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.

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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5 Responses to Poppy Musings ….

  1. John Shaw says:

    Good Morning,

    I thought this was another great idea for poppies. Kids could even use small paper plates.


  2. Gmail says:

    Hi Lynn, I enjoy reading your posts and being kept up to date. On Wednesday I went to my craft group and was surprised to get a bunch more poppies from my friends Barbara and Sandra.My fellow crafters have all been very supportive attending my first workshop at the Healesville Library,knitting poppies in their spare time and recruiting other crafters. Love those poppies! Regards Faye.


    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Faye … that’s so fantastic. I am hoping that I will get to one of your group meetings soon. Keep up the great work … our success is in large part due to all the work that people are doing out in the community on our behalf. It’s so much fun!!!

  3. Ledy Rowe says:

    Wonderful news on reaching over 14,000

    I think you should start referring to your poppies as an ‘installation art project’. It is much bigger than just a few thousand poppies. One idea might be to display them attached to temporary aluminum fencing as in the photo. This might help with size, weight and being able to display them and move them around. Just a thought

    Poppy on

    Love your project

    Regards Ledy Rowe 0405 502 344 Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 22:30:46 +0000 To: ledywah@hotmail.com

  4. 5000poppies says:

    Hi Ledy
    We’re pretty excited about the growing number I must say … not just for the number, but for the interest it has elicited and the sheer number of people involved … and I already to refer to it as installation art or community art project (which is a lot warmer) when I talk about the project. Your photo unfortunately didn’t come through .. but I have already talked to a friend in the hardware business about the possibility of using temporary fencing. … so great minds think alike!!!!
    Definitely poppying on lol

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