Sma' Shot Cottages

Sma' Shot Cottages The Sma' Shot Cottage complex is unique in Scotland and allows a great opportunity to see two distinct periods in Paisley's weaving history.
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The Sma Shot Cottages are a major attraction in the Renfrewshire area, providing visitors with an insight into two distinct periods of Paisley's weaving history. On entering from Shuttle Street, visitors immediately step back into the 18th century into the typical weaver's cottage which was originally built in the 1750s. The cottage has been matched to written descriptions in histories of the town

The Sma Shot Cottages are a major attraction in the Renfrewshire area, providing visitors with an insight into two distinct periods of Paisley's weaving history. On entering from Shuttle Street, visitors immediately step back into the 18th century into the typical weaver's cottage which was originally built in the 1750s. The cottage has been matched to written descriptions in histories of the town

Operating as usual

Amazing behind the scenes photography from The Sma' Shot Movie 😍 Can you spot some of the beautiful Paisley shawls from ...
01/09/2021

Amazing behind the scenes photography from The Sma' Shot Movie 😍

Can you spot some of the beautiful Paisley shawls from our collections taking a starring role?! 😍

✨🎬πŸŽ₯Yesterday we were very excited to welcome the crew and cast of 'Sisters' to the Cottages! 🎬πŸŽ₯✨ A tale of intrigue set ...
30/08/2021

✨🎬πŸŽ₯Yesterday we were very excited to welcome the crew and cast of 'Sisters' to the Cottages! 🎬πŸŽ₯✨

A tale of intrigue set in the 1880s, the first day of filming saw the crew transform our weavers cottage into a police station, and the actors don period costume, including an original police helmet and cloak, kindly loaned by Glasgow Police Museum! Don't they look fantastic?!

We're so excited to see filming on this short film progress, and wish everyone involved all success with the project! πŸ₯°

Photos from Paisley Museum's post
27/08/2021

Photos from Paisley Museum's post

Our lovely friends Paisley Thread Mill Museum are currently fundraising to keep the amazing Museum dedicated to preservi...
20/08/2021
Thread bare - Save the Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Our lovely friends Paisley Thread Mill Museum are currently fundraising to keep the amazing Museum dedicated to preserving the history of Paisley's thread manufacture afloat!

Like, share, and if you are able, click the link to donate πŸ’• all support is appreciated!

Please help us save Paisley Thread Mill museum. Our cases and stores may be full of threads but our coffers are thread bare right now.

18/08/2021

We are so excited to be able to share the work of everyone involved in A True Mismatch , who have released the official title sequence for the series!
Absolutely fantastic work by all! We cannot wait for the pilot episode to be released soon! 😍

28/07/2021
πŸŽ₯🎬✨ Some epic filming has been happening recently on The Sma' Shot Movie ! ✨🎬πŸŽ₯ Yesterday, original nineteenth century Pa...
26/07/2021

πŸŽ₯🎬✨ Some epic filming has been happening recently on The Sma' Shot Movie ! ✨🎬πŸŽ₯

Yesterday, original nineteenth century Paisley shawls from our handling collection made their way to Coats Memorial Church - they are truly stars of the show! 😍

We wish everyone involved in The Sma' Shot Movie all the best of everything in making the first film to tell the story of the sma' shot dispute of 1856 πŸŽ‰ it's looking absolutely amazing!

😍 On the set of The Sma' Shot Movie! Spot the beautiful original nineteenth century Paisley shawls from our handling col...
26/07/2021

😍 On the set of The Sma' Shot Movie! Spot the beautiful original nineteenth century Paisley shawls from our handling collection in action 😍

Photos from Mill Magazine's post
26/07/2021

Photos from Mill Magazine's post

20/07/2021

✨ Established in 1856 and celebrated each year on the first Saturday in July, join us for a short history of Paisley's Sma' Shot Day! ✨

20/07/2021

Feeling creative?πŸ˜†

'We are Weavers' is a project using our learning resource of videos and pdfs teaching you how to weave on a cardboard loom or frame loom.

