Welcome to the Craft Arena website!

Craft Arena sells needlecraft, knitting, crochet, mixed media and craft supplies, Brother sewing machines, haberdashery, beads, craft books, gifts and textile art. We hold regular workshops in a variety of crafts and showcase the work of local artists in frequently changing exhibitions at Gallery 50, our dedicated Textile Art Gallery. Find us upstairs in the Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay, Essex.

At Craft Arena we either use or personally recommend everything we sell. If you have a specific requirement please contact us and we will do our best to help. We stock a wide range of Brother Sewing and Embroidery machines and offer a full personal demonstration before you buy so that you get the right machine for your needs. We also give FREE training on most machines so that you can make the most of your new purchase.

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I look forward to seeing you in the studio soon.

Workshops - coming soon

Goldwork with Wendy Mansfield (Single Session)

Saturday, 4 February 2017 -
10:30am to 1:00pm
Saturday, 4 February 2017 -
1:45pm to 4:15pm

Join Wendy to stitch one of her unique goldwork designs or bring your own work for her help and advice. Wendy will supply all you need at an additional cost (approximately £10) or you can bring your own. This is a single half day session (either morning or afternoon, please state your preference). Book the Full Session if you wish to stay all day. This class is suitable for complete beginners and those wishing to extend their skills.

Price: 
£30.00

Goldwork with Wendy Mansfield (All Day)

Saturday, 4 February 2017 -
10:30am to 4:15pm

Join Wendy to stitch one of her unique goldwork designs or bring your own work for her help and advice. Wendy will supply all you need at an additional cost (approximately £10) or you can bring your own. This is a single all day session. Book the Half Session if you only wish to stay for the morning or afternoon session. This class is suitable for complete beginners and those wishing to extend their skills.

Price: 
£50.00

Machine Embroidery Skill Sharing

Sunday, 5 February 2017 -
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 and this time we will be exploring applique using your embroidery machine. The session is limited to ten spaces.

Price: 
£10.00

Powertex Book with Jayne Laouami-Baigent

Saturday, 25 February 2017 -
10:30am to 4:00pm

In our first Powertex workshop of 2017, Jayne will be showing you how to add a cover to a book using this unique medium. You will use fabric, lace and inclusions to construct the cover which will be great for a gift or to keep for yourself.
Jayne will also be covering the basics of Powertex, so if you are a beginner, you can join us too.
All materials are included in this workshop, but please feel free to bring your own embellishments to add to your work.
Although Jayne is not an accredited Powertex trainer, she enjoys using and exploring the possibilities of this versatile medium, incorporating different products and her own painting techniques to expand and extend its potential.

Price: 
£65.00

Hand Printed Velvet Purse with Alex Waylett

Friday, 10 March 2017 -
10:30am to 4:00pm

You will print designs onto Velvet using metallic textile paints and enhance with free motion embroidery. You will then create and construct a piped zipped and silk lined purse. Some free machine embroidery experience is an advantage. You will need a sewing machine with extension table if possible, a zip foot, machine embroidery foot and a normal presser foot. If you would prefer to borrow one of our machines, please let us know. A requirements list will be provided.

As this is a new workshop it is restricted to 6 places which are expect to fill quickly, so book now!

Price: 
£65.00