Craft Arena Workshops

Yarn Forward Wednesday 12th December

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Our regular monthly Yarn Forward knitting and crochet group with a Christmas theme.

Bring your own yarn work along to knit or crochet and if you have any challenges, there is sure to be someone here who can help.

Show us your Christmas makes and maybe consume a little festive food!

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!

Price: 
£10.00

Craft Arena Christmas Charity Event - Saturday 15th December

Saturday, 15 December 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Join us in our annual fundraising event to raise funds for St. Luke’s Hospice.

There will be raffles, goody bags, a free door draw and festive refreshments.

More details soon!

Machine Embroidery Group Sunday 3rd February

Sunday, 3 February 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

This is our popular series of informal monthly discussion sessions to help you get the most from your embroidery machine.

We cover a different machine embroidery technique every month

Price: 
£10.00

Goldwork Flowers with Wendy Mansfield Saturday 9th February

Saturday, 9 February 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Another of our popular workshops with Wendy.

Suitable for both beginners and those who with to refresh their skills, Wendy will show you how to use simple flower shapes appliqued onto silk and embellished with couched threads. There will be a choice of flowers for you to stitch.

All materials included.

Price: 
£65.00

Crochet Dreamcatcher with Sue Broughton Sunday 10th February

Sunday, 10 February 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Join Sue and use your crochet skills to make this delightful Dreamcatcher.

All materials included in the workshop price

Price: 
£40.00

Crewelwork with Marion Wood Friday 15th February

Friday, 15 February 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Marion will be showing you how to use fine wool thread with traditional embroidery stitches to create a beautiful crewel work design. This class is suitable both for beginners and those who would like to expand their needlework skills.

Price: 
£45.00

Dyeing with Nick Kimber Saturday 16th February

Saturday, 16 February 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Join Nick Kimber for more dyeing fun. You will be using Procion dye to create beautiful fabric and threads which you will be able to use for your textile work. Materials are provided, but you might like to bring some found objects to include with your fabric to enhance the look of your fabric. More details to follow.

Price: 
£65.00

PE Design for Beginners with Lisa Sunday 17th February

Sunday, 17 February 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

This class is for those who are new to Brother PE Design software or need a refresher.

Make the most of your embroidery machine by learning to digitise your own designs.

This class will take you through the basics, showing you how to move around the programme and begin the design process. Just bring a pen and paper to take notes!

Further classes will follow.

Price: 
£35.00

Yarn Forward Wednesday 20th February

Wednesday, 20 February 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!

Price: 
£10.00

Beginners Lino Printing with Lynne - Saturday 23rd February

Saturday, 23 February 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Back to basics with Lynne for this beginner's Lino Printing class with Lynne Blackburn using simple shapes.

You will be introduced to the tools and inks used in linocut printing, and will learn how to hand carve a design into the lino and take prints from it. You will also find this workshop useful if you want to refresh your skills.

Watch out for more advanced workshops from Lynne later in the year.

Price: 
£65.00

Machine Embroidery Group Sunday 3rd March

Sunday, 3 March 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.

Price: 
£10.00

Stumpwork with Wendy Saturday 9th March

Saturday, 9 March 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

This traditional embroidery technique gives beautiful textured results, so join Wendy to learn the first steps.

Suitable for beginners, although basic hand embroidery techniques may help you get going.

Price: 
£65.00

Reduction Lino Printing with Lynne Sunday 10th March

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

Learn how to Lino Print using the reduction method with Lynne.

This class is suitable for those who have tried Lino Printing before.

Price: 
£65.00

Crewelwork with Marion Saturday 16th March

Saturday, 16 March 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Marion will be showing you how to use fine wool thread with traditional embroidery stitches to create a beautiful crewel work design.

This class is suitable both for beginners and those who would like to expand their needlework skills.

Price: 
£45.00

PE Design with Lisa Sunday 17th March

Sunday, 17 March 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Whether you are new to designing for your embroidery machine, or you need a refresher, this training is for you.

Just bring a pen and paper to take notes!

This class is for those who know the basics of PE Design. Ask about our next beginners class.

Price: 
£35.00

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.

Price: 
£10.00

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.

Price: 
£70.00

Silk Painting with Jannetta Saturday 30th March

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

Join Jannetta for this silk painting workshop.

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

Price: 
£70.00

Canvaswork with Marion Saturday 6th April

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

Learn further stitches used in canvaswork with Marion.

More details to follow.

Price: 
£45.00

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.

Price: 
£10.00

Canvaswork with Marion Friday 12th April

Friday, 12 April 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Learn further stitches used in canvaswork with Marion.

More details to follow.

