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

Powertex Book with Jayne Laouami-Baigent

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

This workshop is now fully booked and a waiting list is in operation. Please contact us for more details

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

Return to William Morris with Wendy Mansfield

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

Wendy continues her love of William Morris with new designs for 2017. You will be using various embroidery techniques to create stunning pieces of work.

Price: 
£50.00

Hand Printed Velvet Purse with Alex Waylett

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

This workshop is now full.
Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list

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.

Price: 
£65.00

Powertex with Jayne Laouami-Baigent

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

This session will have an Easter theme, and there will be a choice of projects for you to try. This workshop is suitable for those new to this wonderfully creative medium, and those wishing to externd their skills.

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

Price: 
£65.00

Layered Landscapes with Alex Waylett

Saturday, 15 April 2017 -
10:30am to 4:00pm

Details of this workshop will follow soon.

Price: 
£65.00