to what porpurts to be normal after the snow. I came in each day, even
if only for a few hours, and had hoped to catch up on some of my textile
work, but there were lots of boxes to unpack and get on the shelves, so
plans went by the board!
have new workshops available for you to book this week. I expect some
of them to fill quickly, so don't wait too long before committing. Alex
Waylet is here next week with a two-day workshop, and unusually we still
have a few places, so if you would like to join us, do let me know. Her
next workshop is in May, and is already filling fast - only three
Kimber is part of Fibrefusion, who are exhibiting in our Alchemy
Gallery in May, and as part of their exhibition will be holding a
workshop showing us how to dye our own fabric. I know lots of you have
been asking me for dyeing workshops, so here is your opportunity. More
have finally got the Crop a dile in stock. This great gadget is
brilliant for making holes in all types of material, even wood, and also
sets all sorts of eyelets
are still a few days to submit your entry for Tantalising Textiles -
the date has been extended until 11th March. If you can't make its to
the studio, you can email your entry form. More details below.
We are (Ray is) in the process of revamping our website to make it easier to navigate and view, so
next time you visit you may notice a few changes.
We look forward to seeing you in the studio soon.
Denise and Ray
The Textile Artist: Small Art Quilts
book contains a wealth of inspiration for any textile artist, Small Art
Quilts shows you how to create gorgeous, textured pieces of textile
Using colour and
an intriguing mix of surface techniques, layers, piecing and simple
stitching, Deborah O'Hare's beautiful small art quilts capture the magic
of her themes and subjects. In her unusual, whimsical interpretations
of nature and the landscape, she builds up torn and cut layers of
coloured cloth with stitch to create beautiful works of textile art.
With her fresh, innovative approach,
Deborah provides inspiration and step-by-step instruction on all the
techniques she uses and shows the reader how to create moonlit scenes,
seas, flowers, meadows, mountains, moors, animals and birds.
an original idea through to finishing and embellishing this book will
offer a rich source of ideas for experienced art quilters as well as
those setting out on their creative journey who are inspired to start
Knitted Gold Club Covers
A bit quirky, this book provides 24 knitting patterns for quick, fun golf head covers.
patterns in this book are suitable for beginners, and include a mix of
fun and stylish club cover designs and also a pouch for spare balls.
designs include stripes and traditional patterns like Fair Isle and
tartan plaid, as well as quirky and fun character club covers including
tigers, bears, birdies and eagles.
These golfing must-haves make ideal gifts for golfers, and
are fast and easy to knit.
Love to Sew: Lagom-Style Accessories
Lagom är bäst,
or the right amount is a Swedish philosophy that fosters the concept of
living a simpler and more balanced life. In this book, author and
blogger Debbie von Grabler-Crozier shows you how to embrace the ethos of
Lagom by teaching you how to sew 20 beautiful accessories for your home
that combine Scandi style with simple and practical design.
stunning items such as a cushion, doorstop, a quilted throw, bunting
and a wall hanging, as well as a bag and soft, felt Swedish house shoes;
all of which are
perfect for transforming your home into a Lagom-inspired retreat
away from the bustle of everyday life. Each design is made using natural
materials such as cotton, linen and wool felt, but can easily be
created using spare material and scraps in the house. In addition,
full-size templates are also provided on a fold-out sheet at the back of
the book in a safe little pocket.
step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photographs accompanying every
project, and essential sewing techniques clearly laid out at the
beginning of Debbie's book, your path to a healthier, relaxing lifestyle
has never been easier.
Knit Pro Basix Birch Crochet Hooks
crocheters among you have been asking for extra large crochet hooks and
we now have birch hooks in sizes 15mm, 18mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm and even
35mm! More information:
Hand crafted by skilled artisans
All hooks have grooves that prevent stitch slippage
All hooks are manufactured using natural birch wood
Lightweight, strong wood
Polished wood surface insures effortless glide – works with every type of material
Larger size works well with thicker yarns
Warm to the touch, gentle in the hand and ideal for everyone
preparation for our needlefelting workshop with Lisa Marie Olson in
July we now have carded wool, which is ideal for needlefelting,
available in a gorgeous selection of colours in 25g packs and also cream
in 100g packs.
forget that we also stock Babylock Needlefelting machines and have a
selection of needles and other accessories for needlefelting by both
hand and machine.
Tantalising Textiles Competition
to the recent inclement weather, we are extending the closing date for
entries until Sunday 11th March. The last date for getting your work to
us remains Saturday 31st March. The main theme of this year's
Tantalising Textiles is Metamorphosis.The
exhibition will be held in the Alchemy Gallery at Craft Arena from
Sunday 1st April until Sunday 29th April 2018. The entry fee for each
entry will be £5 and you can submit as many entries as you wish.Customers of Craft Arena will be asked to vote for their favourite piece, and
the winnerwill receive a Craft Arena Gift Voucher, with
another voucher going to the winner of our voters draw. We will again
be supporting St Luke's Hospice who will receive a proportion of the
money raised by the fees. The application form is available here and you can read more details about the competition on my blog.
