STOP THE PRESSES : Our total to date stands at 26,593 … we have passed our goal and now the fun has just begun.  We are not stopping and are looking forward to just how far our Poppy adventure can take us … so keep them coming Poppy friends.

What a wonderful weekend we have spent in Bendigo at the Sheep & Wool Show … lots of poppy making … a bit too much shopping amongst all the wonderful woolly deliciousness, some very handsome sheep to be admired and those incredible sheep dog trials.  Truly … I would go just to watch those amazing animals and their equally amazing trainers.  But for us it was all about the poppies with a wonderful display for the Women in Wool Luncheon and making lots of poppies in the Yarncraft Shed with all of our new poppy friends.  We had a wonderful time making and chatting … particularly with the children as young as 2 making poppies with us.  And must also mention the poppies that were dropped off by a number of larger groups … I will catch up with all that a little later on the facebook page … but suffice to say over 2000 poppies were collected over the weekend and we could not be more thrilled.  I should also mention that we simply could not manage an event like this … (and like the recent Stitches & Craft Show in Melbourne) without the help of an amazing team of excellent ambassadors to man the tables demonstrating, teaching, talking about the project … but especially Kate, Janet, Margaret, Julie, Bernice, Maryanne and Carmel and the many other friends from many places who stopped by to join us for a long or a short time.   We were also thrilled to be able to visit the Bendigo Library on Friday morning for their Craft Table … where a lively bunch of ladies and men were making poppies for the project … and of course, we even squeezed in a visit to the Bendigo Woollen Mills who have been supporters since we first started up.  Below are just a couple of pics taken from the show.  Thank you so much Bendigo.  We had a great time.

Bendigo Wool & Sheep Show DisplayOur display for the Women in Wool Luncheon
Lyn with Jacinta McCaskill Wareham and Chris Jenkins Hamilton LibraryBendigo Sheep Show 2014Its raining poppies from Hamilton Library … with Jacinta McCaskill Wareham and Chris Jenkins
photo (13)Bendigo Sheep Show 2014Sandy Galloway from Sorrento Probus
photo (14)Bendigo Sheep Show 2014
Poppy Cakes from Julie Trait …. delicious
photo (18)Bendigo Sheep Show 2014Joyce Fisher from the Maitland Knitters Guild in NSW
photo 1 (4)Bendigo Sheep Show 2014
photo 2 (2)Bendigo Sheep Show 2014Sebastian


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The Wash Up …

We had a truly wonderful time at the Craft & Quilt Fair in Melbourne … many many people dropped by to see us … we gave away over 2000 patterns … so I think that may have an impact on the numbers in the end … and mostly everyone was totally blown away by the stand.

The Wall Craft and Quilt FairOur team working very hard on Saturday – Photo by Cam Holmes

In the end we dedicated two walls to new poppies either made or dropped off to the fair … and met many of our contributors face to face … it was a huge bonus for us to put human faces to our contributors.

We had children as young as 4 right up to older children in their 90′s make poppies with us … so much fun.  Thank you to all who have contributed to date and those who have now seen what we are doing and are planning to contribute … you are all the reason this wonderful project has become … well … so wonderful!!!

It will take a while to update the poppy count … but I will get there in the next couple of days.  The contributors list and the dedications may take a little longer.  Keep and eye on the blog.

Lastly … I need to thank all of the wonderful team who helped out both at the fair … and in the background … I will speak to you all individually but of course I can’t thank you enough … without you all … all the time  … this project would not be what it is … nor would we have quite so much fun.

See you at the Bendigo Wool and Sheep Show next month.




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Craft and Quilt Fair Melbourne

Hello poppy friends … just thought I would let you know that 5000 Poppies will be at the Craft and Quilt Fair in Melbourne (MECC/Jeff’s Shed) from tomorrow (Thursday) through to Sunday spreading the poppy word and making lots of lovely poppies.  We would love it if you could join us to make a poppy or two or just to say hello.  Bring a hook or needles … we have plenty of yarn. We are in Aisle G … behind G21 … you can’t miss us … we are the spectacular poppy display …. thank you Kate for your help today!!!  We have a blank wall ready for all the new poppies made at the fair.

