November 11, 2020
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Sewing Machine Confidence

Sewing Machine Confidence will show you that your machine can do so much more? Many of us know who to use our sewing machines tend to use them for straight sewing.

Even the old mechanical machines can do far more than expected. On the 4th Saturday of each month Anita will show you a new skill on your sewing machine.

This is not a dressmaking course. But you will learn the skills to make items using a pattern once confident.

During Sewing machine Confidence You will build a book of samples and add your own notes with the help of Anita to ensure you are able to dip into the sampler book at any time and still be able to complete the task at hand. Samples will include all stitches your machine is able to do.  Each stitch can be shortened, elongated and widened. You can also use the stitches for free motion embroidery too.

In the morning Anita will demonstrate a new technique for you to practice and in the afternoon you can use this technique to make a small object.

Every Month will be a different technique so you can dip in and out when you fancy it.

Each workshop will have one or more learners at different stages of their development. This makes learning more interesting for everyone.

At the beginning of each workshop You will be asked to ensure your machine is clean and lint free. Also if you have changed the needle. Once this is completed the machine is ready for use. This stage of learning is a vital part of Sewing Machine Confidence.

All Sewing Machines have to be PAT tested. If your machine needs to be tested it can be booked in on your first workshop with the studio. For  more information on this contact Anita on [email protected]

Schedule Appointment


October 14, 2020
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Sewing Machine Confidence

Sewing Machine Confidence will show you that your machine can do so much more? Many of us know who to use our sewing machines tend to use them for straight sewing.

Even the old mechanical machines can do far more than expected. On the 4th Saturday of each month Anita will show you a new skill on your sewing machine.

This is not a dressmaking course. But you will learn the skills to make items using a pattern once confident.

During Sewing machine Confidence You will build a book of samples and add your own notes with the help of Anita to ensure you are able to dip into the sampler book at any time and still be able to complete the task at hand. Samples will include all stitches your machine is able to do.  Each stitch can be shortened, elongated and widened. You can also use the stitches for free motion embroidery too.

In the morning Anita will demonstrate a new technique for you to practice and in the afternoon you can use this technique to make a small object.

Every Month will be a different technique so you can dip in and out when you fancy it.

Each workshop will have one or more learners at different stages of their development. This makes learning more interesting for everyone.

At the beginning of each workshop You will be asked to ensure your machine is clean and lint free. Also if you have changed the needle. Once this is completed the machine is ready for use. This stage of learning is a vital part of Sewing Machine Confidence.

All Sewing Machines have to be PAT tested. If your machine needs to be tested it can be booked in on your first workshop with the studio. For  more information on this contact Anita on [email protected]

Schedule Appointment


September 9, 2020
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Sewing Machine Confidence

Sewing Machine Confidence will show you that your machine can do so much more? Many of us know who to use our sewing machines tend to use them for straight sewing.

Even the old mechanical machines can do far more than expected. On the 4th Saturday of each month Anita will show you a new skill on your sewing machine.

This is not a dressmaking course. But you will learn the skills to make items using a pattern once confident.

During Sewing machine Confidence You will build a book of samples and add your own notes with the help of Anita to ensure you are able to dip into the sampler book at any time and still be able to complete the task at hand. Samples will include all stitches your machine is able to do.  Each stitch can be shortened, elongated and widened. You can also use the stitches for free motion embroidery too.

In the morning Anita will demonstrate a new technique for you to practice and in the afternoon you can use this technique to make a small object.

Every Month will be a different technique so you can dip in and out when you fancy it.

Each workshop will have one or more learners at different stages of their development. This makes learning more interesting for everyone.

At the beginning of each workshop You will be asked to ensure your machine is clean and lint free. Also if you have changed the needle. Once this is completed the machine is ready for use. This stage of learning is a vital part of Sewing Machine Confidence.

All Sewing Machines have to be PAT tested. If your machine needs to be tested it can be booked in on your first workshop with the studio. For  more information on this contact Anita on [email protected]

Schedule Appointment


September 6, 2020
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. Batik with Jenny O’Leary at Eau Brink Studio.

Two days of learning how to use hot wax with inks and bleach to create fabulous designs on tissue and fabric.

Day 1 we will concentrate on working with tissue paper. The following day is fabric.

Saturday – Trees – batik on tissue

Using the technique of batik (hot wax resist) to create pieces of work inspired by trees this could be the structure, leaves, shape, seasons or topiary. We will work with wax, bleach and inks and traditional and non traditional tools on tissue paper  to create fabulous textures and effects. An exciting workshop allowing for exploration and discovery. No experience necessary.

Sunday – Seedpods & natural forms – batik on fabric

The beautiful shapes of seedpods and natural forms will be used as inspiration to create batiks on cotton.  Working with hot wax as a  resist we will use paint on dyes  to create imaginative interpretations of the theme.

All work from both workshops is suitable for further development with stitch

The Batik with Jenny O’Leary workshop commences at 10 am and we finish at 4 pm.

Refreshments are included. However you need to remember your lunch.

 

Requirements list for both days.

