5000 Poppies

I want to share this with you, and for anyone who wants to be part of this activity more information can be found at:

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War. And in 2015, there will be a large number of activities commemorating 100 years since the Anzac Gallipoli landing.

From its association with poppies flowering in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli, the poppy has become a symbol of both great loss in war and hope for those left behind

As part of the 2015 Anzac Commemoration, the 5000 Poppies project will be “planting” a field of more than 5000 poppies in Fed Square Melbourne as a stunning visual tribute to Australian servicemen and women for more than a century of service in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

We are inviting all crafters to participate in this meaningful and heartfelt project.

You are asked to hand make one or more poppies. They can be crocheted, knitted, felted or sewn from any materials. Any shade of red can be used and poppies should be no more than 15 cm in diameter. There is no entry fee and contributors are asked to provide their own materials. There is no barrier to involvement and no limit to the amount of poppies that can be submitted.

Patterns are available in the “patterns” section of the blog. These patterns are meant a guide only. Please feel free to experiment, with different materials and embellishments to make your poppies unique. That is the heart of crafting. Enjoy the process, but beware … it’s addictive.

There will be a number of poppy making workshops through 2014 and 2015. Keep your eye on the blog for details. If you’d like to join a workshop or even start your own local gatherings we would encourage that … just let us know and we will post your details on the blog to encourage others to join.

Lastly please print out and complete the submission form and send with your poppies. If you wish, your dedication will be posted on 5000 Poppies blog to share with others involved in the project. You can also include small dedication on the back of your poppy if you wish.

If you know of anyone who would like to sponsor us in full or in part … we are always open to help.



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