Stories in stitches

Ten enthusiastic cross-stitchers at one of our retirement living schemes have been working on a community project to record their feelings and experiences about life in lockdown.

Although they’ve not been able to meet in person, members of St Crispin’s cross stitch group have continued to beaver away in their apartments, keeping in touch with one another via phone.

The collaborative project saw more than 100 participants sent a piece of fabric, thread and needle by the Community Court Yard in Northampton. People were asked to depict their thoughts, experiences and emotions about lockdown in stitches. The individual “stories in stitches” were then connected to each other by a team at The Yard who sewed the pieces on to a 5ft x 5ft background to create the banner.

Lifestyle coach Anna King, said: “The project – The Lockdown Banner – has been a fantastic way for St Crispin’s residents, along with other people across Northampton, to craft their individual story of how they felt about the lockdown, while simultaneously connecting with others in the community.

“Our cross-stitch group really enjoyed taking part and are looking forward to seeing their handicraft incorporated into the banner which will go on public display this month.”  

 She added that the cross-stitch group was founded by village resident Frank Sprules five years ago as therapy following an accident and many spells in hospital.

The banner will be on display at the Community Court Yard in Gold Street, Northampton on October 27 and 28 from 11am-5pm, along with the personal stories of some of the stitchers behind the individual pieces. The display will then move on to a bigger exhibition at Northampton Musuem and Art Gallery, once it reopens after refurbishment in 2021.

Thanking everyone who had contributed to the collaborative project, the curator educator at The Yard said: “It represents so much more than a lockdown message, it illustrates the community spirit that is deeply rooted and very much a part of Northampton town.”

16th October 2020 | 2020