Renfrewshire Council

Young buddies learn weaving skills

Young buddies have been embracing the town's unique textile heritage through a series of weaving workshops.

More than 240 pupils from St Fergus PS, Glencoats PS, Lochwinnoch PS, St Mary's PS, West PS, St Catherine's PS, Johnstone HS and St Columba's HS participated in the workshops which took place in Paisley Museum with the support of Renfrewshire Leisure.

Weavers Heather Shields and Shielagh Tacey, who are undertaking a residency with the Sma' Shot Cottages, delivered the workshops as part of Renfrewshire Council's Townscape Heritage Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme 2 (TH.CARS 2) which aims to celebrate Paisley's rich built heritage.

The pupils learned about linen, silk and cotton - the fibres which were historically woven in Paisley, explored the Museum's shawl gallery and wove their own fabrics on a table loom and frame looms. 

The residency aims to encourage people to get involved in weaving in addition to conducting research into Paisley's rich textile heritage.

The £4.5 million TH.CARS 2 project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council aims to make the area around the High Street a more attractive place to visit and invest while highlighting the significant role Paisley has played in the weaving and textile industry.

Renfrewshire Council Depute Leader, Cllr Jim Paterson, said: "It was great to see the school children learn skills which helped take Paisley's story around the world. The weaving workshops also offered an opportunity for the children to be creative and learn more about the town's history."

At the end of the project the weavers will publicly present the work undertaken and their research findings. The weaving residency will run until the end of 2018.


Published on 26 December 2017.