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One Millie, All Nations: Exhibition, walk and workshops

22 - 25 Jun 2022

One Millie, All Nations: Exhibition, walk and workshops

As part of the Refugee Festival Scotland programme, Sewing2gether All Nations are running an exciting series of events.

 

Exhibition

At the heart of our programme is an exhibition of Millie dolls, hand-sewn by members of our group. These fabric creations reflect the rich textile heritage of Scotland and of the New Scots that have settled here.

Linen mill workers, known as ‘Millies’ formed the backbone of the first industry to emerge from Scotland, Ireland and much of Europe: hard-working, multi-tasking and super-skilled. At the peak of linen trading in the early 20th century, tens of thousands of women worked as Millies.

The Millie dolls in our exhibition are a tea towel tribute to textile workers from Scotland and around the world. They capture the legacy of grandmothers, mothers and sisters who have passed their sewing skills down from generation to generation. The Millie dolls will be on display at -

  • Where:   Paisley Central Library
  • When:   Wednesday 22 June to Saturday 25 June, 2022. At 2.10 pm each day there will be an informal talk by Dr John Ennis, Curator Producer Journeys In Design 
  • Cost:   FREE
  • Booking:   No need to book, just come along

 

Walk

Linen Routes Through Paisley walk guided walk, lead by John Ennis, we will share tales of our textile heritage and reflect on the rich textile history of Scotland and of the New Scots that have settled here.

Linen mill workers, known as ‘Millies’ formed the backbone of the first industry to emerge from Scotland, Ireland and much of Europe: hard-working, multi-tasking and super-skilled.

 

Workshop

At the workshops, you can find out more about the Millie dolls on display and how they were made. You will also have the chance to get creative and make some textile memories of your own.

  • Where:  Paisley Central Library
  • When:  Saturday 25 June 2022, 2.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Cost:  FREE
  • Booking:  No need to book, just come along

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