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.

  Exhibitions at The Old Chapel Textile Centre


Exhibitions will re-commence on Tuesday 18th May 2021

As well as our Gallery exhibitions, the Centre also features changing displays in our Tearoom and corridor.

Entrance to the exhibition is usually charged at £4.00 per person.

An additional fee is payable for visits to The Country Wife mural.

Due to Covid restrictions the number of visitors to the exhibitions at any one time will be limited for the forthcoming season.  We advise pre-booking but casual visitors are welcome.

Pre-booked groups will be limited to ten persons max. this year.  Please call the Centre to confirm government guidelines for the day of the proposed visit.  Visit times for groups can be arranged to suit. Group discounts are available for ten persons.

Tuesday 18th May to Wednesday 9th June

Focus on World Textiles

An exhibition, extended from the end of last year, of textiles from across six continents.  Featuring new and antique pieces the exhibition celebrates the colour, diversity, skills and vibrancy of textiles from different cultures

Tuesday 18th May to Wednesday 2nd June


Featuring Paula Robinson from

Little Bunny Studios

will be displaying her ink and thread drawings of British wildlife.

See also September.

Thursday 3rd June to
Saturday 31st July

Come and see the ICHF Ltd.
‘Knitted Garden’.  

The garden features a small part of the world’s first knitted garden created by visitors to ICHF Ltd. sewing shows.

This playful display includes quintessential elements of a summer garden, a pond with fishing gnome, a delicious picnic and vegetable patch.

Thursday 3rd June to
Saturday 31st July

Poetry in Stitches


Featuring work inspired by poems, emotions and experiences during the pandemic Lockdown.

Tuesday 3rd August to Thursday 30th September


Grace Meier

Modern textile artist and embroiderer

Grace Meier is a prolific individual artist and member of the ‘By Design’ group. This exhibition is a mix of old and new pieces demonstrating Grace’s “journey” through 30 years of textile exploration.

See also possible workshop tbc.

Saturday 18th Sept to Saturday 9th October


Paula Robinson from

Little Bunny Studios

will be displaying her ink and thread drawings of British wildlife.

To coincide with Newbury Open Studios re-scheduled ‘Insight’ exhibition at The Base we are taking the opportunity to show more of Paula’s lovely pictures.


Saturday 2nd October to Saturday 27th November


Cas Holmes - Embroiderer

This exhibition explores the connection between landscape, people and place.  Collecting found materials as she goes, Cas Holmes creates marks with cloth, paint and stitch with a disregard of the divisions of medium usage and application that often define the world of painting and textiles.

Workshop Date: Thursday December 2nd 2021.
See workshop page for details.