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10,000 poppies needed for Remembrance Day project in Cambridge

The Cambridge Poppy Project is reaching out to people who knit and crochet to make poppies for a special Remembrance Day display in the fall of 2021.

Cambridge Poppy Project enlists the help of people who knit and crochet

The Cambridge Poppy Project hopes to collect 10,000 poppies that are knitted or crocheted, for a display in Remembrance Day 2021. (@cambridgepoppy)

A new community project hopes people who knit and crochet will make poppies for a special Remembrance Day display in the fall of 2021.

The Cambridge Poppy Project wants to put 10,000 poppies on display outside the Idea Exchange locations in Cambridge this November. Jayne Herring, the project's co-ordinator, was inspired by a similar display she spotted in Niagara Falls last year and she wanted to expand it to Cambridge and hopefully Waterloo region.

"We're going to use the traditional red and black poppy. On our website, we do have our poppy pattern in knitting and crocheting," said Herring.

"We've partnered with Cambridge Fibres and they're providing us with a lot of red wool ... which the Idea Exchange staff are going to put into kits. And the kits are going to be available for community members to pick up. Each kit will allow you to make several poppies."

The knit/crocheted poppies will be connected with netting and displayed at three Idea Exchange buildings in Cambridge. This photo, taken by Jayne Herring, shows one display in Niagara Falls which inspired her to start the project in Cambridge. (www.cambridgepoppyproject.ca)

Herring says people who can't knit or crochet have also offered quilts, fibre art and stained glass for the project. She says the pieces of work will be displayed at various galleries around the city.

The Cambridge Poppy Project is hoping to collect 10,000 poppies for a display they're planning at the Idea Exchange buildings this coming November. They're hoping you'll help. Jayne Herring the Project Coordinator for the Cambridge Poppy Project tells the Morning Edition with Craig Norris what inspired her to take on this project. 5:19

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