Turtle Jacket

Come and See

Exhibition of Kalila wa Dimna Costumes and Photographs by Frederic Landes


Stratford Library

 Wednesday 2nd November

continuing till November 30th

open during library opening times

New Project

Stories we Love

funded by Awards for All 

starting in September

Come and Join in

Wednesdays during term times

10 am - 12.30 pm

Little Ilford Baptist Church

Sheringham Avenue E12 5PA


at East Ham Library 11 am - 1 pm

All classes free of charge

Beginners to advanced textile makers

All Welcome 


East London Textile Arts (ELTA) is a collective running participatory textile projects in Newham, East London. We work with diverse groups of all abilities on a long term developmental basis building a wide range of skills within communities.

We create striking artworks and sell our cards, decorated papers and printed fabrics at open days and craft shops in East London. We work with adults with learning disabilities, and we collaborate with visiting artists while training unemployed young people. 

​Information about weekly classes can be found here. All are welcome, from beginners to highly skilled.

Tutor Rachael Matthews

Rag School

Join our Rag Rugging group

Meeting Fridays during term times at School 360 10 - 1 pm

Just come along, no booking and all classes are free.

Rags in abundance at the moment and the group now has its own  Manifesto

available on request from

East London Textile Arts

Folded Life

During the autumn term 2021, curator Grant Watson conducted a number of interviews with ELTA members which became part of an on-line exhibition

Folded Life,

Talking Textile Politics

Here can be read interviews about the lives and work of a wide variety of textile artists, curators, and designers.

This research  project was undertaken in partnership with the 

Johann Jacobs Museum, Zürich