The Poppy Project

Knitters and crocheters, both experienced and aspiring, take note! The Niagara Falls History Museum is looking for contributors from across Canada for The Poppy Project, a massive community art project.

Christine Girardi, Assistance Curator at the museum, writes:

I am currently organizing a massive community art project called The Poppy Project that began back in November 2019. Basically we wanted to create a large scale installation of knit and crochet poppies on the exterior of our building for Remembrance Day (not a new idea, has been done by many Museum and Churches in Canada and the UK). The poppies would be affixed to recycled baseball netting and draped artistically over our historic building.

We worked with a local stitching guild to create patterns, organized some events for people to gather, and sent the call out. The hope was for the community to come, have a cup of tea and knit, but then also continue the process from home and submit their poppies. Then COVID hit and the gatherings needed to be cancelled. But that’s when our project exploded. In isolation people wanted something to do, and wanted to feel connected to something bigger. Crochet/Knit blogs picked up the story, Yarnspirations (a major Canadian distributor of yarn) came on as a partner, video tutorials were made and the poppies started rolling in from all over Canada and the United States (along with one from the Netherlands and New Zealand!). When we first began this project we hoped we would get 2,000 poppies; our tally is over 10,000 and they just keep coming.

I have a new goal, and this is where you come in (hopefully). I currently have poppies from every province/territory in Canada except for PEI, Manitoba, Yukon and Nunavut.

You can send the completed poppy to:

City of Niagara Falls
c/o Niagara Falls Museums – Poppy Project
4310 Queen Street
Niagara Falls, ON
Canada L2E 6X5

You can download the patterns here.