Craft Arena Workshops

Yarn Forward Wednesday 20th March

Wednesday, 20 March 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 month we welcome Claire Bojczuk who will be telling us about her new book ‘Adaptable Crochet’ and bringing along some of her work.

This month's Yarn Forward is now full. Please contact us to be placed on our waiting list

Price: 
£10.00

Powertex for Beginners with Denise Saturday 23rd March

Saturday, 23 March 2019 - 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. This workshop is suitable for beginners

This class is suitable for those who have never tried this versatile medium before, and those who wish to refresh their skills.

All materials are included in this workshop, but please feel free to bring your own embellishments to add to your work.

Price: 
£70.00

Silk Painting with Jannetta Saturday 30th March

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

Join Jannetta for this silk painting workshop. if you have attended one of Jannetta's silk painting workshops in the past, this is your opportunity to take your skills further. Jannetta will be sharing lots of hints and tips and will be showing you some more advanced techniques.

This class is intended for those who have tried silk painting before and wish to extend their skills.

Price: 
£70.00

Sewing Foot Fetish - Sunday 31st March

Sunday, 31 March 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

If you have been perplexed at some of the sewing machine feet on offer, and what they can accomplish, then this workshop is for you. In this workshop you will be able to try out different feet and learn how to use them. We will be making a sample book which you can take away with you and use as a basis for more experimentation at home or on future workshops.

Price: 
£40.00

Canvaswork with Marion Saturday 6th April

Saturday, 6 April 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Learn the basic stitches used in canvaswork with Marion and stitch this pretty little design which can be made into a brooch or embellishment.

Price: 
£45.00

Machine Embroidery Group Sunday 7th April

Sunday, 7 April 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

Canvaswork with Marion Friday 12th April

Friday, 12 April 2019 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Learn further stitches used in canvaswork with Marion.

More details to follow.

Price: 
£45.00

Print and Stitch with Wendy Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April

Saturday, 13 April 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Sunday, 14 April 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Block printing and Embroidery combined!

A two day course with Wendy. Refreshers and beginners are welcome.

Further details to follow.

Price: 
£120.00

More Mayhem with Denise Saturday 20th April

Saturday, 20 April 2019 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Create more Mixed Media Mayhem with Denise! Explore more ways of creating backgrounds in the morning and develop 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

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 your how to add wording and pictures to your design.

Price: 
£35.00

Ribbon Embroidery with Wendy Saturday 11th May

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

Using pure silk ribbon, Wendy will show you the stitches required for this fascinating form of embroidery.

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

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

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.

More details to follow.

Price: 
£65.00

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.

More details to follow.

Price: 
£65.00

Powertex Vessels with Denise Saturday 1st June

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

Using fabric, Powertex and mixed media, construct and decorate vessels which can be used in the home or just for decoration.

Suitable for those who have used this versatile medium before.

Price: 
£70.00

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.

Price: 
£70.00

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

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

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

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