workspace Archives - EAU Brink Studio

April 28, 2019
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Whats happening in the studio now then? A big spring clean.

I have spent some time looking at all of the stuff in the studio and shed and thinking about how a great deal of it is not used. Some has never been used and some has not been used for some time. So why keep it?

Today I sorted out all  old sketch books , took out the pages I wanted to keep, then burnt the rest. What a difference that has made to one of the shelves in the studio. I then moved onto the massive pile of papers and card and did the same thing.

Guess what is next? Fabric. I have a huge amount of furniture and curtain fabric that keeps coming into the studio and I will probably never use it. I cannot bring myself to burn it so will be using some for inspiration packs and maybe some for the school clubs. The rest will be up for grabs or going into the recycling centre.

Why the big spring clean I hear you ask. Well there is far too much stuff in this studio and the shed is so full, when looking for something I knocked over a huge basket of glass which is now behind a load of chairs probably broken. At this time I cannot get to it to clear it up.

The paint cupboard is done and all old paints have gone. Same with old dyes. When I say old I do mean over 10 years old. It is quite liberating.

Whats been happening otherwise?

The Easter weekend was a great one at the Barn. We took our sheep for a day out and the visitors loved seeing them. I demonstrated how to clean the fleece and card it using the drum carder. Children in particular were interested to see where wool comes from.

 

Also the West Norfolk Artists had an exhibition at Thornham. It was great to see everyone’s work.

Then came the Doughty Road Show this weekend. Thank you all for coming to look at my stall and for stopping by for a chat. I was amazed to find that it only took 1.5 hours for the Bosal rolls to sell. I will be trying to get more in for the Makit fair at Peterborough. Remember if you bought any to make jelly roll rugs that you must work on a flat surface and keep stopping to iron it if need be. Otherwise they make a lovely pet bed.

Coming up

We do have space this coming week for Experimental Wednesday. We will be working on a technique of layering to make items using machine embroidery. Based on Nikki Parmeters work from the Wow series. Pictures will be taken of the work and sent to Maggie Grey to see how we progress. Sewing machine is required on Wednesday.

 

We only have four spaces available for the Pauline Wrighton workshop this month “Finding your Feet”. This is a workshop for anyone who would like to know what the different feet are for on their sewing machine and how they can be used for more creative sewing as well as the more traditional.

 

This year we have sold our lambs on to lovely new homes. One is going to a vicarage and the other to the Barn as part of their petting animals. the other is staying with us.  Mums are being sheared in the next couple of weeks so more fleece to process.

I hope you all enjoy the warmer days and longer evenings.

Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 


January 20, 2019
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Gathering Inspiration can be a real treat as this week can testify.

Spending a day in London with all the colours, shapes and sounds brings a huge amount of ideas. But the most inspiring came not from Kensington Palace as expected but from The Royal Opera House.

The Royal Opera house has layers of boxes, seats, lights, and sweeping curves with the gold and red. It is stunning as this link to a little video shows. https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/1973974682906696/

An evening in this place lifts the spirits no end. What did I see? The Nutcracker.

Looking at the fabrics, costumes and general bling for this lovely ballet makes me realise how hard the teams work to put on this entertainment. And that is not including the hours of practice the dancers put in. Well worth a visit.

But what about Kensington Palace? We looked at the fabulous rooms of course and the staircases. We loved the Princess Diana clothes, and the clothes from the film The Favourite which of course is about Queen Anne.

 

Unfortunately the rooms for Queen Victoria were closed but we did get to look at the fabulous Tiaras she wore.  I was rather taken by this suite even though my theme at the moment is red and not green.

 

King’s Lynn Embroiderers Guild.

Why a red theme you ask?

I am currently working on a number of items for the King’s Lynn Embroiderers Guild Exhibition in July. We will be at St Nicholas Chapel so come and take a look at what we get up to. the Exhibition theme is the rainbow so it will be colourful.

We have room for stall holders if you are interested, your stall must be textiles of some sort. Fabric based, weaving, threads, found materials, anything that can be used for textiles so that includes decoration and paints too.

Reminder.

Just to remind you that you can rent Eau Brink Studio for anything from one hour to the entire day for your projects large or small. You get to use all the facilities, cake is supplied, heating or air conditioning depending on the weather. There is a large working area. Large enough to lay out an entire quilt if needed. Just give Anita a call on 01553 762115 or email on [email protected] for further details.

