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At Craft Arena we sell needlecraft, knitting, crochet, mixed media, craft supplies, Brother sewing machines, wool, threads, haberdashery, beads, craft books, gifts and textile art. You can access our online shop by clicking the Shop menu item above.

We have a wide range of Brother Sewing and Embroidery machines on demonstration, and offer a full personal consultation so that you can choose the right machine for you. We give FREE training on most machines.

We hold workshops and training classes in needlecraft, knitting, crochet, mixed media, printing and textile art design in our large workshop area. You can see details of upcoming workshops and training classes below or click here for a full list.

We showcase the work of local artists and design groups in frequently changing exhibitions in Alchemy, our dedicated Textile Art Gallery.

We publish a regular newsletter containing special offers, details of upcoming workshops and everything Craft Arena. If you would like to subscribe, simply click on the blue "Subscribe" icon above. Our newsletters are usually sent out weekly.

We look forward to seeing you in the studio soon.

Craft Arena is upstairs at the Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay, Essex, Studios 49 - 51. We are open 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 10am - 4pm Sundays and most Bank Holidays.

We either use or personally recommend the items we sell. If you have a specific requirement please contact us and we will do our best to help.

Workshops - coming soon

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!

This session is now fully booked. Please contact us to go on our waiting list

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

Mixed Media Mayhem with Denise - Saturday 2nd March: Morning Session

Saturday, 2 March 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Following our successful 2018 workshop, Denise is causing more mayhem for those who missed out or want more!

We will be playing with transfer dyes, Lutradur, Tyvek, different mediums and anything else Denise feels like.

Some of the techniques will be covered again and expanded on from the previous class, and there will be new additions.

You can also book for all day or just the afternoon session

Price: 
£35.00

Mixed Media Mayhem with Denise - Saturday 2nd March: All day

Saturday, 2 March 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Following our successful workshop in 2018, Denise is causing more mayhem for those who missed out or want more!

We will be playing with transfer dyes, Lutradur, Tyvek, different mediums and anything else Denise feels like.

Some of the techniques will be covered again and expanded on from the previous class, and there will be new additions.

You can also book for just the morning or afternoon sessions

Price: 
£60.00

Mixed Media Mayhem with Denise - Saturday 2nd March: Afternoon Session

Saturday, 2 March 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Following our successful workshop in 2018, Denise is causing more mayhem for those who missed out or want more!

We will be playing with transfer dyes, Lutradur, Tyvek, different mediums and anything else Denise feels like.

Some of the techniques will be covered again and expanded on from the previous class, and there will be new additions.

You can also book for all day or just the morning session

Price: 
£35.00

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