Find out how you can learn the weaving skills that made Paisley famous

Tuesday 19th June, 2018

Fancy getting creative and learning the weaving skills that helped make Paisley famous?

A programme of design, textile and craft workshops and demonstrations have been released as part of this year’s Weave Festival and Sma’ Shot Day celebrations in Paisley on Saturday 7 July.

The demonstrations will take place throughout the afternoon at the town’s iconic Sma’ Shot Cottages by Weavers in Residence, Shielagh Tacey and Heather Shields.

And if you’re wondering what Sma’ Shot actually means, Shielagh and Heather will be on hand to tell you all about it and demonstrate the famous stitch on various weaving looms.

Plus, you’ll even have a chance to have a go yourself.

Dan Coughlin, visual art curator and weaver at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, will be delivering a number of weaving demonstrations at the cottages throughout the day.

You’ll also be able to see award-winning textile designer and weaver Mariam Syed as she weaves beautiful contemporary patterns in Paisley Museum’s famous loom and shawl gallery.

Carrying on the town’s rich tradition of making, there will be a series of free design and craft workshops taking place in Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Abbey and Paisley Threadmill Museum covering everything from bookbinding and artwork to paper craft and weaving.

Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebration, which is one of the world’s oldest worker festivals celebrating the town’s weavers and mill workers, is joined by the Weave Festival for a second year running – offering an enhanced and diverse programme of cultural events and activities on the day.

Find out more about the event, including the full line up for the day and more detail on the workshops and demonstrations, visit our Weave Festival and Sma’ Shot Day event page.

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It has so much history and a lovely community spirit.

Kirsty Hamilton
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