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.


Become a member of The Old Chapel Textile Centre.

* Free entry to all exhibitions.

* 10% discount in shop.

* 10% discount on workshops.

* Use of the reference Library

* Use of the Lending library.

* E-newsletter.

* Priority booking.

* Occasional other discounts and offers.

* Friends and Members events.

Annual fee £30.00.

Be a friend of the Country wife and
the National needlework Archive.

* 50% discount on exhibitions.

* E- newsletter.

* Priority Booking.

* Occasional other discounts and offers.

* Friends and Members events.

Annual fee £20.00.

Children free, unless otherwise stated.

Student discount 50%

Volunteers are welcome any time for as long and as often as you  wish. We could not operate with out our volunteers: they work on the country wife, in the library, in the tea room, at workshops, in the shop, in the office and at events inside and outside of the Chapel.

If you have  free time to give, please contact us, you don’t have to  be a needlecraft person to offer  help.

We welcome men and women alike, young or not so young, just bring a smile and willingness to help.

Email octc@live.com