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The Old Chapel Textile Centre in Newbury, home of the National Needlework Archive, offer courses, workshops and exhibitions in sewing, haberdashery, needlecraft, textiles, embroidery, cross stitch, quilting and textile art. Our shop carries an extensive range of all needlework and sewing products including fabric, threads, wool, zips and patterns. We have an archive of historic textiles and patterns and are home to The Country Wife mural.
The NNA specialises in community textiles. We keep records of textiles, an extensive reference library and a textile collection
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Conservation of the Country Wife Mural - made for the Festival of Britain 1951
Designed by Constance Howard, and made by her and some of her students at Goldsmiths College, the mural now resides at the National Needlework Archive
All conservation work here is ‘on hold’ but our help-line via email is still open.
The Old Chapel Textile Centre is a voluntary community project providing space for needlework and textile courses, workshops, exhibitions, conferences and events and is the home of the National Needlework Archive and the 'Country Wife' mural circa 1951.
The National Needlework Archive (NNA) was founded in 1998 as a charity and moved to The Old Chapel, Greenham Business Park, Newbury, in 2010. The chapel offers a great work space,educational space, as well as housing a growing collection of historical needlecraft items and database.
We aim to include all areas of the community in education and promotion of all aspects of needlecraft and textile art.
The Old Chapel is planning to re-open to the public in two stages –
The shop re-opens for three Saturday mornings from 17th April, and we have a
MAMMOTH SHOP SALE for two weeks from Tuesday 4th May
The Centre opens in full on Tuesday 17th May.
Please click on the relevant menu pages for further information about our re-opening plans.