Craft Arena Workshops

Yarn Forward Knitting Group 21st February

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Our Yarn Forward knitting and crochet group returns after its winter break, with a yarn scrummage. Come and join us and you will go away with lots of free yarn! You can also knit, crochet, ask questions and show what you have been up to since our last meeting.

Price: 
£10.00

Beginner's Powertex with Denise 24th February

Saturday, 24 February 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

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 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 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

Embroidery Machine Group 4th March

Sunday, 4 March 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 hooping and positioning. Bring along any challenges or questions you have, and there is bound to be someone here to answer them.

Price: 
£10.00

Fluid Art with Emma Elysha 10th March

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

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.

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

Price: 
£65.00

Seed Head Panel With Alex Waylett Wednesday/Thursday 14th/15th March 2018

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Thursday, 15 March 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Applique linen panel
A two day intensive course creating a beautiful contemporary panel incorporating a multitude of techniques to include colour, design, perspective and composition, image transfer, 3-d structural applique, stitch textures and thread painting. You will be taken step by step and rewarded with the completion of your embroidered and embellished wall hanging. An ideal course for beginners and for those wishing to build on their free machine embroidery experience. Materials included.

Price: 
£120.00

Crochet Along with Sue Broughton - Friday March 16th

Friday, 16 March 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join Sue for her latest crochet project for those who have learnt the basics. You will be helped to gain confidence with pattern-reading skills as well as learning new stitches and techniques to make a patchwork cushion which could be expanded to make this beautiful blanket. You will be able to join us at any stage of this series of classes as long as you are familiar with basic crochet stitches. If you are a newcomer to crochet, ask about our beginners class.

Price: 
£35.00

Print & Stitch: Gelli Plate Printing - 18th March

Sunday, 18 March 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Not edible jelly! Find out how to use a Gelli Plate to make monoprint on paper and fabric using masks, blocks and stamps as well as making your own marks. You will create beautiful printed backgrounds which can be used in further work, including future workshops with Denise, when we will be using them with embroidery and collage.

Price: 
£65.00

Yarn Forward Knitting Group 21st March

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Our regular Wednesday slot for our knitting & crochet group. There will be free yarn, free patterns, discounts on any Rowan yarn you purchase and plenty of chatting and laughter if previous sessions are anything to go by! If you have any challenges or questions, there is bound to be someone here to help. As always we love to see your current projects, so why not bring them along?.

Price: 
£10.00

Intermediate Powertex: Vessels with Denise Saturday 31st March 2018

Saturday, 31 March 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

This workshop will allow you to create beautiful mixed media vessels in a variety of colours and shapes and will take your skills with this versatile medium forward. You will use fabric, inclusions, paint and Powertex to make at least two vessels. 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 those who have played with 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

Mixed Media Glass Plate with Denise - Thursday 5th April

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

Using rice paper and various mixed media techniques, Denise will show you how to decorate a glass plate. Our Christmas design is shown, but you will have a choice of different papers to use as the basis of your design.

Price: 
£50.00

Kantha for Beginners with Mali - Friday 6th April

Friday, 6 April 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Starting with first steps in Kantha, you will stitch samples to learn the basic stitches and will progress to a panel which can be made into a cushion cover. Materials are included.

This one of a series of Indian embroidery workshops which will take you through different techniques, including Kantha and Shisha work.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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