Todholm Primary School Outreach

During March 2018 we worked with Todholm Primary School in Paisley delivering a talk and handling kit sessions with two Primary 3 classes, followed by 4 sessions of stitching workshops,  For the younger children we used hessian, tapestry wool and plastic needles to stitch a bobbin outline, and then and then let them add their…

Kilbarchan Primary School Participate in our Schools Outreach

During November and early December 2017 we have been working with two primary 7 classes at Kilbarchan Primary Schools.  Both classes have been looking at the rise of the thread industry in Paisley during the term, and we went along with our handling box followed by 4 stitching workshops,  where pupils were asked to create…

Board of Trustees for Fisheries, Manufacturing & Improvements in Scotland

When investigating the rise of linen manufacturing in Scotland you cannot avoid looking at the minutes of the Board of Trustees for Fisheries, Manufacturing & Improvements in Scotland which was established in 1727.   The minutes contain lots of information pertaining for Christian Millar (Shaw) and her connection to Spinning Schools in Scotland, along with details about linen…

The Rev John Millar

One of the earliest mentions of Christian Shaw starting the thread industry in Renfrewshire appears in the Church of Scotland Fasti.   Chrsitian married John Millar on the 11th September 1719 at Bargarran.  His entry in the Fasti has been transcribed and can now be read in one of our research blogs here.

Further Funding Success

We have been awarded a grant of up to £5000 which allows us to do everything we want to do as part of our Family of Threads project. The Funding form Renfrewshire Council’s Culture, Heritage & Events Fund is being used to buy equipment for our school, care home and hospice outreach, along with further…

Bushes Primary School – February 2017

Family of Threads – News Bushes Primary School – February 2017 As part of our exciting new community outreach programme, supported by Heritage Lottery Funding (‘Stories, Stones and Bones’), two of our volunteers recently paid a visit to Bushes Primary School in Paisley, to participate in their Design Day. We took along a selection of…