You’ll find instructions on how to weave lots of different patterns and even how to make your own loom from cardboard. Did you know you can weave with yarn you've made by recycling old clothes or plastic bags? ♻️

Find more info hereπŸ‘‰ bit.ly/WeareWeavers

πŸŽ₯✨ We've had a fabulous day filming the title sequence for A True Mismatch  on location at the Sma' Shot Cottages today!...
19/07/2021

πŸŽ₯✨ We've had a fabulous day filming the title sequence for A True Mismatch on location at the Sma' Shot Cottages today!✨πŸŽ₯

Not long now until the pilot episode is released - keep an eye on social media for more details soon! 😍

πŸŽ₯✨ We've had a fabulous day filming the title sequence for A True Mismatch on location at the Sma' Shot Cottages today!✨πŸŽ₯

Not long now until the pilot episode is released - keep an eye on social media for more details soon! 😍

10/07/2021

Our first TikTok video! Featuring some of the glorious Paisley shawls from the handling collection πŸ’• it's too hard to pick a favourite!! 😍
#CottageCore

✨ Weave(!) joined TikTok! Follow us @smashotcottages for another way to take a step back to Paisley's textile past, see ...
09/07/2021

✨ Weave(!) joined TikTok! Follow us @smashotcottages for another way to take a step back to Paisley's textile past, see our wonderful collections, share volunteer celebrations, and more! ✨

#Paisley #History #CottageCore

✨ Weave(!) joined TikTok! Follow us @smashotcottages for another way to take a step back to Paisley's textile past, see our wonderful collections, share volunteer celebrations, and more! ✨

#Paisley #History #CottageCore

Amazing behind the scenes photographs from A True Mismatch! 😍
05/07/2021

Amazing behind the scenes photographs from A True Mismatch! 😍

πŸŽ₯ Filming of the Sma' Shot Movie has begun at the Cottages! πŸŽ₯We can't wait to see the first film dedicated to telling th...
04/07/2021

πŸŽ₯ Filming of the Sma' Shot Movie has begun at the Cottages! πŸŽ₯

We can't wait to see the first film dedicated to telling the story of the sma' shot dispute of 1856, filmed on location at the Sma' Shot Cottages and around Paisley!

Best of everything to all involved ✨

πŸ’– More from Sma' Shot Days past - this time from 2017! πŸ’– Evelyn, President Cath, Linda, Kayleigh and Lucy eagerly awaiti...
04/07/2021

πŸ’– More from Sma' Shot Days past - this time from 2017! πŸ’–

Evelyn, President Cath, Linda, Kayleigh and Lucy eagerly awaiting the parade at the bottom of Browns Lane...as soon as the Charleston Drum can be heard, our costumed volunteers head down to Causeyside Street to see the wonders of the Sma' Shot Day parade 😍

πŸ’– More from Sma' Shot Days past - this time from 2017! πŸ’–

Evelyn, President Cath, Linda, Kayleigh and Lucy eagerly awaiting the parade at the bottom of Browns Lane...as soon as the Charleston Drum can be heard, our costumed volunteers head down to Causeyside Street to see the wonders of the Sma' Shot Day parade 😍

πŸ₯° Flashback to Sma' Shot Day 2019! πŸ₯° Pictured are Tony Lawler, the Charleston Drummer (who stops the parade every year t...
04/07/2021

πŸ₯° Flashback to Sma' Shot Day 2019! πŸ₯° Pictured are Tony Lawler, the Charleston Drummer (who stops the parade every year to celebrate the volunteers of the Sma' Shot Cottages!), with volunteers Margaret, Melanie, President Cath, Jenny, and Linda.

Sma' Shot Day is a great opportunity to dress up and tavel back in time!

With Margaret and Melanie sporting reproduction costume, Cath wears an original c. 1850- printed wool and cotton Paisley shawl, and Linda an early twentieth century ensemble, both from our handling collection!

Don't they all look marvellous?! 😍

πŸ₯° Flashback to Sma' Shot Day 2019! πŸ₯° Pictured are Tony Lawler, the Charleston Drummer (who stops the parade every year to celebrate the volunteers of the Sma' Shot Cottages!), with volunteers Margaret, Melanie, President Cath, Jenny, and Linda.

Sma' Shot Day is a great opportunity to dress up and tavel back in time!

With Margaret and Melanie sporting reproduction costume, Cath wears an original c. 1850- printed wool and cotton Paisley shawl, and Linda an early twentieth century ensemble, both from our handling collection!

