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.

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Poetry in Stitches

Poetry in Stitches is a project where textile artists (amateur or professional) create 60cm x 60cm (2' x 2') textile pictures inspired by poems. The completed works are often all exhibited in venues together but are also individually framed and displayed in public waiting areas, such as hospitals and libraries, before being returned to the artist.


We are now accepting pieces at any time with no set entry dates so if you are interested in taking part please do contact us with your poem/picture suggestion and to get an entry form.


Although we will now accept most poems, try and get your inspiration from less well known work so that viewers of the work will get to know new poems too. There are thousands of lovely poems just waiting for you to embrace them. Even unpublished poems can be used but please remember that all poems have to be agreed by the Poetry in Stitches project committee so do get your poem approved before you start work. We have lots of poem suggestions so don't hesitate to contact us for ideas if you have a particular theme in mind.


Public places, offices, waiting rooms etc where a display of one or more pictures could brighten up a dull wall are welcome to contact us for details of terms, sizes, etc.


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