Sunday, 24 November 2013

I'm Back!

I've really been neglecting my blog over the last few months. So much has been going on that I haven't really had time to breathe!

I'll do a run-down of the exhibitions we've had in Gallery 50 over the past couple of months and let you know what if coming up before and after Christmas.


In October we had In Stitches with their exhibition Journeys which proved very popular;

Sandy Draper and Jayne Laouami-Baigent are showing their work Parallel Pathways until 30th November. Sandy & Jayne completed their City & Guilds in Embroidery in different ways, and it's great to see all their samples and finished pieces. Takes me back!

and Donna Howard will be here from 2nd December until 12th January with her Stitched PicturesDonna's work starts life as photographs which are then manipulated and printed onto cotton. The final layer is completed using free machine embroidery to add colour and texture to the pieces. See below for details of Donna's accompanying workshop.

Latest Magazines

The new issues of Art Quilting Studio and Sew Somerset have arrived. I know some of you look forward to these magazines and both include some lovely ideas and projects. I also now stock Workbox magazine, which is a great read and contains profiles, history, information on artists and events as well as projects.


We have some great workshops happening in the run-up to Christmas:

We will also be having a Brother Open Day on Sunday 1st December when you can have a look at a our Brother sewing machines and even have a go yourself! There are some fabulous specials on a range of machines until the New Year, so do come along and see what we have to offer.

If you are interested in finding out more about any of these workshops or would like to book a place, email or ring us on 01268 523780

Craft Arena Newsletter

In case you were not aware, I regularly send out a newsletter to those on my mailing list. Whenever I send one there are always 'bounced' email addresses which may be because you have changed your email address and not told me, or maybe because I have your details down incorrectly. If you think you should be receiving the Craft Arena newsletter and don't, you can always re-register via the website, or send me an email with your contact details and I'll check you are on the mailing list. You can read a copy of my latest newsletter by following this link.

Christmas & New Year 

Our Christmas and New Year opening times are listed below. I usually take a few days off, and open later than usual in the morning - just to make sure that all that sherry has evaporated! 

On 28th and 29th December only, customers will receive double Loyalty Card stamps on all purchases over £10.

Monday 23rd December  - Friday 27th December 2013  CLOSED
Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th December 2013 OPEN 11am - 4pm
Monday 30th December 2013 - Friday 3rd January  2014 CLOSED


There will be lots of bargains in the sale; many at half price, and a free goody bag for the first 10 customers on Saturday 4th January.
Normal opening hours from Sunday 5th January

If I don't see you before, have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year and I promise to update my blog more often! I'm hoping to have some news soon about a great event I'm planning in 2015!


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