Friday Photo Challenge

It’s Remembrance Day this weekend, so the word for today’s Photo Challenge set by Postcard from Gibraltar is Remembrance.

Everyone has made a big effort this year for Remembrance Day as it’s 100 years since the end of WW1. There are some amazing displays of knitted poppies, the Women’s Institute have been involved in many, but often it is just community spirit that has created these beautiful displays.

My WI Craft Club spent an afternoon earlier in the year knitting poppies for Ripon, our Federation office is in Ripon so the WI were asked to make about 3,000, many WI’s within our Federation took part and our poppies were used to decorate the town hall…Image may contain: house and outdoor

Here in Otley someone had the vision to create a sea of 18,000 poppies, one for each resident of Otley, each one has been hand-knitted. The resulting display is stunning…Image result for otley poppies

A few years ago the Tower of London made a huge display of poppies pouring over the parapets into the moat, I went down to London especially to see it, it was very moving. This year they have lit thousands of lanterns in the moat for a river of light.Image result for tower of london poppies 2018

One of the most beautiful and moving displays I’ve seen is at St John’s churchyard in Slimbridge, a local artist (whose name unfortunately I can’t find) made lifesize sculptures of WW1 soldiers from chicken wire, they are positioned at the foot of every soldiers grave. The see-through nature of chickenwire makes it quite ethereal. Image result for slimbridge churchyard soldiers

A couple of years ago I embroidered a poppy with silk ribbon. This year I was asked to embroider a square for Embroiderers Guild for a map of Skipton, I decided to use my poppy to represent the cenotaph. I embroidered “Lest we forget” underneath and it is now part of our pictoral map.DSC_0159

Earlier this year I embroidered a Faby Reilly design of poppies, it’s a humbug shape and it’s now on display on our sideboard.

Faby Reilly Poppy Humbug

This was a proud Mum moment when my daughter laid the wreath on behalf of the Army Cadets in Otley.024 - Click to view full size photo

I’ll finish this post of remembrance with some photos of poppies from the summer.


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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11 Responses to Friday Photo Challenge

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    Never forgotten, a super tribute.

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  2. wybrow1966 says:

    The wire soldiers are very effective – spirits of the past.

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  3. Laura says:

    Super post, Margaret! I am especially affected by the wire soldiers…I’ve never seen a display like it! I think if I were visiting there, then I would be easily overcome emotionally!

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  4. prue batten says:

    Evocative and emotional, Margaret. Thank you.

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    This is a beautiful tribute, Margaret, those wire soldiers are really something!

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  6. Amazing photos and tribute!

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  7. tialys says:

    I’m reading this on the morning of Remembrance Sunday – thank you for a lovely tribute in photographs.

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  8. Debbie says:

    As I don’t live too far away from Slimbridge, I managed to see the wire soldiers. They were a stunning tribute, extremely moving and thought provoking.

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