Rather than making ANZAC biscuits, my sister suggested that I should make some poppies for the 5000 poppies project. Next ANZAC Day will be the 100 year anniversary since the ANZAC Gallipoli landing and there are a number of activities in Australia planned to commemorate this event.
The 5000 poppies community art project is a tribute of respect and remembrance for all Australian servicemen and women who have served over the past 100 years. On ANZAC Day 2015 they plan to display a field of over 5000 poppies in Federation Square, Melbourne. To date they have received over 10,000 poppies from crafters from different parts of the world and are now working toward 25,000 poppies for the display. I have no doubt that they will make this target and the poppies will make a stunning and very moving tribute.
Here are the first poppies that I have made using a wet felt technique.
Instructions for how to make them, as well as patterns for crocheted and knitted poppies, can be found on the 5000 poppies blog under the poppy patterns section. Mine will be winging their way to Australia next week and will hopefully find a place in the display next year.