Shibori

January 14, 2019
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A New Venue for Workshops have been organised for those of you reading this in the Long Sutton Area.

Silverwood, St James Rd, Long Sutton, Spalding PE12 9AU is a fabulous shopping experience with a room for workshops.

Each month I have organised to go into Silverwood and teach how to use your sewing machine for more than straight stitches. All you need is your sewing machine and a darning or embroidery foot. Threads and some fabrics. I will supply patterns and soluble film for the 3D effects.

Shibori Dyeing (tie Dye) using procion dyes is on trend this year. All dyes and some fabrics are included in the price.

Lampshade making using fabrics of your choice. The Shibori dyed lampshades work beautifully for this workshop.

Also returning is Powertex for beginners. This will include your materials to make brooches, bottles for candles, and boxes and plaques.

To book just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events/ and search for the workshop and date you are interested in. Whilst your rummaging around the events pages why not also look at the rest of the website to see what we get up to?

What else is new?

We now have a  YouTube channel. It is very new so please do go and take a look. Subscribe, and let me know what you think of the videos. Just go to youtube and look up anita O’Neill and you should be able to see it.

What am I working on?

PomPoms is the simple answer to that question. Hundreds of them. Which I am making cushions, pencil tops, rugs, bunting and much much more. I am amazed at how much I am enjoying it too.

I particularly love the variegated yarns. So pretty.

 

What else?

Experimental Wednesday is one of my favourite days where a lovely group has formed on the first Wednesday of every month. Now there is a second Wednesday where we will follow the same format we first started on so yo get to learn many techniques. Of course those of you in the first group are welcome to attend the second day if you want to go over anything we already covered. To book just follow the link. The first date is January 23rd and we will be working on Layers.  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/experimental-wednesday-2-2/

 

 

 

 


December 17, 2018

There is only a Week To go till the festivities begin At Eau Brink..

What does that mean? Just 7 days to get ready for the coming year so that I can relax with my family and friends with good food and a drink or two. And it all kicks off with the burning of the yule log during the winter solstice. And that my friends means the light will be returning and the days will get longer. Hurrah!

The New year.

And what will the coming year bring? A new programme of events which include new workshops, less fairs, a new shop at Long Sutton, Experimentals first exhibition just to name a few. It will be an exciting year of creativeness.

I have a few last minute orders to complete first. If you guys want to order anything and want to save postage just come along and collect your order. I will be able to to this up to the evening of the 23rd. Then I will be closed until the new year. The website will be open as usual of course , which means you can book in for your workshops. Please note that there are new dates for the regular workshops so do check them out before calling me to ask why you can’t book. This has already happened.

From the 1st of January I will be setting up a little shop in the Craft Barn Village in Long Sutton. Where I will be putting items for sale as well as demonstrating for the coming workshops. This will help you see what is going to be happening at the workshops so you can decide if it is for you. Pop in days are also planned. There is a lovely Cafe where you can sit by the fire and slurp hot chocolate.

 

If you fancy coming to a workshop but do not want to travel to this side of Wisbech, I have a number of workshops planned for Silverwood.  Regular workshops include Shibori style dyeing, Lampshade making, and How to use your sewing machine for Free motion embroidery and cord making.  The tea shop is excellent too.

I hope you all have a great festive season with family and friends.

 

 

 

 


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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.

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This years brochure

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.

Lovely little Acorns
Handmade Acorns.

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.

Great Lake
Lovely Red Hot Pokers.

Just a reminder of this exhibition. 

 

 

 

 


March 31, 2018
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Spring is upon us now and here at Eau Brink Studio we hope you enjoy reading our Spring News.

so cold
Early morning snow in March

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.

stunning designs
Mel talking about her bowls

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.

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steady work

The children at the art club had a go at Powertex Stone art eggs. Fabulous mess but such fun.

Love using the gloves
Powertex mess is 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.

All Saints Ladies
wet felting pictures

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,

Screen Print with foils
Screen printing

Excitingly I have been accepted for my first big fair. One of the Kirstie Allsopp Hand Made Fairs. Scary or what?

New Fairs
Exciting New Ground

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.

stunning hand dyed hand made 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.


February 28, 2018

I am writing this on a very snowy day watching the sheep peeping out of their house, and the ducks trying to shelter under the chicken house instead of going into their own house. We are now almost in March. Where did February go?

I have been very busy at Eau Brink Studio  with workshops, organising the fairs we will attend, and that means lots and lots of making.

So whats new then?

Lampshades –  these glorious lampshades are made using 100% cotton fabric which has been Procion dyed using shibori techniques. I have had many customers asking me to run a workshop for these. The first ever of these will be April 14th. In the morning we will  spend time folding and dyeing the fabrics and in  the afternoon we will be making our lampshades.

Hand made Lampshade
Procion Dyed Lampshade
Procion Dyed
Shibori Lampshade

Sharpins – Whats a Sharpin I hear you ask. It is a pin cushion filled with a mixture that sharpens your pins and needles. I have purchased these items in the past and found that you have to stick your pins into the centre or outer edge. Very inconvenient in my mind. these are a little heavy so do not fall on the floor and you will also keep your pins and needles rust free.

Keeping them pins sharp
New design to keep you pins and needles sharp

They are double sided and very pretty.

I have been updating my Etsy shop  but feel I may close it and just concentrate on my shop here on the website.

You will also notice that I have added all the fairs I am attending over the year to the workshop calendar. this way you will know where I am and can come and say hi. I always have information of the workshops with me at the fairs as well as items for sale. But you can just come along for a chat as that is always nice. In March there are two fairs organised by the Rainbow Festivals. The first is on Saturday 3rd March at the Dukes Head Hotel in Kings Lynn. The second is Saturday 24th the the Green Britain Centre, Swaffham. Both start at 11 and finish at 4. Both venues have great facilities and you can stop for a coffee and cake.

There is still space on Melanies Fabric bowl workshop. which is on the 16th of March. I love this process which can be used for many items. Mel will be teaching the basics if you have not already been on her workshop and for those who have a more advanced technique. Can’t wait. Please book in using the link above.

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Mel talking about her bowls

There is also space on A Colour Artistic Journey on the 21st of March. This fascinating workshop helps you work out your personal colours based on your date of birth and birth name. Once you know what your colours are you will just use those two to create art of your choice. It can be with paint, mixed media, Powertex or stitch. You chose. those of us who know our colours will be extending it to look at the different tints and hues of those colours.

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Colour Coded

I will be running the Powertex Thursdays each week throughout March as well as the Experimental Wednesdays. I am also commencing a 6 week course on a Monday evening for beginners Hardanger from 7pm till 9.30. All the information for all my workshops are to be found on the Workshop page of my website.

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Fabric and Powertex gives you a creative flair

A new workshop for younger persons is now the last Saturday of most months. Sometimes it is the Saturday before. Young Textilers is for younger persons who wants to try something new, needs help with projects for school or college. Who wants to learn how to use a sewing machine or have a go at mixed media as well as traditional sewing. I do have an up to date DBS. You do not have to attend every month just when you want. But please do book in to ensure your place.

Enjoy looking around my website and feel free to take a look on the facebook page as well as the other social media.