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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.

 

fantastic patterns

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 25, 2021
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‘Line: colour: texture in landscape…exploring concertina books

Once again Amanda Hislop will be joining us at Eau brink Studio for two days of exploring and making. This time we will be making concertina books from very small scraps of papers and fabrics.

Developing personal character and style; take an intuitive approach to developing ideas in response to aspects of landscape, through exploration in a concertina style sketchbook. Observe closely, looking for line texture and colour, to find the essence and characteristics in your personal choice of landscape generating abstract ideas for development in personal projects.

Use a combination of line, printed and found papers and collage to respond to observations within landscape, be free and explore those empty sketchbook pages…colour, cut tear and fold.

Refreshments and some materials provided. Bring your lunch and lots of enthusiasm .

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.

This workshop books quickly so don’t delay.

Schedule Appointment

Eau Brink Studio:

It is set in a lovely rural situation just off the A47 and you can join Anita there where she will teach you to make all kinds of textile art in safe regulated conditions that include:

Restricted numbers to ensure safe social distancing.

Track and trace is in place.

Face masks are worn if demonstrations are taking place.

Hand sanitizers are situated at the entrance and in the bathroom facilities,

Disposable aprons and gloves.

The studio is light and airy and there are all sorts of hand and machine stitch workshops, Powertex and Eco dying.
Experimental Wednesdays takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, where you are more than welcome to explore stitch and other textile art skills.
Anita will make you welcome and there might be other visitors there to chat with and share the experience . Cake and hot and cold drinks are available on tap through out the day.  You will also find lots of other items for sale. Die Cut Kits can be collected from the Studio if preferred.

Long Sutton Emporium:

EBS Retail is the name of Anita’s shop at Long Sutton Emporium where you can get kits amongst many other items that Anita makes and buys in such a needles and threads as well as fabric.
The long Sutton Emporium is situated on the A17 .look out for the bright orange signs.

 


April 24, 2021
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‘Line: colour: texture in landscape…exploring concertina books

Once again Amanda Hislop will be joining us at Eau brink Studio for two days of exploring and making. This time we will be making concertina books from very small scraps of papers and fabrics.

Developing personal character and style; take an intuitive approach to developing ideas in response to aspects of landscape, through exploration in a concertina style sketchbook. Observe closely, looking for line texture and colour, to find the essence and characteristics in your personal choice of landscape generating abstract ideas for development in personal projects.

Use a combination of line, printed and found papers and collage to respond to observations within landscape, be free and explore those empty sketchbook pages…colour, cut tear and fold.

Refreshments and some materials provided. Bring your lunch and lots of enthusiasm .

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.

This workshop books quickly so don’t delay.

Schedule Appointment

Eau Brink Studio:

It is set in a lovely rural situation just off the A47 and you can join Anita there where she will teach you to make all kinds of textile art in safe regulated conditions that include:

Restricted numbers to ensure safe social distancing.

Track and trace is in place.

Face masks are worn if demonstrations are taking place.

Hand sanitizers are situated at the entrance and in the bathroom facilities,

Disposable aprons and gloves.

The studio is light and airy and there are all sorts of hand and machine stitch workshops, Powertex and Eco dying.
Experimental Wednesdays takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, where you are more than welcome to explore stitch and other textile art skills.
Anita will make you welcome and there might be other visitors there to chat with and share the experience . Cake and hot and cold drinks are available on tap through out the day.  You will also find lots of other items for sale. Die Cut Kits can be collected from the Studio if preferred.

Long Sutton Emporium:

EBS Retail is the name of Anita’s shop at Long Sutton Emporium where you can get kits amongst many other items that Anita makes and buys in such a needles and threads as well as fabric.
The long Sutton Emporium is situated on the A17 .look out for the bright orange signs.

 


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 17, 2021
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Woodland Wall Art

 In this workshop, you’ll be using a variety of techniques, including transfer paints, print blocks, free motion embroidery and gliding flakes, to make your own wall hanging based on trees.

I love flora and fauna, the natural world and all the amazing inspiration it gives, which I try and use in most of my work.
In 2019 I visited India twice, as a tutor and group leader, what an experience and inspiration it was. I was fascinated with the block printing that India is famous for. When I returned home, I decided to create some projects with the blocks I had bought. So Woodland Wall Art was born.
In this workshop you will be block printing with tree blocks, Transfer dyeing, layering, using a soldering tool and free motion stitching… it is a lot of fun and the best thing is that you will have created something to be proud of.

Melanie Missin is a British Textile Artist and Tutor. She has been working with textiles for over forty years. Her work is beautiful so please take a look at her website, it will inspires you.  In the last fourteen years she has been passing on her knowledge to students all over the country as well as still learning new techniques herself.

Publications

She has recently had a piece of work published in the New WOW book 5, it is a lovely book full of very inspirational textile artists articles.

