It has seemed a little quiet at Craft Arena since the children went back to school and I realised that, apart from our regular classes and groups, we had no special events planned. We have now!
On Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th November we will be holding a very special event in collaboration with Aurifil. There will be lots of threads to try for both hand and machine sewing, a free raffle and free gifts. You can read more here.
We've had a bit of a change round with our Powertex workshops at the end of the year. A new tutor will be joining the Craft Arena family to show you how to make an angel/fairy using Powertex and she will be taking over the spot I had reserved for my Christmas class on Saturday 8th December. Look out for more details about that soon. I've changed the date of my class to Saturday 17th November when you will have a choice of projects - I will be showing you how to make Christmas trees, tea light holders and possibly even a star.
We hope to see you in the Studio soon!
Denise and Ray
Inspired by the BAT Collection
There is still time to enter the BAT Exhibition competition as the closing date for entry has been extended to Sunday 14th October. You will find a reminder of the work we had on display here, and can also visit the BAT Collection on the TFEA website to view the art work. An entry form is available here. The entry form mentions a fee, but I have decided to ask for a donation towards the upkeep of the BAT collection instead - the amount is up to you. There will be a prize of a Craft Arena Gift Voucher for the winner of the competition, to be chosen by the Trustees of TFEA.
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th November 10.30am - 4.00pm
Have a go using lots of different Aurifil threads during this special weekend. There will be machine and hand sewing samples for you to try, plus special offers, free gifts and a free raffle. Just drop in to sample these fabulous threads. You can find out more about our Aurifil event here.
In the Shop
I couldn't resist these snail tape measures when one of my sales reps pointed them out to me! Aren't they cute? Perfect for adding to your crochet/knitting bag, or as a gift for a friend.
I've just had more of these great bobbin rings back in stock. They prevent the bobbins unwinding, can be adjusted to size by dipping in hot water and are suitable for all types of bobbins, giving safe storage for around 20 bobbins, depending on their size. I've just counted and I've got 27 Brother bobbins in one of my several rings - I love these!
When I was in Germany earlier in the year, I saw these wooden embroidery hoops which are made in Turkey. I was blown away by the quality and the good news is that my supplier now has them in stock. I've got just a few sizes in for now, but will be extending the range if you like them.
Crewelwork with Marion Wood Friday 12th October
Whether you are new to hand embroidery or wish to have a refresher, Marion will take you through some basic stitches to make this pretty flower using fine wool in her second workshop. You do not need to have attended her previous class and the stitches learnt can be adapted to many forms of embroidery.
We have a few spaces left for exhibitions in the Alchemy Gallery in 2019 and are taking bookings for 2020 and 2021. If you would like more information, please contact us.
Now in the Alchemy Gallery is Five, an exhibition of mixed media and textile art by five textile artists: Lori Donaldson, Sheila Frankland, Chris Spencer, Miriam Weaver and Helen Wilson. We have had excellent comments so far, so don't miss it!
Beautiful work ladies!
Stunning. So inspiring - just wonderful!
Absolutely gorgeous - especially loved the birds!
Lovely exhibition - very varied but all high quality - quite a few I would give space to!
A lovely exhibition. Beautiful work.
November 2018: Inspired by the BAT Collection
December 2018/January 2019: Minerva Textile Group
February 2019: Rowan 40th Anniversary Exhibition
March 2019: Craft Arena Workshop Exhibition
April 2019: Tantalising Textiles
Simple Goldwork Flowers with Wendy
Saturday 6th October 10.30am - 1.00pm 2.00pm - 4.30pm or stay for both
On these workshops, Wendy will be showing you how to stitch beautiful Goldwork flowers. You can join her for the morning, afternoon or stay all day. All materials will be provided.
This is a popular series of informal monthly sessions to help you get the most from your embroidery machine. We cover a different machine embroidery technique each month, and this month will be showing you how to quilt with your embroidery machine.
This is a popular series of informal monthly sessions to help you get the most from your embroidery machine. We cover a different machine embroidery technique each month, and this month will be discussing the use of different fabrics.
Please make a note of these workshop dates in your diary. Booking will be available once details have been finalised. Contact us for more details.
Christmas Powertex with Denise - Saturday 17th November Christmas Lino Printing with Lynne - Saturday 1st December Christmas Powertex Angel - Saturday 8th December 2019 dates with Alex, subject to be confirmed - Thurs/Fri 23/24 May & Friday 7th June
The latest Brother special offers are on our Brother blog page. They include the fabulous new Innov-is XP1 sewing and embroidery machine which is £10,999 with FREE PE Design 11 worth £999! We also have some ex demonstration and discontinued machines on offer.
Ring me on 01268 523780 if you would like any more information.
Don't forget you get a full introduction to help you choose the right machine for you plus free training with all machines over £200. Contact us to book a demonstration or for more information. Details of these are also available on our blog or ask us for more information.