Stockport Heritage Trust

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Following Stockport Heritage Trust's purchase of the carved tester bed for Staircase House, the remaining funds were spent setting up a project to involve local people in the creation of the bed hangings

To ensure that the work was completely authentic to the 17th Century, a specialist teacher was recruited. Jane Dew had worked with the Globe Theatre on  reproduction costumes, and co-ordinated a large crewel work project at Ford Green Hall in Stoke.

After an appeal for local people to take part, the group began in October 2005. Jane had expected just a few interested volunteers to turn up, but was overwhelmed with over 50 keen stitchers, ranging in skill from complete beginners to experienced teachers.  

This meant that several different projects could be started, not just the crewel work bed hangings. A name was finally decided upon, and the Staircase Stitchers threaded up for action....

Sarah Cotton from Staircase House at the beginning of the project. The bed had plain linen hangings in anticipation of future decoration.  

Staircase  Stitchers

Bed hangings project…

Completed hangings and bedding, currently on display.