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

Poetry in Stitches

Poetry in stitches is a project where textile artists (amateur or professional) create 2foot x 2 foot pictures inspired by poems.

Each phase of the project,  we are now on poetry in stitches 4, has a group exhibition of the entries and afterwards the pictures are framed and displayed in public waiting areas before being returned to the artist.

It is not too late to take part in Poetry in stitches 4 in 2014, please get your entries in soon to participate.

Closing date for registration is June 20th  2014.

Closing date for work submission is July 2014.


As we like to use different poems every time, poems used in PiS 1,2 and 3 are not eligible to be used again.  But there are thousands of lovely poems out there just waiting for you to embrace them.  A list of non eligible poems is available by clicking here.  Most other poems can be used but previously unpublished poems do have to be submitted to our poet forum so do send them in for approval before you begin work.