Craft Arena Workshops

Powertex with Denise - Saturday 5th October

Saturday, 5 October 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Join Denise for a day of Powertex fun! Using fabric, Powertex and mixed media, plus wood and clay inclusions, you will have a choice of items to decorate depending on your skill level.

There will be an opportunity to make, amongst other things, vessels, a clock, or boxes.

All skill levels are welcome, including beginners. Materials will be provided.

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

Price: 
£70.00

Machine Embroidery Group - Sunday 6th October

Sunday, 6 October 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

A series of informal monthly sessions to help you get the most from your embroidery machine. This month we will be giving a demonstration on Free Standing Lace with a Halloween focus.

Price: 
£10.00

Vintage Mixed Media Spool with Viv Mitchell - Sunday 13th October

Sunday, 13 October 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

To complement their exhibition ’Perfect Pattern’, Viv from the Material Girls will be showing you how to paint a vintage textile spool and make a decorative hanging.

All materials will be provided but you may like to bring some of your own ephemera to include in your finished spool to make a personal statement.

Price: 
£50.00

Yarn Forward - Wednesday 16th October

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Our regular Yarn Forward knitting and crochet group.

Bring your own yarn work along to knit or crochet and if you have any challenges, there will sure to be someone here who can help.

For complete beginners, and those who are a bit more experienced, you can work that yarn and chat at the same time, and you always leave with a free gift!

Price: 
£10.00

Beginner's PE Design training with Lisa - Sunday 20th October

Sunday, 20 October 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

If you have challenges using Brother PE Design software for your embroidery machine, then this class is for you. Lisa will take you through the programme, showing you where to find the basic features and how to use them. Once you have attended this training, you will be able to join Lisa's more advanced sessions.

This class is suitable for complete beginners and those who wish to refresh their skills with either PE Design 10 or 11.

Price: 
£35.00

Needlefelting with Denise - Wednesday 23rd October

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Join Denise for a day of needlefelting.

You will learn the basics and explore ways of using different thread, fibres and fabric, utilizing colour to make 2D pictures.

We will discuss 3D modelling and have a play with the Baby lock Embellisher. 

Price: 
£65.00

Zentangle with Caroline - Friday 25th October

Friday, 25 October 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

For those who have tried Zentangle before, this class will take your knowledge further.

Caroline McNamarra, a certified Zentangel tutor, will help you extend your skills as part of her international Zentangle exhibition.

Look out for news of beginner sessions coming soon.

Price: 
£65.00

Williams Leaves and Morris Birds with Wendy - Saturday 26th October

Saturday, 26 October 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Wendy will give you a choice of designs to work with in this Goldwork class, inspired by William Morris.

All materials will be provided. The class is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who are more advanced and wish to extend their skills.

Price: 
£65.00

Aurifil Weekend - Saturday and Sunday 26th/27th October

Saturday, 26 October 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Sunday, 27 October 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Following the resounding success of our Aurifil Event last year, we are holding another Aurifil weekend on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October.

Entry is free.

We will be concentrating on machine stitching on Saturday and will feature hand embroidery on Sunday.

There will be free goody bags, free patterns, demonstrations and workshops so look out for more details soon.

Beginners Zentangle - Saturday 2nd November

Saturday, 2 November 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Caroline McNamara will be introducing you to basic techniques in this session.

Your designs will be perfect for translating into hand or machine stitch and mixed media work.

The examples shown here were made at a previous Craft Arena workshop

Caroline is a certified Zentangle® tutor.

Price: 
£20.00

Intermediate Zentangle - Saturday 2nd November

Saturday, 2 November 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

For those who have tried Zentangle® before, this class will take your knowledge further.

Caroline McNamarra, a certified Zentangle® tutor, will help you extend your skills.

Price: 
£45.00

Machine Embroidery Group - Sunday 3rd November

Sunday, 3 November 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Our regular series of informal monthly sessions to help you get the most from your embroidery machine. This month we will be showing designs with a Christmas theme.

Price: 
£10.00

Mixed Media Glass Plate with Denise - Friday 8th November

Friday, 8 November 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Using the latest Christmas rice papers and mixed media products from Stamperia and Pentart, you will be decorating a glass plate.

You will have choice of designs to work with. Papers on offer may be different to that shown

Price: 
£45.00

Christmas Goldwork with Wendy - Saturday 9th November

Saturday, 9 November 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

This year's Christmas Goldwork class with Wendy will give you the opportunity to try a little needle lace in the form of leaves for this pretty holly design which can be used as a tree decoration, a box top or framed as a gift.

All materials will be provided, including the hoop.

The class is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who are more advanced and wish to extend their skills

Price: 
£65.00

A Credence of Stitchers - Sunday 10th November

Sunday, 10 November 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Join our stitching group where you can stitch, chat and get a bit of advice if you need it!

Any type of hand embroidery is welcome.

You will receive a gift worth at least £5 when you attend, this will consist of hand embroidery related items - it may be threads, patterns or accessories or a combination of both.

In case you were wondering, Credence is a 15th Century collective noun for a number of stitchers!

Price: 
£10.00

Textures & Memories with Alysn Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th Nov - Deposit

Saturday, 16 November 2019 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
Sunday, 17 November 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

We are very excited to host a workshop by Alysn, one of Denise's favourite Textile Artists, while Alysn is in the UK on her 2019 workshop tour of the UK.

The workshop will run over two days and will include a design element based on your photographic memories, incorporating image transfer, texture using mixed media, felting, burning, stitch and beads.

