Welcome to the Craft Arena website!

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 Gallery 50, our dedicated Textile Art Gallery. Find us upstairs in the Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay, Essex.

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

Brother Software Surgery - PE Design 10

Thursday, 4 May 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Rachel will be giving an overview of PE Design 10 software and show how it can be used to digitize and stitch designs using Brother embroidery machines.
She will also answer any questions you have about the use of the software. You must own a Brother machine and PE Design software to attend this workshop.
Places are limited so book now and get a Goody Bag worth at least £10!

Price: 
£10.00

Brother Software Surgery - PE Design Plus 2

Thursday, 4 May 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Rachel from Brother will be giving an overview of PE Design Plus software and show how it can be used to digitize and stitch designs using Brother embroidery machines.
She will also answer any questions you have about the use of the software. You must own a Brother machine and PE Design software to attend this workshop.
Places are limited so book now and get a Goody Bag worth at least £10!

Price: 
£10.00

Introduction to Crochet with Sue Broughton

Saturday, 6 May 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Whether you have not tried crochet before, or you would like to refresh your skills, this introduction to crochet with Sue will set you on the right track. Yarn will be provided. Bring your own 3mm crochet hook or borrow one of ours.

Part of our Yarn Shop Day celebrations.

This workshop is now fully booked and a waiting list is in operation. Please contact us for more details

Price: 
£10.00

Crochet Lace Necklace with Sue Broughton

Saturday, 6 May 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

As part of our Yarn Shop Day celebrations, learn to crochet one of these delicate lace necklets with Sue. This introductory workshop is suitable for those who have some crochet experience.
Yarn included. Bring along your own 3mm crochet hook for the 4 ply version, 2mm for the finer beaded one or borrow one of our crochet hooks.

This workshop is now fully booked and a waiting list is in operation. Please contact us for more details

Price: 
£10.00

Yarn Shop Day Charity Knit-a-thon

Sunday, 7 May 2017 - 10:30am to 3:00pm

Come along and knit a row of our charity scarf as part of our yarn day celebrations!

Help raise money for St. Luke's Hospice by knitting a row for 10p. We supply the wool and kitting needles, and all money raised will go to St. Luke's

Machine Embroidered Stitch Samples with Alex Waylett

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

This day is ideal for beginners as well as those wishing to increase their knowledge of techniques available to the machine embroiderer.

You will produce a multitude of samples using various stitch patterns and types of thread. The afternoon will be spent creating new fabric using water soluble fabric and the free machine foot.

Materials included

This workshop is now fully booked and a waiting list is in operation. Please contact us for more details

Price: 
£65.00