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ELTA Winter Term

Romeo and Juliet

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.

Starting next week

Textiles we Treasure

A project in partnership with

The McGrath Makers

providing craft and textile teaching

for disabled people.


Classes for adults with learning disabilities upstairs at

Stratford Library


10.30 - 3 pm


Please get in touch if you are

learning disabled and would like

to join the class.

or if you are not learning disabled come along on


Little Ilford Baptist Church

Sheringham Avenue E12 5PA

11 am - 1.30 pm


and other textitile techniques including

Rag Rugging, pom-pom making

and rope making

All Classes free of charge

but phone first if you are coming

for the first time.

0798 599 3191

Rajah and the Rice Rag Rug

Above: Romeo and Juliet from ELTA filming day. Photo by Andrew Brown More photos to come soon.


Above Embroidery for Romeo and Juliet

This project is funded by the National Lottery.


Above: Rajah and the Rice  Rag Rug
from ELTA's exhibition at the Art Workers' Guild


Romeo's Embroidered Costume

ELTA is thrilled to announce our award of a National Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £53,385.

This is to record and celebrate our 15 year history and the many different textile traditions within the borough of Newham. Eastside Community Heritage will be partnering with us and will be creating an oral history of textile makers within our projects.

We thank the Lottery Players for this generous funding and we also thank the DeLaszlo Foundation for their partnership funding.

NHLF logo colour

£53,385 grant won
from the National Heritage Lottery Fund

Exhibition at
The Art Workers' Guild
6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

19 January -18 April
visiting by appointment
phone the Art Workers' Guild on 020 7713 0966

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What is ELTA Like?

Here are a few words by

 one of regular embroiderers and volunteers

"I love going to the weekly group as I get the opportunity to chat to other embroiders some of whom have far more experience than I do, it's amazing how many tips and tricks you pick up simply by speaking to others. I love that the embroideries (because they are project themed) are completely different to what I would normally sew. For example as part of the Romeo & Juliet project we embroidered stone arches to be appliqued on to Juliet's dress together with axes and daggers this time for Romeo's costume."

Sandra Elliot,

ELTA embroiderer, rag-rug maker

and volunteer

So please come and join us!

Just phone 0798 599 3191

to let us know you are coming.

We are appointing a Project Co-ordinator/Lead Textile Artist for this heritage project.

Please email elta.textiles for an application pack.

Deadline for applications Feb 6th.

Job start March 4th.

Job Opportunity
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