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

2018 - Upcoming Events


Open Studios –

All month free exhibition,
Christine Pettet Art

Saturday 2
nd June
1.00pm - 4.00pm

Textile Open Afternoon

Bring along your textiles (pictures, linens, quilts, dresses etc) and we will tell you what we can about them and how to store and care for them. Cost: Free

Saturday 7th July
10.00am - 1.00pm

Cross Stitch morning

Learn how to do it, bring your problem projects, start new projects, meet new people.

Cost: Free tutor with kits, fabrics, threads and patterns all available at super low prices.

Thursday 19th July

Coffee morning at St Nic's church hall in Newbury

Saturday 4th August
10.00am - 1.00pm

Rag Running morning

Proddy rugging is easy and fun. Learn how to do it, have a go, great new hobby. (free demo then buy kit of your choice and have a go) Flower brooches including Daffodils and Poppies

Cost: Kit £5 (plus proddy tools available to borrow or buy). Suitable for adults and children.

Saturday 1st September
10.00am - 1.00pm

Pompom Party

Learn how to make soft, cuddly pompoms then make bunting, toys, happy bags, brooches. Be inspired! (free demo then buy bag of wool and have a go) Cost: Average cost of wool bags £2 each. Suitable for adults and children.

Saturday 6
th October
10.00am - 3.00pm

Craft Fair

Don't miss this great day. Demonstrations and lovely things to buy at our annual craft fair, not to mention the coffee and cakes!

Free entry but charity event so donations always welcome!

Saturday 3rd November
10.00am - 1.00pm

Christmas Stocking morning

Come and make lovely, personalised Christmas stockings for all the family.

(co-incides with final entry day for our Christmas stocking competition, see below for details) – all entered stockings will then be displayed until 6th December

(free demo then buy kit and have a go) Cost: Kits £5. Suitable for adults and children.

Saturday 1st December
10.00am - 1.00pm

Christmas Dip

Come and try different Christmas related sewing and craft techniques. Dip into several activities and see what inspires you. Fun morning!

Cost: £5.00 each, materials included. Suitable for adults and children.

Outside Events 2018:

Join us at one of the events we will be attending this year:

ICHF Creative Craft Show

1st to 3rd February – EventCity, Manchester

ICHF Creative Craft Show

8th to 11th March – SEC Centre, Glasgow

ICHF Creative Craft Show

15th to 18th March - NEC, Birmingham

ICHF Creative Craft Show

19th to 21st April - ExCeL, London

The West Country Quilt & Textile Show

(TBC) September - UWE, Bristol

ICHF Creative Craft Show

27th to 30th September – Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Exeter

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.

Summer/ Autumn Events at the Old Chapel 2018

No booking is required for these events – just turn up and have fun.