Don't they all look marvellous?! 😍

🧡 The Paisley shawl - a potted history 🧡Originally worn by nobility and woven of the finest goats wool, what we know tod...
04/07/2021

🧡 The Paisley shawl - a potted history 🧡

Originally worn by nobility and woven of the finest goats wool, what we know today as the Paisley shawl has it's origins in Kashmir, India.

Kashmir shawls have been worn since antiquity, and their patterns are imbued with meaning.

Brought to Europe during the late eighteenth century, and instantly entering the high fashion market, it was here that imitations of Kashmir originals began to be made in Edinburgh, Scotland, Norwich, England, and Lyon, France.

In 1805 Paisley was approached by Edinburgh manufacturers to help meet market demand for what were then commonly referred to in the West as 'pine pattern shawls'.

Paisley's historic links with textile production were obviously attractive to outside manufacturers (Paisley had gained international acclaim for it's silk gauzes in the late eighteenth century, and was well known for producing a variety of other fabrics including muslin and linen), as were the well known adaptability of Paisley's weavers, good transport links to fashion markets in Glasgow, London, and beyond, and lower costs of production.

This initial collaboration soon evolved to Paisley's pine patterns eclipsing all others and the shawl becoming associated with the town alone, thus becoming widely known as the 'Paisley shawl' around the mid nineteenth century.

πŸ“· From the collections of the Sma' Shot Cottages, detail of a single-sided woven wool Paisley shawl, manufactured in Paisley, Scotland, c. 1855-1860.

🧡 The Paisley shawl - a potted history 🧡

Originally worn by nobility and woven of the finest goats wool, what we know today as the Paisley shawl has it's origins in Kashmir, India.

Kashmir shawls have been worn since antiquity, and their patterns are imbued with meaning.

Brought to Europe during the late eighteenth century, and instantly entering the high fashion market, it was here that imitations of Kashmir originals began to be made in Edinburgh, Scotland, Norwich, England, and Lyon, France.

In 1805 Paisley was approached by Edinburgh manufacturers to help meet market demand for what were then commonly referred to in the West as 'pine pattern shawls'.

Paisley's historic links with textile production were obviously attractive to outside manufacturers (Paisley had gained international acclaim for it's silk gauzes in the late eighteenth century, and was well known for producing a variety of other fabrics including muslin and linen), as were the well known adaptability of Paisley's weavers, good transport links to fashion markets in Glasgow, London, and beyond, and lower costs of production.

This initial collaboration soon evolved to Paisley's pine patterns eclipsing all others and the shawl becoming associated with the town alone, thus becoming widely known as the 'Paisley shawl' around the mid nineteenth century.

πŸ“· From the collections of the Sma' Shot Cottages, detail of a single-sided woven wool Paisley shawl, manufactured in Paisley, Scotland, c. 1855-1860.

03/07/2021

🧡 Dr Dan Coughlan weaving on the eighteenth century loom at the Sma' Shot Cottages 🧡

Our weavers' cottage, constructed in the 1750s, houses both living space and loom shop, showing how Paisley's weavers lived and worked in the once cottage industry of textile production in the town.

* Sound on * to hear the shuttle in action! 😍

πŸŽ₯ This video was recorded Sma' Shot Day 2019, and shows Dan weaving a beautiful purple tweed on the eighteenth century plain loom.

πŸ₯ 1856, the year of the sma' shot dispute, and the year of publication of this copy of The Paisley Ephemera! πŸ₯The cover ...
03/07/2021

πŸ₯ 1856, the year of the sma' shot dispute, and the year of publication of this copy of The Paisley Ephemera! πŸ₯

The cover of this edition of 'The Paisley Ephemera' paper is extremely striking - the imagery capturing a multitude of meaningful messages of social, economic and political occurrences of the time.

Within, one satirical print draws attention to the business of Paisley's shawl warehouses during this monumental period in Paisley's textile past.

What hidden messages can you see in The Paisley Ephemera? πŸ‘€πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

πŸ“· The Paisley Ephemera, Vol. 2, No. 1, June 1856, with satirical cartoon on page 11.

🧡 Tomorrow is Sma' Shot Day! 🧡Founded in 1856 to commemorate the triumph of Paisley's weavers over the corks (managers) ...
02/07/2021

🧡 Tomorrow is Sma' Shot Day! 🧡

Founded in 1856 to commemorate the triumph of Paisley's weavers over the corks (managers) in gaining payment for the invisible binding sma' shot thread of the Paisley shawl, Sma' Shot Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of July each year!

