5 July 2014

5000 Poppies

Crafting for Good



Whilst wandering the aisles of the Craft and Quilt show in Melbourne, I was so moved to find a wonderful stand dedicated to making poppies in honour of our servicemen and women who have unselfishly fought for  our country since the first World War.   Poppies were flowering in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli with the poppy becoming a symbol of both great loss in war and hope for those left behind.  Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War.  Next year marks 100 years since the Anzac Gallipoli landing.  On Anzac Day 2015, Federation Square in Melbourne will be strewn with handmade red poppies.  

Textile designers Lyn Berry and Margaret Knight initiated the project asking for 5000 to be made, however  20,000 or more have been crafted by those who wish to remember family members and friends who have served.  I spoke to Bernice Darby who was coordinating the poppy workshops on the day of the show and she stated that the response has been overwhelming.  The project initally began on a smaller scale as a way to show respect and remember Lyn's father who fought in the second world war.  Crafters are giving by nature and to see people of all age groups sitting and making poppies instead of shopping at the craft show was very humbling.

5000 poppies has a dedicated blog where you can obtain patterns for knitting, sewing or crocheting your poppy with details on where to submit your completed poppies.  Please show your support and craft a poppy.  

Lest We Forget

Here are my poppies and the dedication I included with them.  Crafted from felt, stitched with perle thread and with button centres. 



 Dedicated to the men and women who unselfishly fought and lost their lives, to give freedom and security to future generations.  

Lest We Forget. 

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