Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 


April 2, 2021
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April Holds So Much Promise

We are able to visit others, shop and eat outside in other venues. The pubs are opening , The chickens are free to roam as well as us. And of course it is spring. All good.

At Eau Brink Studio we are planting many plants including the dyers garden, vegetable patch, fruit trees, wild flower meadow and flowers. Although I am very sad we no longer have our sheep I am very happy we can have our garden back. though the chickens are very interested in all we are doing. We are looking at increasing hives this year too hopefully to four. Lots of fabulous honey.

What’s this got to do with stitching and creating I hear you ask? April is the time we can open our doors again with limited numbers. If the weather permits we can all stroll around the grounds and take a look at everything growing.  And many of us will be thinking of the promise of dyes from everything. Any flower, leaf, fruit or vegetable will be viewed as potential dyers material as far as I am concerned. The dyers garden may take a year to fully mature but other items growing can produce great results too.

With this in mind we are experimenting with this on Experimental Wednesday on the third Wednesday of April. Using the heat press so we will have to take it in turns.

This picture is using Cherries. Sliced and placed under the heat press between two pieces of cotton fabric. No mordant. Also two pieces of parchment paper to protect the heat press. I have to say I love it. I will also try with different mordants and we will see what comes of it. I am excited to try the iron as that will bring black into it I hope.

The fabric was dry and unwashed. Egyptian cotton from Empress Mills. What can I make with it? Well it is asking to be quilted to me or beaded. Or maybe both. Will make nice cushions, book covers, needle cases or if your brave enough a larger quilt. Who knows.

This months challenge is called Reclaiming Memories. How you decide to do this is up to you but here are a few suggestions. Using a favourite piece of costume jewellery that is past its best revamp it into a brooch using Powertex, Use a piece of treasured old linen to make a new item, Use cards sent to you by others to make a collage picture, Repurpose a piece of clothing.

You can only use reclaimed items even threads if sewing and fabrics. Lace, buttons and other embellishments.  Of course where you reclaim it from is up to you so go to your family and friends, even neighbours to raid their saved items. And of course on the 12th of April the charity shops will be opening again.

Please do remember to send me your pictures of what you make and if you want to what memory has been your inspiration.

Stay safe everyone

Anita

 


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