Welcome … these are the most commonly asked questions about the project
BEFORE WE START …
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SEND YOUR POPPIES NOW.
DUE TO THE MASSIVE RESPONSE FROM THE COMMUNITY, WE HAVE REVISED OUR DELIVERY DATE TO APRIL 2018
PLEASE EITHER MAIL YOUR AWM POPPIES TO P.O. BOX 115 ASHBURTON VIC 3147 OR COURIER TO EAST MALVERN RSL, STANLEY GROSE DRIVE, EAST MALVERN VIC 3145
IF YOU ARE IN THE VICINITY OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DROP THEM AT RECEPTION OR TO ANY OF THE OTHER COLLECTION POINTS LISTED ON THE BLOG.
So … welcome to 5000 POPPIES …. This project is a community tribute of respect and remembrance to our servicemen and women, their families and their communities, and is closely aligned with the Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018.
So this is just a little housekeeping for those who are new to the team. I have listed a few FAQs at the base of this post for you … hopefully to save some time for you. I will add to these regularly as new frequently asked questions arise.
LEST WE FORGET
1. HOW MANY POPPIES DO YOU NEED?
We have two major projects running concurrently … you can read all about them on the blog.
AWM installation, Remembrance Day 2018
We are making somewhere in the vicinity of 62,000 knitted and crocheted poppies on stems … the stems will be prepared in Melbourne and assembled in various places closer to the installation date.
DEADLINE for the completed stems is August next year. THAT MEANS POPPIES SHOULD BE WITH US BY LATEST MID APRIL 2018. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SEND THEM EARLIER.
No pins are required for AWM poppies.
Poppies for the AWM installation should be SENT to P.O. Box 115, Ashburton Vic 3147 or DROPPED AT THE AWM or you can drop them at any of the collection points listed on the blog. Please clearly mark as AWM Poppies. If you would like to become a collection point for your local area … PM Lynn Berry and I will add your details to the blog.
Victorian RSL Poppy Appeal 2018
These will be for the RSL’s 2018 Poppy Appeal in gratitude for their financial support for our European tour in 2016. We currently have packed 47,500 poppies so just a small way to go.
DEADLINE FOR RSL POPPIES IS NOW.
All RSL poppies need pins on the back. If you are happy to pin the back of your poppy, a safety pin is sufficient. If not, we will do this at PHQ as we pack for delivery.
Poppies should be SENT to P.O. Box 115, Ashburton Vic 3147 or DROPPED AT THE ANZAC HOUSE, 4 Collins Street, Melbourne, or you can drop them at any of the other collection points listed on the blog. If you would like to become a collection point for your local area … PM Lynn Berry and I will add your details to the blog.
2. WHAT PATTERNS CAN I USE?
We have published patterns on the patterns page of the blog … 5000poppies.wordpress.com and click on patterns. There are also patterns in the files section on the facebook group. Poppies should be made in RED YARN as the major colour … You can decorate how you like … our makers are very creative with their beautiful centres … and you can see LOTS of poppies posted on both the facebook page and the blog. Be creative … enjoy making … its fun and its addictive. Your poppies for both projects should be firm in texture and not too open weave.
We are NOT doing purple or white poppies for either the AWM or the RSL. If you like you can add purple or white or black/yellow, or green/orange centres.
3. WHY KNITTED AND CROCHETED?
The reason for knitted and crocheted is that the stems are knitted i-cord over a thick bamboo stem and the poppy head needs to attach to the stem. We are particular about the quality of the finished product. The AWM poppies because they need to be in the elements (wind rain hail snow????) in Canberra for 5 weeks and the RSL poppies because they need to be saleable.
We need each poppy reasonably tightly made … feel free to use a smaller crochet hook than you would normally or smaller needles so that show their best face to the public over that time.
Any RED yarn is acceptable … wool or acrylic or cotton.
PLEASE SEW IN ALL YOUR ENDS!
4. WHAT SIZE SHOULD MY POPPIES BE?
We are looking for nice firmly knit or crochet poppies.
6-8cm is a good size … absolute maximum size 9cm.
There are many smaller (around 4cm) RSL poppies and they are acceptable, but be aware that 4cm is more than likely too small for a stemmed poppy. Any larger than 9cm and they will be too floppy (there are of course exceptions). If you are finding that your poppy is loosely tensioned, try going down a size or two in your crochet hook/knitting needles to get a nice firm finish.
5. WHERE CAN I SEND MY POPPIES TO?:
AWM poppies … you can HAND DELIVER directly to the War Memorial in Canberra or POST to 5000 Poppies, P.O. Box 115 Ashburton Vic 3147 or drop them to any of the collection points on the blog. They can also be couriered to East Malvern RSL, Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern Vic 3145.
At this stage the majority of processing will be done in Victoria however, that may change as the number ofo members increases in the Canberra Chapter.
RSL Poppies … POST to 5000 Poppies, P.O. Box 115, Ashburton Vic 3147, RSL Victoria, Anzac House, 4 Collins Street, Melbourne or any one of the addresses on the blog under collection points. They can also be couriered to East Malvern RSL, Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern Vic 3145.
More addresses will be added to the collections points over time.
6. WHAT COLOUR SHOULD MY POPPIES BE?
RED… coloured centres are ok … buttons, beads and decorative thread can all be used to decorate your centres, however you would like but RED Poppies are for Remembrance.
7. SUBMIT POPPIES
There is a submission form on the 5000 Poppies blog under Submit Poppies. You can complete the form and send with your poppies if you wish.
Again, if you are making poppies specifically for the AWM Installation next year … please be sure to mark that in your delivery. You can also use the submission form on the blog to write a dedication. We will (eventually) record all dedications and contributor names on the blog as well but we know from experience that that is a huge task and quite an emotional one … some of the stories we receive are incredibly sad … so it will take many hands to do over a long time.
8. WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE POPPIES AFTER 2018?
We are currently working on a number of really exciting options and will let you know in due course.