Friday, 3 November 2017

Textile Takeover Day

Ordsall Hall are staging a Textile Takeover day on November 19th. Details below.

Date and time: 
Sunday, 19 November 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

  • Join the Salford knitting group - Any Yarn Goes in the kitchen and take part in a knit and natter and buy some of their wonderful knitted creations (all money raised through the sale of items made by Any Yarn Goes will be donated to charity).
  • Meet some of the talented textile artists from the Textile 21 collective whose work is currently on display at the Hall and see them demonstrating a variety of techniques.
  • Find out about embroidery with members of the Embroiderers’ Guild.
  • See some of the wonderful dyes made from plants.
  • Have a go at our knitting machine.
  • Do some fabric printing using leaves.
  • Meet ‘Nana Knitwit’ and her massive knitting needles.
  • Make a pom-pom and see our Tudor knitter making some fabulous Tudor stockings!
  • We will also have a craft ‘trash or treasure’ table with all proceeds going to the upkeep of the Hall.
Free event but charges may apply for some activities.

Norma Hopkins  and Terri Jones from Textile 21 will be demonstrating such skills as applying colour onto cloth and working on dissolvable fabric. Details of which can be found on Ordsall Hall's website and at
These demonstrations will give you a taster into workshops later this month called Boxes of Delight and Colour onto Cloth which will be held next year.

A Box of Delight by Terri Jones

Examples of Colour onto Cloth which will be the subject of a workshop in 2018.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Interview with Jackie Brough

Interview with Jackie Brough

I joined Textile 21 in 2009. I was invited to apply after winning First Prize in an art competition entitled 'Silk', which formed part of the Three Shires Textile Festival.

I trained as a nurse and worked in Cheshire for 20 years as a Family Planning/Well Woman Nurse, during which time I gained a Science Degree with the Open University.

I have always been interested in designing and making things and was taught to knit and sew by my mother. I made clothes for my dolls from a very early age, including making the wardrobe from a cardboard box and coat hangers from wire. This progressed to my own clothes, soft furnishings and furniture with the help of my designer husband. Interior design has been a long standing passion.
I am really an ideas person; I think constantly about solving problems and making things work. The greater the number of obstacles, the more challenging and creative a piece of work becomes. I love the physical process of hand-making, especially the tactile qualities of materials; I like one-off ideas and imperfection.

I had a mid-life crisis career change, and though I had never done art at school, I went to college to try a GNVQ in Art and Design. I passed with distinction which spurred me on to go further, and I gained a First Class Honours degree in Contemporary Craft at Manchester Metropolitan University. I entered my work into various exhibitions and competitions nationally and internationally, winning several awards.

I would describe my work as three-dimensional textile installation. It is made up using multiples of simple units. My style is reckless and has no boundaries; anything goes. In 3 words I would describe my work as experimental, unexpected, tactile.

For fabric I prefer to use silk, either organza for subtlety, or dupion for colour, but I also like to incorporate other materials such as concrete, wood, metal and plastic.

My inspiration comes from people. Ideally I would like my work to highlight issues which are particularly important in people's lives; to be thought provoking and carry emotion.

Below is some of Jackie's experimental work for the exhibition at Ordsall Hall based on the architecture and structure of the house.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Some of Norma Hopkins sampling for World of Glass

In 2016 we had a very successful exhibition at the World of Glass in St Helens and would like to show you some samples and source material from Norma Hopkins.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Some of Elsa's samples for Ordsall Hall

Elsa's inspiration for these samples is the layers of wallpaper /material which has been part of the changes the hall has experienced over 500 years.