Another big poppy week …

Last night a few of my friends came over to help me work on the display for Fed Square.  We’re on a countdown now with still a lot of work to do … not insurmountable, but certainly needs a concerted effort.   So my poppy making colleagues … mark in your diary now … 9-13 November, Deakin Edge Fracture Gallery Fed Square … to see the fruits of our labour so far … and on 11 November we will have poppy playtime as normal from 12.00 til 2.00 at Fed Square.

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When Marg and I originally started the project, we thought we would be pretty lucky to have 500 poppies for the November display.  Little did we know just how it would just take on a life of its own … we received 535 poppies this week alone (and 518 last week) and the count as of yesterday 3715 with many more on the way.

Look at the gorgeous hand stitched dedication on this poppy below.

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We will not be stopping at 5,000.  We think we haven’t even started yet!!!!

I am going to pull together a nice little crafting prize for anyone who can guess the final number for Anzac Day 2015.  We will work on that later.

In the meantime, there is another radio interview this morning on Radio Eastern Community Radio …. 98.1fm.  Excited and of course just a little nervous as well.

This week’s haul.

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Keep an eye on the blog or join our 5000 Poppies facebook group for regular updates.


About 5000 Poppies

The 5000 Poppies Project is a community tribute of respect and remembrance for our servicemen and women, their families and their communities. Created in 2013 by sisters in law Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight in honour of their fathers service in WWII, the project has been closely aligned with the Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018, and has consisted of a number of small and large scale installations made from handcrafted poppies from many thousands of contributors from all over the world.
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10 Responses to Another big poppy week …

  1. Jan Rhoades says:

    Wow, this is amazing. Myu friend Cecie will be delighted to see her poppy ‘featured’ in your blog. Her’s is the one with the label displayed on the back.

  2. Veronica says:

    Hello, I heard about 5000 poppies in September and ladies from my sewing group are busily making poppies. 83 year old Peg from W. Aust gave me seven poppies that she has crocheted and I’m happy to advise I’ve been placing them on the graves of unknown soldiers as I am currently visiting WWI cemeteries in France and Belgium. My husband’s ancestor is commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial so I placed some there too. When our guide saw them he commented he had seen one at one of the cemeteries but couldn’t remember which one. It was Villers-Bretonneux, we saw it today. Just wanted to say the poppies are spreading around the world. We also left one at the local café in Fromelles for their Australian corner with a note about the project. What a great project. Keep up the great work ladies.

  3. Mrs Pamela Quemby says:

    Hello Lyn, a wonderful effort by all concerned. Wish I was in Melbourne to see the display in Federation Square, but unable too, so do hope you show us the photo’s and get some media interest on….in the mean time, our little group up here in the Gold Coast Hinterland are as busy as mice,……Kind regards, Pammy Frangipani

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Pammy. Fantastic and thrilled that you are busy making poppies with your group. I too am sorry you won’t make it to Fed Square. I am getting a little excited about it now … nearly completed the bulk of the work for the display. Had thought I would have 500 poppies by this stage and find I have nearly 4000 … so it’s been a little more work than I anticipated. Nevertheless we are getting there. Will get a poster up to you shortly … need to get a minute to get to the post office for some tubes (lol at my time poor status). Regards, Lynn

      On Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 3:37 PM, 5000 POPPIES

  4. john dressing says:

    please may i buy a poppy , im south african lost my son in angola , they dont celebrate poppy day here in the states ???? very kind regards , john dressing.

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi John,
      Please accept my condolences on the loss of your son in Angola … a tragedy for you and your family … our children are precious beyond measure and I cannot imagine your pain.
      We are not selling poppies, but I would be happy to make one for you and send it to you and also to make one and dedicate it to your son in our poppy planting in Australia on your behalf. Please send me your address details and your son’s name and if you would like … a dedication that I can put on the back of the poppy here.
      My blessings to you and your family.

      • Mrs Pamela Quemby says:

        Hi Lyn, a beautiful story from John, however, I feel you have enough on your plate, if you send me John’s details I will certainly look after him for you, in making a couple for him, and one for the dedication….good luck for next week, love and kind thoughts, Pammy Frangipani….Gold Coast Hinterland.

      • 5000poppies says:

        Thanks Pamela,
        You are a brick. Sad story. No response as yet. Let’s see what happens.

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