Wednesday 23rd of January is the next Experimental Wednesday. If you want to join us just go to  https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/event/experimental-wednesday-2-2/  and book in. You can be at the beginning of your artistic journey to join in or just looking to perfect your skills. We stat at 10 am and finish at 4 pm.

You will be welcomed with tea and home made lemon cake. So why not pop in and try something new?

 


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.

 

 

 

 


December 3, 2018
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I have been wrapping it up with the fairs for this year. So now I have a little more time for other things such as my own development. But just to show you a little of what I have been making take a look at this little video.

I am going to be concentrating on bringing in the traditional work with art. How exciting is that?

May be a little more of items like this one. Which is now in Hampshire. I plan to use more natural fabrics and fleece in my work . You are welcome to come along and join me in this little adventure.

 

I am determined to get to grips with my Scan and Cut. I can use it for paper and felt but have not yet mastered it for fabric. This is going to be my challenge for the coming month ready for the new year. Next weeks blog will be about how I am getting on with it. About time too as I have had the machine since it was launched in the UK. I bet I am not the only one. I wonder how many of you have a machine of some description you do not use to its full potential?

To combat this problem I am going to be at Silverwood in Long Sutton once a month to show you how to use your sewing machines to make items using cords and free motion embroidery. I have also asked a lovely lady to come to Eau Brink Studio to teach us all how to get the most out of all of the feet our machines have. Keep an eye out for this one.

I have started to write a number of blogs for the coming year which will give you tips and links to videos on how to items. Such as how to use natural dyes.


November 5, 2018

We are at that time of the year where It’s Busy. The new school year is underway.

Everybody is beginning to think about Christmas and that means fairs and new items to make. such as our Powertex Candle holders that make fabulous night lights with the colour changing battery candles.

There are two types. Glasses and bowls. To see the bowls changing colours follow this link. https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/696953244031107/

Both are very elegant and easy to use without the risk of fire. They make fabulous gifts.

 

Also after attending the workshop with  Moira and her faces I have become obsessed with them. I have been making smaller faces in frames as well as the larger ones. Do they remind you of anyone you know?

I will be having these and other items with me at Dents Farm on the weekend of the 9th November as well as at the Winter fest in Wymondham on the 1st December. Why not come along and say hello?

I am also looking at making pets with this technique too.

 

Amanda Hislop weekend
Layers of papers ready for stitch

We are looking at the new years programme. so far we have many things planned but they do need a little tweaking.  Such as the Experimental Wednesdays. A group has grown out of this that meets on the first Wednesday of the month. We are almost at capacity for this group. I am capping the numbers so that everyone gets plenty of space to work in. I am going to continue to run other Wednesdays for beginners and then when there is room beginners can move into the group once up to speed.

 

Learning new stitches
Stitch library

Embroidery Mondays will also be changing to a day where you can come along and enjoy traditional hand stitch. Rather than it being a structured class, learners can dip in and out as they want. The day will start at 10 and end at 4. Materials will not be included in the price as it can be expensive. However I will have the materials here if you wish to purchase them. For learners who are totally new to embroidery you will be given a choice of printed linens to use to practice your stitching. This will give you finished items to remind you of your stitches.

On another note a Ram called Tornado has been chasing our three girls around the garden and has settled in for the next few weeks. I am not sure if the girls like him as much as they did like Conkers.

Marlow is spending his days chasing herons out of the pond and the resident crows have been joining in. Hopefully the heron will give up and move on soon.

And lastly the chickens have molted so hopefully now the egg production will increase again. That means more cake.


October 22, 2018

This week and next at Eau Brink Studio.

What have we been up to then?  Apart from making items to see that is.

Running successful Airbnb experiences. I am amazed at how many people want to book through Airbnb for their play days. This week was all about dyeing with Acid dyes.

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A great day full of bright colours. Everybody enjoyed their day and took home a huge amount of finished fleece. Some even bought yarn they had spun to dye.

This encouraged a great debate on how to spin your yarn as well as if its best to dye it first.

The outcome of this debate was of course what ever suits you.

In school this week the children made spooky decorations including bat garlands. The aim of the day was to improve scissor skills.

