Skip to main content



Welcome to the new look Craft Arena blog. The aim of our blog is to give you more information than can be found in our weekly newsletter. In each post, you will find  information about our classes, inspiration, resources, and news about special offers. You can subscribe to our newsletter by visiting our website  and clicking on the blue 'Subscribe' button underneath our logo. You can contact us via our website contact form .
Recent posts


We have curated some of our favourite links here. Some could be for you to participate in and some just to inspire you! Miguel Arzabe’s Woven Bestiaries David Zinn Chalk Art Jessica Grady: Tactile Embroidery  - from the School of Stitched Textiles Ashleigh Wempe: A Mosaic Knitting Masterclass  from the School of Stitched Textiles Sangmin Oh Textiles in His Sculptural ‘Knitted Light’ Series Rima Day Embroideries Amanda Cobbett Embroiders Realistic Fungi and Flora More about The Red Dress Waste Electrical Wires Woven into Lace Garments by Alexandra Sipa   Abstract Landscape embroidery by Lindzeanne José Naranja's travel journals Meet the artists of the RA Summer Exhibition Ava Roth - Explore Ava Roth's use of thread using encautic, weaving, embroidery, photography and bees! Vanessa Barragão’s Biomorphic Textiles  - looped, wound and crocheted yarn. Catali s na Swinburn ​​​​​​​ - Woven Vintage Documents Paper Sculpture from antique books by Emma Taylor Geometric stitches from Van

Tantalising 2023

 We are calling for entries into our Tantalising art competition for 2023, the theme of which is  Infinity.  You can use the theme as your starting point or, if you prefer, you can choose to use a theme of your own. This is the 12th year of our open art competition. and all forms of art are welcome from textiles to painting, printing to sculpture and more. We hold the competition in aid of St. Luke's Hospice in Basildon. Half the entrance fee (which we have raised for the first time to £10 per entry) goes to the charity and the other half is divided up between the winner of our customer vote. So, the more entries we have, the higher the prize money and the more we can give to our charity! The exhibition will be held in The Alchemy Gallery between Saturday 1st and Saturday 29th July with the winner being announced in the newsletter of 4th August. Find out more on our website where you will also be able to download the application form with the terms and conditions of entry . You can


If you would like to receive your own copy of our weekly newsletter every Friday,  please visit our website  and join us by clicking the blue SUBSCRIBE button.

Local Groups

If you would like us to include your group on this page and in our newsletter, please use the contact form on our website to send us the information. Southend Seaside Stitchers Southend Seaside Stitchers (formerly South & East Essex Embroiderers Guild) meet twice a month in Westcliff-on-Sea with a mixture of mini workshops, speakers and bring your own project sessions. They welcome all stitchers and textiles enthusiasts to their meetings. For more details, please see thier  Facebook  and I nstagram   pages or email Romford Embroiders They meet monthly on a Saturday afternoon at the United Reformed Church, Western Road, Romford Find out more about Romford Embroiderers here. Essex Silk Painters Essex Silk Painters is a vibrant local chapter of the National Guild of Silk Painters. They meet in Toot Hill near Ongar on the first Saturday of every month (except January) for day-long workshops. Some days have outside tutors, some are taught by memb

Free Patterns

We offer free patterns as we come across them. Please note that we can take no responsibility for links that do not work. Get ahead with your Halloween stitching with this wicked and cute project from DMC.   Download your pattern here .   Get ahead with your Halloween stitching with this spooky project from DMC.   Download your pattern here . Embroider this sweet Daisy flower using your embroidery machine. Download your free pattern from Brother here.   Crochet your own Barbiecore fashion piece with this free amigurumi pattern. The skate will look great using DMC Coton Perlé 03 for an intense sheen and shiny effect. I can't guarantee it will fit your Barbie though! Please note that the pattern is in US terminology. Download your free pattern here. Download your free pattern here Download your free cocktail pattern here. Machine Embroidery Sampler Window Decals for the Scan n Cut Coronation designs from Rowan Download the Crown Sweater here Download the Crown Cushion here Embroidere

Talks, Exhibitions and Shows

You will find here information on talks, exhibitions shows. If you have any information you would like to see included, please contact us . ​​​​​​​ REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion  The Design Museum, London  16 September 2023 – 11 February 2024  Sponsored by Alexander McQueen Online talk: Coco Chanel - The Legend and the Life  The V&A Monday 18 September 19.00 – 20.00 Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms - Tate Modern . Until 30 September 2023 Autumn online Talks from the RSN National Gallery Autumn Events Open House Festival at the RA  - Saturday 16 September 10am - 6pm Greenwich + Docklands International Festival 2023 - 25 August – 10 September Frans Hals at the National Gallery - 30 September 2023 – 21 January 2024 The New National Portrait Gallery - Now Open All the Flowers are for Me and Plants of the Qur’ān Until 17th September Paula Rego: Crivelli's Garden ​​​​  - National Gallery Until 29 October 2023 Explore the relationship between Dame Paula Rego’s monumental pai

Brother at Craft Arena

At Craft Arena we supply Brother sewing and embroidery machines and the ScanNCut, together with accessories. We offer free training for machines we sell costing over £300 either via video call or in person.   Contact us  for information. We can arrange for direct delivery on most Brother machines if required and interest free finance is available on selected machines.   Ex demonstration Machines We currently have the following ex demonstration machines available at a substantial discount. Please contact me if you are interested in finding out more. Innov-is Stellaire XE1 - normally £4599 now £3600 Find out more about the XE1 here Innov-is NV880e Embroidery Machine - normally £1599 now £1200 Find out more about the NV880e here. We have the following machines available for demonstration and training: NEW! Airflow 3000 Find out more about the Airflow 3000 here Innov-is   15 sewing machine Find out more about the Innov-s15 here Brother A Series sewing machines Find out more about the A Ser

baby lock at Craft Arena

Craft Arena are authorised baby lock and success dealers and can give you information about the full range of overlockers, coverstich and speciality machines. Finance is available on all baby lock models. Find out more here July Special Offer The baby lock special offer for August is the Sashiko machine with 10% off the normal price of  £1.924,00.  I have the Sashiko in the studio so  contact me  if you would like a demonstration. Contact us to find our more or place an order We currently have the following machines for demonstration: baby lock Enspire baby lock Embellisher baby lock Sashiko We offer a free run-through on our baby lock machines with reduced fees on our official baby lock training days at Craft Arena.when you purchase a baby lock machine from us.  baby lock also have a  YouTu be channe l  where you can find competitions, projects and information about accessories for your machine as well as the latest news on new products.   Please contact us to arrange a demonstration