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

Indian Tiles with Alex Waylett

Thursday, 1 June 2017 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Using free motion embroidery and soluble film, you will make these gorgeous tiles.

This is a structured workshop designed to encourage the textile artist to think outside the box and work with material combinations you may not have previously considered. Participants will create a highly ornate panel with the use of water soluble fabrics combined with appliqued space dyed velvets and decorative cords. Your tiles can then be beaded at home if you wish.

This workshop is ideal for those with experience in free machine embroidery. A requirements list will be provided.

Price: 
£65.00

Calico Reef with Denise

Saturday, 3 June 2017 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Using textured embroidery stitches and beads you will make this pretty hooped picture. Denise will teach you the stitches required and take you through the steps to complete your work.

Price: 
£65.00

Machine Embroidery Skill Sharing

Sunday, 4 June 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. In this session, Lisa will be showing us how to work ‘In the Hoop’

Price: 
£10.00

Powertex Mirror with Jayne Laouami-Baigent

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

This unusual mirror is the latest project from Jayne. Join her to find out how to create your own personalised looking glass with Powertex and mixed media.
This is a mixed ability class, so is perfect for those who have used this versatile medium before. Beginners may prefer an introduction with a different project.
All materials are included in this workshop, but please feel free to bring your own embellishments to add to your work.

Price: 
£65.00

Crochet for Complete Beginners with Sue Broughton

Friday, 16 June 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - 1:45pm

For those who have never tried crochet before, or have tried but not succeeded, Sue will take you through the basics of this popular craft. To give you confidence. you will learn double and treble crochet before you tackle foundation chain. Once you have learnt the basics, you can join Sue on her other classes. Materials included.

Price: 
£35.00

Crochet Blanket 2 with Sue Broughton

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - 1:45pm

In the second of our Crochet classes, Sue will show you how to crochet a square for your blanket using basketweave stitch. Future monthly classes will teach you more stitches that you can add to your repertoire. You do not need to have attended previous classes in this series but do need to know crochet basics to participate in this class. Materials included.

Price: 
£35.00