It’s not over yet.
We are now in the process of creating our final two projects for the Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018. The first is for the Victorian RSL and the Australian War Memorial … and we would love to have you join us.
Our first is to create 50,000 poppies for the Victorian RSL. In gratitude for their financial assistance with funding for both Chelsea and the Western Front, we are creating poppies for the RSL to sell in the leadup to the 2018 commemoration of the Centenary of the end of WWI. We are hoping to raise well over half a million dollars for the RSL … a lofty ambition.
The key to a beautiful lapel poppy is that we want a quite tight finish to ensure that the poppies don’t flatten out too much. Happy for you to use any centres … the more different centres the better … so be as creative as you like with buttons, fabric, fibre, gorgeousness. The final size of the poppy should be around 8-9 cm finished … Texture and variations in red are perfect. If you could put a pin on the back that would be amazing.
There are some patterns below for RSL poppies but you shouldn’t feel limited to these.
Click here for collection points and delivery options for RSL Poppies
Ing’s poppy pattern is also below … it’s cute, quick and easy and makes a beautiful lapel poppy for the RSL
AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
Our second major project is our final and truly stunning installation at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra for Remembrance Day 2018.
We will be planting more than 61,000 stemmed poppies in honour of our WWI Fallen for the Centenary of the end of WWI.We currently have somewhere around 17,000 -18,000 stems made … and are currently creating poppies and stems for the remainder.
There are many patterns below suitable for poppies for the stems. Feel free to pick and choose … mix it up and really have fun with your centres. Stem poppies should be quite tight so they can stand up to the rigors of rain and wind.
Poppies for the AWM can be dropped at the AWM or sent to 5000 Poppies, P.O. Box 115, Ashburton Vic. 3147
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.