Thursday, November 1, 2018

Day 3298 - See 62000 Crocheted Poppies at the Australian War Memorial

From little things, big things grow 



Can crocheted poppies actually grow?

It seems they can!

120 crocheted poppies "planted" at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne in 2013 by Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight has grown into a field of 62,000 currently planted outside the Australian War Memorial in the lead up to Remembrance Day 2018.









In fact, that 62,000 is just a small sample of the crop the "5,000 Poppies" community has managed to create in the five years since the movement launched.  More than 300,000 handcrafted poppies have been lovingly created from all over the world, carefully crocheted by people spanning a century (aged 2 to 102) from all different backgrounds and cultures.

So what's it all about? What is 5,000 Poppies? 

5,000 Poppies is the story of how two "fibre artists" (people who like to knit and crochet) teamed up in tribute to their fathers who fought in World War II.  After planting 120 crocheted poppies in 2013 they dreamed of turning that into a field of 5,000.

With an estimated 50,000 contributors the world over, they achieved that and then some.  Proving that crocheted poppies can actually grow.

Since that humble beginning back in 2013 the 5,000 Poppies project has gone from Australia to France and the UK and back again.  The poppies have appeared at memorials and garden shows, including the Chelsea Garden Show where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marvelled at this tribute of love, honour and respect.



Where can you find the crocheted poppies? 

This field of crocheted poppies (complete with knitted stems) can be seen at the Australian War Memorial until Remembrance Day 11 November 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I.  Walls of crocheted poppies are also on display at Parliament House with 30,000 crocheted, knitted and paper poppies adorning 48 panels on the wall above the marble entrance hall.

Keep an eye out for crocheted poppies for sale as part of the 2018 Poppy Appeal. If you can't make it to Canberra to see this glorious tribute of respect and remembrance, then you may be able to buy yourself a crocheted pin in honour of those who have served.



As I walked around the field of poppies yesterday I marvelled at how one little idea ... one little project ... one little act of love and gratitude ... has turned into a worldwide community bound together by respect and remembrance.

This is the stuff that passion and commitment can bring. This is the stuff that love and honour can create.  This is the stuff that can bring our world together.

From little things, big things grow.  If a tiny seed of thought from two people can allow crocheted poppies to grow, imagine what seeds we could all plant.



For more information about 5,000 Poppies head to their blog over at 5000poppies.wordpress.com

You can also read "A Field of Red Poppies" over at Booming On.


Do you crochet?

Could you contribute to the 5,000 Poppies movement?

What little seeds have you planted lately? 

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30 comments :

  1. Loved seeing these yesterday. My paternal grandfather was in WW1 and I would not be here 'without him' as he met my paternal grandmother in England as he was recovering from mustard gas from being in France. In 2015 and 2016 Gosford had a BIG display of poppies - some crocheted and others made from crepe. I placed one in the 'field' for my grandfather - who I never met as he died when Dad was 11. Stories from your city are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Denyse x

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    1. Oooh, that sounds great (Gosfor). Was it by 5000 Poppies? Or independent of that?

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  2. What a beautiful idea and project! It gives me goosebumps. I do crochet and I would LOVE to contribute. I will most definitely check out how I could. Wish I could see it in person. It'd be incredible. #TeamLovinLife

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    1. I'd love to see your finished products! They actually provide poppy patterns on their website https://5000poppies.wordpress.com/poppy-patterns/

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  3. What a beautiful idea and the crocheted poppies would last much longer than real ones. The effect is stunning so thanks for sharing your photos with us.

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    1. From a distance you'd never know they were crocheted.

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  4. I tried to learn to crochet but I can't remember a thing about how to.

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    1. I've never in my life picked up a crocheting hook/needle. I did try knitting once. I made a jumper! All in plain knit with enormous needs and fat wool. It was a bat wing jumper as I recall. Stunning (not)

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  5. What a a beautiful and lasting tribute to the fallen.

    SSG xxx

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    1. Absolutely gorgeous. As you drive down Limestone Avenue and look at the War Memorial grounds you'd swear they were fields of fair dinkum poppies.

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  6. I've seen a couple of posts on these poppies Leanne - they must be something quite breathtaking to see in real life - the photos always look gorgeous too. Isn't it wonderful when something like this catches on and draws people's attention?

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    1. It's just stunning. Standing and looking at each individual creation, unique in its own way.

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  7. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Leanne. I used to crochet but have put my tools away for a while.

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    1. They have patterns available on the website, if ever you decide to pick up your crochet hooks again!

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  8. This is such a fabulous idea. As a knitter, I always love to see how what we do can make a difference.
    XOOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Give it a go Jodie! The patterns are on their website. I believe the poppies are crocheted and the stems are knitted. I think different people do the stems and then someone puts them together (although I may be wrong)

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  9. Very beautiful and wonderful. What a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing it with us. Very nice.

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  10. I adore this idea. It's amazing what happens when people bind together to do something like this.

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  11. I saw your picture of them Leanne and thought what a lovely idea it is. Some people are so talented (and thoughtful).

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  12. I absolutely love this! They are so beautiful. I can't crochet or knit to save myself,but I love that people from all over have contributed :)

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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    1. Me either Di! Do you remember Knitting Nancy? The spool knitting little doll thingo? I used to do that. LOL

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  13. I do love stories like these so thanks for sharing. It makes me believe that there is still some good in the world. I cannot crochet or knit or sew {even a button is a challenge!} but I think this is fantastic

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    1. Definitely good in the world. Each poppy is a testament to that doubled (for the ones that fought for us and the ones that remember them)

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  14. Just seeing all these beautiful poppies makes me very emotional. There are so many wonderful people in this world and i love reading and sharing good stories.

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    1. You'd definitely tear up then if you saw them for real :) Filled my heart with gratitude

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  15. 62,000 poppies! wow! what a thing to see. I recently crocheted flowers for an art project, but nothing like this number. I am going to a poppy making craft session next week. I wonder what our poppies will be made of. Have a fabulous week, and thank you again for the link up.

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