Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cornwall handmade poppy project doubles target

The First World War began with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in 1914 and ended on November 11, 1918, remembered as Armistice Day. WWI was one of the deadliest wars in history; UK deaths numbered 700,000 out of an estimated 16 million casualties. The Cornwall Regimental Museum poppy project is seeking to honor all of Cornwall's WWI dead veterans with handmade poppies created from patterns or imaginative artfulness. Over 4200 poppies: knitted, crocheted, embroidered, beaded, and even paper ones made by scouts have already been collected, and now the goal has been more than doubled to 9,687. All sorts of free poppy patterns are available for knit or crochet poppies.

The goal is as close to an accurate number as possible in that the estimate of Cornwall deaths from all branches of the Armed Forces has been researched by the Cornwall Family History Society. Knitters and crocheters from all over the world are making the handmade poppies for Remembrance Day, November 2018, which marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, when this extraordinary exhibition and the poppy project is to be fulfilled and the WWI dead Cornishmen remembered at  Bodmin Keep, Cornwall.

Knitting and crochet patterns are here.

The deadline for the poppies is September 2018. For more information: info@cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org

Guidelines for poppies here.

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