The image of the red poppies of Flanders' Fields is a powerful symbol for Canadians. Beginning with a haunting poem written by the Canadian Dr. John McCrae, who died while serving in World War I, the image now commemorates our collective experience with many other armed conflicts around the world.

We are a group of knitters and crocheters from New Westminster, BC, and we are collecting hand-made poppies for a large art installation meant to honour all members of our Canadian family who have had experience with the horrors of war. 

We are making a large blanket, covered with hand-made red poppies, to be displayed in a prominent public place and to be a focal point of remembrance. In contrast to professionally commissioned artworks, this piece will be created and put together by regular Canadian citizens, and will incorporate messages from their hearts. The messages and dedications accompanying the poppy blanket will be collected in a "memory book", to be displayed together with the blanket.

We estimate that it takes about 150 poppies to cover a square yard. For reference, 500 poppies makes a throw for an army cot. The final home for the blanket depends on how big it becomes!

We hope that this project strikes a chord with our fellow Canadians, because we believe that a communal, participatory creative project like this is very moving. 

Check out the progress of our project here ! As of Oct 2017, we have enough poppies for our first display!

To find out how you can participate, click on the Guidelines tab at the top of this page.