Welcome … these are the most commonly asked questions about the project
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. We currently have around 18,000 to 20,000 completed stems … to be confirmed. So still around 40,000 plus poppies and stems to make. DEADLINE for the finished stems is August next year. THAT MEANS POPPIES SHOULD BE WITH US BY LATEST MID JULY 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 23.250 poppies so still a ways to go.
DEADLINE FOR RSL POPPIES IS APRIL 2018. If you would like to join our 5000 Poppies 2018 Poppy Appeal Challenge there is a separate facebook group … it’s really about numbers … keeping the challenge going.
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 for the RSL Challenge should be SENT to P.O. Box 115, Ashburton Vic 3147 or DROPPED AT THE ANZAC HOUSE, 4 Collins Street, 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 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 because they need to be in the elements (wind rain hail snow????) in Canberra for 5 weeks.
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?
Between 6cm and 9cm is plenty big enough. There are many smaller (around 4cm) RSL poppies and they are acceptable, but 4cm is too small for an AWM poppy. Any larger 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. At this stage the majority of processing will be done in Victoria however, that may change as the number increase 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. More addresses will be added as time goes by.
6. WHAT COLOUR SHOULD MY POPPIES BE?
RED… coloured centres are ok … buttons, beads, thread can all be used to decorate your centres, however you would like but RED Poppies are for Remembrance.
6. Poppy sizes can vary from 4 cm to 9cm for both projects however 6-8cm is a good size … absolute maximum size 9cm.
7. SUBMIT POPPIES
There is a submission form on this 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.