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.

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Exhibitions at The Old Chapel Textile Centre

2018 - Upcoming Exhibitions


Tuesday 5th June -Thursday 5th July

Gallery 1



Thames Valley Contemporary
Textiles Group



'The Fourth Plinth'

- an exhibition of pieces inspired by work displayed on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar








Tuesday 5th June -Thursday 30th August


Gallery 2



'The Development of the Commercial Dressmaking Pattern'National Needlework Archive


Our Gallery 2 small exhibition gives an introduction to the development of the commercial paper pattern.






Tuesday 3rd July -Saturday 1st September


Gallery 1



‘Stitches in Time’

Tower Hamlets


We will be displaying nine of the 50 large-scale panels created for ‘A tapestry for the millennium’.  This community project depicts the social and economic development of Tower Hamlets in London.




Tuesday 4th September -Thursday 4th October


Gallery 1



‘A Passion for Applique’

Christine Dobson


Christine has sewn all her life.  In the past 20 years she has concentrated on making a variety of quilts, many of which have been exhibited in national shows and competitions.  Her abiding passion is for Hand Applique, although this is frequently enhanced with other techniques.





Tuesday 4th September -Thursday 4th October


Gallery 2



‘Six of the Best’

Fleet Textile Artists


A collection of work by a group of textile artists from Fleet







Saturday 6th October


10.00 – 3.00pm



OCTC CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR

10.00am – 3.00pm


Don’t miss it!










Tuesday 9th October –Thursday 6th December


Gallery 1



Margaret Beal’s - ‘Fusing Fabric’


This exhibition showcases Margaret’s work from the 1990s to today.

Inspired by traditional embroidery and sewing techniques, Margaret has developed new and challenging approaches to textile art including her pioneering use of the soldering iron.  She experiments with synthetic fabrics, creating texture, distorting surfaces, and combining and manipulating these to form 3D pieces.





Tuesday 9th October –Thursday 6th December


Gallery 2



‘Christmas Inspirations’


A collection of pieces inspired by Christmas and created by our talented volunteers, Members and Friends.













In November we will be displaying the entries from our

Christmas Stocking competition. See bottom of page for details













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.

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

Summer/ Autumn EXHIBITIONS at the Old Chapel 2018