Craft Arena Workshops

Brother Sewing Machine Demonstrations Sunday 27th May

Sunday, 27 May 2018 - 10:30am to 3:00pm

As part of the Barleylands Village Spring Fair, Craft Arena will be holding demonstrations on our range of Brother machines. Attendance is free with no booking required, so join us to see just what you can do with one of our range of sewingand embroidery machines.

Black and White Lino Printing with Lynne Blackburn - Sunday 27th May

Sunday, 27 May 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Join Lynne for a Black & White Lino Printing workshop.

You will receive an introduction to the tools and inks used in linocut printing, will learn how to hand carve a design into the lino and take a print from it. Lynne will bring several designs, of differing skill levels, all based around an ‘Animals’ theme for you to choose from, or you can bring along your own design.

If you want to use your own design it will need to be simple and easy to hand carve into the lino; it should be A5 in size (14.8cm x 21cm) and printed out at the correct size onto paper in black and white. The examples shown will give you an idea of what to bring.

You will be given 6 sheets of printmaking paper to print on, together with fabric if you want to try it, and more will be available to purchase if you wish. Everything else you need, including inks, rollers and cutting tools, will be provided.

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

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and those that have tried this technique before.

Price: 
£65.00

Intermediate Kantha with Mali Wednesday 30th May

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Take your skills with Kantha Embroidery forward in this workshop with Mali. You will be working on pre-printed cloth which can be made into a wall hanging or cushion cover. You will learn all the skills needed to complete your work at home.

All materials are included but you may like to bring your own sewing kit (scissors, needles etc).

This workshop is suitable for those who have tried Kantha before and those who have some experience with hand embroidery.

Price: 
£60.00

Machine Embroidery Group Sunday 3rd June 2018

Sunday, 3 June 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 using Puffy Foam in your designs.

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

Price: 
£10.00

Shisha for Beginners with Mali Thursday 7th June

Thursday, 7 June 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Learn the basics of Indian Shisha embroidery with Mali.

You will be making samples of this beautiful form of Indian embroidery which can then be used in further projects.

Materials will be provided, but please bring your own sewing kit (needles, scissors etc)

Price: 
£35.00

Goldwork Monogram With Wendy Mansfield Sunday 10th June

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

Join Wendy and indulge yourself in a day of stitching.

Using silk applique, basic goldwork stitches and silk shading, you will make a beautiful monogram with the letter of your choice.

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to expand their skills. Please let us know which letter you would like to make.

Price: 
£60.00

Wet Felting with Denise 14th and 21st June

Thursday, 14 June 2018 - 10:30am to 3:00pm
Thursday, 21 June 2018 - 10:30am to 3:00pm

On 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.

You can bring your own simple picture on which to base your design, use one of ours or even make it up as you go!

Price: 
£110.00

Crochet Along With Sue Broughton Friday 15th June

Friday, 15 June 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join Sue for her latest crochet project for those who have learnt the basics.

You will be helped to gain confidence with pattern-reading skills as well as learning new stitches and techniques.

Price: 
£35.00

Screen Printing With Lynne Blackburn Saturday 16th June

Saturday, 16 June 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

This 1 day workshop is designed for both complete beginners and those with some previous experience of screen printing who want to refresh their knowledge.

You will learn how to use paper cut stencils and hand drawn painted marks directly onto the screen to create your design. You will also learn how to mix the inks, use the squeegee correctly, and how to pull a successful print.

We won't be using any digital processes at all, either to prepare our images or to expose them onto the screen, so bring along some design ideas which can be hand drawn, painted or cut from paper.

We will be working at A4 size so prepare your images accordingly.

Price: 
£65.00

PE Design Software Training with Lisa : Fonts Sunday 17th June

Sunday, 17 June 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.

In this class Lisa will be concentrating on fonts. Just bring a pen and paper to take notes!

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

Price: 
£30.00

Yarn Forward Knitting Group 20th June

Wednesday, 20 June 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

Fluid Art With Emma Elysha Saturday 23rd June

Saturday, 23 June 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Due to popular demand, we are repeating this workshop by Emma.

Also known as paint pouring, flow art or liquid art, fluid art is a form of abstract art that uses acrylic paints with a runny (fluid) consistency. The acrylic paints react with each other when combined together with silicon to make interesting and visually organic motifs. Fluid acrylics can be used on many types of substrates and in many different forms such as pouring, dripping, swirling, glazing, dipping and many other effects.

It opens up a lot of possibilities and is definitely worth exploring and adding to your artist tool belt. In this class Emma will teach you the basics you will need to become a paint pouring artist.

Price: 
£65.00

PE Design Software Training with Lisa: Beginners 24th June

Sunday, 24 June 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 show you the basics of using PE Design which will give you the confidence for taking your designs forward.