Join us ONLINE for Sma' Shot Day 2021, where we will share the history of weaving in Paisley, with particular focus on the Paisley shawl industry πŸ’•

πŸ“· A variety of Paisley shawls from the Sma' Shot Cottages collections.

🧡 Tomorrow is Sma' Shot Day! 🧡

Founded in 1856 to commemorate the triumph of Paisley's weavers over the corks (managers) in gaining payment for the invisible binding sma' shot thread of the Paisley shawl, Sma' Shot Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of July each year!

Join us ONLINE for Sma' Shot Day 2021, where we will share the history of weaving in Paisley, with particular focus on the Paisley shawl industry πŸ’•

πŸ“· A variety of Paisley shawls from the Sma' Shot Cottages collections.

15/06/2021

To all of our lovely friends, followers and volunteers!

Our email account was hacked last night. If you received an email from [email protected], please disregard it.

Thank you to everyone who reached out to us! Your support is always appreciated πŸ₯°

We would never be cryptic in our initial contact, or follow up an email to ask anyone to buy us vouchers!!

With love from everyone at the Sma' Shot Cottages πŸ’•

We're thrilled to be involved with The Sma' Shot Movie as a central location, as well as advising on and lending costume...
10/06/2021

We're thrilled to be involved with The Sma' Shot Movie as a central location, as well as advising on and lending costumes!
Look at all those beautiful Paisley shawls - all from our handling collection!

Follow The Sma' Shot Movie: A Movie Musical on Facebook to support the film and the hard work of the crew and cast. You can also donate to their fundraising campaign, which includes lots of prizes in thanks for your support! πŸŽ‰

✨ Lovely article about the filming of the pilot episode of A True Mismatch in the Paisley Daily Express today! ✨Pick up ...
04/06/2021

✨ Lovely article about the filming of the pilot episode of A True Mismatch in the Paisley Daily Express today! ✨

Pick up a copy from your local newsstand, or read online via the following link:
https://www.pressreader.com/uk/paisley-daily-express/20210604/281681142805465

✨ Lovely article about the filming of the pilot episode of A True Mismatch in the Paisley Daily Express today! ✨

Pick up a copy from your local newsstand, or read online via the following link:
https://www.pressreader.com/uk/paisley-daily-express/20210604/281681142805465

We thoroughly enjoyed working with the cast and crew of A True Mismatch over the last two weekends! It was amazing to se...
28/05/2021

We thoroughly enjoyed working with the cast and crew of A True Mismatch over the last two weekends! It was amazing to see the Cottages come to life as a central location during filming.

Wishing everyone involved the best of success for the pilot episode πŸŽ‰ we can't wait to see the finished product 😍 and hope to work with you all again soon!

πŸ“· Volunteer (and Historical Costume Advisor for the series!) Lucy and Old Paisley Society, Sma' Shot Cottages president Cath, pictured with the beautiful flowers and generous donation presented by the cast and crew of 'A True Mismatch' (thank you for such thoughtful gifts!) πŸ’•

Massive Thanks you to Sma Shots Cottage for having us over the past few weeks.

Special mention to Lucy McConnell and Catherine Mitchell for being such wonderful hosts.

Amazing opportunity to support a small, local production - the new movie musical about the 1856 Sma' Shot uprising! 🧡Tel...
27/05/2021
The Sma' Shot Movie

Amazing opportunity to support a small, local production - the new movie musical about the 1856 Sma' Shot uprising! 🧡

Telling the history of the Paisley shawl weaver's fight for pay (one of the first collective calls to action and Trade Unionism), The Sma' Shot Movie will feature traditional folk songs restyled for a modern audience, and will be filmed on location in Paisley (including at the Sma' Shot Cottages!).

You can donate an amount of your choosing, or select a predetermined value to receive a gift in thanks of your support.

We cannot wait to be involved, and wish the team the best of luck in their fundraising campaignπŸŽ‰

To make a Musical Film about the Paisley Weavers who went on strike against the town's elite in 1856 and started a class war which they won.

