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March 8, 2020
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With the help of my new administrator we are getting back on track at Eau Brink Studio.

What does this mean?

The website appears to be back to working again, Thank you to the tech team for sorting it out.

We are getting the calendar up to date with workshops including those run by other agencies such as the West Norfolk Embroiderers Guild..

There are two workshops available being organised by the guild. An Eco dye day and a workshop with Melanie Missin.

If you have booked onto any workshop and have not had an email confirming your booking please do get in touch as we are still trying to get it all up to date.

The next available workshop is the Gilli Plate day on 14th of March. Only three spaces available so book early.

Following the Gelli plate day we have the Experimental Wednesday on 18th March.

All our workshops start at 10 am and end at 4 pm.

Getting back on track has meant we have revisited all of the workshops and upgraded them.

Other News

What else is happening at Eau Brink?

First ever lamb born
Hello baby girl

This time last year we were monitoring our sheep getting ready to lamb. But this year we have rested them and I can confirm that I am missing the buzz. I will miss not having Lambs around this spring.

On the plus side we have had our geese laying eggs so maybe we will get goslings.

The ducks are reduced in numbers due to a fox visit which is very sad. The chickens are doing well and will be increasing in numbers as we have rescued about 30 birds and are preparing to move them this week. They will be in the same area as the sheep rather than with the others so that they can settle with out stressing the current residents.

So plenty to look forward to in the spring. Including preparing for exhibitions starting with the Open Studios.

Anita is also looking at becoming a Agent for a company selling haberdashery items especially for quilting. Of course she will continue with the Powertex too.

Looking forward to the new season.

 

 

 

 


February 22, 2020
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Sewing Machine Confidence

Detail of sewing machine and sewing accessories.

Many of us know who to use our sewing machines for straight sewing.

Sewing Machine Confidence will show you that that they can do so much more?

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.

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.

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.

Schedule Appointment


January 25, 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


November 23, 2019
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Sewing Machine Confidence

Detail of sewing machine and sewing accessories.

Many of us know who to use our sewing machines for straight sewing.

Sewing Machine Confidence will show you that that they can do so much more?

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.

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.

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.

Schedule Appointment


October 20, 2019

No Sew Baubles

Join us at EBS Retail in The Barn, Long Sutton for a workshop making No Sew Baubles.

Kits are provided for just £5.00 and you can take home your finished bauble.

These baubles are easy to make, Are great as gifts, long lasting too.

Although the fabrics are festive patterns once you know how to make them you can use any fabrics for any time of the year.

Bring along a thimble

 


September 28, 2019
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Sewing Machine Confidence

Detail of sewing machine and sewing accessories.

Many of us know who to use our sewing machines for straight sewing.

Sewing Machine Confidence will show you that that they can do so much more?

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.

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.

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.

Schedule Appointment


August 31, 2019
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Amanda Hislop will be returning to Eau Brink Studio for a two day workshop. Mark making and texture…A Sketchbook exploration using the local environment.

Sketchbooks are an important element in the development of Amanda’s work.

These books are a place to be free and explore ideas, keep references and working samples. A big part of Amanda’s working practice and are used as an inspirational resource in the teaching of workshops and summer schools.

Amanda offers a creative workshop exploring a free approach to generating ideas through a working sketchbook, looking at abstract ideas and personal themes relating to land and seascapes, an enjoyable experience working in a relaxed atmosphere discovering personal creativity.

 

Using the local landscape Amanda will teach us how to fill our sketchbooks with lines, colour and depth. Taking away the fear of drawing and sketching.

Helping us to understand that we are not taking a picture of what we see but making a representation of it for our own art work.

You do not need to be able to draw for this workshop. Amanda will help you to see the landscape in a very different way.

 

Amanda Said:-

‘Mark making and texture…a sketchbook exploration using the local environment’

A creative sketchbook workshop; personal approaches to exploring the local environment. Experiment with mono type drawing and mark making, Frottage, collage, folding and tearing to develop exciting sketchbook pages. Work with simplified drawn lines, resist wash and layered tissue to create paper surfaces to fragment into a series of abstract images relating to the local environment for development into personal sketchbook pages for mixed media and textile work.

Requirements list

The tutor will bring a selection of sketchbooks and resources to inspire.

 

  • A small stitch bound sketchbook and drawing materials of choice, include drawing pens of various thicknesses and preferred colour medium, e.g. inktense blocks or pencils, neocolour, koh I noor dye based colour (some will be available to use)
  • A number 10 or 12 round brush to use with colour wash and ink.
  • Scissors
  • Cheap baby wipes for cleaning hands etc.
  • Apron/overall and plastic gloves if you wish to use them.
  • A hairdryer is useful 

Papers, threads and art materials, equipment and resources for student use will be supplied at a cost of £4 approx.