 

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.

Schedule Appointment

Eau Brink Studio:

It is set in a lovely rural situation just off the A47 and you can join Anita there where she will teach you to make all kinds of textile art in safe regulated conditions that include:

Restricted numbers to ensure safe social distancing.

Track and trace is in place.

Face masks are worn if demonstrations are taking place.

Hand sanitizers are situated at the entrance and in the bathroom facilities,

Disposable aprons and gloves.

The studio is light and airy and there are all sorts of hand and machine stitch workshops, Powertex and Eco dying.
Experimental Wednesdays takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, where you are more than welcome to explore stitch and other textile art skills.
Anita will make you welcome and there might be other visitors there to chat with and share the experience . Cake and hot and cold drinks are available on tap through out the day.  You will also find lots of other items for sale. Die Cut Kits can be collected from the Studio if preferred.

Long Sutton Emporium:

EBS Retail is the name of Anita’s shop at Long Sutton Emporium where you can get kits amongst many other items that Anita makes and buys in such a needles and threads as well as fabric.
The long Sutton Emporium is situated on the A17 .look out for the bright orange signs.

 


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

 


March 7, 2021
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Challenging Times means Challenging work

 

Our monthly challenge is under way. We are working with our scraps to create a piece of art. This can be a picture, functional piece or anything you want it to be.

Challenging ourselves to move out of our comfort zones is a good thing and as we are confined to our homes we have time to experiment and have a go at new things.

This week after sorting out the scraps to be used I have completed  video’s on YouTube for you about Appliqué using a cutting machine. These shapes can be used on card stock, paper and fabric which means we have a fair amount of choice for our art.

The first video is live now called Any Old Scrap – Machine Applique. As usual I have recorded this in real time. warts and all. It is just one way of using your scraps of course and it is up to you what you do with them. Here is the link for you. https://youtu.be/25Ea3KGtlLo

The second video will be using hand stitch for Applique. Demonstrating the Tent Makers way of using scraps of fabric and traditional ways for rolled edges with applique but of course with a little cheat by ironing first.

I am not always a purist when it comes to some techniques and am quite happy to use a machine or cheat to get the results I want. As in this case.

It is good for me to be going over techniques I have not used for some time as it makes me think and at times I could do with the practice of course. Especially Applique as I have not used it for a very long time.

Of course you may not want to use your scraps for this process but do not worry I have other ideas to show you and am recording the video’s all this week. I will not bombard you though they will be uploaded gradually so you have time to think about what you want to make.

One will be a mixed media picture. Using stamps machine stitch maybe a little hand stitch into the scraps to create landscape or other scene. And maybe a bit of abstract too.

This would fit in with the Amanda Hislop workshop which is on the 24th and 25th of April. Of course this will depend on the opening of the next stage in the roadmap on the 12th of April. As numbers are limited we do only have two spaces now available so booking quickly will ensure your place.

This abstract piece was completed at the last Amanda workshop and we will be using a similar technique for the coming workshop. Those of us who attended do have scraps left over from that workshop to use and Amanda will be bringing her pieces for use too.

If you would like to be part of the workshop just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/line-colour-texture-in-landscape-exploring-concertina-books/2021-04-24/

Before Amanda’s workshop we have Woodland Art Hanging with Melanie Missin on the weekend of the 17th April. Again it is over two days and we will be able to complete our piece in that time.

With Melanie’s expertise we will learn how to use shear fabrics and a soldering iron to create a hanging with machine stitch. Of course a few embellishments too if you want. I would have to add a bead or two. This is a great workshop for both beginners and the more experienced textile artist. For more information just follow the link https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/woodland-art-hanging-with-melanie-missin/

All our workshops commence at 10am and end at 4pm for all day. Bring your own lunch but refreshments are provided with hot and cold drinks, home made cake and a fruit bowl.

We are working on an outside patio area very soon. It would be fabulous if we can get it finished in time for our programme to restart again. Fingers crossed as this will increase our work space when the weather permits.

One last thing is to remind you that we do have a shop in the Long Sutton Emporuim. 59 Wisbech Rd, PE12 9AQ.

The shop is called EBS Retail and stocks many of the items I make but also fabrics, quilting equipment and other haberdashery. Not to mention the items John is printing on his 3d printer. If you cannot make it to the shop then take a look at the on line shop https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/shop/    the fabrics are being uploaded as they come in as with the other stock. If you cannot see what you are looking for just drop us a line or call and we will endeavour to help you with your needs.

The teabag challenge was great fun and I thank you for joining in. We have had a number of requests for the Bister granules in brown. We are still trying to get them so please do be patient but we do have some ready mixed in our online shop.

We will keep you up to date when we have the granules in.

In the mean time please take care.

