Stitch in re­mem­brance

Cre­ativ­ity blooms for me­mo­rial

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS - So­phie Lester

A SEA of red is set to cover the lawns of the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial next year, and two Al­lora women are con­tribut­ing to the crim­son in­stal­la­tion.

Shar­lene Glad­man and Julie-Ann Kawano have taken up their cro­chet hooks to join pop­pies to be in­cluded in the mam­moth art in­stal­la­tion, the 5000 Pop­pies project.

Though only 5000 are in­cluded in the name, at least 60,000 will be stitched in time for Re­mem­brance Day 2018 – 100 years on from the end of the First World War.

“They want to cover the whole lawn with hand­made pop­pies,” Mrs Glad­man said

“We’re go­ing to try to cro­chet as many as we can and per­son­ally I’d love to have one done for as many peo­ple as there is in the Al­lora area.

“That means we’re go­ing to try to make 1000 pop­pies by July next year which is when they want them posted off.

“Any­one who is pre­pared to lay down their lives de­serves all the com­mem­o­ra­tion and ac­co­lades they can get.”

A life­long cro­cheter, Mrs Glad­man said after be­com­ing ac­cus­tom to the pat­tern she could stitch to­gether one of the small pop­pies in about half-an-hour.

She said for her and Ms Kawano, the en­deav­our was also deeply per­sonal.

“Julie-Ann found the project on Face­book and we just thought it would be a great idea,” Mrs Glad­man said.

“I had at least one great un­cle in the First World War and my grand­mother’s cousin served in Gal­lipoli be­fore go­ing onto the Western Front.

“Julie-Ann’s great-grand­fa­ther Thomas Charl­ton died in France.

“We’re honour­ing the men who fought for our coun­try and our free­dom; just be­cause they’re no longer around doesn’t mean we should for­get them.”

Mrs Glad­man said when all 1000 pop­pies are stitched she wanted to per­son­ally load them onto the post truck.

“We’d also wel­come any­one else to cro­chet pop­pies and help us meet our goal, or even if they have any black and red wool they would like to do­nate,” she said.

“You can also at­tach a mes­sage to the poppy to com­mem­o­rate a rel­a­tive.”

To get in­volved, phone Shar­lene on 0435 801 102.

PHOTO: ELYSE WURM

CRAFTY: Julie-Ann Kawano (left) and Shar­lene Glad­man are stitch­ing pop­pies for the 5000 Pop­pies Project.

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