Price: 
£30.00

Hydrangea Silk Panel With Alex Waylett Friday 29th June

Friday, 29 June 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Discover how to trap real flowers and leaves in your textile work with the innovative use of Bondaweb combined with free machine embroidery.

Working directly on Dupion silk you will be shown several machine embroidery stitches which complement the flowers beautifully.

You will go home with an embroidered panel which will withstand the test of time.

Price: 
£65.00

Powertex & Mixed Media Clock With Denise Saturday 30th June

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

For those who have had some experience of using Powertex and mixed media, join us to make this working clock using fabric, inclusions, paint and Powertex.

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 those who have used Powertex before.

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

Machine Embroidery Group Sunday 1st July 2018

Sunday, 1 July 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

Intermediate Shisha with Mali Thursday 5th July

Thursday, 5 July 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Take your skills with Shisha Embroidery forward in this workshop with Mali.

Using shaped shisha mirrors, you will be making samples of this beautiful form of Indian embroidery which can then be used in further projects.

Materials will be provided, but please bring your own sewing kit (needles, scissors etc.)

Price: 
£40.00

Wet Felting With Lisa Marie Olson Saturday 7th July

Saturday, 7 July 2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Step into wonderland with Lisa Marie Olson and learn how to transform sumptuous wool fibres into beautiful felt items.

Handmade felt is irresistibly soft and lovely to work with, and before you know it you’ll be caught up in the magic of this gorgeous material and making beautiful, tactile gifts for you and your loved ones.

In this morning's workshop, Lisa will guide you step by step through the techniques of wet felting to make your own piece of felt fabric which can then be made into a number of beautiful items such as felt flowers, sewing cases, glasses case or even a mobile phone case. You could try making wet felted beads or make a flat piece to embroider or needle embellish.

All materials are provided and no previous experience is necessary.

You can book for both morning and afternoon workshops at a discount here

Price: 
£35.00

Wet felting and Needle Felting With Lisa Marie Olson Saturday 7th July

Saturday, 7 July 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Step into wonderland with Lisa Marie Olson and learn how to transform sumptuous wool fibres into beautiful felt items. Handmade felt is irresistibly soft and lovely to work with, and before you know it you’ll be caught up in the magic of this gorgeous material and making beautiful, tactile gifts for you and your loved ones.

In the morning workshop Lisa will guide you step by step through the techniques of wet felting to make your own piece of felt fabric, which can then be made into a number of beautiful items such as felt flowers, sewing cases, glasses case or even a mobile phone case. You could try making wet felted beads or make a flat piece to embroider or needle embellish.

In our afternoon workshop Lisa will guide you through the techniques of needle felting or dry felting as it is sometime referred to. In this workshop you can explore how to make needle felted beads to make a bracelet or decorative items for your home such as needle felted hearts.

All materials provided and no previous experience is necessary.

You can also book for separate morning or afternoon sessions.

Price: 
£65.00

Needle Felting With Lisa Marie Olson Saturday 7th July

Saturday, 7 July 2018 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Step into wonderland with Lisa Marie Olson and learn how to transform sumptuous wool fibres into beautiful felt items.

Handmade felt is irresistibly soft and lovely to work with, and before you know it you’ll be caught up in the magic of this gorgeous material and making beautiful, tactile gifts for you and your loved ones.

In this afternoon's workshop, Lisa will guide you through the techniques of needle felting or dry felting as it's sometime also known.You can explore how to make needle felted beads to make a bracelet or decorative items for your home such as needle felted hearts.

All materials provided and no previous experience is necessary.

You can book for both morning and afternoon workshops at a discount here

Price: 
£35.00

Beginner's Embroidery with Denise Sunday 8th July

Sunday, 8 July 2018 - 10:30am to 3:00pm

Learn how to use basic embroidery stitches to create this pretty Flower Garden sampler using lazy daisy, straight, split, satin and back stitch plus French knots.

We will be offering further classes to create a sampler book in which you can display your work.

Price: 
£50.00

The Sensation of Place, a talk by Dr Mark Banting

Friday, 13 July 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

A selection of Basildon Arts Trust's paintings and prints is being shown in the Alchemy Gallery at Craft Arena during July in a unique exhibition called A Sense of Place & Shape. Entry to the exhibition is free during Craft Arena opening hours.

To support this event, The Foundation for Essex Arts t is pleased to present an associated talk by Dr Mark Banting entitled The Sensation of Place.

Dr Banting's talk will focus on a selection of the artworks on display, and will explore how the artists represent memories and feelings of particular places, and the responses these pictures might call up on the mind of the viewer.

Early booking is recommended for this special event as places are limited.

Price: 
£5.00

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

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