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.


National Needlework Archive

Exhibitions & Events at The Old Chapel Textile Centre

2017 - Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

Wednesday 1st February - Thursday 9th March

'All Our Own Work'

An exhibition showcasing the talents of the Old Chapel, National  Needlework, and Country Wife Volunteers.

From cross stitch to gold work, crochet to embroidery, tapestry to quilting and much more.  You will be inspired by the variety on show.

Saturday 4th February 10.30 – 11 am 

FREE Demonstration -

Hand Appliqué

Saturday 4th March

10.30 – 11 am 

Sale of Crewel and
tapestry wools

FREE Demonstration - Canvas Work - The difference between tent stitch and half cross stitch

 Thursday 27th April

'The Embroideries of Jen Goodwin'

Jen is a traditionally trained artisan embroiderer who graduated in 2003 from the Royal School of Needlework.  This exhibition highlights Jen's creative journey from her days as an apprentice to her current position as a master embroiderer.

Change of Date - Jen will now be at the Old Chapel for her last day of stitching on Thursday 27th April. Come along and watch a master embroiderer at work!

Saturday 29th April

10.30am - 2.30pm

OCTC Fabric Sale

Tuesday 2nd May - Saturday 3rd June

Knitting from traditional to contemporary

This exhibition includes the -

Llandysul Knitted Map by the Tysul Knitters.  

Other exhibits to be confirmed.

Saturday 6th May

10.30 – 11 am 

FREE Demonstration -
Dorset Buttons

Saturday 3rd June

10.30 – 11 am 

FREE Demonstration -
Knit a House -
An introduction to our Knitting Project

Thursday 8th June
10.30am - 2.30pm

Doughty's Fabric Sale

Tuesday 13th June - Thursday 20th July

'Comfort from Quilts'

Canadian Red Cross Quilt Research Group

During WWII, Canadian women made hundreds of thousands of quilts which were sent to Britain, by the Canadian Red Cross, as civilian relief.  Though often made from scrap materials, many of them show ingenuity and creativity in their design.  These quilts raised the spirits of those who received them, touched by the kindness of strangers in a frightening time.

Saturday July 1st

Free Demonstration - Perfect Patchwork Joins

Thursday 20th July

10.00am – 12.00noon 

NNA Coffee Morning


St Nic's Church, Newbury

Tuesday 25th July - Thursday 31st August

'Folk Tales'

Anne Kelly

Anne is a textile artist and author of the book 'Textile Nature'.  In this exhibition Anne presents work which, although grounded in references to the natural world, expresses her affinity to folk traditions and narratives.

Saturday 2nd September - Thursday 5th October

'Wye Severn'

Recent work from a group of Mid Wales Textile Artists.

Saturday 7th October

OCTC Craft and Gift Fair

Tuesday 10th October - Saturday 4th November

'A Moment in Stitch'

Newbury Embroiderers' Guild's contribution to the Nationwide project marking the 300 year anniversary celebration of Capability Brown.  Also our latest branch project entitled 'Divine Inspiration'.

Tuesday 7th November - Saturday 2nd December

'Travelling Through Time'

An exquisite display, created by members of the Kennet Miniaturists, showing a railway station platform with rail travellers from the 1890s to the 1980s.  From one side a steam train approaches, at the other side an intercity express departs through a tunnel.

Outside Events Spring 2017:

Join us at one of the events we will be attending this Spring

ICHF Stitching & Sewing Show

2nd to 5th March - SECC, Glasgow

ICHF Fashion & Embroidery Show

16th to 19th March - NEC, Birmingham

ICHF Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show

20th to 22nd April - ExCeL, London

11th to 13th May - HIC, Harrogate

Group Booking Information & Form - available from or by calling 01635 38740

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