Weaving Magic From Paisley’s Past

Fablevision Studios is to produce a film of the pilot phase of the Tapestry of Renfrewshire. The Heritage Asset Strategy, of which this forms part, involves East Renfrewshire Council, Glasgow City Council, Renfrewshire Council and Inverclyde Council working together in support of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

The Heritage Lottery-funded project will commence in January 2017 with the creation of ten development panels plus an array of Paisley patterns (inset with stories) which will feature as part of the finished work.

Andrew Crummy, who worked on the Great Tapestry of Scotland, the Scottish Diaspora and the Battle of Prestonpans tapestries (among others), has been appointed artistic director of the project and will oversee the work of the Renfrewshire Tapestry Group.

The ambition is to make the tapestry entirely from Paisley-made thread (to reflect the city’s rich textile-manufacturing history) and so people who have bobbins and skeins of such thread (i.e. J & P Coats and Clarks) are being asked to donate them to the project.

Anyone wishing to donate to “A Call to Yarns” should click on this link for instructions on the four collection points. For further information on the project, contact the Paisley Thread Museum on Tel. 0141 847 1111 or email: paisleythreadmm@outlook.com. All those participating will receive acknowledgement on completion of the project.

The Renfrewshire Tapestry project is among the exhibitors (Stand ZH24) at The Scottish Quilting Show which is being held between 2-5 March, 2017, at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition Centre [SEC].