to 2018! Last year was a good one at Craft Arena - as well as expanding
the shop, we also increased our customer base. Thanks again for all
your support, it is really appreciated.
are looking forward to another year of growth with more products,
workshops and exhibitions. To help us plan we are holding another of our
surveys. We would like to increase our papercraft offering and would
like your input. If you complete the survey, you will be entered into a
draw to win a £10 Craft Arena
Gift Voucher. The survey will finish on 31st January and the winner will
be announced in the following newsletter. Just click on the button
below to begin.
Our sale is now on, and you can read more later in the newsletter. Lot's of bargains, so do come along to find out more.
know I keep mentioning it, but please don't forget our workshop
exhibition. Our customers love to see the work that has been done at, or
been inspired by our workshops. Whether it is Powertex, Goldwork,
Indian Embroidery, mixed media or one of our many other workshops, you
can show us what you have achieved. More details and a link to the entry
form are below.
We look forward to seeing you in the studio soon.
Happy New Year!
Denise and Ray
New Year Opening Hours
Thursday 4th January - Sunday 14th January 2018 - 10.30am - 4 pm
sale is now on, with lots of bargains and special offers. We have yarn
from £2 a ball, 20% off all our books, kits and accessories, our popular
£1 table, goody bags and lots more.
Craft Arena Workshop Exhibition
you have attended a workshop at Craft Arena 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 with our annual workshop exhibition.
Customers like to see 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.
Tantalising Textiles Competition
Tantalising Textiles is Craft Arena's annual customer competion. 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 winner will 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.
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.
Thursday 1st February 10.30am - 4.00pm £65
for keeping lasting memories of a wedding, birth or a loved one, we
will make a unique canvas book, show you how to print photographs onto
fabric, collage with trimmings and give you ideas for stitching and
finishing your book.
Bring our own digital photographs to include in your book. Materials
(apart from photographs) will be provided, but you can bring your own
memory fabric, buttons etc to include if you wish.
Join artist & printmaker Lynne Blackburn of Essex Print Studio for a one day ‘Introduction to Lino Printing’ workshop.
learn how to use the tools and inks used in linocut printing, and how
to hand carve a design and take prints from it. Linocuts can be printed
easily by hand or with a simple press.
will bring a number of designs based around a ‘Landscape’ theme for you
to choose from. 6 sheets of printmaking paper are included in the
workshop price, with additional sheets available to buy if you would
like to print more.
is an ideal opportunity to learn the skills to create your own
editioned prints, artist
books, or posters. While this workshop will focus on paper prints, the
techniques are ideal for use with fabrics and textile art.
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.
CONTACT US TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.
Machine Embroidery Skill Sharing
Sunday 4th February 2018
10.30am - 1.00pm £10
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. Bring along any challenges or questions and there
will be someone here to answer them. We would love to see your work, so
bring that along too.
Friday 9th and Saturday 10th February
10.30am - 4.00pm £120
two day workshop wil use goldwork embroidery and silk shading to
construct beautiful pictures. You will have a choice of animals to work
on. One kit is provided and more will be available to purchase if you
are a quick worker or if you want to do more at home. Materials incuded.
This class is suitable for anyone who has basic embroidery stitches and those who would like to take their skills further.
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. 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.
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
first steps of using Brother computer software to create your own
designs. Just bring a pen and paper to take notes!
Saturday 24th February 2018 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
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.
Please make a note of these dates in your diary. Booking will be available once details have been finalised.
Fluid Art with Emma Elypha - Saturday 10th March
Seed Head Panel with Alex Waylett - Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th March
Intermediate Powertex: Vessels with Denise - Saturday 31st March (note change of date)
Goldwork Botanicals with Wendy Mansfield - Friday 13th & Saturday 14th March
Indian Tile with Alex Waylett - Thursday 24th May
Print & Stitch - Denise Gannon
Until 14th January 2018
this exhibition, Denise showcases her latest work featuring printing
and stitching techniques, as well as some of her earlier hand and
machine embroidery work.
of the printing techniques used will be taught as workshops at Craft
Arena during 2018. If you are interested in finding out more, please ask
in the studio.