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April 17, 2020
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Not Much Sewing going on at Eau Brink Studio at the moment.

I am spending a lot of my time cleaning and sorting out.

Fabric

The fabric stash has been greatly reduced. I have worked on a three pile theory. The first I am definitely going to keep. The second is going to the charity shop in Wymondham and the third I have  put aside to use during this period of working from home.

The largest pile by far is going to go to the Big C at Wymondham once they are able to receive items again.

Beads

This part of the clearing out has been more challenging for me than the fabric. I suspect you know that I love beads. Many of my pieces have beads on them in one way or another. Even the Powertex.  But I do have a small amount of beads I used at the schools for the children and will no longer need them as I decided earlier in the year to stop working in the schools.

Threads

No I am sorry but I cannot get rid of any of them no matter how hold they are I will find a use them.

Paper

You would not believe how much paper is in this studio. Much of it will never be used so its in the fire and onto the compost heap. Of course the brown paper and specialist papers will stay to be used during workshops.

UFO

All unfinished items and projects will be re-evaluated and if I want to get them finished I will endeavour to do so but if I have absolutely no interest they will be made into a kit or a card. I think I have a few.

Documentation

There is so much documentation in here all over the place and it has to go. Unfortunately I do have to keep quite a bit of it for the powers to be to scrutinise if they wish. So the loft is the obvious place in secure boxes of some sort. It is unfortunate that I cannot stand up in the loft as I would put a filing system in there for it all.

This is only part of the reason not much sewing is going on. Though I have completed a few pages in my Progression sketch book. And stitched a few fabric bowls too.

The Smallholding

That’s what is happening in the studio at the moment but also I am working with the boys to clear and fence the garden at last. We have move three chicken houses into the none existent orchard and sheep pen. We have almost finished the fencing to keep them all in but as the geese are nesting in that area we cannot complete it all. Don’t want to disturb them if we can help it.

Trees have been trimmed and deer fencing is being put at the base of the trees. This is to not only keep our animals and birds in but to try and keep Mr Fox out.

And if I can get the plants I want a lot of planting is going to happen in the coming weeks. I also need John to get the rotivator working for my veg patch. Hurrah no more sheep eating my lovely sprouts this year.

Talking of sheep. They will be sheared in a couple of weeks so more fleece to play with. I do miss not having any lambs but we will get them tupped in October ready for next spring.

Then we will see lovely scenes like this one again.

 

So now you can see why there is not much sewing happening at the moment but that does not mean that it will continue. I do have a fair few items in the planning stage and once I am cleared up I will get onto them.

 

 


April 1, 2020

Confinement at Eau Brink Studio.

Confinement means different things to us all and for me I considered myself very hard done to at first. But now I realise how lucky I am to have a large space to wonder around in as well as a studio to retreat to.

Gelli Plate Printing Part 1I am like many of you using this time to catch up on things and the first item on my list is the YouTube Channel.

I have spent many hours confined in the studio recording videos and learning how to edit them with my sons help to upload onto the YouTube channel.  So far I have put out two on Gelli Plate Printing. One of my pet hates when using any media is pop up adverts or adverts at the beginning and end of a video. with this in mind I can assure you there are none on mine.

Gelli Plate printing 1 is a basic demonstration and Gelli Plate printing 2 is a little more advanced. I demonstrate how to get layers  of prints and a key point to ensure it works. Number 3 is due out next week and is transferring pictures from magazines and your own printed pictures. If your planning to have a go at this one you will need high gloss magazines and to change the settings on your printer.

Keeping Active

Keeping active during our enforced confinement means walking around my garden a few times. I do this with my son and we are working up to 10,000 steps a day. Trouble with this is as we have hit spring and the garden is coming to life I am seeing inspirations all over the place.

This tree is just opening its leaves and blossom buds are about to burst open. Taken late afternoon yesterday. My son will have to show me how to use another programme and edit this so I can use it for my work. Though I do sort of like it as it is.

 

Virtual Progression

ProgressionBeing confined at Eau Brink Studio has meant that we get to use all the technology at our disposal. The progression group are meeting virtually now. Still on the first Wednesday of the month our meeting continues online. This is very new to some of our members but they are embracing it. Keeping motivated is something that can be hard during isolation. Luckily we have ways of keeping in touch that previous generations did not have.

I am considering virtual workshops too but need to think about that a bit more as I need to consider how to do it and how to get people engaged too. My son has suggested it would be a good idea and then to record it as I go and put the recording onto YouTube too. So much to think about.

The website is bang up to date now. Thank you Ruth for your help. Though I have noticed that two links are not working so the Techy guys are on it. I am sure they can fix it quickly.

TextileArtist.org community stitch challenge 2020

Have you all joined in the TextileArtist community Stitch Challenge? I must admit I did get bored with my first weeks piece but stuck with it. This second week is making a post card sized piece. I will post it on my Facebook  page so you can see what I am up to. TextileArtist Community Stitch Challenge has a Facebook page so you can go and take a look at what everyone is up to.

This is my first weeks challenge and you can see why I got bored with it. Though I do like working Ermine stitch as you can use it in so many ways.

Stay Safe everyone and keep stitching.

 

 

 


February 20, 2019

Colour Therapy Family Time at Eau Brink Studio today.