Price: 
£45.00

Print and Stitch Book with Wendy Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April

Saturday, 13 April 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Sunday, 14 April 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Block printing and Embroidery combined!

A two day course with Wendy. Refreshers and beginners are welcome.

Further details to follow.

Price: 
£120.00

Sketchbook/Journal with Nick Saturday 27th April

Saturday, 27 April 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Nick will show you how to start a sketchbook or journal using various media to decorate the pages of a book and inspire you to create.

More details to follow.

Price: 
£65.00

Ribbon Embroidery with Wendy Saturday 11th May

Saturday, 11 May 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Using pure silk ribbon, Wendy will show you the stitches required for this fascinating form of embroidery.

This class is suitable for those who have not tried ribbon embroidery before, and those who wish to refresh their skills.

Price: 
£65.00

Powertex Vessels with Denise Saturday 18th May

Saturday, 18 May 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Using fabric, Powertex and mixed media, construct and decorate vessels which can be used in the home or just for decoration.

Suitable for those who have used this versatile medium before.

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: 
£70.00

Textured Landscape with Alex Waylett Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th May

Thursday, 23 May 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Friday, 24 May 2019 - 10:30am to 3:30pm

A two-day course with Alex Waylett, when she will show you how to construct a textured landscape.

More details to follow.

Price: 
£120.00

Workshops to fit in with you

Beading on Fabric

Learn basic beading techniques for incorporating beads into textile work. £60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Crochet with Denise

Whether you are a complete beginner or wish to develop your skills, Denise will tailor this 2 hour workshop to suit your skills.
From starting to crochet making a granny square to working in rows or showing you how to work from a pattern, you will learn more about this popular craft.

£60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Embroidery and Mixed Media

Learn to develop your own ideas (or let us help you form a project) for embroidery and textile work. We will discuss what you wish to achieve, resolving your design, transferring it from paper to fabric and discuss types of stitching, thread and other techniques to be used. If time allows, we will begin work on your design.

This is a one to one workshop.

£60 for a single 2 hour session, or you can save money by booking a course of six 2 hour sessions for £300, where we will explore different media and techniques to develop your textile art and ideas further.

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60/£300

Free Machine Embroidery

Learn to create patterns on fabric by 'drawing' with your sewing machine. Once you have learnt this technique, you will be able to stitch your own designs on clothing and household items or use your new skill in textile art. For this session, you can bring in your own machine, or use one of ours. £60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Fusing Fabric

With a special soldering iron-like tool, explore the possibilities of cutting and fusing synthetic fabric using heat.

A maximum of four students will be accepted on this workshop. £50 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£50

Get To Know Your Sewing Machine

Is your sewing machine feeling neglected? Have you had your machine for ages and don't know how it works? Why not book a special one to one at Craft Arena to learn how to use it! You could soon be following the latest trends in fashion and updating your wardrobe, making gifts for friends, family and home or setting free your artistic talents by creating your own textile art. £30 per hour

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£30

Hardanger

Learn this traditional Norwegian embroidery which uses blocks of satin stitch, cut work and needle weaving. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience. This course covers three sessions. These are 3 hour workshops. Ask for details of our next course. £175 per person for all 3 sessions

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£175

Microwave Dyeing

Dyeing on silk fabric and threads using the microwave and two types of dye to create beautiful backgrounds for embroidery or textile work. We will be experimenting with cotton too. £65 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£65

Mixed Media Tablet and Phone Wallet

Using painting, printing and bonding techniques and decorative stitches from your machine, we will make a wallet for your tablet and phone. All materials are included in this workshop, but don't forget to bring your tablet and phone with you so that we can made it the correct size! The wallet will fit up to a 10” tablet. £65 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£65

Needlefelting

Using dry-felting techniques, find out how to combine threads fabric and fibres together to create textured backgrounds for either machine or hand stitching. We will cover the basics of needlefelting pictures and contemporary designs by hand and will also show how an embellishing machine can be used to speed up the process of creating backgrounds for further work. £60 per person.

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Silk Paper

We will use silk with other fibres and mixed media to make wonderful textured surfaces which can be used for stitching, vessels and even jewellery. £60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Wet Felting ~ Two Day workshop

In this two day workshop we will learn the basics of felting, making pre-felt in the first session which will be used on the second day to create other items.
£125 per person. Ask for details of our next course

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£125

Working with Dissolvable Fabric

Learn how to experiment with various makes of dissolvable fabrics to create textured backgrounds for further work and lace-like constructions to embellish and delight! Some experience of free machining is preferred but not essential.

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60

Working with Mixed Media

In this workshop we will play with different types of mixed media including Angelina fibres, puff paint and Tyvek®

£60 per person

This workshop is scheduled by arrangement. Please contact us for further details

Price: 
£60