 

Feel free to bring any papers or materials you may wish to experiment with.

book early to ensure your place

Schedule Appointment


August 24, 2019
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Sewing Machine Confidence

Detail of sewing machine and sewing accessories.

Many of us know who to use our sewing machines for straight sewing.

Sewing Machine Confidence will show you that that they can do so much more?

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.

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.

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.

Schedule Appointment


June 22, 2019
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What a fabulous week. Alison Hulme visited with her lovely husband for two days.

It has been a very busy week at Eau Brink Studio. I am now making many items for a variety of fairs as well as the shop.

Trying out new ideas and techniques have been high on my agenda this week. But the most exciting part of the week was the visit by Alison Hulme and her husband.

Getting the studio ready.

On arrival Alison proceeded to to empty her car into the studio where we covered tables and laid out a huge array of thermofax screens, mark making materials and paints for all our learners to use.

By 9 o’clock all was ready for the next two days workshop and we relaxed for a while before retiring.

Day 1

Up early to bake a cake for the customers and put on the urn. Fruit bowl filled and we were ready by the time our customers started to arrive.

After introducing Alison I sat and enjoyed the day of printing and over dyeing with procion dyes. There were lots of fabulous fabrics being printed with lovely colours. Alison is an excellent teacher who can get the best out of anyone at her workshops.

Day 2

Unfortunately I could not to attend day 2 but when I could pop in I was amazed at all the lovely fabrics and prints. I was over whelmed by the help and support I received from regular learners. I humbly Thank you. Also, I thank you  for the lovely medicine that arrived. The clearing up was quick and efficient.

Alison arrived home safely and in a good time.

The feedback for the workshop has been great and already I have been asked if Alison will be returning next year. This is something I need to discuss with Alison in the near future. I will keep you posted.


November 11, 2018
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We all know that preparation is key but there are times when no matter how hard we try outside influences can impact our plans.

What do you do to plan your week?

I have an excellent diary planner which has the whole year planned out. I know where I should be each day as well as the preparation I need to do.

My week starts on a Sunday evening when I should get my blog finished ready for the social media to send it out to you all on Monday.

I then look at what I need to have ready for each day. This week I need to add in extra towels and rollers for an added workshop for felt flower making. I need to Plan a workshop for Monday afternoon, cut out many flower shapes for the school on Tuesday, ensure there is plenty of cake on Wednesday.

The website needs updating, the social media scheduled emails need to be kept on top of.

Then I get to spend the rest of the time making lovely items for the fairs and shops. Which means cutting them out once I have decided what I need. But not this Sunday as I have been at Dents Farm.

 What a fabulous weekend we have had. Thank you for stopping by and saying hello. And thank you to all our customers old and new. It was lovely to see you all.

 

 

So what’s coming up then I hear you ask?

Christmas Decorations

November 24 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

£25.00

Do you fancy making your own decorations for Christmas using traditional techniques?

Then join us at Eau Brink Studio on the 24th of November for Christmas Decorations with Clare Hedges.

We will be starting at 09.30 and finishing at 1pm. Clare will be supplying all the materials.

All you need to bring is yourself and your scissors. Refreshments included in the price.

Making Christmas decorations using traditional techniques is not as hard as you think.

Clare will supply all the materials and equipment so you will just need to turn up and follow her easy instructions.

Of course Clare is on hand if you get stuck and need a little extra help.

Once you know what to do then you can make these decorations all year round for other celebrations in many colours.

Beginners Skirt Workshop

November 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

£25.00

Beginner level at Eau Brink Studio.

Using a simple pattern, Create a skirt in this one day workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you caught the sewing bug?  Are you waiting (patiently) for the sewing bee to come back on our screens? This is your chance to get ahead with your winter wardrobe and sew a skirt for you.

Starting with learning how to read the pattern, Pippa will take you step by step to create a simple skirt.  Learn how to finish seams to prevent fraying, Stitch a dart, put in a zip and everything else in between to create a skirt.

 You’ll need:

·       A pattern.  Most of the pattern companies have a beginners/ simple section to choose a pattern from.  If you like the look of some of the indi pattern companies you could try Sew me somethings Viola skirt or for a slim pencil skirt, Liesel and co super sharp pencil skirt.  Simple sews Kiera skirt or The Named Azara skirt works for those that like a little more flow of fabric.  A quick search for skirt patterns will give you lots of choice, just remember, the less pieces it appears to have, the simpler it will be to put together and the more likely you’ll be to make it in a day.

·       Fabric- your pattern will give you an idea on the back as to the type of fabric to choose, if in doubt, ask a fabric shop assistant.

