Craft Arena Workshops



Please note that we are open throughout the Easter period from 10am to 4pm

PE Design with Lisa - Words and Pictures - Sunday 28th April

Sunday, 28 April 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

This class is for those who know the basics of PE Design software for Brother Embroidery machines.

Lisa will be showing you how to add wording and pictures to your design.

Price: 
£35.00

Crochet Feathers with Sue Saturday 4th May

Saturday, 4 May 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

As part of our Yarn Shop Day celebrations, Sue will be returning to show you how to crochet these super feathers with DMC perle.

Materials, including the hook, are included in this subsidised workshop.

Suitable for those who know basic crochet stitches. Ask about our next beginners class.

Price: 
£20.00

Machine Embroidery Group Sunday 5th May

Sunday, 5 May 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. In this session we will be discussing applique.

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

Price: 
£10.00

More Mayhem with Denise Saturday 11th May

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

Due to popular demand, Denise will be creating more Mixed Media Mayhem on Saturday 11th May. We will be exploring more ways of creating backgrounds using various techniques in the morning and will give you ideas for developing them into resolved pieces in the afternoon. We may even get around to adding stitch! If you have been to one of our previous Mayhem workshops, bring your samples to work on or make more.

Also suitable for those who have not attended our Mayhem sessions before.

Price: 
£65.00

A Credence of Stitchers - Sunday 12th May

Sunday, 12 May 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Join our new stitching group where you can stitch, chat and get a bit of advice if you need it!

Any type of hand embroidery is welcome.

You will receive a gift worth at least £5 when you attend, this will consist of hand embroidery related items - it may be threads, patterns or accessories or a combination of both.

In case you were wondering, Credence is a 15th Century collective noun for a number of stitchers!

Price: 
£10.00

Yarn Forward - Wednesday 15th May

Wednesday, 15 May 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

Zentangle with Caroline McNamara Saturday 18th May

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

Join Caroline to learn the fascinating art of Zentangle.

We will be holding a beginners class in the morning with more advanced techniques in the afternoon. Your designs will be perfect for translating into hand or machine stitch and mixed media work.

More details to follow.

Price: 
£65.00

PE Design with Lisa Sunday 19th May

Sunday, 19 May 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

This class is for those who know the basics of PE Design software for Brother Embroidery machines.

This month, Lisa will be showing you Applique and Badges.

Price: 
£10.00

3D Floral Triptych 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

This is a two-day course with Alex Waylett, when she will show you how to construct a 3D Floral Triptych.

Designed to take you through a series of innovative techniques using a multitude of different materials all brought together with free motion embroidery, the course covers illustration, composition, and painting techniques with inks from your chosen design source on the first day followed by working with water soluble and cords to create 3-d elements on the second.

You will spend the first day working with Koh-i-Nor inks and various other paints and metallic wax to produce a textural background with lens tissue, papers and string before on the second day stitching into your designs using your floral pictures as a design source. You will be taken through a series of steps to create the triptych using sheers and stitch to link all the pieces. On the second day you will be shown how to create 3d elements to add to your piece – i.e. flower heads and leaves using water soluble in a hoop.

You will leave with all the necessary machine embroidery techniques and media knowledge to complete your Wall Panel will be completed at home.

You will need some experience in free motion embroidery and be happy to pick up a paintbrush and experiment!

The pictures above are work done by students from previous triptych workshops.

Price: 
£120.00

Batik with Jannetta Sosin Saturday 25th May

Saturday, 25 May 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Join Jannetta for a Batik workshop.

Using wax as a resist, you will draw a design and paint a design with silk dyes. This workshop is perfect both for beginners and those who wish to extend their skills.

More details to follow.

Price: 
£65.00

Ribbon Embroidery with Wendy Sunday 26th May

Sunday, 26 May 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Featuring beautiful silk ribbon, you will learn the basic stiches to complete a floral design. (Project may differ from illustration). All materials included.

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

Price: 
£65.00

Babylock Open Day

Friday, 31 May 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

We are holding a special Babylock event on Friday 31st May when Jan Wright from Bablylock will be bringing a range of overlock and coverstitch machines to demonstrate.

We have asked her to bring the Sashiko machine, which is magic!

If there is a particular model you would like to see, let us know and we'll ask Jan to bring it with her.

Booking isn't necessary, but if you would like to reserve a time for a personal demonstration, contact us or give us a ring on 01268 523780.

Machine Embroidery Group Sunday 2nd June

Sunday, 2 June 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

A series of informal monthly sessions to help you get the most from your embroidery machine.

In this session we will be demonstrating Free Standing LAce and discussing stitching speed.

Price: 
£10.00

Miniature Books with Alex Waylett - Friday 7th June

Friday, 7 June 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

This is a great design project that produces a number of different designs within a whole piece…almost effortlessly!
The day will be spent looking at your design source in some detail and incorporates a number of colour media to achieve some great effects. Possibilities are endless! The first part of the day will be spent painting—then sectioning off areas before hand-stitching if you so wish.

Price: 
£70.00

Jacobean Goldwork with Wendy Sunday 9th June & Saturday 6th July

Sunday, 9 June 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Saturday, 6 July 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Join Wendy on this workshop to make this beautiful Jacobean Goldwork picture.

Over two sessions you will learn all the stitches necessary to complete the design.

Suitable for beginners and those that wish to refresh their skills as well as those who are more experienced.

Price: 
£120.00

Sketchbook/Journal with Nick Saturday 15th June

Saturday, 15 June 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

A Credence of Stitchers Sunday 16th June

Sunday, 16 June 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Join our new stitching group where you can stitch, chat and get a bit of advice if you need it!

Any type of hand embroidery is welcome.

You will receive a gift worth at least £5 when you attend, this will consist of hand embroidery related items - it may be threads, patterns or accessories or a combination of both.

In case you were wondering, Credence is a 15th Century collective noun for a number of stitchers!

Price: 
£10.00

Yarn Forward Wednesday 19th June

Wednesday, 19 June 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

Tambour for Beginners with Angela - Saturday 22nd June

Saturday, 22 June 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

This will be a taster session where you will be able to give tambour beading a try to see how you get on with this delicate technique.

You will also be able to look through samples of Angela's work to see what can be achieved once you have a little experience.

Price: 
£45.00

PE Design with Lisa Sunday 23rd June

Sunday, 23 June 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

This class is for those who know the basics of PE Design software for Brother Embroidery machines.

Price: 
£10.00

Powertex for Beginners Saturday 13th July

Saturday, 13 July 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Join Denise for a day of Powertex fun! Using fabric, Powertex and mixed media, plus wood and clay inclusions, you will make a brooch and a decorative canvas panel. All materials are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own items to include with your work.

This workshop is aimed at complete beginners, but you are welcome to join if you already know how to use Powertex.

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

Textures & Memories with Alysn Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th Nov - Deposit

Saturday, 16 November 2019 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
Sunday, 17 November 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

We are very excited to host a workshop by Alysn, one of Denise's favourite Textile Artists, while Alysn is in the UK on her 2019 workshop tour of the UK.

The workshop will run over two days and will include a design element based on your photographic memories, incorporating image transfer, texture using mixed media, felting, burning, stitch and beads.

We are asking for a £50 deposit to reserve your place as we anticipate the workshop will be fully subscribed. The total cost of the workshop will be £150 for two days including most materials although you may wish to include some of your own.

The requirements list can be downloaded by clicking the link below. Find out more about Alysn here

This workshop is now full. Please contact us to be placed on our waiting list

Price: 
£50.00

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