 

 

 

 


January 3, 2021
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New Year 2021

The New Year of 2021 has arrived and we are once again kept in our homes to try and stop the spread of the Virus. Luckily we now have the vaccine to help combat it. We are told that by Easter we should have some sort of normality return to our lives.

A Huge Thank You

I want to thank you all for your support during the last year. Just knowing you read my little blog helps me keep  motivated.  I know I am very lucky to still be in business in this New Year of 2021 as many are now closing their doors.

Update

At this moment in time Eau Brink studio is open for Children’s after school workshops as per Government Guidelines and the numbers are restricted to a maximum of 8. For more information on the new terms workshop just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/art-club-11yrs-and-older-2021-01-14/   

It is hoped that the Government review will enable us to open our doors again for the other workshops fairly quickly. Until then I am putting videos onto YouTube again. The latest is a quick one on how to make box pleats. The next one will be how to dye fabric using Shibori folding Techniques and Procion Dyes.

Our first Progression meeting of 2021 will be a zoom meeting at 11 am on the 6th January.

Bookings are open for all our planned workshops throughout the new year and as you can imagine the popular workshops are getting booked. Such as Amanda Hislop where we only have 2 spaces now available.

The first big workshop of the year is with Suzette Smart making these fabulous Embroidered Bird Boxes which make a lovely gift for anyone to use in their homes for little storage boxes. Once you have learnt the technique you can apply it to any shape box.

I am looking forward to this one as I plan to use the technique during 2021 as a way of packaging gifts for family and close friends. Saving purchasing wrapping paper which just gets thrown away. What better way than to give a gift with a pretty reusable box?

 

3D Printer

As John and I could not workout what to purchase each other as gifts for the festive season we decided to purchase a 3D Printer for the studio. John being an excellent engineer is in charge of it. That means he has to work out how to work it and I just tell him what I need printing. Of course it also means that you can discuss with John any needs you may have for replacement parts for any equipment or new equipment you may need. Also I have discovered you can print stencils which will be more robust that the commercial types so should last longer.  That means you can send in your designs and get them printed. I will keep you informed on his progress. But if you fancy coming to see it working please get in contact so we can arrange it with all Covid safety guidelines in place.

Smallholding

It is not just us humans who are currently being kept in. Once again Bird Flu has arrived and we have to keep our chickens ducks and geese in.  The problem with keeping chickens in is they get bored and start to pick on each other. With this in mind we put bark down for them to scrape through to get the bugs that have wondered into the enclosure and I spend time making they special cakes with yummy vegetables and rice to eat. Along with strings of vegetables and fruit hanging around the enclosure for them to find. We also put in food containers for their normal food which makes them stand onto a plate to get the food. Once the growing season starts we will grow plants around the enclosures and over them so they grow into the fencing and they can enjoy them too.

The ducks and geese are another story. We have purchased a new polytunnel for them and as soon as we can get it up we will put them into it. In the  hope they do not escape. They are very good at escaping any enclosure we have tried so far.

Talking about escaping they sheep have managed to get out of their part of the garden again so we have now decided to leave them out until we can get new stock fencing. It is easier. With their winter coats they are huge and nothing gets in their way when they want to go somewhere.

Puppies

These little loves are now 6 months old and full of  mischief.  They have also found their voices and like to bark at everything and everyone. So that is another part of their training to be quiet. They have learnt a lot so far……… How to pinch clean washing as it is folded into the basket and run off with it. How to come when called as this means a nice treat. How to sit when told. But the biggest achievement is how to ask to go out when needed.  They still like to be sitting on a lap and given lots of attention.

Thank you all once again for your support over the last year and in anticipation for the new year of 2021.

Wishing you all a Very HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Stay Safe.

 

 


December 15, 2020
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2021 Workshops

The 2021 workshops are now live and ready for you to take a look at.

We have some new workshops to mix in with the old and there are more to be added. So why not take a look the the events calendar and see what we are up to at Eau Brink Studio?

We do work within the Covid-19 guidelines and if we have to close for any reason all workshops will be  moved to the next available date.

So what is planned would take up a lot of space on your emails so I will just give you a quick heads up as follows:

Each month we will be in the studio on a Wednesday for the following:

Every 1st Wednesday is Progression in Textiles.

2nd and 4th Wednesdays are Social Wednesdays where you can pop in or stay all day for a chat and sew. For more information just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday-2021-01-06/

The 3rd Wednesday is Experimental Wednesday where we experiment and try new things or ways of working. If you want to join us just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/stitch-and-create-2020-01-15/2021-01-20/

Each month on a Thursday Evening :

During term times we will be working with younger people from the age of 11 every 1st and 3rd Thursday evening. From 6pm till 8pm.

This is an art club where we go through the basics of art techniques. Drawing is not a vital part of this but drawing practice is encouraged. The younger persons will be filling sketchbooks during each term .

