National Needlework Archive

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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.

Events at The Old Chapel Textile Centre

2019 - Events

Thursday 14
th March -
Sunday 17
th March

Outside Event - Stand at ICHF Sewing for Pleasure/Fashion and Embroidery Show at the NEC  Birmingham. Come and see us!

Saturday 4th May -
Thursday 30
th May

We are welcoming Newbury Camera Club as our guest OPEN STUDIO Artists. Their exhibition is free and Saturday 4th May is their launch day with experts on hand to help with advice and information. (2 other exhibitions on at the same time)

Also – huge sale of canvas work materials including embroidery wools and frames for as little as £1 each.

Saturday 1st June
2.00pm - 3.00pm

SHOW AND TELL SESSION To complement the Berkshire Federation of WI’s exhibition Linda Connell, Director of the NNA, will host a ‘show and tell’ session featuring some usually unseen items from the NNA’s WI collection. This session will put the items shown in the context of both the WI and the social environment of their time and discuss the construction techniques and conservation issues of each piece. Cost £4.00 each. Booking is necessary for this event.

Thursday 18
th July
9.30am - 12.00 noon

Outside Event – Join us as we host a coffee morning at St. Nicholas’ Church in the centre of Newbury

Thursday  29th August -
Saturday 31
st August

Outside Event – stand at The West of England Quilt Show at the University of the West of England in Bristol

Thursday 5
th September -
Saturday 7
th September

Outside Event – stand at ICHF Creative Crafts Show at Event City, Trafford Centre, Manchester. TBC

Thursday 26th September -
Sunday 29
th September

Outside Event – stand at ICHF Creative Crafts Show, Westpoint, Exeter. TBC

Saturday 5th October
Sunday 6
th October
Tuesday 8
th October
Wednesday 9
th October
Thursday 10
th October

10.00am - 4.00pm


Something different this year!  From Saturday to Thursday we shall be featuring our ‘Craft Shoppe’ where we shall have all sorts of craft items, food and drink etc. from lots of different crafts people displayed as a wonderful mixed and colourful shopping emporium.  Everyday there will be different crafts being demonstrated; hot punch (non-alchoholic!) and bites; or coffee and cake; children’s story times on Saturday; crafters to chat to; and loads of lovely gifts to browse amongst.  Christmas comes early to The Old Chapel as we close for the winter so do come and celebrate early with us – Enjoyable, calm, peaceful and cozy – just what old fashioned shopping used to be. Don’t Miss It.  


Project Linus regional day and activities- date and time tbc

The Centre closes for the winter period at 4pm on Saturday 7th December and re-opens
at 10am on Saturday 1st February 2020.

Please note we often make additions to our programme during the year - do check the website and/or our facebook page
'The Old Chapel Textile Centre' regularly for updates.

Events at the Old Chapel 2019

See also our information for Activity Saturdays, Exhibitions, and Workshops