A CREATIVE pair of designers are helping to tell Paisley’s rich textile story by delivering weaving workshops to schoolkids.

Heather Shields and Shielagh Tacey have been appointed as weavers in residence at the Sma’ Shot Cottages as part of Renfrewshire Council’s Townscape Heritage Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme, which aims to celebrate Paisley’s built heritage.

As part of the residency, the duo are delivering a series of workshops at Paisley Museum every Tuesday throughout November.

More than 240 pupils will benefit, including those from St Fergus Primary, Glencoats Primary, St Mary’s Primary, West Primary and St Catherine’s Primary.

During the sessions, youngsters learn about linen, silk and cotton – the fibres which were historically woven in Paisley – and explore the museum’s shawl gallery.

They also get to see a weaving loom in action.

Heather said: “Paisley has such a rich heritage to explore and this residency is a great chance to team up and learn more about a subject we are very interested in.

“This project will allow us to share our skills and knowledge with the local community and we are hoping that the school workshops will inspire young people in the town to consider opportunities in textiles and design.”

Councillor Jim Paterson, depute leader of Renfrewshire Council, added: “The weaving workshops will not only help share the story of Paisley’s unique textile and design heritage but will also help our young people build new skills.”