There are many many poppy project startups all around the world. You are welcome to seek on out and join them if you wish, or start your own. I ask, however, if you use our patterns, that you acknowledge 5000 Poppies as the author.
In the meantime, we are also making poppies for the Victorian RSL. In exchange for assistance with funding for both Chelsea and the Western Front, we are collecting 50,000 poppies for the RSL to sell in the leadup to the 2018 commemoration of the Centenary of the end of WWI. We would love to have you join us.
We are hoping to raise over half a million dollars for the RSL … a lofty ambition.
The key to this working is that we want a quite tight finish to ensure that the poppies don’t flatten out. Happy for you to use any centres … the more different centres the better … so be as creative as you like. The final size of the poppy should be around 8-9 cm finished … Texture and variations in red are perfect.
You can use the Chelsea patterns below which are suitable, or you can use your own pattern. The key is to make a poppy that you would be happy to wear yourself.
Ing’s poppy pattern is below … it’s cute, quick and easy and makes a beautiful lapel poppy for the RSL
Crochet Button Poppy Flower by Tricia Reeves
Fabric and Commercial Felt Poppy Patterns
Machine Embroidery Patterns
There are also many lovely knitted and crocheted poppy patterns all over the web … just google search free poppy pattern and see what comes up. Here are a few that have been sent to us
Or if you are adventurous … you can make up your own. If you are a stitcher or felter and would like to share your stitched ideas/patterns and don’t mind them being copied for the purposes of this project, we would love to see them.
For felted and fabric poppies there are many great tutorials on you tube. For a wet felted poppy … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoXeCsB_NWM … you can use a very small amount of dishwashing detergent in the bottle instead of Filz Fix and for a cute little dry felted poppy http://www.handmadespark.com/blog/felt-poppy-flower-tutorial-guest-post-from-carolyn-of-the-wishing-elephant/ … which I think you could also modify for use with other fabrics. Just google search “fabric or felted poppy tutorial” there will be a whole host of sites for you to search through for one that suits you.