Apron

Hairdryer

Disposable gloves

Pritt type glue stick

Scissors

Images for inspiration of trees and seedpods.

White or light papers, ie handmade paper, book pages, watercolour paper, lining paper these will be used as a backing for the tissue paper. A3 max.

White or cream cotton fabric, which can be vintage or pre used, or textured. Also muslin and calico Two pieces approx A3 in size should be sufficient but a few small pieces to experiment with is good

Optional – a stretched canvas up to A3 for day 1

Schedule Appointment


September 5, 2020
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. Batik with Jenny O’Leary at Eau Brink Studio.

Two days of learning how to use hot wax with inks and bleach to create fabulous designs on tissue and fabric.

Day 1 we will concentrate on working with tissue paper. The following day is fabric.

Saturday – Trees – batik on tissue

Using the technique of batik (hot wax resist) to create pieces of work inspired by trees this could be the structure, leaves, shape, seasons or topiary. We will work with wax, bleach and inks and traditional and non traditional tools on tissue paper  to create fabulous textures and effects. An exciting workshop allowing for exploration and discovery. No experience necessary.

Sunday – Seedpods & natural forms – batik on fabric

The beautiful shapes of seedpods and natural forms will be used as inspiration to create batiks on cotton.  Working with hot wax as a  resist we will use paint on dyes  to create imaginative interpretations of the theme.

All work from both workshops is suitable for further development with stitch

The Batik with Jenny O’Leary workshop commences at 10 am and we finish at 4 pm.

Refreshments are included. However you need to remember your lunch.

 

Requirements list for both days.

Apron

Hairdryer

Disposable gloves

Pritt type glue stick

Scissors

Images for inspiration of trees and seedpods.

White or light papers, ie handmade paper, book pages, watercolour paper, lining paper these will be used as a backing for the tissue paper. A3 max.

White or cream cotton fabric, which can be vintage or pre used, or textured. Also muslin and calico Two pieces approx A3 in size should be sufficient but a few small pieces to experiment with is good

Optional – a stretched canvas up to A3 for day 1

Schedule Appointment


August 29, 2020
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Eau Brink Studio Today

Eau Brink Studio today is a very different story from when we started our little enterprise.

Art Studio Kings LynnAt the beginning we were open for classes taught by other tutors with a varied workshop list.  I had plenty of time to spend making items and practising my own art and skills.

The studio was relatively tidy most of the time and the fabrics were all kept in lovely neat spaces.

As we progressed and time marched on I found that I was teaching more and more and we were attracting tutors from further afield.  This meant less time for me to work on my own practice and the studio was more often in a mess.

Today we are established as a studio for textile art and crafts. Many other tutors return yearly to teach from afar and new tutors are being introduced regularly too.

I have managed to claw back time to spend in the studio on my own work by creating a new group which I can be me and work on improving my own skills. It is a lovely group which we are keeping small so that we can all help and encourage each other to move our work on.

The studio still has days where it is a mess but mostly now it remains relatively tidy. Though at the time of writing this there is fabric everywhere.

So whats new?

Kits are new. Lots of them too. Many are aimed at beginners to textiles from making cushions to panels for a quilt. Some are still in the development stage and others are ready to packaging.

These kits will be added to the website shop and well as being sold in the physical shop at Long Sutton.

Next Years Programme

Next years programme is almost completed and is very exciting. In the next few days the calendar will be updated and the new workshops will be added.

Included are our regular tutors and some new ones such as Alex Waylett as well as Jenny O’leary.  All being well we will be able to have a big workshop each month along side our normal workshops.

Talking of normal workshops we are going to be expanding those too with a little help of one or two local tutors.

Exhibitions

Next years exhibitions are also in place now and we are looking forward to attending the Makers festival in Norwich in February, The NEC in March, Open Studios, Brancaster in August and Granchester. With a little bit of luck these will all go ahead.

Terms and Conditions

Our terms and conditions have been updated and now are added to the intake forms when booking. Once you have read them and ticked the agreed box your booking can continue. These include the Covid-19 and consent to photography too.

 


August 12, 2020
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Sewing Machine Confidence

Sewing Machine Confidence will show you that your machine can do so much more? Many of us know who to use our sewing machines tend to use them for straight sewing.

Even the old mechanical machines can do far more than expected. On the 4th Saturday of each month Anita will show you a new skill on your sewing machine.

This is not a dressmaking course. But you will learn the skills to make items using a pattern once confident.

During Sewing machine Confidence You will build a book of samples and add your own notes with the help of Anita to ensure you are able to dip into the sampler book at any time and still be able to complete the task at hand. Samples will include all stitches your machine is able to do.  Each stitch can be shortened, elongated and widened. You can also use the stitches for free motion embroidery too.

In the morning Anita will demonstrate a new technique for you to practice and in the afternoon you can use this technique to make a small object.

Every Month will be a different technique so you can dip in and out when you fancy it.

Each workshop will have one or more learners at different stages of their development. This makes learning more interesting for everyone.

At the beginning of each workshop You will be asked to ensure your machine is clean and lint free. Also if you have changed the needle. Once this is completed the machine is ready for use. This stage of learning is a vital part of Sewing Machine Confidence.

