Welcome to the Craft Arena website!

The now larger Craft Arena sells needlecraft, knitting, crochet, mixed media and craft supplies, Brother sewing machines, haberdashery, beads, craft books, gifts and textile art. We hold regular workshops in a variety of crafts, and showcase the work of local artists in frequently changing exhibitions at Alchemy, our dedicated Textile Art Gallery. Find us upstairs in the Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay, Essex, Studios 49 - 51

At Craft Arena we either use or personally recommend everything we sell. If you have a specific requirement please contact us and we will do our best to help. We stock a wide range of Brother Sewing and Embroidery machines and offer a full personal demonstration before you buy so that you get the right machine for your needs. We also give FREE training on most machines so that you can make the most of your new purchase.

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I look forward to seeing you in the studio soon.

Workshops - coming soon

Yarn Forward Knitting Group 21st February

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Our Yarn Forward knitting and crochet group returns after it's winter break, with a yarn scrummage. Come and join us and you will go away with lots of free yarn! You can also knit, crochet, ask questions and show what you have been up to since our last meeting.


Beginner's Powertex with Denise 24th February

Saturday, 24 February 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

If you have not used this unique medium before, you are in for a treat! This workshop will allow you to create beautiful fabric works of art in a variety of colours and take your skills forward. You will use fabric, inclusions, paint and Powertex to make a textured panel. All materials are provided for you in this workshop, but please feel free to bring your own embellishments to add to your work. This workshop is suitable for beginners.

Although Denise is not an accredited Powertex trainer, she enjoys using and exploring the possibilities of this versatile medium, incorporating different media to expand and extend its potential


Embroidery Machine Group 4th March

Sunday, 4 March 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

A series of informal monthly sessions to help you get the most from your embroidery machine. A different machine embroidery technique will be covered each month. Bring along any challenges or questions and there will be someone here to answer them.
We love to see your work, so why not bring that along too?


Fluid Art with Emma Elysha 10th March

Saturday, 10 March 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Also known as paint pouring, flow art or liquid art, fluid art is a form of abstract art that uses acrylic paints with a runny (fluid) consistency. The acrylic paints react with each other when combined together with silicon to make interesting and visually organic motifs. Fluid acrylics can be used on many types of substrates and in many different forms such as pouring, dripping, swirling, glazing, dipping and many other effects. It opens up a lot of possibilities and is definitely worth exploring and adding to your artist tool belt. In this class Emma will teach you the basics you will need to become a paint pouring artist.

This workshop is now full. Please contact us to be put on our waiting list


Seed Head Panel With Alex Waylett Wednesday/Thursday 14th/15th March 2018

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Thursday, 15 March 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Applique linen panel
A two day intensive course creating a beautiful contemporary panel incorporating a multitude of techniques to include colour, design, perspective and composition, image transfer, 3-d structural applique, stitch textures and thread painting. You will be taken step by step and rewarded with the completion of your embroidered and embellished wall hanging. An ideal course for beginners and for those wishing to build on their free machine embroidery experience. Materials included.


Crochet Along with Sue Broughton - Friday March 16th

Friday, 16 March 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join Sue for her latest crochet project for those who have learnt the basics. You will be helped to gain confidence with pattern-reading skills as well as learning new stitches and techniques to make a patchwork cushion which could be expanded to make this beautiful blanket. You will be able to join us at any stage of this series of classes as long as you are familiar with basic crochet stitches. If you are a newcomer to crochet, ask about our beginners class.