Craft Arena Workshops

Silk Painting for Beginners with Jannetta Sosin Friday 21st September

Friday, 21 September 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Jannetta returns to Craft Arena to take us back to basics in this silk painting class.

Using steam-fix paints, she will show you how to build layers with silk paints to create wonderful designs and pictures.

On completion, you can take your work away to fix yourself, or Jannetta will be able to do it for you.
You may also be interested in Batik for Beginners with Jannetta to be held on 20th October

Price: 
£65.00

Powertex Figure with Denise Saturday 29th September

Saturday, 29 September 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Saturday, 13 October 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

For those who have had some experience of using Powertex and mixed media, join us to make a figure using a form for the base of your figure, fabric, paint and Powertex.

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

You will be able to pose your figure into position and use your choice of a selection of Powertex colours to get the feel you want. As the figure takes a while to dry, we will be constructing it on the first session and finishing off and enhancing with colour on the second. You will also get the chance to construct your own armature using wire.

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

Please note, in some issues of our newsletter and workshop programme, the date of the second session is incorrectly shown as Sunday 14th October

Price: 
£75.00

Simple Goldwork Flowers with Wendy morning session - Saturday 6th October

Saturday, 6 October 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

On these workshops, Wendy will be showing you how to stitch beautiful Goldwork flowers.

You can join her for the morning, afternoon or stay all day. All materials will be provided.

This class is suitable for complete beginners or those who wish to refresh their skills. Project may differ from those illustrated.

You can also book for the all day workshop or the afternoon only session

Price: 
£35.00

Simple Goldwork Flowers with Wendy all day workshop - Saturday 6th October

Saturday, 6 October 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

On these workshops, Wendy will be showing you how to stitch beautiful Goldwork flowers.

You can join her for the morning, afternoon or stay all day. All materials will be provided.

This class is suitable for complete beginners or those who wish to refresh their skills. Project may differ from those illustrated.

You can also book for the morning only session or afternoon only session

Price: 
£60.00

Simple Goldwork Flowers with Wendy afternoon session - Saturday 6th October

Saturday, 6 October 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

On these workshops, Wendy will be showing you how to stitch beautiful Goldwork flowers.

You can join her for the morning, afternoon or stay all day. All materials will be provided.

This class is suitable for complete beginners or those who wish to refresh their skills. Project may differ from those illustrated.

You can also book for the morning only session or all day workshop

Price: 
£35.00

Machine Embroidery Group - Sunday 7th October

Sunday, 7 October 2018 - 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. This month we will be covering stabilisers and working on towelling.

Bring along any challenges or questions you have, and there is bound to be someone here to answer them.

Price: 
£10.00

Crewelwork for Beginners with Marion Wood - Friday 12th October

Friday, 12 October 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Learn the basic stitches used in traditional crewelwork with a modern twist.

You will be using fine wool yarn to stitch a pretty sample which can be used in further work or added to your sample book.

Suitable for complete beginners and those who wish to expand their skills.

Price: 
£45.00

Yarn Forward - Wednesday 17th October

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 - 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 is 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

Batik for Beginners with Jannetta - Saturday 20th October

Saturday, 20 October 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Jannetta will take us back to basics in this batik painting class.

Using wax and silk paints, she will show you how to build layers to create wonderful designs using inspiration from pictures you bring or her own library.

Price: 
£65.00

PE Design with Lisa - Manual and Auto Punch - Sunday 21st October

Sunday, 21 October 2018 - 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! On this session Lisa will be covering Manual and Auto Punch.

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

Price: 
£30.00

Water Soluble Butterflies with Alex Waylett Tuesday 23rd October

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Using free motion machine embroidery techniques, you will make a beautiful butterfly which can be framed or used in other textile work. If you prefer, you can make a bee or a flower. You do need to be confident with free motion machine embroidery skills to take part in this session. A requirements list will be sent to you prior to the workshop. This also available from the link below.

Price: 
£65.00

Beginner's Powertex with Denise - Saturday 27th October

Saturday, 27 October 2018 - 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.

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

Lace Trees with Wendy - Sunday 28th October

Sunday, 28 October 2018 - 10:30am to 3:30pm

Make a note for this workshop in your diary!

Details to follow

Price: 
£60.00

Christmas Goldwork with Wendy - Saturday 3rd November

Saturday, 3 November 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Using couching and other goldwork and embroidery techniques, make decorations for your
tree, use them to adorn your home or for a special gift.

(Project may differ from the images shown)

Price: 
£60.00

Machine Embroidery Group Sunday 4th November

Sunday, 4 November 2018 - 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. This month we will be discussing how to embroider on different fabrics.

Bring along any challenges or questions you have, and there is bound to be someone here to answer them.

Price: 
£10.00

Crochet Poppies & Flowers with Sue Saturday 10th November

Saturday, 10 November 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Join Sue to learn to crochet flowers, including a poppy for Armistice Day.

We will be making a donation to the British Legion for each person attending this class.

Suitable for those who know the basics of crochet. Ask about our next beginners class.

Price: 
£40.00

PE Design with Lisa - Create a Design - Sunday 18th November

Sunday, 18 November 2018 - 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!

In this session Lisa will be showing how to create your own designs.

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

Price: 
£30.00

Water Soluble Bowls with Alex Waylett - Tuesday 27th November

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

This is a fabulous opportunity to spend the day creating your own free standing embroidered bowl. 

Through the process we will explore the different water-soluble products on the market and their appropriate uses, automatic decorative stitches and design motifs. 

The day involves intensive free- machine embroidery and your patience will be rewarded with beautiful results.

Suitable for beginners and the more experienced in machine embroidery.

A requirements list will be sent to you prior to the workshop.

Price: 
£65.00

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