Anzac spirit stitched to bloom
Palmerston North people are remembering the men and women who served at war, by creating a poppy-donned quilt for the community.
Retirees, visitors, new residents, and even a local police officer, took time over the past week to sew hundreds of knitted poppies to the wall hanging, which will be displayed at the Central Library.
Robyn Wilson, from the Palm- erston North City Library, said the wall hanging, or ‘‘blanquilt’’, will also be available for community groups and schools to borrow.
The idea to make the hanging stemmed from a Waiouru Army Museum project, for which thousands of woollen poppies were knitted nationwide as part of Anzac Day centennial celebrations in 2015.
Wilson said there were poppies left over which had been made by Palmerston North residents. Over the past two years the poppies were hung on black ribbon at the library, in recognition of the Anzacs.
‘‘While everyone loved seeing the poppies hanging, we wanted to do something more permanent with them.’’
So a blanquilt was created, with members of the community donating their time to stitch it together, one poppy at a time.
Palmerston North woman Pat Eaton said her father often took them to the cenotaph for Anzac Day. She had spent about four hours over the past week stitching an arrangement of poppies in place.
‘‘It’s fun to be involved in such a massive contribution.’’
She said it was also nice to see people visiting the library to sew on just one or two poppies.
Wilson said a couple who recently arrived from China had contributed, as well as retirees from rest homes, and a local policewoman.
The grey blanket was sourced and donated by the Ashhurst RSA, and library staff also took it home over a number of weeks to work on it and prepare it for the public.
Four sewing sessions were held at the library last week. The finished wall-hanging will be displayed at the mayoral morning tea at the Convention Centre following the Anzac Day Civic Ceremony. It will later hang at the library, and will be available for community groups and schools to borrow.
From left, Alison Gilbert from Palmerston Manor Rest Home, Debbie Duncan, Brenda Jones, and Stephanie Tuck from Palmerston North City Library, make poppies for Anzac Day.