Free Saturday Demonstrations at the Old Chapel Textile Centre - National Needlework Archive

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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Free Saturday Demonstrations at The Old Chapel Textile Centre

2018 - Upcoming Free Demonstrations

Saturday 5th May

Felt Flower Card

Simple layering is a great way to give your cards instant depth and appeal.

Saturday 2
nd June

Storing Textiles

How to look after and store your precious textiles. Advice on packing and long term solutions.

Saturday 7th July

Cross Stitching

Watch the demo then join in the morning of practical sewing with discussion about techniques and kits

Saturday 4th August

Proddy Rug technique

Proddy rugging is easy and fun! Come and try it out after the free demo.

Saturday 1st September


Pompoms are definitely on trend. Demo followed by morning of practical modern projects.

Saturday 6th October

Craft Fair

Lots of demonstrations and lovely things to buy at our annual craft fair (10am to 3pm)

Saturday 3rd November

Fusible lettering

Make the children's stockings or other presents really special by adding their own names. Then join in the mornings activity of making Christmas stockings – and don't forget the Christmas stocking competition! (details below)

Saturday 1
st December

Christmas Decorations
using Cathedral Window technique

Our last demo of 2018 keeps us in Christmas mood with easy and pretty hand sewn tree decorations.

Stay on to try out this and other Christmas crafts for a relaxing morning.

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

Summer/Autumn FREE DEMONSTRATIONS at the Old Chapel

10.30am – 11am

First Sat of the month

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.