The Staircase Stitchers, a group of passionate and dedicated Stockport Museum Volunteers, is celebrating 10 years of embroidering together to enhance the historic environment of Staircase House, Stockport’s oldest Town House.
The 50 talented volunteers came together in 2005 to work on what was originally intended to be a three-year project to create replica 17th century embroidered furnishing and to help bring Staircase House back to life, following its restoration by Stockport Council.
Over the past 10 years the Staircase Stitchers, under the expert tutelage of historic embroidery specialist Jane Dew, have produced a splendid collection of embroidered replica textiles. Over 20 separate items have been created, using authentic 17th century embroidery techniques. Each piece has been carefully research for historical accuracy of technique, materials, patterns and colour.
An essential element of this project has been to record each stitchers name and the completion date on each piece to show the life of Staircase House through the centuries.
With Staircase house complete, the Stitchers have now moved on to a new exciting project for Bramall Hall as part of the Hall’s ongoing restoration. The group is about to start work on a large scale piece of embroidery to hang over the High table in the Great Hall and a set of cushoynes.
Councillor Martin Candler, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Supporting Places, said: “Stockport Museums Services are immensely proud of what this dedicated group of embroidery volunteers have achieved over the past 10 years.”