Palmerston North City Library is leading out two exciting community craft projects for ANZAC Day 2016 based around Poppies.
The first is the creation of a community wreath. The idea being that the community will create a hand-crafted wreath that will be laid by the Mayor and a member of the community at the ANZAC Day Service. This wreath is to be crafted from hand- knitted poppies. Janet Ellery Manager of Performance and Planning feels that this serves two purposes, “The hand knitted aspect of the wreath reflects society at that time where so many everyday objects were hand crafted and handmade. Being made by members of our community really will add to the depth of the meaning and feeling behind the wreath – it truly will be a community wreath in every sense of the word” she says.
The Central Library as well as community libraries has poppy packs containing instructions, wool and a button to enable you to knit a poppy available to pick up. “Of course if you are an expert knitter you don’t have to follow our pattern and you can create something as elaborate as you like!” Janet goes on to say.
The second project is the Flax Poppy Project. Following on from the placement of crosses in The Square for ANZAC Day 2015 there was feeling from the community that another such project would be welcomed.
The aim is to install 2000 poppies woven from flax around the cenotaph for the ANZAC Day services. To make this happen there will be session run at the Central Library where you can come in and make poppies. “Once you know how the process is quite easy and you would definitely be able to make three or four in a one hour session. The other good thing is no experience is necessary” Janet explains.
Library staff re encouraging everyone to come along, bring a friend and get involved in these fantastic community projects which are happening at the Central Library on Friday’s from March 4th to the 8th of April.