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ELTA Autumn Term Beginning September 12

fabric design for 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.

Tutor Rachael Matthews

Romeo and Juliet for All

funded by the National Lottery's

Awards for All

Classes begining

Come and Join in

Monday 11 September

East Ham Library 11 am - 1 pm

Wednesday 13 September

Little Ilford Baptist Church

Sheringham Avenue E12 5PA

11 am - 1.30 pm

Friday 15 September

Rag Rugging, pom-pom making

and rope making

School 360

Sugar House Lane, E15 2RB

10.30 am - 1 pm

All Classes free of charge

but phone first if you are coming

for the first time.

0798 599 3191


Rag School

Join our Rag Rugging, pom-pom and braiding group

Meeting Fridays during term times at School 360, 10.30 - 1 pm

Just phone us first,

and come along,

  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

Rajah and the Rice Rag Rug

Rajah and the Rice
Rag Rug
made by Friday Rag Rug School as part of
Stories we Love


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.

Above: Textile design for Juliet's dress

Above Embroidery for Romeo and Juliet

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