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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.

 Activity Saturdays at The Old Chapel Textile Centre

2019


Saturday 6th April


HURRAH, IT’S SPRING!

 

10.30am to 11am. Free Demonstration.
Great decorated eggs for egg hunts, bonnets, cards, applique, or garden decorations.

 

11am to 1pm – Activity - Have a go at your own decorated eggs for so many uses.  Flat and 3D eggs are so versatile and Easter is just around the corner.   

Suitable for all abilities. Adults, and Adults with children over 6. (see note at top of page)

Samples to copy and materials supplied. Cost – £3.00 each for adults & over 10’s.

 

1.30pm to 3.30pm – OCTC Workshop Drop in Afternoon
– Come and use our facilities - our sewing machines, irons, sleeve boards, dressmaking models, sewing frames, spinning wheel, wool winders, great big tables etc. Join our volunteers and have a chat while you work on your own projects, or your hand sewing, knitting or other crafts and use the expertise of your fellows to help get those tricky bits finished off.  We will have projects you can join in with, or just do your own thing. (Advisable to book it in advance if you wish to use a particular item of equipment.) Adults. Suitable for all abilities.  Cost – £4 each including refreshments.



Saturday 4th May




THREE Exhibitions on this month including OPEN STUDIOS.

 We are welcoming Newbury Camera Club as our guest Open Studio Artists and so today we feature PHOTOGRAPHY as our key skill.  

10.30am to 11am. Free Demonstration – how to improve the photos of your crafts.– All that work making that special piece means you need a really good photo of it to treasure for posterity. Textiles especially are difficult to get good photos of, so come and get some tips on how to improve your technique.

 

11am to 1pm. – Activity – Open Studios exhibitions are free so come and enjoy the show. Plus an expert will be on hand to answer your photography questions.  

(We also have two other exhibitions on at the same time, see ‘Exhibitions’ page for details)

 

1.30pm to 3.30pm – OCTC Workshop Drop in Afternoon
– see details on Sat. 6
th April above


THE OLD CHAPEL IS ALSO OPEN ON SATURDAYS MAY 11TH,18TH, AND 25TH
DURING OPEN STUDIOS EVENT
(exhibitions open but not The Country Wife mural on these days)


Saturday 1st June




The OCTC is welcoming the Berkshire Federation of WI’s Centenary exhibition, and members of the Federation will be hosting a morning of craft excellence.

 

10.30am to 11am. Free Demonstration. With BFWI

 

11am to 1.00pm – Activity. With BFWI  

1.30pm to 3.30pm – OCTC Workshop Drop in Afternoon


2pm to 3pm. ‘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.


ACTIVITY SATURDAYS

Saturday 6th April to 1st June 2019

Saturday 6th July to 7th December to follow.

 

The Old Chapel Textile Centre is open on the first Saturday of every month (except January) from 10am until 4pm.

The exhibitions are open and the conservation room may be open too.  

AND every month we do creative and exciting stuff. Do join us – just come along and have a go!

YOU CAN COME TO ALL, OR ANY PART, OF THE DAYS TO SUIT YOURSELF.

Although the classes are primarily for Adults, accompanied children over 6 years are welcome to the free demonstrations and to the activities where indicated but under 10’s are limited to one per adult due to the nature of the activities.

 

Do check our Facebook page (Old Chapel Textile Centre) for up to the minute additions or alterations.
Please phone if you have specific questions.

Workshops and classes are listed separately on the Workshops page.

Please note on Saturdays Main Street entrance to the site is closed.
Please use Albury Way Entrance.