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Poppy Appeal Donation

15 Nov

Remembrance Day was on Monday 11 November, this year. I’m pleased to announce that, up till 11 November 2013, I sold 18 copies of my Remembrance Poppy Brooch pattern – plus a brooch that I crocheted myself, for a customer as a special request. That raised a total Poppy Appeal donation of £4.60 GBP, which I donated online to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Poppy Appeal Donation 2013

The Royal British Legion provides help and support to members of the Armed Forces – past, present and future – and their families and dependants. Without our brave servicemen and women, the world we live in would be very different. The annual Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Day serve to commemorate, paraphrasing John Maxwell Edmonds’ words, those that “[gave] their tomorrow, [for] our today”. It is with great pride that, through my pattern designing and my lovely customers, I was able to take part in this year’s fundraising efforts.

Everyone who helped test my poppy pattern, bought a pattern, tweeted or liked my links or otherwise helped with my Remembrance Poppy Brooch is deeply appreciated. You have all been part of this year’s remembrance activities and helped raise, not just Poppy Appeal donation funds but also, awareness of the debt that is “owed by so many to so few”.

Remembrance Poppy Brooches

As it is now past the eleventh day of the eleventh month, any further funds raised from Remembrance Poppy Brooch pattern sales will probably be left to accrue till next year – unless otherwise notified. I can think of no more fitting end to this article than the immortal Ode of Remembrance from Laurence Binyon’s For The Fallen:

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”

God bless you and our brave Armed Forces. x


Remembrance Poppy Brooch

23 Oct

The immortal poem, In Flanders Field, poignantly inspires the remembrance poppies worn to commemorate the fallen – from the First World War, the Second World War and all conflicts ever since. With that in mind, I’ve designed my Remembrance Poppy Brooch in memory of all the heroes, who fought to defend our freedom and fell in the line of duty.

Remembrance Poppy Brooch

This pattern is available at £0.99 GBP via Ravelry – with £0.20 GBP from each sale* donated to the Poppy Appeal.

The Remembrance Poppy Brooch is made in 3 parts, which are sewn together. It is intended to resemble a wild poppy, with its layered petals and rough leaves. Pattern directions are given in British English terminology, with American English equivalents noted where appropriate. It should be suitable for confident beginners; it uses dc (US sc) and htr (US hdc) stitches.

I hope this brooch will be crocheted and worn by lots of people, especially on Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday. Please consider sharing this blog post, to help publicise this pattern. In the words of For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon: “We will remember them.”

*Funds allocated to the Poppy Appeal, from Remembrance Poppy Brooch patterns sold, may be held until they total £3.00 GBP or greater, before being donated direct to The Royal British Legion.

The background of my Remembrance Poppy Brooch photo is a reproduction World War Two newspaper from Historic Newspapers. There is something wonderful in handling historic artifacts; it really helps to bring history to life! If you’re interested in buying your own slice of history, for personal or educational purposes, code EDU10 gives a 10% discount off any Historic Newspapers purchase.