We are asking for a £50 deposit to reserve your place as we anticipate the workshop will be fully subscribed. The total cost of the workshop will be £150 for two days including most materials although you may wish to include some of your own.

The requirements list can be downloaded by clicking the link below. Find out more about Alysn here

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

Price: 
£50.00

Yarn Forward - Wednesday 20th November

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Our regular Yarn Forward knitting and crochet group.

Bring your own yarn work along to knit or crochet and if you have any challenges, there will sure to be someone here who can help.

For complete beginners, and those who are a bit more experienced, you can work that yarn and chat at the same time, and you always leave with a free gift!

Price: 
£10.00

Christmas Zentangle Friday 22nd November

Friday, 22 November 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

For those who have tried Zentangle® before, this class will take your knowledge further and give you the opportunity to make seasonal designs.

Caroline McNamarra, a certified Zentangle® tutor, will help you extend your skills..

Look out for news of beginner sessions coming soon

Price: 
£65.00

Christmas Powertex with Denise - Saturday 23rd November

Saturday, 23 November 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Join Denise for our annual Christmas Powertex class. Using fabric, Powertex and mixed media, plus wood and clay inclusions, you will make a Christmas themed item. All materials are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own items to include with your work.

This workshop is aimed those who have used Powertex before and will feature new designs to decorate.

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

Price: 
£70.00

PE Design with Lisa - Sunday 24th November

Sunday, 24 November 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Join Lisa to learn more about using Brother PE Design Software.

This class is for those who know the basics of PE Design software for Brother Embroidery machines. On this class we will be covering Applique and Badges.

Ask about our next Beginners session.

Price: 
£35.00

Christmas Stumpwork with Wendy - Saturday 7th December

Saturday, 7 December 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Price: 
£65.00

Tambour Beadwork with Angela - Saturday 14th December

Saturday, 14 December 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Join Angela Woodget for a whole day of Tambour Beading. This delicate form of beading onto fabric can be used to enhance garments, make accessories or pictures.

Angela will start with the basics in the morning and show you more advanced techniques in the afternoon.

This class is perfect for beginners or those who wish to refresh their skills.

Price: 
£65.00

Workshops to fit in with you

Beading on Fabric

Learn basic beading techniques for incorporating beads into textile work. £60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Crochet with Denise

Whether you are a complete beginner or wish to develop your skills, Denise will tailor this 2 hour workshop to suit your skills.
From starting to crochet making a granny square to working in rows or showing you how to work from a pattern, you will learn more about this popular craft.

£60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Embroidery and Mixed Media

Learn to develop your own ideas (or let us help you form a project) for embroidery and textile work. We will discuss what you wish to achieve, resolving your design, transferring it from paper to fabric and discuss types of stitching, thread and other techniques to be used. If time allows, we will begin work on your design.

This is a one to one workshop.

£60 for a single 2 hour session, or you can save money by booking a course of six 2 hour sessions for £300, where we will explore different media and techniques to develop your textile art and ideas further.

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60/£300

Free Machine Embroidery

Learn to create patterns on fabric by 'drawing' with your sewing machine. Once you have learnt this technique, you will be able to stitch your own designs on clothing and household items or use your new skill in textile art. For this session, you can bring in your own machine, or use one of ours. £60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Fusing Fabric

With a special soldering iron-like tool, explore the possibilities of cutting and fusing synthetic fabric using heat.

A maximum of four students will be accepted on this workshop. £50 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£50

Get To Know Your Sewing Machine

Is your sewing machine feeling neglected? Have you had your machine for ages and don't know how it works? Why not book a special one to one at Craft Arena to learn how to use it! You could soon be following the latest trends in fashion and updating your wardrobe, making gifts for friends, family and home or setting free your artistic talents by creating your own textile art. £30 per hour

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£30

Hardanger

Learn this traditional Norwegian embroidery which uses blocks of satin stitch, cut work and needle weaving. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience. This course covers three sessions. These are 3 hour workshops. Ask for details of our next course. £175 per person for all 3 sessions

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£175

Microwave Dyeing

Dyeing on silk fabric and threads using the microwave and two types of dye to create beautiful backgrounds for embroidery or textile work. We will be experimenting with cotton too. £65 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£65

Mixed Media Tablet and Phone Wallet

Using painting, printing and bonding techniques and decorative stitches from your machine, we will make a wallet for your tablet and phone. All materials are included in this workshop, but don't forget to bring your tablet and phone with you so that we can made it the correct size! The wallet will fit up to a 10” tablet. £65 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£65

Needlefelting

Using dry-felting techniques, find out how to combine threads fabric and fibres together to create textured backgrounds for either machine or hand stitching. We will cover the basics of needlefelting pictures and contemporary designs by hand and will also show how an embellishing machine can be used to speed up the process of creating backgrounds for further work. £60 per person.

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Silk Paper

We will use silk with other fibres and mixed media to make wonderful textured surfaces which can be used for stitching, vessels and even jewellery. £60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Wet Felting ~ Two Day workshop

In this two day workshop we will learn the basics of felting, making pre-felt in the first session which will be used on the second day to create other items.
£125 per person. Ask for details of our next course

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£125

Working with Dissolvable Fabric

Learn how to experiment with various makes of dissolvable fabrics to create textured backgrounds for further work and lace-like constructions to embellish and delight! Some experience of free machining is preferred but not essential.

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Working with Mixed Media

In this workshop we will play with different types of mixed media including Angelina fibres, puff paint and Tyvek®

£60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60