Gillie aims to bring traditional weaving back to Bute

Gillie Banks (standing) is one of the Vital Spark scheme's Rothesay social entrepreneurs.
Gillie Banks (standing) is one of the Vital Spark scheme's Rothesay social entrepreneurs.

A Bute expert in traditional weaving and spinning has begun passing on her skills to a new generation of students.

Gillie Banks, from Kilchattan Bay, held her first pop-up workshop on the art of tapestry weaving in Rothesay this week as part of the Vital Spark business support programme.

The two-year initiative aims to stimulate and support local people to turn their social enterprise ideas into community solutions.

Five people, Gillie among them, have been accepted on to the scheme in Rothesay, which was launched in September.

Gillie spent 12 years passing on those traditional skills on a self-employed basis, but has more recently been working in the care sector.

“The initiative has given me the chance to rekindle that spark for teaching these traditional skills on my own again,” she said.

Gillie’s next traditional textiles workshop takes place at Vital Spark’s Rothesay ‘hub’, on the corner of East Princes Street and Bishop Terrace Brae, on February 17.