Craft Arena Workshops

PE Design Training with Lisa

Sunday, 17 December 2017 - 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. Lisa will take you through the basics of using Brother computer software to create your own designs. This is the fourth in a series of training classes.

Price: 
£30.00

Crochet Edgings & Corner to Corner Crochet with Sue

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

In our last crochet class of the year, Sue will be putting the finishing touches to our cushion by covering crochet edging. She will also be revising corner to corner crochet. This class is for those who have been on previous classes, but you can join us if you wish to put an edging on your own work.

Price: 
£35.00

Fabric Memory book with Denise

Thursday, 1 February 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Ideal for keeping lasting memories of a wedding, birth or a loved one, we will make a unique canvas book, show you how to print photographs onto fabric, collage with trimmings and give you ideas for stitching and finishing your book.
Bring our own digital photographs to include in your book. Materials (apart from photographs) will be provided, but you can bring your own memory fabric, buttons etc to include if you wish.

Price: 
£65.00

Lino Printing with Lynne - 3rd February

Saturday, 3 February 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

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

You learn 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 ‘Landscape’ theme for you to choose from. 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

Price: 
£65.00

Embroidery Machine Group 4th February

Sunday, 4 February 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 would love to see your work, so bring that along too.

Price: 
£10.00

Goldwork Menagerie with Wendy - 9th and 10th February

Friday, 9 February 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Saturday, 10 February 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

This two day workshop will use goldwork embroidery and silk shading to construct beautiful pictures. You will have a choice of animals to work on. One kit is provided and more will be available to purchase if you are a quick worker or if you want to do more at home. A requirements list is also available if you wish to bring some of your own materials.

This class is suitable for anyone who has basic embroidery stitches and those who would like to take their skills further.

Price: 
£120.00

PE Design Training with Lisa 18th February

Sunday, 18 February 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. Lisa will take you through the basics of using Brother computer software to create your own designs. Just bring a pen and paper to take notes!

Price: 
£10.00

Yarn Forward Knitting Group 21st February

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

Our first knitting & crochet group of the new year will be planning for the next few months. Come and join us to knit, crochet, ask questions and show what we have been up to since our last meeting.

Price: 
£10.00

Yarn Forward Knitting Group 21st February

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

Welcome the new year with our knitting & crochet group. There will be free yarn, free patterns, discounts on any Rowan yarn you purchase and plenty of chatting and laughter if the last few sessions are anything to go by! If you have any challenges or questions, there is bound to be someone here to help, and we would love to see your current project.

Price: 
£10.00

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

Price: 
£65.00

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?

Price: 
£10.00

Print & Stitch: Gelli Plate Printing - 18th March

Sunday, 18 March 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Not edible jelly! Find out how to use a Gelli Plate to make monoprint on paper and fabric using masks, blocks and stamps as well as making your own marks. You will create beautiful printed backgrounds which can be used in further work, including future workshops with Denise, when we will be using them with embroidery and collage.

Price: 
£65.00

Yarn Forward Knitting Group 21st March

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

Our regular Wednesday slot for our knitting & crochet group. There will be free yarn, free patterns, discounts on any Rowan yarn you purchase and plenty of chatting and laughter if previous sessions are anything to go by! If you have any challenges or questions, there is bound to be someone here to help. As always we love to see your current projects, so why not bring them along?.

Price: 
£10.00

Intermediate Powertex with Denise 24th March

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

This workshop will allow you to create beautiful 3D mixed media creations in a variety of colours and refine your skills with this versatile sculpting medium. You will use fabric, inclusions, paint and Powertex to make at least two items. 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 those who have played with Powertex before.

Price: 
£65.00

Workshops to fit in with you

Beading on Fabric

Learn basic beading techniques for incorporating beads into textile work. £50 per person

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

Price: 
£50

Canvaswork Scissor Keeper

Make a scissor-keeper or handbag charm using basic canvaswork stitches. (Scissors included.) £40 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement.
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Price: 
£40

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.

£50 per person

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

Price: 
£50

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.

£50 for a single 2 hour session, or you can save money by booking a course of six 2 hour sessions for £275, 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: 
£50/£275

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. £50 per person

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

Price: 
£50

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.
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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. £25 per hour

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement.
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Price: 
£25

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. £130 per person for all 3 sessions

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement.
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Price: 
£130

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. £40 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement.
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Price: 
£40

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. £60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement.
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Price: 
£60

Needlefelting

Using hand-felting techniques, find out how to combine threads fabric and fibres together to create textured backgrounds for either machine or hand stitching. £50 per person.

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement.
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Price: 
£50

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. £50 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement.
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Price: 
£50

Textured Stitching

Learn a variety of embroidery stitches which will give texture and form to your work. Suitable for beginners and those wanting to expand their stitch portfolio.

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement.
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Price: 
£35

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.
£150 per person. Ask for details of our next course

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement.
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Price: 
£150

Working with Dissolvable Fabric

We will 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: 
£50

Working with Mixed Media

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

£50 per person

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

Price: 
£50