All Sewing Machines have to be PAT tested. If your machine needs to be tested it can be booked in on your first workshop with the studio. For  more information on this contact Anita on [email protected]

Schedule Appointment


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Sewing Machine Confidence

Sewing Machine Confidence will show you that your machine can do so much more? Many of us know who to use our sewing machines tend to use them for straight sewing.

Even the old mechanical machines can do far more than expected. On the 4th Saturday of each month Anita will show you a new skill on your sewing machine.

This is not a dressmaking course. But you will learn the skills to make items using a pattern once confident.

During Sewing machine Confidence You will build a book of samples and add your own notes with the help of Anita to ensure you are able to dip into the sampler book at any time and still be able to complete the task at hand. Samples will include all stitches your machine is able to do.  Each stitch can be shortened, elongated and widened. You can also use the stitches for free motion embroidery too.

In the morning Anita will demonstrate a new technique for you to practice and in the afternoon you can use this technique to make a small object.

Every Month will be a different technique so you can dip in and out when you fancy it.

Each workshop will have one or more learners at different stages of their development. This makes learning more interesting for everyone.

At the beginning of each workshop You will be asked to ensure your machine is clean and lint free. Also if you have changed the needle. Once this is completed the machine is ready for use. This stage of learning is a vital part of Sewing Machine Confidence.

All Sewing Machines have to be PAT tested. If your machine needs to be tested it can be booked in on your first workshop with the studio. For  more information on this contact Anita on [email protected]

Schedule Appointment


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Understanding My World can be a little tricky even for me.

I shall try and explain what I mean.

I like to plan things in advance and do have an excellent diary planner to help me with this. However, outside influences tend to get in the way of a perfect plan. That means re-evaluating each day, week or month. Normally not a real problem but with the Covid-19 situation it is a real challenge.

Gaining an understanding of my world in real terms is simple as I write it but in reality it is quite complicated at the moment.

Eau Brink Studio

Firstly I need to try and keep visitors to the studio safe. So hand gels, good soap, single use paper towels, aprons and gloves are all available. And have always been but now with larger quantities. Having to remind customers to use them gets very tedious but has to be done according to my insurance company.

The next thing is to reduce the numbers attending workshops. This raises difficulties with fully booked workshops as when I email the attendees I do not want to disappoint anyone and a decision has to be made. Do we cancel? Do we split it into two workshops? or do we offer full refund to anyone coming from another area which may or may not increase the risk of spreading the virus. This is one of the tricky problems that needs to be solved.

The most amazing thing about my world is the support I have from family, friends and support groups. Most people I meet want me to succeed in my work.  The studio is a happy creative space that has a positive vibe. Everyone who visits no matter in what capacity is friendly and wants to support others in the room.

Most of the feedback from others about my own art is pretty positive. Even if they do not understand it.

 

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My little shop is doing well now that the Emporium is open again. New stock is arriving daily so it will soon be full. The challenge of getting the stock in at the moment is suppliers working short staffed. Couriers working long hours trying to get our packages out to us and of course how it can be delivered safely. This means we have to be patient for delivery can be a little slower than we want.

Small Holding

Great Lake
Lovely Red Hot Pokers

My world has been very up and down with the small holding. Our visiting fox has returned and is taking our girls again. Even one of our cockerels had a close call. I think it is a case of watching and waiting to catch it. On a much happier note we have hatched two ducks and have chicken eggs in the incubator so fingers crossed.

The outside space will be used for workshops more and more now. We will be erecting covered areas to work in as year progresses. Some temporary and maybe one or two more permanent.

On the whole my world is looking fabulous and no matter what is happening in the wider world I will keep on sewing and creating.

 

 

 


June 27, 2020
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Sewing Machine Confidence

Sewing Machine Confidence will show you that your machine can do so much more? Many of us know who to use our sewing machines tend to use them for straight sewing.

Even the old mechanical machines can do far more than expected. On the 4th Saturday of each month Anita will show you a new skill on your sewing machine.

This is not a dressmaking course. But you will learn the skills to make items using a pattern once confident.

During Sewing machine Confidence You will build a book of samples and add your own notes with the help of Anita to ensure you are able to dip into the sampler book at any time and still be able to complete the task at hand. Samples will include all stitches your machine is able to do.  Each stitch can be shortened, elongated and widened. You can also use the stitches for free motion embroidery too.

In the morning Anita will demonstrate a new technique for you to practice and in the afternoon you can use this technique to make a small object.

Every Month will be a different technique so you can dip in and out when you fancy it.

Each workshop will have one or more learners at different stages of their development. This makes learning more interesting for everyone.

At the beginning of each workshop You will be asked to ensure your machine is clean and lint free. Also if you have changed the needle. Once this is completed the machine is ready for use. This stage of learning is a vital part of Sewing Machine Confidence.

All Sewing Machines have to be PAT tested. If your machine needs to be tested it can be booked in on your first workshop with the studio. For  more information on this contact Anita on [email protected]

Schedule Appointment