Craft and Quilt 1 craft and quilt 2

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Poppy News …

Good morning Poppy friends.  It’s been a couple of really big weeks at Poppy headquarters in Melbourne.  We have received MORE than 2000 poppies in the last two weeks and our total now stands at a smidge under 18,000 … up from 12,500 just two short months ago.  That is an outstanding achievement.

This week will see us at the Craft and Quilt Fair at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre (Jeff’s Shed) from Thursday to Sunday.  We have been allocated a lovely space for people to come and sit and have a chat and make a poppy or two … very exciting.  And, as an added bonus, we expect that we will have special guest poppy designers Rosalie Quinlan and Leanne Beasley visit us at some stage during the fair.

Lynn with Hilary Harper ABC StudiosI was lucky enough to once again be interviewed on 774 ABC radio … this time by Hilary Harper on Saturday morning … I really did enjoy having the opportunity to talk about the project and our involvement with Craft and Quilt Fair.  And hopefully that will encourage a bunch of new people to come and visit and learn about us … the upshot of that interview was many thousands of views on the blog and hopefully a whole new round of participants.  Exciting times ahead!

Marg and I are so excited about the many libraries that are joining 5000 Poppies … If you would like to join a group locally check with your local library to see if they are involved with the Project, and if they are not … we would be happy to have them on board of course.

We will post some pics of the Craft and Quilt Fair later in the week.  In the meantime … happy poppy making.


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Poppy Ramblings …

Good Morning poppy friends …

This morning we passed the 17,000 mark on our poppy journey …  with 1,200 poppies safely arriving during the week … that’s a mammoth effort …. it seems like only yesterday we were getting excited about receiving 10 in the mail.  On Anzac Day 2014 we were standing at 12,500 … and now we are at over 17,000, and Marg and I are becoming more and more excited every day about the visual extravaganza we are creating for those we want to honour … quite simply the response has been astounding.

We have many many letters and notes of thanks from people for the opportunity to be involved in such a wonderful project … and while we know that it just takes a spark to ignite a flame … it takes a lot of fuel to keep the fire burning … and that’s what it feels like to us.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHow gorgeous is this display for Anzac Day (I wish I could tell you who contributed the photo but I didn’t mark it :()

On another matter, I had a distressed note from a lady this week who is a keen contributor and has been working hard at trying to get a movement happening in her home town … She has found that while she has been distributing our patterns widely … and encouraging people to be involved in the bigger project … there are some who would prefer to keep their poppies closer to home as a local tribute.  Marg and I are thrilled that the project has captured the imagination of so many … in so many places.  And, it’s heartening to us see the project being taken up as a local project … there are many groups all over Australia making poppies for the project and displaying them locally this November for Remembrance Day and then sending them down to us so that they can be part of the bigger project … and we think this is wonderful.  There are also a few groups making and displaying their poppies locally for Anzac Day next year … we also think this is a wonderful thing.  There will be handmade poppy wreaths made and laid … and there are many pictures on the facebook page of people who are taking their poppies with them on international sojourns and laying them in places I have never been, in honour of those heroes that this tribute is all about … all sparked by the involvement in the 5000 Poppies Project.  Thank you!!!  We do ask if you are making and displaying locally, that you acknowledge the bigger project as well … that helps to drive the message to more and more people.   We are SO incredibly humbled by the movement that has sprung up … and it truly is wonderful way of being an integral part of something really huge … while still keeping it very personal.

On another note again … I see that the New Zealand group have accumulated more than 3,000 poppies on their way to their goal of 5,000 (and still with 10 months to go) and have also managed to secure a place to display their collection … excellent Lisa … I know you and your team are working hard … I can’t wait to see the outcome.

With much love and grateful blessings … Lynn and Marg.

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Ten months and counting ….

Goodness me … it feels like only yesterday we started this little project … and it’s now been a whole year since we went public. Just looking back to my very first post on 14 June last year.  And look how far we have come.

