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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.

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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 12th December

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Our regular monthly Yarn Forward knitting and crochet group with a Christmas theme.

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.

Show us your Christmas makes and maybe consume a little festive food!

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!


Craft Arena Christmas Charity Event - Saturday 15th December

Saturday, 15 December 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Join us in our annual fundraising event to raise funds for St. Luke’s Hospice.

There will be raffles, goody bags, a free door draw and festive refreshments.

More details soon!

Machine Embroidery Group Sunday 3rd February

Sunday, 3 February 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

This is our popular series of informal monthly discussion sessions to help you get the most from your embroidery machine.

We cover a different machine embroidery technique every month


Goldwork Flowers with Wendy Mansfield Saturday 9th February

Saturday, 9 February 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Another of our popular workshops with Wendy.

Suitable for both beginners and those who with to refresh their skills, Wendy will show you how to use simple flower shapes appliqued onto silk and embellished with couched threads. There will be a choice of flowers for you to stitch.

All materials included.


Crochet Dreamcatcher with Sue Broughton Sunday 10th February

Sunday, 10 February 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Join Sue and use your crochet skills to make this delightful Dreamcatcher.

All materials included in the workshop price


Crewelwork with Marion Wood Friday 15th February

Friday, 15 February 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Marion will be showing you how to use fine wool thread with traditional embroidery stitches to create a beautiful crewel work design. This class is suitable both for beginners and those who would like to expand their needlework skills.