Stitchers sew their way into world record books

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

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.

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