So … good morning poppy friends.  I hope you have made the most of your knitting and crocheting exploits over the weekend for World Wide Knit in Public Day.  I did not manage to get to a KIP … but did sit on the deck in the sun at Portarlington overlooking the water with a crochet hook in hand yesterday … it’s kinda public … does that count?).   So, it’s been another really delicious long weekend in Melbourne … and I just love it when my Monday Fed Square workshop falls on a public holiday … it means people who would normally be working get to come visit and make some poppies with the regulars at Fed Square … which is such a vibrant hub in our city …  and it creates so much interest and I really love being able to use the space for our Poppy making.

10382768_1443070722614963_1782693294127911722_nThis photo was taken by Janet Welch currently on holiday in Darwin … Janet is an integral member of the 5000 Poppies team, and has supported the project from the start.  She is is involved in many of our activities … and has certainly been a really valuable contributor to the cause … as well as providing a collection point at Textile Offcuts in Lilydale, Vic.

So just a quick update … we are up at 15,839 poppies as at this morning … a whisker under 16,000.  And the workshops program and guest presentations are starting to step up a notch for me.  Marg is off sailing up the East Coast of Australia on a much needed break until September (praying for great weather).  No doubt she will spread the word wherever she goes and there will be some poppy making on her travels.  We have so much coming up and I am really hoping to meet many of you at the various venues we will be at.  If you are Melbourne based (and even if you are not) we will be at the Craft and Quilt Fair from 26-29 June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre … or as we know it … Jeff’s Shed (that’s very soon) with a couple of guest poppy designers … Rosalie Quinlan from Rosalie Quinlan Designs and Leanne Beasley from Leanne’s House (that is SO exciting for Marg and I) designing poppies (and hopefully making an appearance on the stand).   You will be able to make a poppy or two on the stand as we will have some kits available (or feel free to bring your own makings and join us (or drop off any poppies you have stored away).  PLUS Don’t forget to mark in your diary our regular monthly workshops at Fed Square … 2nd Monday of each month from 12-2 our new workshops at the Boyd Library Hub in South Melbourne, 4th Wednesday after work from 5-7 p.m.  And if you manage to get yourself to Bendigo for the Wool and Sheep Show (a must for those yarnaholics among us) in July … we will be there making and chatting. Check the workshops page for more information on what’s going on … There are many libraries involved in the project so contact your local library if you would like to join a group or start one if there is one not happening.  Libraries are a great place to meet and make.   There will be more workshops coming up at Open Drawer in Camberwell (this weeks one is FULL) and at Wondoflex in Malvern (watch the workshop page for details).

Are  you on facebook and not a member of our facebook group yet?  Join our rapidly growing group of facebookers … it such a wonderful opportunity to share images and stories, celebrate each other’s poppy making exploits and ask questions … just search for 5000 Poppies in facebook and ask to join the group.


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Poppy Musings ….

Good morning Poppy Makers.  Well a lot has happened since my last post … post Anzac Day.  We have jumped from a total of 12,500 poppies to over 15,000 poppies … seemingly in no time.  New Zealand has well passed their half way mark and are also going very strong … we are in good shape.

31 March 2014We have been asked to exhibit and conduct workshops at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair from June 26 to 29 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Wharf … that’s exciting.  We have also been asked to exhibit and workshop at the Bendigo Wool and Sheep Show in Bendigo from July 18-20.  So a lot happening in our little corner of the world. I am hoping that this gives many of you an opportunity to come and meet us in person and maybe sit and have a chat while you are making a poppy or two with us.   There are still workshops and poppy meets happening in lots of other places … keep your eye on the facebook group and the workshops page on this blog for more details. If you are conducting workshops … don’t forget to or post on the facebook group … especially if you are looking for people to join you.

Marg and I are getting excited about the coming months … there is  a lot to do … but the end result will be absolutely worth it don’t you think?

Yesterday (was it only yesterday) I asked the facebook group to do the math on what would be the approx. size of our display end to end if we layed our 25,000 poppies out flat on Anzac Day next year … the result was somewhere in the vicinity of 90 square metres. Astounded here … and that’s only if the number is 25,000 and they are tightly packed.  We could very easily double that I am thinking.  So, very soon we will start working on concepts for the final display … which will be very exciting indeed.

So again … thank you for helping to make this wonderful little project so fantastic … it would be nothing without your ongoing support.  Have a wonderful week … enjoy your crafting … poppies or not … and we will be back with more news soon.

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