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At Craft Arena we sell needlecraft, knitting, crochet, mixed media, craft supplies, Brother sewing machines, wool, threads, haberdashery, beads, craft books, gifts and textile art. You can access our online shop by clicking the Shop menu item above.

We have a wide range of Brother Sewing and Embroidery machines on demonstration, and offer a full personal consultation so that you can choose the right machine for you. We give FREE training on most machines.

We hold workshops and training classes in needlecraft, knitting, crochet, mixed media, printing and textile art design in our large workshop area. You can see details of upcoming workshops and training classes below or click here for a full list.

We showcase the work of local artists and design groups in frequently changing exhibitions in Alchemy, our dedicated Textile Art Gallery.

We publish a regular newsletter containing special offers, details of upcoming workshops and everything Craft Arena. If you would like to subscribe, simply click on the blue "Subscribe" icon above. Our newsletters are usually sent out weekly.

We look forward to seeing you in the studio soon.

Craft Arena is upstairs at the Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay, Essex, Studios 49 - 51. We are open 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 10am - 4pm Sundays and most Bank Holidays.

We either use or personally recommend the items we sell. If you have a specific requirement please contact us and we will do our best to help.


Aurifil Special Offer Large reels

Special offer!!

Build up your stash or try Aurifil for the first time! Get four 1300m reels of Aurifil 50 weight for only £18.

Our choice of colours, all will be different


Aurifil Special Offer Small reels

Special offer!!

Build up your stash or try Aurifil for the first time! Get four 200m reels of Aurifil 50 weight for only £7.

Our choice of colours, all will be different


Workshops - coming soon

Yarn Forward Wednesday 20th March

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 - 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 will 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!

This month we welcome Claire Bojczuk who will be telling us about her new book ‘Adaptable Crochet’ and bringing along some of her work.

This month's Yarn Forward is now full. Please contact us to be placed on our waiting list


Powertex for Beginners with Denise Saturday 23rd March

Saturday, 23 March 2019 - 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. This workshop is suitable for beginners

This class is suitable for those who have never tried this versatile medium before, and those who wish to refresh their skills.

All materials are included in this workshop, but please feel free to bring your own embellishments to add to your work.


Silk Painting with Jannetta Saturday 30th March

Saturday, 30 March 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Join Jannetta for this silk painting workshop. if you have attended one of Jannetta's silk painting workshops in the past, this is your opportunity to take your skills further. Jannetta will be sharing lots of hints and tips and will be showing you some more advanced techniques.

This class is intended for those who have tried silk painting before and wish to extend their skills.


Sewing Foot Fetish - Sunday 31st March

Sunday, 31 March 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

If you have been perplexed at some of the sewing machine feet on offer, and what they can accomplish, then this workshop is for you. In this workshop you will be able to try out different feet and learn how to use them. We will be making a sample book which you can take away with you and use as a basis for more experimentation at home or on future workshops.


Canvaswork with Marion Saturday 6th April

Saturday, 6 April 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Learn the basic stitches used in canvaswork with Marion and stitch this pretty little design which can be made into a brooch or embellishment.


Machine Embroidery Group Sunday 7th April

Sunday, 7 April 2019 - 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 discussed each month.

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