had a great time at Alex Waylett's workshop last week. I've not quite
finished my piece yet, but I'll be sure to let you see it when I have,
as Alex will be holding the same workshop, Mediaeval Panel, here next
workshop was an oasis of calm in a tempestuous sea. We are currently
having a new kitchen installed at home, and have spent the last few
weeks sorting out cupboards and throwing nearly everything away. I've
decided I don't want to see the resulting mess, so I am staying with my
daughter for a few
days whilst the work is being carried out. Ray is supervising and coping
with no electricity, no water, dust and any problems that crop up. I'll
just look forward to filling the cupboards up with new stuff once it is
of the joys of the Winter season is the arrival of new magazines by
Stampington. The latest issues of Sew Somerset and Art Quilting Studio
have arrived and you can read more about them below. I know there is
always a rush to receive them, so if you would like to reserve a copy,
give me a ring or drop me an email.
Black Friday deals at Craft Arena, I'd rather look after my customers
round, and we will be offering some discounts before Christmas in a very
special Advent promotion starting on 1st December. Full details will be
in next week's newsletter and on Facebook. Talking of Christmas, you
can find our opening hours for the holiday season later in the
I look forward to seeing you in the studio soon.
Tantalising Textiles Competition
The main theme of this year's Tantalising Textiles competition 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 will be available on our website from the beginning of December and you can read more details about the competion on my blog.
Craft Arena Workshop Exhibition
a year our workshop exhibition lets us show off all the work that has
been accomplished at Craft Arena, so if you have attended a workshop
here over the last year or so, and would like to show off a bit, your
opportunity will be from the 16th January until the end of February. We
like to include unfinished work too, so if you haven't quite got round
to completing your work, we would still love to see it. You can download
an application form here, and if you have any questions, do let me know.
Christmas and New Year Opening Hours
Tuesday 19th – Saturday 23rd December 2017 - 10am to 5pm
Sunday 24th December - Thursday 28th December 2017 - CLOSED
Friday 29th December - Sunday 31st December 2017 - 11.00am - 4 pm
Monday 1st January - Wednesday 3rd January 2018 - CLOSED
Thursday 4th January - Sunday 14th January 2018 - 10.30am - 4 pm
Art Quilting Studio
magazine provides a playful and informative forum where quilt
enthusiasts from all walks of life can share techniques, ideas, and
inspiration. Take your quilting to the next level with 144 pages of
innovative tips from top artists from around the globe. Whether you
stitch by hand or machine, with fabrics or paper, this magazine will
give you plenty of inspiration.
Winter 2018 Issue:
Artist Portfolio featuring Bobbi Baugh
The latest eye-catching wearable art quilts: colorful quilted necklaces by Katie Larson.
Jennifer Landau shares her Mountain Goat 3-D quilt in our Quilting the Odd & Unusual.
"Juggling Joy" quilt by Becky Grover
Discover Classic Cool Rides by Teresa Shippy in the Series Showcase.
Nancy Oakeson presents her bright, cheerful flower vase
Suzanne Cogar reveals her Muses Series.
Meet Charlotte Bird as she introduces her Goddess Series
Phyllis Prom gives a sneak peek into her impressionistic landscape art quilts.
represents a new way of looking at sewn art. More than ever before,
artists are discovering the joy of combining sewing with mixed-media
projects, showing the world that stitches are more versatile that ever!
Inside the Winter 2018 Issue:
Discover Lisa Rode’s charming holiday cards made from kraft cardstock with hand-stitched cotton batting details.
Learn how Tracy Brumi makes use of fabric scraps and inspirational labels to embellish mini-sachets filled with lavender.
See how Andrea Brinkley puts a spin on the popular embroidery hoop trend by using wool and wire.
Be inspired by Linden Eller’s masterful use of a muted color palette in her original sewn felt collages.
a wide variety of stitched projects including wall hangings, fabric
postcards, hand-sewn journals, mixed-media pillows, and more!
off the press is the latest issue of Stitch which contains loads of
great ideas for stitching, as well as competitions, news and
embroidery designs to take you through the winter season, it includes
projects for machine embroidery, needle felting, applique, goldwork,
Sardinian knotwork and ideas to get children crafting. With articles on
Alice Kettle, what to look for in a sewing machine (I can help you with
that!) plus lots more, it will keep you stitching until well into the
books have arrived in the studio this week. Following the journey of two
sets of people who have been using textiles to make a real difference
to people of both Afghanistan and Laos.
Embroidering within Boundaries
the harsh and hidden lives of woman in Afghanistan emerges a story of
creativity, courage, and reclaiming a future through ancient cultural
traditions. Fifteen years ago, Rangina Hamidi made the decision to
dedicate her life to helping rebuild her native Kandahar, Afghanistan.
The Taliban had been driven out but Kandahar was a shambles. Tens of
thousands of women, widowed by years of conflict, struggled to support
themselves and their families. Rangina started an entrepreneurial
enterprise Kandahar Treasureusing the exquisite traditional khamak
embroidery of Kandahar to help women work within
their cultural boundaries, to earn their living, and to find a degree of
self-determination. Embroidering Within Boundaries chronicles the development of this remarkable and inspiring business run solely by Afghan women.
Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos
began as a couple's backpacking adventure transformed into a thriving
fairtrade business and a renewed sense of well-being. Over the past
decade, Joshua Hirschstein and Maren Beck have developed deep
connections with the villagers of Xam Tai who raise their own fibre from
silkworms, create their own natural dyes, and weave the patterns of
their ancestors into healing cloths, ceremonial textiles and daily wear.
Their narrative provides an in-depth and rare view into the everyday
lives, culture, and craft of Lao silk weavers. Engaging personal stories
and intimate photography bring it all into
focus: the patience and skill of artisans, the steady pace of village
life, and a commitment to honouring the old ways.
Sew Advent Calendars
down to Christmas with Debbie Shore. Sew unique, personalised advent
calendars for your loved ones, and fill them with their favourite
festive treats and handpicked goodies that theyll really treasure. There
are 20 designs included, from traditional flat-pocket calendars to
hanging cones and festive pouches, for both adults and children alike,
along with a treat-filled calendar for the family dog! The book contains
all the techniques needed to make the calendars, and every project is
shown clearly step-by-step, with helpful tips and advice throughout.
Using Debbies friendly and easy-to-follow instructions,
its time to get crafty and create a new festive family tradition!
I don't get many patchwork or quilting books in, but these two new books have proved hard to resist.
Visual Guide to Patchwork & Quilting
the knowledge of 20+ quilt experts in one place! With hundreds of
photographs and illustrations to help you plan your quilting projects,
this comprehensive guide answers all of your quiltmaking questions.
Included in this handy reference guide: fabric 101; piecing and appliqué
by hand and machine; understanding colour, value, and quilt design;
start-to-finish quilt construction; quilting motifs, tips, and tricks;
and an A-to-Z glossary of quilting terms, plus a handy index. Its the
must-have book for any quilter!
Quilting Row by Row
Plates, pinwheel blocks and flying geese ... piece like a pro with The
Piper's Girls. Starting with the simplest patchwork squares and working
your way up to more challenging appliqué and paper piecing, you'll sew
through a cheery, 11-row sampler quilt and 2 bonus projects. Build 27
specific quilting skills such as getting an accurate 1/4" seam,
constructing on-point squares and using the 45 degree angle on a ruler.
Straightforward how-to photos and full-size patterns are included. Gain
confidence and learn new tips along the way, whether you're just a
beginner or a more experienced quilter.
Workshops can be booked in the studio, on our website, by phoning 01268 523780 or emailing us. Our 2017 workshop programme is available online, in the studio, or you can email us for a copy.
Watch out for more great workshops and classes at Craft Arena in 2018.
Mixed Media Workshops
With Dali Graham
Saturday 25th November 2017
Glass Plate 10.30am - 1.00pm
Notebook 2.00pm - 4.30pm £35 per session per person for the morning session
Dali Graham, who you may have seen on Hochanda, for a mixed media
medley! You can choose to attend the morning session decorating a glass
plate, the afternoon enhancing a notebook or stay all day for both
sessions and receive a discount! You will also receive a discount on any
Stamperia or Pentart products you purchase on the day.
ONE PLACE IS LEFT ON THE MORNING SESSION
THE AFTERNOON SESSION IS NOW FULL
technique was originally developed from working samples produced for a
Coastal exhibition. Participants will spend the day exploring a layered
fabric manipulation and quilting technique to create a highly ornate and
textural sample in their chosen colour way, that can be used on bags,
cushion covers and garments. A requirements list will be send out prior
to the workshop.
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. LOOK OUT FOR MORE CLASSES WITH ALEX NEXT YEAR.
Powertex for Beginners
Saturday 2nd December 10.30am - 4.00pm £65 per person
you have not used this unique medium before, you are in for a treat!
This workshop will allow you to create beautiful fabric works of art in a
variety of colours and take your skills forward. You will use fabric,
inclusions, paint and Powertex to make a textured panel. 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
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 time we will be discussing the use of different
threads on your embroidery machine, so bring along your favourites to
see how they compare.
Christmas themed Powertex classes continue with another seasonal class.
We will have a selection of items for you to try, including a star
decoration, a Christmas tree, T-light holder or a casket. Suitable for
those who have tried Powertex before.
our last crochet class of the year, Sue will be putting the finishing
touches to our cushion by covering crochet edging. She will also be
revising corner to corner crochet. This class is for those who have been
on previous classes, but you can join us if you wish to put an edging
on your own work.
knitting & crochet group is getting better and better! This month
we will be joined by our representative from Rowan who will be bringing
her taster box so that you can try all manner of Rowan goodies. There
will be free yarn, free patterns, discounts on any Rowan yarn you
purchase and plenty of chatting and laughter if last time was anything
to go by.
you are new to designing for your embroidery machine, or you need a
refresher, this training is for you. Lisa will take you through the
basics of using Brother computer software to create your own designs.
This is the fourth in a series of training classes.
Our current special
offers include the Innov-is 15 sewing machine for £229 with FREE carry
bag worth £20. This machine is perfect for beginners and those who just
want to 'do the basics'. See my blog for full details of all our offers.
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.