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Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Poppy for Remembrance

To honor the brave soldiers lost in battle, and all our veterans, a poppy.

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

To make this poppy, using the burnt edge method, begin with a light weight piece of red polyester fabric.

In this case, I re-purposed a thrifted blouse that was stained.

Cut a strip about 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide, and 10 to 16 inches long (I used the longer measurement, for a fuller poppy, but for a poppy more reminiscent of the traditional crepe paper poppies, use less fabric).

Fold your fabric length into quarters and clip the fold lines, rounding the corners slightly.  It's okay if you hack it a bit and have a rough edge -- this will add character to the finished flower.

Singe the edges, as shown in this tutorial for a burnt edge peony.

Cut a circle of black or brown fabric from a textured fabric -- I re-purposed a velvet skirt that I haven't worn since the nineties. Place a bit of batting in the center of the circle, and gather the edges closed to create the center of the flower.  If you like, you can add a bit of fringe around the center -- I decided to leave it out.

Run a gathering stitch along the bottom edge of the petal fabric. Pull the thread, and distribute the gathers evenly.

Stitch the petal strip around the middle, add a bit of felt or fabric backing and a pin, and wear your poppy proudly.

In gratitude to those who have served,

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  1. That's a poem that every Canadian schoolgirl and boy knows - I can still say it by heart all these years later. We're just about to head for the cenotaph - The Great Dane is doing some last-minute sewing on a loose medal. We are so blessed to be free to gather to honour our vets in your country and in ours.

  2. My Canadian husband just asked me this morning why we American's don't wear a poppy on Veterns Day. I had never heard of the tradition before. Thank you for sharing the poem.

    Kath in Colorado

  3. I LOVE this tutorial! Thank you for posting. I posted the Flanders Field poem last year for Veteran's Day. Very moving!


  4. I don't know why the Veteran's Day poppy tradition isn't as big here in the U.S., but maybe it's because we wear poppies on Memorial Day in May?

  5. So simple and yet so beautiful. I'm a new follower from House of Hepworths link party. Love you blog.

  6. A great message and post honoring our service men.

  7. I love that! And what a great way to display your gratitude.

  8. Wow, how interesting, I had never heard of this tradition. Happy VTT!

  9. What a sweet sentiment--this is a great tute! I wonder if you would share it at on my blog's new Tell Me Tuesday link party!

  10. This turned out beautifully. I love poppies, and the color red. I would love to have a whole bunch of those awesome flowers just like you did them.

    Thanks for another great tutorial, and I would LOVE to have you link this up as well, maybe to my weekly party **Amaze me August**, you do some cool stuff, girl!!!

    Bella :)

  11. i learn something new everyday...went to wikikpedia to find out more about Flanders Field and the poppy. Very moving. Thank you for sharing and paying tribute.
    ~ Jill from 'Just Dream, Jelly Bean'

  12. these are lovely! hope you don't mind but we have shared these over at Cap Creations today. thank you!


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