It is time for The Renfrewshire Tapestry

Andrew Crummy, Scottish artist and designer – who drew the panels for the Battle of Prestonpans, the Great Tapestry of Scotland and the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry – will be working together with an eclectic group of people to create a tapestry for Renfrewshire. It will be a celebration of the amazing global importance of this part of Scotland, a tourism draw and have its part to play in the City of Culture bid 2021.

Want to know more? Want to take part?

Everyone is welcome to our Call to Yarns! – The Renfrewshire Tapestry project launch

On Saturday 20 February 2016

At Paisley Abbey

From 11am until 1pm

Andrew Crummy will be introducing the project, as well as leading a workshop.

You can also:

  • Take part in a textile walk
  • Chat to historians and meet up with a monk, walk with Wallace, greet a gallus Mill Girl…
  • Tell your stories and memories
  • Try your hand at a stitch or more
  • Please also – Donate your tapestry wool – authentic Anchor tapestry wool is needed to sew the tapestry. We are determined the tapestry will only be sewn with authentic Anchor yarn. Please look out any tapestry wool that you have in your households… and bring it with you.

The Renfrewshire Tapestry will reflect the wonderful history of Renfrewshire. Everyone who is involved will be acknowledged in this stepping stone in the continued celebration of the unique status of Renfrewshire.

WELCOME to Call to Yarns! – The Renfrewshire Tapestry Launch


Images copyright of Andrew Crummy, Alex Hewitt and Weaving Musical Threads [WMT]

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A colourful tapestry that captures the events of the Royal Burgh of Renfrew is set to take pride of place at the town’s major shopping mall.

The Renfrew 600 Tapestry was created by residents in 1997 to commemorate 600 years of Renfrew as a Royal Burgh – and is now destined to be displayed at intu Braehead.

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The 18 year old tapestry reflects events of Renfrew from 1397 when it became a Royal Burgh and was originally hung in the main hall of Renfrew Town Hall.

However there was no suitable location in the town hall after its refurb and the tapestry has been in Council storage since Renfrew Town Hall’s development.

Renfrewshire Council’s Finance and Resources Policy Board this week gave the go-ahead for £15,140 from the Renfrew Common Good Fund to meet the cost of a suitable protective case for the tapestry and its re-location.

Councillor Eddie Grady, Depute Convener of the Finance and Resources Policy Board said: “It’s great news that the Renfrew 600 Tapestry is set to take pride of place at intu Braehead. Renfrew Community Council has worked extremely hard to make this relocation happen, and it’s wonderful that the tapestry will be displayed in prominent location where many visitors, young and old alike, will be able to see and appreciate it.”

Jim Gamble from Renfrew Community Council said: “This is excellent news for the community of Renfrew that the tapestry will now have a permanent home where it can be seen by the many thousands who pass through Braehead on a daily basis.

“Renfrew Community Council is appreciative of the support from Renfrewshire Council and the management of intu Braehead to ensure the tapestry can be located within our town for the benefit of residents and visitors alike. Our local high schools, Trininty High and Renfrew High, designed the storyboards that will accompany the tapestry to provide information on its history and a snapshot of Renfrew post 1997.”

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “Renfrew has a fantastic history and it’s only right that as many people as possible find out about it. The tapestry is a great way to depict the town’s heritage and by displaying it at intu Braehead, we will be able to let hundreds of thousands of people see the tapestry and learn about the local area. I’m sure visitors to intu Braehead will be mightily impressed with the tapestry and it will soon become a popular attraction for people coming to the shopping centre.”

The tapestry will be situated in the link corridor between the upper mall and the blue multi-storey car park. It’s hoped re-location will be complete nearer the end of 2015.

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Paisley Development Trust in partnership with the Paisley Thread Mill Museum Present

The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition (Please note this event has already happened in 2013)

The home of the thread industry in Scotland is on the map once again as the Atrium in the Anchor Finishing Mill (Anchor Mill) plays host to the world famous

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Next week, from 27 April to 4 May, this amazing artwork and heritage resource which has been touring all over Europe, will be on display from 2 pm till 8 pm Monday to Friday and from 11 am till 4 pm each Saturday and Sunday. Admission is FREE (although donations to support the Prestonpans Tapestry and the Thread Mill Museum will be very welcome).

The Tapestry exhibition is part of Paisley Patter, an intergenerational project from the Paisley Development Trust funded by the Heritage Lottery (All Our Stories) being delivered in partnership with the Paisley Thread Mill Museum and the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry.

Bringing the famous Tapestry to Paisley was the ambition of two of the founding members of the Thread Mill Museum, Eleanor McAllister and Ellen Farmer – both of whom have sadly passed away within a month of each other. The Paisley Development Trust is determined to ensure the project goes ahead exactly as they had planned.

“PDT is proud to be supporting the Thread Mill Museum at this difficult time” said Piero Pierachini, Chair, Paisley Development Trust.

The Paisley Patter Project is designed to bring the Museum to life as local “stitchers” (volunteers with some embroidery skills or with an interest in learning them) gather each Wednesday and Saturday afternoons (1 pm till 4 pm) to complete our very own panel: the Paisley panel for the Great Scottish Tapestry

The group meets in the Thread Mill Museum to share stories and memories of Paisley between the Wars that are then translated into images for the Tapestry. Anyone who is interested, who has family stories or memories of the 1930s or who is young and would like to learn about Paisley’s history from those who lived through it, is very welcome to come along and join us.

For further information about the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition, the Paisley Patter Project or to get involved contact: Marie Connolly on 07743 166098.

Click here for the tour dates poster. (PDF)