Crafters to create fitting knitted memorial to WW1 soldiers

Crafters to create fitting knitted memorial to WW1 soldiers

A knitting group based in the West Midlands town of Erdington is working hard to create a beautiful memorial to the soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War.

Members of Creative Moments Craft Group have begun knitting poppies from black and red yarn - and they want to stitch 1,914 of them in time for this summer's centenary of the start of the conflict, the Sutton Coldfield Observer reports.

When it is finished, the unique piece of artwork will measure 2m by 3m and is designed to hang on a wall. It will depict the famous image of a soldier standing at the unmarked grave of one of his fallen comrades. The soldier will be surrounded by tiny poppies, just as he might have been in the fields of Flanders - although these ones are woolly.

The wall hanging will raise money for the Royal British Legion and it will also go on display at the Gardeners' World Live exhibition at Birmingham's NEC in June so plenty of people get the opportunity to see it.

Creative Moments meet up on Mondays at Perry Common Community Hall and Tuesdays at Highcroft Social Club in Stockland Green. They are keen for any knitters who like the sound of the project to come along, join in and assist them with their crafty goal.

Meanwhile, social historians in Sutton Coldfield are also asking local residents for help in tracking down the area's First World War soldiers, after discovering that not all of them appear on the town's war memorial.

It comes after the Knitwits, who meet up at Reading Matters bookshop in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, created more than 150 knitted poppies to sell in aid of the Royal British Legion's annual Poppy Appeal in November last year. 

Each tiny bloom was affixed to a pin and sold for £3 a pop in the shop, with the yarn donated and all profits going to the worthy charity. Perhaps they could get busy again in time for August's centenary!


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