Silktown Stitchers - East Cheshire Hospice

Silktown Stitchers

Art work by the Silktown Stitchers has pride of place at East Cheshire Hospice. The group dedicated the colourful hanging to the memory of Jill Rowbotham, a much-loved member who died of cancer in March 2020.

David Rowbotham and Alison Bettles with the art work by the Silktown Stitchers.

Her husband David was present at the hand over, along with Alison Bettles, chair of the Silktown Stitchers. The 30-strong group meet on the second Thursday of each month at the youth centre in Prestbury.

The theme for the creation was ‘haven’ to show the link between the security homes provided during lockdown and isolation and the support the Hospice offers families during their most difficult times.

Alison said: “The hanging was created when members couldn’t meet due to Covid restrictions. We chose haven as a theme, but decided not to put a name to it so members could interpret it as they wished.

“Our group has a particular interest in embroidery, but encompasses all aspects of textile art. Visitors are welcome and our meetings comprise a mixture of speakers, stitch and chat afternoons and social events.”

The hanging was the first major project for the Stitchers since it became an independent stitch group following the withdrawal of branch support by the Embroiderers Guild.

* For more information email Alison at

The display is located in a popular meeting room at the Hospice.

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