Welcome to the Craft Arena website!

The now larger 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 Alchemy, our dedicated Textile Art Gallery. Find us upstairs in the Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay, Essex., Studios 49 - 51

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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Workshops - coming soon

Yarn Forward

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Join us for the relaunch of our knitting and crochet group. A representative from Rowan will be joining us with their Yarn Taster kit so that you can try out both the Rowan yarn we stock plus lots more! See finished garments from the latest range and pattern books. Take the opportunity to ask questions and see the progress Denise has made on the Rowan crochet-along. You will receive a goody bag including a free ball of Rowan yarn. You will also receive a discount on any Rowan yarn you purchase on the day.

Price: 
£10.00

Brother Open Day With Rachel Elspin

Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 10:30am to 3:00pm

Join Rachel to find out all about the newest additions to the Brother range; from cover stitch machines and overlockers to our latest embroidery machine with a touch of Disney!

THIS IS A DROP-IN DAY BUT YOU CAN BOOK A DEDICATED TIME FOR YOUR PERSONAL DEMONSTRATION BY CONTACTING US OR VISITING THE STUDIO

Goldwork Flowers with Wendy Mansfield

Sunday, 22 October 2017 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Using appliqué and simple embroidery stitches, you will construct these beautiful pictures. You will have the choice of Honeysuckle, Poppy or Bluebell. 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.

Price: 
£60.00

Chevron Crochet with Sue Broughton

Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Chevron, ripple or wave crochet is an way of combining stitches to make an attractive design which can be used for the back of the cushion made on previous workshops, or a blanket. Join Sue to learn this exciting technique. You do need to be able to crochet basic stitches to join this workshop.

Price: 
£35.00

Christmas Powertex with Denise Friday

Friday, 3 November 2017 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

This Friday Christmas themed Powertex class is aimed at those who have tried this versatile medium before. We will be making a variety of Christmas related items including trees and tea-light holders. This is the first of two Christmas themed Powertex workshops. All materials are provided.
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

Christmas Powertex with Denise Saturday

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

This Saturday Christmas themed Powertex class is aimed at those who have tried this versatile medium before. We will be making a variety of Christmas related items including trees and tea-light holders. This is the first of two Christmas themed Powertex workshops. All materials are provided.
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