If you can't get into the studio, please email us your form and we will send you an invoice for online payment.
Craft Arena Workshops
Workshops can be booked in the studio, on our website, by phoning 01268 523780 or emailing us. Our 2018 workshop programme is available online, in the studio, or you can email us for a copy.
All materials are included in the cost of the workshop unless otherwise stated.
Seed Head Panel
With Alex Waylett
Wednesday/Thursday 14th/15th March 2018 10.30am - 4.00pm £120 per person
Applique linen panel
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.
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.
Sunday 18th March 2018 10.30am - 4.00pm £65 per person
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.
Yarn Forward knitting and crochet group. Come and join us for our knit,
crochet and natter session. You can also ask questions, show what you
have been up to since our last meeting and find out what we have planned
for future sessions. We will be holding a draw for a selection of
knitting books at this session.
you are new to designing for your embroidery machine, or you need a
refresher, this training is for you. Lisa will show you how to import
designs into the software for further work before exporting them to your
machine for stitching. Just bring a pen and paper to take notes! This
class is for those who know the basics of PE Design. Ask about our next
Saturday 31st March 2018 10.30am - 4.00pm £65 per person
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.
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 having a Show and Tell, so
bring your work along and share what you have been doing.
Friday 13th & Saturday 14th April 2018 10.30am - 4.00pm £60 for one day or £100 for two days per person
Wendy and indulge yourself in either one or two days of stitching.
Using silk applique and basic goldwork stitches, you will make this
beautiful botanical design. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to
expand their skills.
Thursday 24th May 2018 10.30am - 4.00pm £65 per person
is a structured workshop designed to encourage the textile artist to
think outside the box and work with material combinations they may not
have previously considered. Participants will create a highly ornate
panel with the use of water soluble fabrics combined with appliqued
space dyed velvets and decorative cords. A requirements list will be
provided prior to tshe workshop. Experience of free motion machine
embroidery is required.
Saturday 19th May 2018 10.30am - 4.00pm £50 per person
you have ever fancied finding out how to dye your own fabric, now is
your chance! Nicky will take you through the basics using just a few
colours of dye and you will leave with sevveral dyed samples of fabric
which you can use in other work.
Sunday 27th May 2018 10.30am - 4.00pm £65 per person
Lynne for a Black & White Lino Printing workshop. You will receive
an introduction to the tools and inks used in linocut printing, will
learn how to hand carve a design into the lino and take a print from it.
Lynne will bring several designs, of differing skill levels, all based
around an ‘Animals’ theme for you to choose from, or you can bring along
your own design.
you want to use your own design it will need to be simple and easy to
hand carve into the lino; it should be A5 in size (14.8cm x 21cm) and
printed out at the correct size onto paper in black and white. The
examples shown will give you an idea of what to bring. You will be given
6 sheets of printmaking paper to print
on, together with fabric if you want to try it, and more will be
available to purchase if you wish. Everything else you need, including
inks, rollers and cutting tools, will be provided.
This is an ideal workshop to learn the skills to create your own editioned prints, artist books,
or posters. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and those that have tried this technique before.
Please make a note of these dates in your diary. Booking will be available once details have been finalised.
PE Design with Lisa: Pull Compensation & Density - Sunday 15th April
Mother & Daughter Workshop with Wendy - Sunday 13th May
Beginners Powertex with Denise - Saturday 26th May
Screen Printing with Lynne Blackburn - Saturday 16th June Hydrangea Silk Panel with Alex Waylett - Friday 29 June Wet Felting with Lisa Marie Olson - Saturday 7th July am
Needlefelting with Lisa Marie Olson - Saturday 7th July pm
Printing with Lynne Blackburn - Sunday 22nd July
the dates for 2018 have now been reserved, and we are now taking
bookings for exhibitions in 2019. If you would like more information,
please contact us.
Fluid Art by Emma Elysha
3rd - 31st March 2018
acrylic paint and silicon, Emma creates beautiful abstract pieces of
work. Don't miss her unique form of art. Emma will be at Craft Arena on
Saturday 17th March for a 'Meet the Artist' session. Times to be
April 2018: Tantalising Textiles 2018
May 2018: Fibrefusion
June 2018: Paula Mann - Mosaics
July 2018: Basildon Arts Trust Exhibition
August 2018: Stitchers Inc
October 2018: Five
This week we are featuring the Innovis 1100 sewing machine which is £749 with
either a FREE Creative Quilt Kit worth £149.99 or FREE Creative Sewing
Kit AND Couture Kit worth £144.98. The rest of this month's specials
can be found on my blog.
forget you get free training with all machines over £200 plus a full
introduction to help you choose the right machine for you. Contact us
to book a demonstration or
for more information. We also have ex demonstration machines available
at discount prices. Details are also available on our blog or ask us for