The opening of a new studio at Eau Brink is the fulfilment of a long-held ambition for textile artist Anita O’Neill.
Eau Brink Studio opened its doors for business on Friday at Anita’s home in Eau Brink Cottage, where a double garage has been converted into the light and spacious venue for her new business.
Here crafting workshops will be held led by experts from all over the country where people can try their hand at learning and developing a range of skills including embroidery, quilting and felting.
The first experienced artist to lead workshops last weekend was Abbie Searle, from Devon, whose subject was reverse machine applique. Forthcoming subjects include rag rugs, needlefelting animals and goldwork, using threads, leather and beads, and screenprinting.
Anita, who holds a City and Guilds diploma in embroidery and design and is now in the second year of a degree in textiles, said: “I have started this venture as I found that if I wanted to learn a new technique I had to either go to North Norfolk or to Norwich if I wanted to stay in the county.
“Otherwise I have travelled all over the country to gain the new skills I wanted. I am sure I am not the only person in West Norfolk to feel that a studio was needed within easy reach of home.”
Anita has just retired from a career in nursing. She said: “After many years of working in healthcare, I have retired and decided to return to fabric.
“It’s fulfilling my long term ambition as I have always liked teaching and helping others and this venture combines both those things.”
The studio will hold courses which are run on weekdays, weekends and in the evenings. The crafting workshops are open to people of all abilities, whether they are beginners or more experienced but wanting to learn new skills.
For more information about the studio and forthcoming workshops, visit www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk or call 01553 762115 or 07827674920.