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.

The National Record of Millennium Needlework

The National Needlework Archive was funded by the Millennium Commission to make a record of all community textile pieces made to celebrate the Millennium. These pieces of textile art, some small, some very large, are generally housed in public buildings of some description. They are beautiful and important ‘documents’ of history and social comment. Nearly a thousand works have been recorded and the NNA is still recording pieces not yet included. If you know of a textile project, made to celebrate the Millennium, do contact the NNA.


The associated Stitch 2000 research project is following some of the Millennium textiles through their life, monitoring their condition and social context. The groups which made them were asked to provide detailed information about the pieces when they were made and this information will be used as a future basis for research or possible conservation work.

Please see some of the pieces below, and click on any picture to enlarge.