For more information please go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/art-club-11yrs-and-older-2021-01-14/

Visiting Artists –

March – Suzette Smart and Melanie Missin.

April – Amanda Hislop

May – Pauline Wrighton

June – Alison Hulme

July – Alexander Waylett

August – Jenny O’Leary

September – Anne Hellyer

October –

November – Cas Holmes

Dates and times for the above may change depending on government guidelines at the times. I will of course keep you informed on all changes as they occur. 

For further information on the above and for other workshops  please take a look at https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events/

Gift Vouchers

Did you know we do gift vouchers starting from £10.00?

A gift voucher is available to use for 12 months from the date it was purchased.

Your gift vouchers can be used for any workshop or purchase within the 12 month period. Even as part payment for a workshop.

Why not give a gift voucher to someone who would love to make one of these great little bird houses?

This is Suzett Smarts workshop in March.

If the bird houses are not for you then take a peek at the others we have on offer. For more information just contact Anita on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk 

Smallholding News

Well we have the mammoth task of keeping in our birds now that the bird flu has hit the region. So we have moved the old polytunnel over and netted it to keep them in. The other were already in a good sized area to protect them from the fox. Now we will put wood chips on the ground for them and string along a few treats to stop them getting bored.

The ducks and geese are the challenge as each time we get them in an enclosure they escape.  But we will see.

When visiting the studio the gates are closed as the sheep keep escaping from their pen. We are looking at new stock fencing for them in the hope it works.

Our puppies are getting along fine though the car journeys still are a challenge for them. Luna is still quite shy and a bit nervous too. But she has come along heaps and bounds. They are learning how to come back when called but still cannot be off the lead outside as they like to chase anything that moves. Well I say anything not the sheep they are too big and intimidating for them.

They do sit when commanded, so we can put on the harness and take it off without all that wriggling. They stop when on a short lead so they can sit by roads too. And they are house trained Hurrah.

Still a bit nervous of other people but they are still very young. So you will be seeing them more and more in the studio now.

Looking forward to seeing you all very soon

Anita

 

 

 

 

 


December 2, 2020
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Hello it is December already? What a year we have all had. I for one am looking forward to 2021.

Decembers news starts off with us coming out of lockdown and our Progression in Textiles meeting.  We had a lovely day where we did a small amount of business but then enjoyed the lovely foods everyone bought in and each others company. Also some very nice cards and gifts from Ruth. A lovely end to our first year.

So how are you all feeling about the coming year ? I am excited about it. We have some new workshops being organised. Ruth is going to teach  a few too.

Wednesdays are now all organised as follows. The first Wednesday of the month is Progression in Textiles. This is a closed group for members only.

The 2nd Wednesday of the month is a social day where you can join us for  a bit of stitching of your choice and a day of socialising with like minded others. Just bring along your stitching and lunch. Refreshments are provided. For more information just follow the link. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/social-wednesday/2020-12-09/

3rd Wednesday of the month is Experimental Wednesday. These days are organised so that you can either have a go at something you have wanted to try but not wanted to purchase a load of equipment first or you can join in with the organised work with Anita.  Refreshments are provided remember your lunch. There is an extra cost for any materials provided by the studio. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/experimental-wednesday-4/2020-12-16/

And then the 4th Wednesday again is a social day the same as the 2nd Wednesday of the month. The exception to this is December as the Studio closes at the end of the day on the 17th December for the Christmas break. So the next social Wednesday will be in January 2021

The Progression group  have some great exhibitions lined up and the members are looking forward to getting their work out for everyone to see. Our first is in February at the Forum as part of Makers Festival. This is being organised now and we will  find out the final details soon. Then in March we hope to be at the NEC which we are very excited about. Hopefully that will be able to go ahead. Check out Eau Brink Website for more information on what’s coming with Progression in Textiles. https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/

Powertex is back and there will be a Saturday each month organised for this fabulous day of creating with Powertex.

PAT testing. John will be in the studio one day a month for PAT testing your items. These do not necessarily have to be your sewing machine but anything that will need a test. His rates are very reasonable and he will put new plugs on if you need them. John does a lot of work with Antiques and rewires lamps and other such items to get them safe to use.

And what of the smallholding news for December?

Well the sheep keep escaping from their field and are munching their way through the garden. New and better stock fencing is required so thats probably the next job.  All the chickens are safe and thriving. Big ol cockerel is keeping the girls happy in on pen and when we get the others penned in we will also give them a boyfriend.

The geese and ducks are happy splashing around in the pond with the fish and morhens.

And of course our puppies are growing happily with the aid of the parrot who likes to feed them her chillies. Not a good idea. so no more chillies for her. I wonder what they will make of the snow if we get any.

stay safe everyone

 

 

 

 


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