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Milestone for tapestry.

An ambitious project to create a huge tapestry that tells the story of Renfrewshire has reached an important milestone.

The final designs have been completed for the first 10 panels of The Tapestry of Renfrewshire and these are now to be handed over to various groups for stitching with colourful thread.

The panels feature all sorts of high points in the area's history, including its connections with the Royal House of Stewart.

Liz Gardiner is one of those involved in the project.

She said:"That's actually the end of the currently funded bit of the tapestry.We got funding from Paisley 2021's Culture, Heritage and Events Fund during 2017 to create 10 panels and test the water to see whether or not there is an appetite for the tapestry.

"There is an insatiable appetite!" And despite Paisley's failed bit to become UK City of Culture 2021, there will be no stopping the stitchers "We still plan the full artwork will be completed by 2021,"said Liz Gardiner.

"Obviously it was not dependent on Paisley being UK City of Culture.

"The tapestry will go ahead regardless of last weeks result."

The RenfrewshireTapestry Project originated with the Renfrewshire Creative Networks Heritage andTourism Subgroup, and has now developed into a stand alone project.

The project USESTIMOTHY Pont's Map of Renfrewshire published sometime between 1583 and 1596 as the outline for the project.

The map depicts is the first record of the old County of Renfrew, which in today incorporates Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and part of modern day Glasgow such as Pollok, Govan Parish, and Crookston and Cathcart.

As revealed in the Paisley Daily Express, phase one of the project was to create small postcard sized Paisley Patterns to be incorporated into a panel this year to support the launch of Paisley's bid to be City of Culture in 2021.

And keeping things local, the aim of the Tapestry of Renfrewshire is to use only J & P Coats/Anchor Stranded Cotton that people may have at home and are being asked to donate.

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In stitches Paula, left, and Mary McKeown

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
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Date:Dec 13, 2017
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