What on earth does that mean I hear you say?

As a family it can be hard to all get together to do something that can encourage creativity. Something that the entire family can do.

Today a family came to Eau Brink Studio to work with colour. The tricky bit is working out your personal colours. Once done it is just a case of using them to create texture and line using a variety of implements.

 

 

The youngest member of today’s group was 10 years old who became very excited when she realised that just by taking a rubbing and washing it over with a gold ink you can create something beautiful. we also had teenagers and parents. It was a fabulous day watching the nervousness disappear as they became involved in the art.

 

Some of it was drawing, some painting. We had textures with printing and stitching free motion for the first time. A spectacular result on the sewing machine. Just goes to show what can be done with an very old Bernina and a little imagination.

 

 As you can see this is a very talented family. This drawing took a while as the young lady wanted to ensure she managed to get her drawing to look proportionate.

For one so young it is a great piece.

 By the afternoon they entire family had managed to get a number of pieces finished. I love the colours in the eye.

Mum and Dad worked through a number of different ideas ranging from printing to watercolours. All with brilliant results.

Looking forward to the next Colour Therapy Family Time  just to see what they turn out.

 

 

 


January 7, 2019
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A New Year- New Shop for Eau Brink Studio. Where is it I hear you ask?

The Barn,  59 Wisbech Road, Long Sutton, Norfolk, United Kingdom PE129AQ. Open 7 days a week. You will find loads of fabulous items for gifts and home in The Barn. As you enter the coffee shop you will find us on your left.

The shop will stock items you are used to seeing from us such as our peg bags and scissor holders with scissors. But also new items such as scissor keepsakes, new bags, Dyes both natural and man made (instructions are included with the dyes), Scolabrush kits and Xpandaprint too. Carded Fleece from our own Lincoln Longwood sheep. Some dyed and some natural. Dyed and decorated feathers from our ducks during their moulting season.

Pop In and Try.

I will be also hosting and teaching pop ins for those of you who what to give something a try but do not feel ready to commit to a full workshop yet.

Individual Jewellery

What will be included? Powertex for just £5.00 you can make a brooch, then as you feel more confident move up to a jar for £7.00 or a bottle to put your candles in for those long summer days in the garden. Suitable for all ages.

 

Not interested in Powertex? The how about PomPom making for £5.00 you can make a range of PomPoms using different colours and sizes. Suitable for all ages.

Or sewing may be your thing. I will be demonstrating skills including patchwork, quilting, free motion embroidery. Hand stitch too. Come on in and ask me questions and if I can I will help you with your projects. For all ages.

And of course I will be bringing in some mixed media such as Xpandaprint and Scolabrush which are two of my favourite products to use.

 

 

Whats new?

The Website www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk is up to date with the years workshops and fairs.

New workshops are Pauline Wrighton – Finding Your Feet. This workshop teaches you all about the feet on your sewing machine and what you can do with them. On the weekend of 18th May.

MellyMade Designs – Lampshade up-cycling using her fabulous technique with transfer paints, on the weekend of the 27th and 28th July.

I am also introducing the use of the studio of those of you who need space to complete a project or just cut your fabric on large tables saving crawling on the floor. You get full use of the studio including the refreshments for just £4.00 per hour.

 

 

 

 



What a week I have had at Eau brink Studio.

It all started on Monday with an email from the team at The Handmade Fair which is next weekend. Many emails and phone calls later I think I am ready.

New Fairs
Exciting New Ground

I had originally planned to travel on the Friday morning and set up on arrival. But the email I received instructed me I had to be there on the Thursday evening. Panic then.   Luckily I could add a night to the hotel but it means I have lost a days preparation. So I cancelled everything else except the experimental Wednesday and the after school art club. Which means I have been using the time to catch up.

I am now at the stage of making sure I have everything and will be planning on Monday our staging. Whew.

Experimental Wednesday was great fun with us all working on something different. One person using the Lamination technique for transferring pictures to fabric. She then had a go at Shibori dying fabrics too. Another got to grips with free motion machine embroidery for the first time. whilst another lady practiced her free motion machining too.

That just left one other who was working on a piece for the Kings Lynn Embroiderers Guild exhibition and I worked on finishing making up peg bags whilst helping the others when they needed me.

Amanda Hislop weekend
Layers of papers ready for stitch

John popped in to do the PAT testing for those who bought items. Well that’s what he said as we were having tea and cake.

The children at the school enjoyed an hour of playing with Xpandaprint by using it with paints on door hangers. They were fascinated when it puffed up.

What’s happening this month?

Well beside the Kirstie Allsopp Handmade Fair on the 11th to the 13 at Ragley Hall it is also Textiles In Action at Thornham on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27 which is the first weekend of the Open Studios.

Textiles of all sorts
Great Exhibition

Open Studios is from the 26th May to the 10th June. there are lots of artists participating and if you need a booklet they are everywhere. If anywhere has run out just let me know. I have plenty more to give out.

Get your brochure here at Eau Brink Studio
This years brochure

And beyond?

The Kings Lynn Embroiderers Guild are holding an Exhibition called Time and Tide on the 9th and 10th June.

Exhibition

So there is loads going on for you to go and look at.

stay inspired.

Anita