Craft­ing an An­zac poppy

Central Leader - - NEWS - By SHEL­LEY GRECO

Crafters are be­ing called on to help make 5000 pop­pies in time for An­zac Day 2015.

The ef­forts of keen cro­cheters, knitters and fel­ters will help form a trib­ute to com­mem­o­rate 100 years since the An­zac Gal­lipoli land­ing.

The 5000 Pop­pies Project recog­nises men and women who’ve served in all wars, con­flicts and peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions.

It was started by Lynn Berry in Mel­bourne and New Zealand co­or­di­na­tor Lisa Wal­lace hopes the dis­play will be on show at the Auck­land War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum.

‘‘I found

this

project

and thought it was a fan­tas­tic idea,’’ she says.

‘‘I talked to Lynn and she was keen for us to be a satel­lite group and make our own pop­pies.’’

Pop­pies flow­ered in the spring of 1915 on the bat­tle­fields of Bel­gium, France and Gal­lipoli and have since be­come sym­bols of loss in war and hope for those left be­hind.

The ex­act mu­seum lo­ca­tion for the dis­play is still to be con­firmed but Mrs Wal­lace hopes the pop­pies will be stitched to­gether and draped down a wall to look like a wa­ter­fall. She has cre­ated 50 cro­cheted pop­pies so far and each one took about half an hour to make.

Fam­ily and friends have added another 150.

‘‘This project has a lot of mean­ing,’’ she says.

‘‘The first two pop­pies I ever made were for my grand­fa­thers.’’

The group’s Face­book page now has 104 likes from peo­ple who’ve pledged to cre­ate more pop­pies.

‘‘It’s be­com­ing quite mind­bog­gling that peo­ple have got be­hind it and want to be in­volved.’’

Pop­pies must be be­tween 10cm and 14cm in di­am­e­ter.

Com­mem­o­ra­tion: Lisa Wal­lace is hop­ing to have 5000 pop­pies ready for An­zac Day 2015.

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