Craft Arena Workshops

Yarn Forward Knitting Group 20th June

Wednesday, 20 June 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

Fluid Art With Emma Elysha Saturday 23rd June

Saturday, 23 June 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Due to popular demand, we are repeating this workshop by Emma.

Also known as paint pouring, flow art or liquid art, fluid art is a form of abstract art that uses acrylic paints with a runny (fluid) consistency. The acrylic paints react with each other when combined together with silicon to make interesting and visually organic motifs. Fluid acrylics can be used on many types of substrates and in many different forms such as pouring, dripping, swirling, glazing, dipping and many other effects.

It opens up a lot of possibilities and is definitely worth exploring and adding to your artist tool belt. In this class Emma will teach you the basics you will need to become a paint pouring artist.

Price: 
£65.00

PE Design Software Training with Lisa: Beginners 24th June

Sunday, 24 June 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.

Lisa will show you the basics of using PE Design which will give you the confidence for taking your designs forward.

Price: 
£30.00

Hydrangea Silk Panel With Alex Waylett Friday 29th June

Friday, 29 June 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Discover how to trap real flowers and leaves in your textile work with the innovative use of Bondaweb combined with free machine embroidery.

Working directly on Dupion silk you will be shown several machine embroidery stitches which complement the flowers beautifully.

You will go home with an embroidered panel which will withstand the test of time. Basic free motion embroidery skills are required for this workshop.

Price: 
£65.00

Powertex & Mixed Media Clock With Denise Saturday 30th June

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

For those who have had some experience of using Powertex and mixed media, join us to make this working clock using fabric, inclusions, paint and Powertex. If you do not wish to make a clock, you could use the frame for a picture or photograph.

All materials are provided for you in this workshop, but please feel free to bring your own embellishments to add to your work. This workshop is suitable for those who have used Powertex 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: 
£65.00

Machine Embroidery Group Sunday 1st July 2018

Sunday, 1 July 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.

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

Price: 
£10.00

Intermediate Shisha with Mali Thursday 5th July

Thursday, 5 July 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Take your skills with Shisha Embroidery forward in this workshop with Mali.

Using shisha mirrors, you will be making samples of this beautiful form of Indian embroidery which can then be used in further projects. You will be able to choose from a selection of patterns from which to work.

Materials will be provided, but please bring your own sewing kit (needles, scissors etc.)

Price: 
£40.00

Wet Felting With Lisa Marie Olson Saturday 7th July

Saturday, 7 July 2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Step into wonderland with Lisa Marie Olson and learn how to transform sumptuous wool fibres into beautiful felt items.

Handmade felt is irresistibly soft and lovely to work with, and before you know it you’ll be caught up in the magic of this gorgeous material and making beautiful, tactile gifts for you and your loved ones.

In this morning's workshop, Lisa will guide you step by step through the techniques of wet felting to make your own piece of felt fabric which can then be made into a number of beautiful items such as felt flowers, sewing cases, glasses case or even a mobile phone case. You could try making wet felted beads or make a flat piece to embroider or needle embellish.

All materials are provided and no previous experience is necessary.

You can book for both morning and afternoon workshops at a discount here

Price: 
£35.00

Wet felting and Needle Felting With Lisa Marie Olson Saturday 7th July

Saturday, 7 July 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Step into wonderland with Lisa Marie Olson and learn how to transform sumptuous wool fibres into beautiful felt items. Handmade felt is irresistibly soft and lovely to work with, and before you know it you’ll be caught up in the magic of this gorgeous material and making beautiful, tactile gifts for you and your loved ones.

In the morning workshop Lisa will guide you step by step through the techniques of wet felting to make your own piece of felt fabric, which can then be made into a number of beautiful items such as felt flowers, sewing cases, glasses case or even a mobile phone case. You could try making wet felted beads or make a flat piece to embroider or needle embellish.

In our afternoon workshop Lisa will guide you through the techniques of needle felting or dry felting as it is sometime referred to. In this workshop you can explore how to make needle felted beads to make a bracelet or decorative items for your home such as needle felted hearts.

All materials provided and no previous experience is necessary.

You can also book for separate morning or afternoon sessions.

Price: 
£65.00

Needle Felting With Lisa Marie Olson Saturday 7th July

Saturday, 7 July 2018 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Step into wonderland with Lisa Marie Olson and learn how to transform sumptuous wool fibres into beautiful felt items.

Handmade felt is irresistibly soft and lovely to work with, and before you know it you’ll be caught up in the magic of this gorgeous material and making beautiful, tactile gifts for you and your loved ones.

