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

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 5th August

10.30 – 11 am 

FREE Demonstration - 
Chain Stitch Folk Flower

Saturday 2nd September
10.30 - 11.00am

FREE Demonstration -

Free Machine Embroidery

Colour and Texture

Saturday 2nd September - Thursday 5th October

'Wye Severn'

Recent work from a group of Mid Wales Textile Artists.

Saturday 7th October

10.00am - 3.00pm

OCTC Craft and Gift Fair

Crafts on sale include: wood turning, jewellery, patchwork, knitting, crochet, candles, mixed media art work, fairy houses, ceramics, embroidery, handmade paper, hand dyed fabric and thread, tote bags, bunting, memo boards, and more!

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'.

Wednesday 18th October - Saturday 2nd December 

'Walsall Silver Thread Tapestries'

Don’t miss this opportunity to see these

wonderful Tapestries celebrating the people and places of Walsall Borough.

Each of the eleven tapestries features a different area of the borough, capturing Walsall’s living history and diverse geographical communities.

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.

Saturday 2nd December

10.30 – 11 am

FREE Demonstration -

Miniature Dress and hanger – one twelfth scale

Outside Events 2017:

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

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

The West Country Quilt & Textile Show

1st to 3rd September - UWE, Bristol

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