HOME  |  NNA  |  OCTC  |  COUNTRY WIFE  |  EXHIBITIONS  |  EVENTS  |  WORKSHOPS & COURSES   |  ACTIVITY  SATURDAYS  |  DIRECTIONS  |  CONTACT

National Needlework Archive

For day to day, special, and up to date information, such as closures due to bad weather etc., please click here to go onto our Facebook page.

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.

 Workshops

OCTC Workshops 2019

See also our Saturday Activity days page for lots more things to do


All Workshops require pre-booking. Payment can be made at the Centre by cheque (made payable to The National Needlework Archive), online by Eventbrite (please note there is an extra charge for this).


Thursday 28th March


10.30am - 3.30pm



WORLD WAR 1 INSPIRED WALL PICTURE

Have all the WW1 centenary events made you think you would like to make something in memory of a member of your family, or of something similar? Inspired by your memorabilia, and guided by your tutor, make a small commemorative wall picture, cushion or quilt block.  Cost: £35






Wednesday 13
th March
Wednesday 20
th March
Wednesday 27
th March
Wednesday 3
rd April


4 Weeks


10.30am - 1.00pm



MAKING CONNECTIONS Session 1
As part of our exciting new workshop programme for 2019 we will be running a series of four week sewing and embroidery courses. Learn new skills or build on existing knowledge while making lovely decorative items to enjoy for yourself or to give as gifts.

Week 1: Make a small cosmetic bag

Week 2: Make a mouse or chicken pin cushion

Week 3: Make a free machine decorated book cover

Week 4: Decorate a cushion cover using applique techniques.

Get to know your sewing machine and while you master hand, machine and design skills you can build your own reference files from worksheets given throughout the course and enjoy creative and productive mornings with friends. All kits included.
Cost £22 per session with 10% discount if all four sessions booked at the beginning.





Tuesday 16th April

10.0am - 12.00 noon


APRIL EASTER HOLIDAY-
CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP.

Mini Easter Basket
Have fun weaving a mini Easter basket. Decorate your finished basket with an Easter chick and mini eggs.
 Materials and refreshments provided. Suitable for all ages.
Cost £10 per child or £15 for 2.




Wednesday 24
th April
Wednesday 1
st May

Wednesday 8th May
Wednesday 15
th May


4 weeks


10.30am - 1.00pm



MAKING CONNECTIONS Session 2

As part of our exciting new workshop programme for 2019 we will be running a series of four week sewing and embroidery courses. Learn new skills or build on existing knowledge while making lovely decorative items to enjoy for yourself or to give as gifts.

Week 1: Make a picture using hand embroidery stitches

Week 2: Make a fabric flower corsage

Week 3: Make either a sewing or knitting needle case using pretty fabrics and bias-binding trim.

Week 4: Make a fabric covered memory box.

Get to know your sewing machine and while you master hand, machine and design skills you can build your own reference files from worksheets given throughout the course and enjoy creative and productive mornings with friends. All kits included.
Cost £22 per session with 10% discount if all four sessions booked.

.




Thursday 4
th April
Thursday 18
th April


2 Day Workshop


10.00am - 3.30pm


MAKING A BANNER

Taking your own design ideas the tutor will take you through the whole process of designing and making a modern banner which will be a long-lasting treasure for your group or church.

Cost is for one or two group members attending to work on the banner for two days.
 Cost £80




Thursday 25
th April

10.00am - 3.30pm




SANDIE LUSH. HAND QUILTING FOR ALL

Designed primarily with beginners in mind, this class covers the basics of hand quilting whilst making an elegant cushion. Choice of threads and wadding will be covered during this class as well as the basics of quilting design. The class will help more experienced quilters improve their stitching technique, but they can also choose to do some designing whilst the beginners sew.
Cost: £65 per person







Saturday 4th May

1.30pm - 3.30pm


See Activity Saturdays page for information




Tuesday 28
th May
Half Term




Childrens’ Workshop
MAKE AND DECORATE A MINI TREASURE CHEST

Use card, paper, glitter, beads and felt to make your own special box. Materials and refreshments provided. Suitable for all ages.
Cost £10 per child or £15 for 2.





Saturday 1st June

2.00pm - 3.00pm


‘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.










Wednesday 5th June
Wednesday 12
th June
Wednesday 19
th June
Wednesday 26
th June

4 weeks


10.30am - 1.00pm


MAKING CONNECTIONS Session 3

As part of our exciting new workshop programme for 2019 we will be running a series of four week sewing and embroidery courses. Learn new skills or build on existing knowledge while making lovely decorative items to enjoy for yourself or to give as gifts.
 

Week 1: Make a document case with blanket stitch detail

Week 2: Make a purse decorated with buttons

Week 3: Create a mixed media picture

Week 4: Create a simple stump work picture.
 

Get to know your sewing machine and while you master hand, machine and design skills you can build your own reference files from worksheets given throughout the course and enjoy creative and productive mornings with friends. All kits included.
Cost £22 per session with 10% discount if all four sessions booked.