National Needlework Archive

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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.

  Exhibitions at The Old Chapel Textile Centre



As well as our Gallery exhibition, the Centre also features changing displays in our  

Tearoom and corridor areas.

Entrance to the exhibition and displays is charged at £5.00 per person.

An additional fee is payable for visits to The Country Wife mural.

Group discounts are available for ten or more persons.

Loving Earth Project 'Caring for the World We Love'

Saturday 2nd March to Thursday 23rd May.

An exhibition featuring panels from the Quaker Arts Network project. Each panel celebrates some of the wonderful things threatened by growing environmental breakdown: people, places, creatures, and other things we love.

Open Studios 2024. 'All bagged up' by Gill Richards & Anne Griffths.

Thursday 2nd May to Saturday 1st June.

After a lifetime of stitching, Gill Richards has homed in to making bags, purses, glass cases, sewing bags and containers. She is keenest on re-using fabric, especially cotton. In late 2023 the National Needlework Archive received a donation of the part-made stock from Anne Griffths of Newbury and Gill has enjoyed completing Anne's work.

Contemporary Quilted Wall Hangings by Kate Dowty

Saturday 1st June to
Thursday 22nd August 2024

A display of non-traditional collage quilts which rely on many small raw-edge scraps of fabric for their effect. A recent addition to the National Needlework Archive, donated by celebrated quilter, Kate Dowty.