From 2014 to 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War. The 5000 POPPIES project is for crafters who would like to contribute a handmade red poppy to be included in a field of 5000 poppies to be publicly displayed in Melbourne on ANZAC Day 2015. The 5000 poppies will be a community tribute recognising the service of Australian servicemen and women in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. There will be an initial display of the poppies in Fed Square in November 2013 for Remembrance Day. To be included in the initial display at Fed Square, poppies should be submitted by 30 September.
Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight are the two fibre lovers behind the project and they are hosting workshops at Fed Square on the 2nd Monday of every month from 12noon until 2pm with the next one scheduled for the 12 August. Visit the 5000 POPPIES blog for progress reports and for free poppy patterns for knit and crochet poppies. If you have some red wool in your stash (we know you do) you are halfway to participating in this fibre project.