The week ended with the King’s Lynn Embroidery Guild workshop with Moira Neale. Stitching quirky faces. Everybody managed to finish a face and they were all very different. We started the day worrying about the drawing side of it but found that it was not a problem. the quirkier the better for this one.  Moira will be attending the King’s Lynn Embroiderers guild on the 29th May 2019 to talk to us about an old cotton sheet? It will be fascinating to see what she is going to tell us she made from the sheet.

 

Next week is the Wymondahm Makers Art and Craft Exhibition. Why not come along and take a look at the fantastic items on offer. It opens on Tuesday the 23rd October and ends on Sunday 4th November. And whilst your in Wymondham why not call in to The Big C for some supplies?

 

 

On a more personal note. this week I managed to master a new move in Aerial Slings.

I love this type of exercise as it challenges me as well as makes me fitter and stronger.

It really helps with those aches and pains.

 

 

For those of you who are part of the Embroiderers Guild or want to join the King’s Lynn Branch why not pop over to the Facebook Page and have a snoop around. It is being updated this week so you may see lots of posts initially but it will then calm down to only a few a week.


August 20, 2018
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A Busy Week at Eau Brink Studio teaching, making and organising new mugs and coasters.

On Monday a lady and her daughter came to learn how to embroider onto calico. The aim was to make little bags to put herbs in to raise money for a local carehome.

Tuesday was all about the stitching. Machining items to sell such as the scissor holders. Aslo learning how to make small items of interest for craft stalls.

Wednesday children arrived to make a memory book, using many art techniques. At the end we printed out the pictures of them working to pasted them into the books. It was a great day of fun and mess.

At the end of the day the books looked fantastic.

 

Powertex Thursday. We had a lovely group in this week including a father and daughter who spent the day making brooches, dog tags, this lovely heart, and may other items. The interaction  in the group was great with everyone sharing ideas and helping each other to create fabulous items using Powertex. Our next Powertex workshop is on Thursday 23rd of August from 10am till 4pm.

 

Friday saw young textilers coming in to learn how to fill up their sketchbooks with colour techniques. They went on to make felt and use the sewing machines to make cords and use solvable film with free motion embroidery. To see what they go up to follow this link. https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/255423328628941/

And Saturday we enjoyed a day of Eco dyeing. Where we used a mixture of flowers and foliage from the garden as well as dried natural dye stuffs. The results were amazing and to see what we got up to just follow the link. https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/280654236087539/

Steaming flowers in fabric to be unwrapped the next day.

Sometimes the studio was very fragrant with fruit and flowers and I have to report there was one dye pot that smelt like rotten spouts.

If you fancy joining in on any of our workshops just go to https://www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/events/

Whats coming up?

Every Thursday is Powertex Thursday and you are welcome to join us at any time.

Wednesdays are Experimental days and on the first Wednesday of every month we have a lovely group of ladies who have got together to form the Experimentals group. This group is almost at capacity now so if you fancy joining them come along and meet the ladies to see what we get up to.

We are fast approaching September and that means Abigail Mill, Cas Holmes workshops. Along with the regular workshops of Embroidery Monday, Experimental Wednesday, and Powertex Thursday,

I will also be at Downham Market selling items at a craft fair on the 2nd of September and at The Hand Made Fair at Hampton Court for three days from the 14th of September.

Come along to say hello at any time as the kettle is always on and I always have home made cakes for you to enjoy.

See you soon.

Anita

 

 


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At Eau Brink Studio you can rent space from 1 hour up to a day.

Giving you the time to either work on your own projects or organise your workshops to teach. 

Prices start at £5.00 per hour per person for you to work on your own projects. 

To rent the studio for a day to run  your own workshops the cost is £20.00 per person. 

Drip dye onto it or dip it?
Wrap it, tie it, scrunch it.

Included in the cost is a large light working space. Tea and coffee. 

large working area
Light and spacious

Materials and sewing machines can be provided at an extra cost.


June 15, 2018
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At Eau Brink Studio you can rent space from 1 hour up to a day.

Giving you the time to either work on your own projects or organise your workshops to teach. 

Prices start at £5.00 per hour per person for you to work on your own projects. 

To rent the studio for a day to run  your own workshops the cost is £20.00 per person. 

Drip dye onto it or dip it?
Wrap it, tie it, scrunch it.

Included in the cost is a large light working space. Tea and coffee. 

large working area
Light and spacious

Materials and sewing machines can be provided at an extra cost.