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

Workshops & Courses

Student Enrolment Form - available from or by calling 01635 38740


Thursday 13th July 10am - 4pm

Flower Circles with Linda Connell

Make a round, piped, and zipped patchwork cushion inspired by this Canadian Red Cross Quilt ‘Flower Circles’

Cost: £45 (£40 members)

(All materials included)

Tuesday 25th July 10am - 4pm

Folk Tales with Anne Kelly

Using a variety of found shapes and paper cuts, we will produce a series of folk influenced printed fabrics.  These will then be overlayed and added to with lace, ribbon and stitch.  They can be converted into greetings cards, or incorporated into a larger piece of work.

Cost: £50 (£45 members)


Tuesdays throughout August 10am – 12nooon

Suitable for ages 8 – 12 years.

Summer School of Crafts

Choose a different craft each week – including:

Bobbin lace friendship bracelets, origami animals and water bombs, simple fabric bunting, finger knitting, kite making, weaving, woodland creatures, fabric collage, hand puppets, felt key rings, miniature picnic baskets.

Cost: £10 per session

(Pay for the first 4 sessions and get the 5th session for free)



As and when new workshops, courses and events are confirmed they will be added to the list below.
Please also keep an eye on our facebook page for updates.

Please note that workshops are subject to cancellation if the minimum number of students is not reached.

ONE TO ONE TUTORING SESSIONS £50 for 3 hours - please call for details

CRAFT PARTIES  A great idea for birthdays or hen parties. £35 per person for 2 hours; includes tea & cake and all materials. Minimum 6 people.

GIFT VOUCHERS Thinking of buying a workshop as a gift, but not sure which one to choose? Why not buy a gift voucher instead - All gift vouchers can be redeemed against any of our workshops or memberships. Gift vouchers are available to purchase from £10 upwards.

To purchase/book any of the above please email us at call 01635 38740 or pop in to see us.

Eventbrite - Folk Tales with Anne Kelly