·       Thread and machine needles to match your fabric

·       Sewing machine

·       Sewing kit i.e. Scissors (Paper and Fabric) Pins, Hand needles, Tape measure etc

·       Zip, if your pattern requires one

·       Interfacing-choose a weight that’s slightly lighter than you fabric.  If in doubt ask an assistant.

Powertex Thursday

November 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Recurring Event (See all)

£20.00

Want to Discover the Possibilities of Powertex? You can on Powertex Thursday.

Powertex
Fabric Bowl with Powertex

Learn how to manipulate this versatile medium, giving you the start to get creating…

Have you recently purchased a Powertex system, but are finding it tough to get results?

Perhaps you have heard about the potential of this fabric hardening system to create beautiful and distinctive structures?

Although Powertex can produce outstanding results, you are not alone if you are struggling to make this environmentally friendly product work for you.

If you want a practical grounding in using this sculpting medium then Powertex Thursdays is the perfect solution.

Designed to give you the skills and know how to capture your creative flair, this course takes place at Eau Brink Studio under the supervision of Anita O’Neill.

Available for £20.00 this 2-3 hour course gives you all the basics needed to make a jar or brooch. Whole days are also available for support with larger projects.

This course gives you the following…

  • All your materials are included – in the overall course price and extra products are available for a small cost to ensure you achieve the result you desire.

 

  • Initial demonstration – watch as Anita goes through all the basics necessary for successfully bringing your ideas to life with this exciting medium.

 

  • Positive learning environment – work with Powertex and share information and findings with other artists and creatives in a fun, energised atmosphere.

 

  • Refreshments – including Anita’s famous cakes and cups of tea to get the inspiration flowing around the room.

Experimental Wednesday

December 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Recurring Event (See all)

£20.00

Mixed Media

There are many ways to decorate fabric and paper using stitch, dyes, paints and other mediums. But have you ever thought about mixing up the paints and stitches? What about making your own surface to stitch into or to add to using paints or other embellishments? How many kits are lurking in your craft room or cupboards that you have not used yet?

 

Experimental Wednesday at Eau Brink Studio is a day where you can be free to experiment using any medium you like. We have put paper to fabric, made paper, dyed fabrics and used the left over dye as ink. 

We look around us and think about what everyday objects can be used for in our experimenting. for example: take some rusty objects and lay them over and around fabric. Leave for  a few weeks and then unwrap. Lovely rust dyed fabrics to sew into. 

 

Snow is something many dread. We look forward to it as then we can use it to dye fabrics using Procion Dye crystals.

The world around us makes many synthetic fabrics which can be coloured and then heated to make the most fantastic surfaces. Such as Tyvek, Lutradour, and of course everyday plastics.

Every Wednesday from 10am till 4pm. From £20.00 per day and then additional costs for materials. Refreshments included but not lunch.

Gain an Expressive Flair and New Confidence Working with Mixed Media

 Learn the techniques that will give you the basis for a developing your creativity and own personal style at Eau Brink Studio.

Have you been on a course or show that has opened your eyes to the possibilities of working with textiles, paint, inks, wax, acrylics and other types of mixed media?

Want to take your artistic productions to the next level and develop a range of skills that you can explore in your own studio or home workshop?

If the answer is yes, then the Experimental Wednesday Course at Eau Brink Studios with Anita O’Neill could give you the boost you need to take your creativity to the next stage.

Designed to teach you everything you need to get the results you want from mixed media – this 6 hour course is available for £20.00.

This workshop gives you the following:

  • Introduction phone call – Anita will talk to you before the day to ensure that your chosen technique is covered during the course.

 

  • Lecture sessions – where you learn not only about your technique but get an insight into everything that is being taught during the day.

 

  • Practical demonstration – going through a clear, step by step approach that gives you enough time to truly understand how to use each technique.

 

  • Workshop – practice the techniques you have learned, with Anita on hand to give you all the support and assistance you need.

 

  • Cake and refreshments – bring your own lunch, but Anita bakes her own special cakes to keep you sustained in the afternoon.

 

Taking place in our spacious and relaxed Eau Brink Studio, simply bring your own materials or let us know and we’ll provide them for you. Be inspired in this artistic space and share ideas with others on their expressive journey.

For 2019 we start out in January  with

Mels up-cycled Lampshades

Then we have …

Small Objects of desire with Cas Holmes

Followed by a one day ..

Cas Holmes – Postcards

And we also have..

Print and Make with Alison Hulme

followed by..

Amanda Hislop – Sketchbook workshop

If you are interested in any of these workshops please click on the title and it will take you to the website so you can take a look at what we will be up to. If you fancy it just click on the schedule appointment button. Any problems give me a call on 01553 762115.

And as you can see I am planning right up to the end of 2019. There is more planned but as I have not finalised things I do not feel I can publish them. So keep watching and reading.