Rita Bradd

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]‘Ah’ll Chum Ye Hame’ with Rita Bradd, The Atrium Anchor Mill, 2-3:30pm Sat 13 Sept

Rita Bradd give an illustrated talk about her personal journey on the 150 year-old clipper ship, City of Adelaide (formerly Carrick). A unique and epic seventy-day voyage from Rotterdam touching 4 continents before arriving at her namesake City in South Australia.

Come and hear tales of the diasporic web that weaves across the planet and the sounds of the clarsach.

Rita Bradd

Free event Part of the programme of events for The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry now open at The Atrium, Anchor Mill Paisley PA1 1JR. Call: 07913652262[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Crewel Workshop

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Crewel Work Workshop, The Atrium, Anchor Mill, 1-4pm Thurs 11 & Sun 14 Sept

Learn about crewel work with Paula McKeown; the basic stitches – chain, heavy chain, stem stitch, split stitch and adapted stitches like french knots – as you create your own tapestry panel. You’ll receive a small kit of linen and wools to complete a design of the Paisley Pattern.

Paula has over 20 years experience involved in many projects including The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry and The Great Tapestry of Scotland. Fee £10. All materials included. Part of the programme of events for The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry now open at The Atrium, Anchor Mill Paisley PA1 1JR.Crewel Workshop Call: 07913652262


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The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry – Grèis-Bhrat Diaspora na h-Alba.

on International tour with the only visit to the West of Scotland

at The Atrium, Anchor Mill, Paisley PA1 1JR

6-22 September 2014

Open daily 10am – 6pm

An outstanding exhibition celebrating the Scots abroad – their culture and influence across the globe. See Flora MacDonald and John Muir in America; trade and commerce with Baltic nations and 200 years of emigration to Canada; the East India Company in China, India and Pakistan and legacies in Australia, Africa and beyond. An outstanding achievement of artistry and craft and a significant event in Homecoming Scotland 2014, it is personal and human, captivating and engaging – not to be missed!

With a full programme of events:

Wed 10 Sept, 10 & 11am – Storytelling at the panels with Ann Pitcher, Christine Combe & Morag Law with gaelic & song. Free

Thurs 11 & Sun 14 Sept , 1-4pm – Stitching workshops with Paula McKeown £10 &£15 Materials included.

Sat 13 Sept, 2-3:30pm – ‘I’ll Chum Ye Hame’ with Rita Bradd – illustrated talk about her 70 day journey on a 150 yr old clipper ship. Free

Sun 14 Sept, 10am-1pm – Christine McLeod from National Trust Scotland Kilbarchan Weavers’ Cottage will give a spinning demonstration. Free

Tues 16 Sept, 5pm – The Scottish World with Billy Kay telling stories from his travels and the incredible influence of the Scottish diaspara. The inspiration for many of the tapestry panels, hear the voices of the people from the diaspara. Free

Wed 17 Sept, time tbc The Jacobites at the Tapestry with Arran Johnson from Prestoungrange Arts Festival, writer and historian, currently with UWS. Free

Sat 20 Sept, time tbc – ‘Drawing the Tapestry’ with Andrew Crummy, artist and designer of the Scottish Diaspara Tapestry talks about his work. Free

Sat 20 Sept, 12-4pm – Dan Coughlan, Curator of Textiles at Paisley Museum will give a weaving demonstration at Sma’ Shot Cottages. Free

For more information, get in touch or go to our facebook or twitter. Please share with friends, family and colleagues.

Hope to see you there!

Weaving Musical Threads (WMT)
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry – Grèis-BhratDiaspora na h-Alba

On international tour and coming to the West of Scotland.

6-22 September 2014, Open daily 10am-6pm   Free Entry

The Atrium, Anchor Mill, Paisley PA1 1JR


Weaving Musical Threads hosts The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, a significant event for Homecoming 2014 telling the stories of the Scots abroad – their culture and influence across the world. Set to become a national asset with global appeal, it is personal and human, captivating and engaging and an outstanding achievement of artistry and craft –  not to be missed!

The Ten Pound Passage

A creation of the Prestoungrange Arts Festival with designs by artist and illustrator Andrew Crummy and stitchers from 25 nations across the world, over 200 embroidered panels have been created which pay homage to the incredible determination and courage of Scots abroad over the centuries.  Included will be 2 panels created in Renfrewshire by the stitching group Paisley Patter: The Paisley Shawl depicting the rise of the shawl weaving industry in Paisley and Mills Around The World  featuring the Mile End Mill part of the Anchor Mill complex once owned by J & PO Coats.


Scots have migrated all over the world and have often had a profound impact on the areas where they settled. This project sees 25 such communities documenting their Scottish connections on a series of embroidered panels.From Sweden to Brazil, Australia to Canada, from Italy to China – tales of bravery, achievement and even tragedy. Famous Scots and the not so famous are represented. It is a reflection of personal experiences and human stories. Scots and their culture, be it the Burns Suppers, ceilidhs, invention or innovation, tartan or tweed, are notable across the globe. In the words of Prestoungrange: ‘What nation has provided the world with such an anthem as Auld Lang Syne that captures so beautifully the essence of its diaspora’.


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