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ELTA Summer Term

Embroidered Cockerel

Above: Embroidered Chicken from Russian motif

Wednesdays during

School Terms

Textile Tales Revealed

A heritage project in partnership with

EastSide Community Heritage

who will be running an oral history interviews alongside our two year project, funded by the

National Heritage Lottery Fund


Little Ilford Baptist Church

Sheringham Avenue E12 5PA

11 am - 1.30 pm

ELTA Rag School

Now Wednesdays

For the next year it will be exploring

Newham's textile heritage

All Classes free of charge

but phone first if you are coming

for the first time.

0798 599 3191


Russian Bear from The Firebird

part of

Textiles we Treasure

a McGrath Makers


funded by the National Lottery


What is ELTA Like?

Here are a few words by

 one of regular embroiderers

"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

NHLF logo colour

We thank

The National Lottery Players

for their generous support

of our project

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.

£53,385 grant won
from the
National Heritage Lottery Fund
For our first images and words go to
Textile Tales Revealed
First Moldovan Tale
Decorated Heritage Papers

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.

Russian Dragons in a Boat

Russian Dragons in a boat from old embroidery design

Chinese Creature

Chinese Creature

based on Folk Embroidery Design

Russian Beast

Russian Beast from traditional folk embroidery design

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