We are very lucky to have had the loveliest little faerie door made and fitted by Paisley Men's Shed at the Cottages! πŸͺ΅πŸ€...
26/05/2021

We are very lucky to have had the loveliest little faerie door made and fitted by Paisley Men's Shed at the Cottages! πŸͺ΅πŸ€πŸͺ±
Thank you to all at the Men's Shed for taking the time to create and place this most beautiful work for us πŸ₯° We can't wait until we are able to re-open again, and welcome you all to come and find our acorn faerie door!

We are very lucky to have had the loveliest little faerie door made and fitted by Paisley Men's Shed at the Cottages! πŸͺ΅πŸ€πŸͺ±
Thank you to all at the Men's Shed for taking the time to create and place this most beautiful work for us πŸ₯° We can't wait until we are able to re-open again, and welcome you all to come and find our acorn faerie door!

πŸͺ‘🧡 Costuming A True Mismatch! 🧡πŸͺ‘ Delving into our vast wardrobe, series Stylist Chloe and Historical Costume Advisor Luc...
24/05/2021

πŸͺ‘🧡 Costuming A True Mismatch! 🧡πŸͺ‘ Delving into our vast wardrobe, series Stylist Chloe and Historical Costume Advisor Lucy were so excited to find all sorts of original nineteenth century garments!

Seen here are an 1850s waistcoat, a mid nineteenth century Paisley shawl, and a late nineteenth century bodice. Chloe holds a late nineteenth-early twentieth century velvet, lace and beaded capelet with waist belt, and Lucy a c. 1890s brown silk bodice πŸ’•

πŸ“· Photography credit: Hair and Make-up Artist Shona Mcmaster πŸ’•

πŸͺ‘🧡 Costuming A True Mismatch! 🧡πŸͺ‘ Delving into our vast wardrobe, series Stylist Chloe and Historical Costume Advisor Lucy were so excited to find all sorts of original nineteenth century garments!

Seen here are an 1850s waistcoat, a mid nineteenth century Paisley shawl, and a late nineteenth century bodice. Chloe holds a late nineteenth-early twentieth century velvet, lace and beaded capelet with waist belt, and Lucy a c. 1890s brown silk bodice πŸ’•

πŸ“· Photography credit: Hair and Make-up Artist Shona Mcmaster πŸ’•

...and that's a wrap! πŸŽ₯🎬✨President Cath calls a wrap on filming of the pilot episode of 'A True Mismatch'! What an amazi...
23/05/2021

...and that's a wrap! πŸŽ₯🎬✨

President Cath calls a wrap on filming of the pilot episode of 'A True Mismatch'! What an amazing couple of weekends it has been having the Cottages as a central location for filming, and as base for cast and crew.

We're thrilled with the results so far, and can't wait to see the team work their magic in editing! A huge well done to everyone involved πŸ₯°

Keep an eye on our social media sites to see more behind the scenes photographs over the coming days.

...and that's a wrap! πŸŽ₯🎬✨

President Cath calls a wrap on filming of the pilot episode of 'A True Mismatch'! What an amazing couple of weekends it has been having the Cottages as a central location for filming, and as base for cast and crew.

We're thrilled with the results so far, and can't wait to see the team work their magic in editing! A huge well done to everyone involved πŸ₯°

Keep an eye on our social media sites to see more behind the scenes photographs over the coming days.

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Stumbled across this little gem by lucky accident. Really enjoyed our visit with my friend and me remembering lots of the exhibits from our childhoods. Staff very friendly and we enjoyed our cup of tea with the lovely touch of Paisley pattern shaped biscuits.
Hi When's the next Open Day? I can't find anything here or on your website. I've also left a message on the phone number on the website, but nobody's replied. I really don't want to miss it!
I so wanted to get there this year...I will be in Paisley sometime between 25th October and 1 November....probably around Halloween....I guess I will have to be content to peer through the windows and photograph the outside....I'm sure this will be my last trip to Scotland ...Sorry to have missed everything...
Enjoyed a whistle stop tour on Saturday. Thanks Ladies! You were all superb! Promise to return for a more leisurely visit.
Thanks for today! Enjoyed our tour.
Really enjoyed my visit today, our young gentleman guide was excellent and informative. I am a huge fan of old interiors especially Victorian and the cottages were a delight to explore.
Beautiul new addition to te the Cottages. He was well photographed and patted today despite the grey weather.
And a busy bee 😊
A flourishing Paisley teardrop