In this afternoon's workshop, Lisa will guide you through the techniques of needle felting or dry felting as it's sometime also known.You can explore how to make needle felted beads to make a bracelet or decorative items for your home such as needle felted hearts.

All materials provided and no previous experience is necessary.

You can book for both morning and afternoon workshops at a discount here

Price: 
£35.00

Beginner's Embroidery with Denise Sunday 8th July

Sunday, 8 July 2018 - 10:30am to 3:00pm

Learn how to use basic embroidery stitches to create this pretty Flower Garden sampler using lazy daisy, straight, split, satin and back stitch plus French knots.

We will be offering further classes to create a sampler book in which you can display your work.

Price: 
£50.00

The Sensation of Place, a talk by Dr Mark Banting

Friday, 13 July 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

A selection of Basildon Arts Trust's paintings and prints is being shown in the Alchemy Gallery at Craft Arena during July in a unique exhibition called A Sense of Place & Shape. Entry to the exhibition is free during Craft Arena opening hours.

To support this event, The Foundation for Essex Arts is pleased to present an associated talk by Dr Mark Banting entitled The Sensation of Place.

Dr Banting's talk will focus on a selection of the artworks on display, and will explore how the artists represent memories and feelings of particular places, and the responses these pictures might call up in the mind of the viewer.

Early booking is recommended for this special event as places are limited.

Price: 
£5.00

Yarn Forward Knitting Group Wednesday 18th July

Wednesday, 18 July 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

Mixed Media Travel Journal with Nick Kimber Friday 20th July

Friday, 20 July 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Using several different types of mixed media, papers, paints and stitch, you will make a journal which can be used to record your travels.

You will leave the workshop with a book having coloured and textured pages for you to finish and add to at home or away.

The illustration shows how the book may look once it is completed

Price: 
£65.00

Machine Applique Zipped Purse with Lisa Friday 27th July

Friday, 27 July 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Using ‘In the Hoop’ machine embroidery techniques, Lisa will show you how to make a zipped purse. The design for the purse is included in the cost of the class, so you willl be able to stitch it again at home. We will have more details soon, but expect places to go quickly so are giving you the opportunity to book ahead.

Further details to follow.

Price: 
£60.00

Powertex for Beginners With Denise Saturday 28th July

Saturday, 28 July 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

Beading: Ladder Stitch with Janette Bright Friday 3rd August Morning Session only

Friday, 3 August 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

In this first of a planned series of beading workshop you will learn ladder stitch and will begin a pretty bracelet to finish at home. Click on the picture above to see more detail of what you can do.

You can also book for the whole day here to finish off your bracelet and try additional techniques.

All materials are included in the workshop price.

Price: 
£45.00

Beading: Ladder Stitch with Janette Bright Friday 3rd August All day workshop

Friday, 3 August 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

In this first of a planned series of beading workshop you will learn ladder stitch and will begin a pretty bracelet. Click on the picture above to see more detail of what you can do.

If you prefer, you can book for just the morning session and finish your bracelet at home.

All materials are included in the booking price but if you finish your bracelet, you may wish to purchase more beads to try out more techniques in the afternoon.

Price: 
£65.00

Beginners Embroidery: Ivy Trellis with Denise Saturday 4th August

Saturday, 4 August 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

In this continuation of our series of beginner's embroidery classes you will learn how to use basic embroidery stitches to create this pretty sampler using lazy daisy, straight, split, satin and back stitch and simple shading. We will be offering further classes to create a sampler book in which you can display your work. This class is suitable for complete beginners and those who wish to extend their embroidery skills.

Price: 
£50.00

Floral Abstraction with Alex Waylett Sunday 5th August

Sunday, 5 August 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

This workshop is in conjunction with the Stitchers Inc exhibition in the Alchemy Gallery in August and is for those wishing to bridge the gap between design and stitch.

You will be taken through a series of confidence building, fun and quick design exercises using pen, inks and watercolours. In the afternoon you can choose to hand or machine stitch into paper or fabric and will leave with a multitude of designs to work with at home.

Price: 
£60.00

Crochet for Beginners with Sue Broughton Saturday 18th August

Saturday, 18 August 2018 - 10:30am to 3:00pm

Sue will take you through the basics of crochet, showing you how to begin your work and form different stitches to create beautiful crochet items. Suitable for complete beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills.

Price: 
£50.00

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.

Look out for details of our Batik with Jannetta workshop to be held on 20th October!

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