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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

2019 - Upcoming Exhibitions


Saturday 2
nd Feb - Thursday 21st March



‘TWO’

Pat Foster (weaver) and Dorothy Eggleton (quilter) present an exhibition of two completely different yet complementary textile crafts.








Saturday 2nd Feb -
Thursday 21
st March



‘THE NASEBY 11’  

Contemporary textile artist Nigel Cheney has created 11 haunting pieces in memory of 11 Naseby men who died in the First World War.













Tuesday 26th March -
Thursday 25
th April



‘QUILTED JUMPERS’

In 1999, hand quilter Sandie Lush set out to make a quilt as visually like a cricket sweater as possible for the Quilters’ Guild ‘Under the Covers’ exhibition at Lord’s cricket ground. This was a great success and has led Sandie to have great fun creating a collection of over 30 sweater quilts using different hand quilting patterns to create knitted textures, utilising unusual fabrics and adding a variety of embellishments. Sandie says that making them all has been great fun.






Tuesday 26th March -
Thursday 25
th April



‘MY JOURNEY’

Sue Markham has always had a passion for fabric.  The work displayed in this exhibition includes pieces completed since doing City and Guilds in Patchwork and Design; experimenting with a variety of techniques to create her own designs in patchwork and embroidery.













Tuesday 30th April -
Thursday 11
th July



BERKSHIRE FEDERATION OF WI’s CENTENARY NEEDLEWORK EXHIBITION

To celebrate 100 years of Berkshire WI’s, an exhibition of needlework items created and kindly loaned by past & present Members. A wide variety of work will be on display showcasing the many skills for which the WI is justly renowned. This exhibition will also include Berkshire pieces currently held in the NNA Archive.  









Tuesday 30
th April -
Saturday 1
st June


NATIONAL NEEDLEWORK ARCHIVE WI COLLECTION

We are extending the Berkshire WI exhibition to include items from the NNA’s WI Collection. Bedcovers, Curtains, Banners and small hand-worked items demonstrate the breadth of work from many years.


                                                                       


Saturday 4th May -
Thursday 30
th May



OPEN STUDIOS EXHIBITION FROM NEWBURY CAMERA CLUB








Tuesday 16
th July -
Thursday 22
nd August


QUILTS FROM THE CONTEMPORARY QUILT GROUP OF THE QUILTER’S GUILD
In 2017 the members of Contemporary Quilt were challenged to create new works inspired by the words “In Print”. The interpretations range from the physical to the spiritual and from issues close to home to global ones. They demonstrate the wide variety of techniques and styles present in contemporary quilt making today.




Tuesday 16th July -
Thursday 22
nd August



‘HOOKED WORLDS’ – Contemporary Crochet Works

Textile artists Gemma MacLennan and Barbara Touati-Evans use the medium of freeform crochet to show the artistic possibilities of this traditional yarn craft.  They will be combining two very different approaches to their work in this vibrant exhibition.






Tuesday 27th August -
Thursday 3
rd October


TOC H BANNERS

To mark the centenary of the TocH organization becoming a UK charity after its inception in the First World War, the National Needlework Archive is conserving some of its national collection of Toc H banners and will be displaying them at The Old Chapel with Toc H’s story, before they go on tour.










Tuesday 27
th August -
Thursday 3
rd October


EXHIBITION OF LACE
from Newbury Lace Group.





Saturday 5
th October
Sunday 6
th October


Open 10am - 4pm


CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR’

Something different this year!  We shall be featuring our ‘Craft Shoppe’ where instead of separate stalls 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.  Each day 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 in early December so do come and celebrate with us – Enjoyable, calm, peaceful and cozy – just what old fashioned shopping used to be. Don’t Miss It.  Open 10am to 4pm




Tuesdsy 8
th October -
Thursday 7
th November


PROJECT LINUS QUILT EXHIBITION

By popular demand we are featuring quilts from Berkshire and Hampshire in celebration of this great project. Don’t miss all the related activities.













Tuesday 12
th November -
Saturday 7
th December


CREATIVE NEEDLE-FELTING WITH FI OBERON  

Textile Artist Fi Oberon will be exhibiting her new collection of work which is inspiring and full of creative spirit.






Tuesday 12
th November -
Saturday 7
th December


THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MODERN HANDBAG

A display of old and contemporary hand-made handbags illustrating how modern design has built on the past.









The Old Chapel has two display spaces and is pleased to host exhibitions of a wide range of textile techniques and ages of artefacts.
 

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.

Entry to exhibitions is £4.00 unless otherwise stated.

Opening times: Tuesday to Thursday 10am - 4pm

Plus the first Saturday of the month 10am - 4pm

EXHIBITIONS at the Old Chapel 2019