Craft Arena Workshops

Christmas Powertex with Denise Saturday 17th November

Saturday, 17 November 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

This Christmas themed Powertex class is aimed at those who have tried this versatile medium before.

You will have a choice between a variety of Christmas related items including trees, stars and tea-light holders.

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: 
£65.00

PE Design with Lisa - Manual and Auto Punch - Sunday 18th November

Sunday, 18 November 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Whether you are new to designing for your embroidery machine, or you need a refresher, this training is for you.

Just bring a pen and paper to take notes! On this session Lisa will be covering Manual and Auto Punch.

This class is for those who know the basics of PE Design. Ask about our next beginners class.

Price: 
£30.00

Yarn Forward - Wednesday 21st November

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 - 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 is 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

Aurifil Weekend

Saturday, 24 November 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Sunday, 25 November 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Craft Arena is holding a special Aurifil Event on Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th November from 10.30 am to 4 pm each day.

Entry is free and you will be able to try out lots of different Aurfil threads for both hand and machine sewing including 50 weight, 28 weight, 12 weight, Lana, Aurifloss and Brillo.

Aurifil is versatile, strong, has a lustrous colour, produces virtually no lint and has a worldwide reputation and is used by quilters, textile artists, hand and machine embroiderers.

Aurifil was originally conceived for the Italian high fashion and luxury bed linen market and is made from long staple 100% Egyptian cotton, grown in the Mako region of Egypt on the river Nile and manufactured in Milano, Italy.

There will be a free raffle, free samples and special offers and discounts.

Water Soluble Bowls with Alex Waylett - Tuesday 27th November

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

This is a fabulous opportunity to spend the day creating your own free standing embroidered bowl. 

Through the process we will explore the different water-soluble products on the market and their appropriate uses, automatic decorative stitches and design motifs. 

The day involves intensive free- machine embroidery and your patience will be rewarded with beautiful results.

Suitable for those more experienced in machine embroidery.

A requirements list will be sent to you prior to the workshop.

Price: 
£65.00

Christmas Lino Printing with Lynne Blackburn - Saturday December 1st

Saturday, 1 December 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Join Lynne of Essex Print Studio for a fun Lino Printing workshop with a Christmas theme. Hand print your own set of Christmas cards, bottle bags and wrapping paper to take away!

We will supply all the equipment and various Christmassy items for you to print on. Design, cut and print your own design onto the cards, bottle bags and wrapping paper.

Get in the mood for Christmas - and we'll even supply the Mince Pies !!!

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Price: 
£65.00

Machine Embroidery Group - Sunday 2nd December

Sunday, 2 December 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. This month we will be discussing mongramming.

Bring along any challenges or questions you have, and there is bound to be someone here to answer them.

Price: 
£10.00

Powertex Fairy with Celia - Saturday 8th December

Saturday, 8 December 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Join Celia on her first workshop at Craft Arena where she will be showing you how to construct an armature for a figure which will you will finish using Powertex.

The picture above shows an angel/fairy made using this technique.

The class is adaptable, so if you prefer you can to leave the wings to one side and make a more down to earth (but still magical!) figure.

Price: 
£65.00

Mixed Media Mayhem with Denise - Sunday 9th December: Morning and Afternoon Sessions

Sunday, 9 December 2018 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Not sure how to use your mixed media supplies? Confused between different pastes and mediums? In this special workshop, Denise will demonstrate as many different types of mixed media as she can cram in to the day. You will go away with mini samples which you can develop further at home or maybe they will be miniature works of art in their own right! We can’t guarantee which techniques/products will be used, it will depend on what is available and, to be honest, what Denise feels like doing. But we can guarantee that it will be fun – and mayhem!

Media/techniques may include:
• Expand Paint
• Crackle Paste
• Gel Medium
• Moulding Paste
• Bonding
• Tyvek
• Lutradur
• Stencilling
• Transfer printing
• Embossing powders

If there are any techniques you would like to see included, let Denise know and she will do her best to include them.

You can also book just for the morning session, or the afternoon session.

Price: 
£50.00

Mixed Media Mayhem with Denise - Sunday 9th December: Morning Session

Sunday, 9 December 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Not sure how to use your mixed media supplies? Confused between different pastes and mediums? In this special workshop, Denise will demonstrate as many different types of mixed media as she can cram in to each session. You will go away with mini samples which you can develop further at home or maybe they will be miniature works of art in their own right! You can also book for the afternoon session, or both morning and afternoon sessions. We can’t guarantee which techniques/products will be used, it will depend on what is available and, to be honest, what Denise feels like doing. But we can guarantee that it will be fun – and mayhem!

Media/techniques may include:
• Expand Paint
• Crackle Paste
• Gel Medium
• Moulding Paste
• Bonding
• Tyvek
• Lutradur
• Stencilling
• Transfer printing
• Embossing powders

If there are any techniques you would like to see included, let Denise know and she will do her best to include them.

Price: 
£30.00

Mixed Media Mayhem with Denise - Sunday 9th December: Afternoon Session

Sunday, 9 December 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Not sure how to use your mixed media supplies? Confused between different pastes and mediums? In this special workshop, Denise will demonstrate as many different types of mixed media as she can cram in to each session. You will go away with mini samples which you can develop further at home or maybe they will be miniature works of art in their own right! You can also book for the morning session, or both morning and afternoon sessions. We can’t guarantee which techniques/products will be used, it will depend on what is available and, to be honest, what Denise feels like doing. But we can guarantee that it will be fun – and mayhem!

Media/techniques may include:
• Expand Paint
• Crackle Paste
• Gel Medium
• Moulding Paste
• Bonding
• Tyvek
• Lutradur
• Stencilling
• Transfer printing
• Embossing powders

If there are any techniques you would like to see included, let Denise know and she will do her best to include them.

Price: 
£30.00

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