Next Gathering:

February 22nd, 23rd, 24th  2019

Always the last full weekend of Febuary

Australian War Memorial POPPY Appeal 2018

Posted: 29 January 2018

Share this news:

AWM POPPY Appeal 2018

 Poppies at night.jpg




During the Gathering of 2015 attendees were invited to knit or crochet red poppies which were incorporated into Melbourne’s Federation Square display commemorating the centenary of the first Anzac Day.


In November 2018, we commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War (1914-18).

Central to the Armistice commemorative program is the placement of 62,000 red poppy flowers in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial by the founders of the 5,000 Poppies Project.  Each poppy represents an Australian life lost in the First World War.


Once again we invite Frances Gatherers to contribute by knitting or crocheting red poppies over the weekend.  In the meantime visit the 5000 Poppies Project website to learn more about the project, its history and to access a range of patterns and instructions.  It’s never too early to start your poppies. 


Some materials with instructions will be available in the Main Marquee during the Frances Folk Gathering weekend, however we encourage those who wish to contribute to bring their own. Donations of various shades of red, black and green 8 ply yarn, 3.5 and 3.75 knitting needles and size 3.5 crochet hooks. Small amounts of white, purple, yellow and orange yarn would also be appreciated.