Stitchers sew their way into world record books
EMBROIDERERS from the town added their stitches to the world’s longest embroidery.
Visitors to a Makers’ Day at the Silk Museum’s Old Sunday School venue were able to join over 7,000 people from around the world who have already added their stitches to the cloth.
Started by the Embroiderers’ Guild in 2003 and featured in the Guinness Book of Records in 2004, the embroidery is in six sections.
The calico cloth was provided by the National Trust’s Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire.
It has continued to be embellished at events around the country promoting the Embroiderers’ Guild and now measures over 615 metres long.
Among those who added their names to the world record are Rachel Bird and Jackie Boulton from the Silktown Stitchers.
Hilary Fish, joint chair of the Macclesfield and District branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild, said: “We took part in the Makers’ Day to launch our new name of ‘Silktown Stitchers’.
“Bringing the world’s longest embroidery was a great way of attracting attention so we could tell people about our monthly meetings and encourage them to join us.”
The stitchers meet between 1.30pm and 3.30pm at St John’s Church Hall on Wilwick Lane on the third Thursday of each month.
For further information about the Embroiderers’ Guild’s activities and contact details for the Macclesfield and District branch, see the website www.embroiderersguild. com.