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

Mixed Media with Dali all day workshop

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


Join Dali Graham, who you may have seen on Hochanda, for a mixed media medley!
The morning session will show you how to decorate a glass plate, and in the afternoon session you will enhance a notebook.
You will also receive a discount on any Stamperia or Pentart products you purchase on the day.

Price: 
£60.00

Mixed Media with Dali morning session

Saturday, 25 November 2017 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Join Dali Graham, who you may have seen on Hochanda, for a mixed media medley!
Book here for the morning session decorating a glass plate. You will also receive a discount on any Stamperia or Pentart products you purchase on the day.
Alternatively click here to book both morning and afternoon sessions at a special discount!

Price: 
£35.00

Mixed Media with Dali afternoon session

Saturday, 25 November 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Join Dali Graham, who you may have seen on Hochanda, for a mixed media medley!
Book here for the morning session enhancing a notebook. You will also receive a discount on any Stamperia or Pentart products you purchase on the day.
Alternatively click here to book both morning and afternoon sessions at a special discount!

Price: 
£35.00

Pebbles with Alex Waylett

Sunday, 26 November 2017 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

The ‘pebble’ technique was originally developed from working samples produced for a Coastal exhibition. Participants will spend the day exploring a layered fabric manipulation and quilting technique and create a highly ornate and textural sample, in their chosen colour way, that can be used on bags, cushion covers and garments.

Price: 
£65.00

Powertex for Beginners with Denise, Saturday

Saturday, 2 December 2017 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

If you have not used this unique medium before, you are in for a treat! This workshop will allow you to create beautiful fabric works of art in a variety of colours and take your skills forward. You will use fabric, inclusions, paint and Powertex to make a textured panel. All materials are included in this workshop, but please feel free to bring your own embellishments to add to your work. This workshop is suitable for beginners.

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

Machine Embroidery Skill Sharing

Sunday, 3 December 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. On our last session of the year, we will be discussing the types of needles you need to use with different fabrics.

Price: 
£10.00