The village of Culworth has prepared a lasting memento of life there in the year 2000:
The tapestry that now hangs permanently at the back of the church in Culworth
boasts forty-five individual squares which have all been cross-stitched by villagers and represent all facets of village life. People have made designs from their houses or their work or even of their dogs.
Culworth Forge has been mentioned as well as the village pub, the Red Lion, the Village Hall and St Mary's Church. Over thirty people have been involved in the tapestry, which was started in June 1998 and has taken thirty months to complete. It shows bottles from Mr Jones the wine merchant and a computer network by Ian Simonsen, a computer engineer. Tom and Lucy Koster, the first set of twins to be born in the village for 150 years, also get a mention.
Dave Cook has drawn a map of the footpaths around Culworth and there is also a map taken from an 1883 original showing how little has changed. Stan Bailey who is practically the village's historian, and a very well known face, gets his own square. By far the most popular subject for a square was the family home and there are at least fifteen examples of this in the tapestry. Also mentioned is the old railway station which was closed in the sixties.
The tapestries were designed individually and eventually each design was stitched together, first into four quarters and then into the entire work. Karin Cook, who works at the local Post Office in Culworth, masterminded the project, and Sue Razavi, also from the Post Office, had it framed and mounted.
In its frame the work measures about four feet across by about three feet high. It is thought that the tapestry might eventually find rest in the Parish Church. It provides a fascinating insight into what people value about our charming Northamptonshire village.
Karin Cook has been responsible for most of the tapestry having stitched eight sections herself, but many people have been involved in more than one design. Culworth Parish Council funded the project. Although cross-stitch is a traditional art, various squares have been designed on a computer with a specialised cross-stitch program. Some quite high-tech designs have been achieved with the help of a scanner used to feed in original photographs.
Jonathan lives in Culworth and in his own words is a Horseman and Poet. This article first appeared in the April 2001 issue of The Four Shires Magazine. Since publication we understand that a set of twins Jim and Eva Williams were born in Culworth in 1929.