Craft Arena Workshops

Yarn Forward Knitting Group Wednesday 18th July

Wednesday, 18 July 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

Mixed Media Travel Journal with Nick Kimber Friday 20th July

Friday, 20 July 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Using several different types of mixed media, papers, paints and stitch, you will make a journal which can be used to record your travels.

You will leave the workshop with a book having coloured and textured pages for you to finish and add to at home or away.

The illustration shows how the book may look once it is completed

Price: 
£65.00

Repeat Lino Printing with Lynne Sunday 22nd July

Sunday, 22 July 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

Join artist & printmaker Lynne Blackburn of Essex Print Studio for a one day ‘Repeat Pattern Lino Printing’ workshop.

You will learn how to design a repeat pattern and transfer it to the lino block for cutting; how to use the tools and inks used in linocut printing, and how to hand carve a design and take prints from it. Linocuts can be printed easily by hand or with a simple press.

Lynne will bring a number of designs based around a theme of ‘Patterns’ for you to choose from but you are welcome to come along with your own ideas as well.

6 sheets of printmaking paper are included in the workshop price, with additional sheets available to buy if you would like to print more.

This is an ideal opportunity to learn the skills to create your own editioned prints, artist books, or posters.

While this workshop will focus on paper prints, the techniques are ideal for use with fabrics and textile art and there will be fabric available for you to try.

Price: 
£65.00

Accessory Bag with Lisa Friday 27th July

Friday, 27 July 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Never lose those sewing machine accessories again! Using ‘In the Hoop’ machine embroidery techniques,

Lisa will show you how to make a sewing pouch to keep all those hard to find essentials.

With line work on the one side, appliqué on the other and made in four 'hoopings' with just a touch of ordinary machine stitching and a tiny bit of hand stitching, you will go away with this terrific bag.

The design for the bag is included in the cost of the class, so you will be able to stitch it again at home. (Contents not included). You can bring your own machine which must be capable of in the hoop emmbroidery and have a 5 x 7 minimum hoop (ask if you aren't sure) or borrow one of ours.

Price: 
£60.00

Powertex for Beginners With Denise Saturday 28th July

Saturday, 28 July 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Create beautiful fabric works of art and take your skills forward using fabric, inclusions, paint and Powertex to make a textured panel. All materials are included 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

Price: 
£65.00

Beading: Ladder Stitch with Janette Bright Friday 3rd August Morning Session only

Friday, 3 August 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

In this first of a planned series of beading workshop you will learn ladder stitch and will begin a pretty bracelet to finish at home. Click on the picture above to see more detail of what you can do.

You can also book for the whole day here to finish off your bracelet and try additional techniques.

All materials are included in the workshop price.

Price: 
£45.00

Beading: Ladder Stitch with Janette Bright Friday 3rd August All day workshop

Friday, 3 August 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

In this first of a planned series of beading workshop you will learn ladder stitch and will begin a pretty bracelet. Click on the picture above to see more detail of what you can do.

If you prefer, you can book for just the morning session and finish your bracelet at home.

All materials are included in the booking price but if you finish your bracelet, you may wish to purchase more beads to try out more techniques in the afternoon.

Price: 
£65.00

Beginners Embroidery: Ivy Trellis with Denise Saturday 4th August

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

In this continuation of our series of beginner's embroidery classes you will learn how to use basic embroidery stitches to create this pretty sampler using lazy daisy, straight, split, satin and back stitch and simple shading. We will be offering further classes to create a sampler book in which you can display your work. This class is suitable for complete beginners and those who wish to extend their embroidery skills.

Price: 
£50.00

Floral Abstraction with Alex Waylett Sunday 5th August

Sunday, 5 August 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

This workshop is in conjunction with the Stitchers Inc exhibition in the Alchemy Gallery in August and is for those wishing to bridge the gap between design and stitch.

You will be taken through a series of confidence building, fun and quick design exercises using pen, inks and watercolours. In the afternoon you can choose to hand or machine stitch into paper or fabric and will leave with a multitude of designs to work with at home.

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

Price: 
£60.00

Machine Embroidery Group Sunday 12th August 2018

Sunday, 12 August 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 you have, and there is bound to be someone here to answer them.

PLEASE NOTE THIS SESSION IS ON THE SECOND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH ON THIS OCCASION

Price: 
£10.00

Yarn Forward Wednesday 15th August

Wednesday, 15 August 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

Crochet for Beginners with Sue Broughton Saturday 18th August

Saturday, 18 August 2018 - 10:30am to 3:00pm

Sue will take you through the basics of crochet, showing you how to begin your work and form different stitches to create beautiful crochet items. Suitable for complete beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills.

Price: 
£50.00

PE Design Software Training: Line Work with Lisa Clark Sunday 19th August

Sunday, 19 August 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 showing how to design line work.

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

Price: 
£30.00

Stitched Journal With Nick Kimber Saturday 25th August

Saturday, 25 August 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

In this class you will use various stitching techniques, both hand and machine, to make a journal which can be used as a sampler book for the stitched samples you make at Craft Arena workshops or for adding mementos and ideas.

Price: 
£65.00

Machine Embroidery Group Sunday 2nd September

Sunday, 2 September 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 you have, and there is bound to be someone here to answer them.

Price: 
£10.00

Beading: Rope Stitch With Janette Bright Friday 7th September Morning Session only

Friday, 7 September 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

In the second of our beading workshops, you will learn rope stitch and will begin a pretty bracelet.

You can finish the project at home, or continue into the afternoon session when you will also have the opportunity to expand the skills you have learned and make more samples.

You can also book for the whole day

The cost of materials for the project kit is included

Price: 
£45.00

Beading: Rope Stitch With Janette Bright Friday 7th September All Day

Friday, 7 September 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

In the second of our beading workshops, you will learn rope stitch and will begin a pretty bracelet.

You can finish the project at home, or continue into the afternoon session when you will also have the opportunity to expand the skills you have learned and make more samples.

If time is limited, you can book for the morning only

Price: 
£65.00

Crewelwork for Beginners With Marion Wood Friday 14th September

Friday, 14 September 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Learn the basic stitches used in traditional crewelwork with a modern twist.

You will be using fine wool yarn to stitch a pretty sample which can be used in further work or added to your sample book.

Suitable for complete beginners and those who wish to expand their skills

Price: 
£45.00

PE Design with Lisa Sunday 16th September

Sunday, 16 September 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 showing how to design line work.

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

Price: 
£30.00

Silk Painting for Beginners with Jannetta Sosin Friday 21st September

Friday, 21 September 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Jannetta returns to Craft Arena to take us back to basics in this silk painting class.

Using steam-fix paints, she will show you how to build layers with silk paints to create wonderful designs and pictures.

On completion, you can take your work away to fix yourself, or Jannetta will be able to do it for you.

Look out for details of our Batik with Jannetta workshop to be held on 20th October!

Price: 
£65.00

Powertex Figure with Denise Saturday 29th September

Saturday, 29 September 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

In this workshop, Denise will show you how to construct a sculptural figure using a form, fabric and Powertex, enhanced with mixed media techniques.

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

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