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. Our hope is that in future, the messages and dedications we collect to accompany 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 Make A Poppy! tab at the top of this page. 
...a little history...
This project was inspiried by a similar piece that was started in Australia, which has since grown to an incredible size.  Our small group, Knit1Take2 , discussed the possibility of starting a similar display locally. The Poppy Project was born! The project has grown enough now to move into its own space on the internet, but the original crew is still very active in directing activities.  We would particularly like to recognize our dear knitting friend Donna Nepstad, without whom this project would not have taken off.

Of course, this display would not be possible without the knitters, crocheters, and felters who have taken the time and effort to create the poppies, and we thank them for helping to create this powerful piece. 

We are very grateful to the following New Westminster sponsors, who have donated funding, space, time, and materials to make this display possible:
  • The City of New Westminster,
  • Cosy Yarns yarn shop,
  • the Royal Westminster Regiment and the Armoury Museum,
  • the River Market, and
  • the Royal City Centre Mall