Nimble-fingered Erdington residents will be putting their skills to the ultimate test in the next few weeks as they aim to create a unique piece of art to commemorate the centenary of WWI.
Members of the Creative Moments Craft Group will knit the artwork, which will raise money for the British Legion and go on display at this summer’s Gardeners' World exhibition at the NEC in June.
The finished piece, made up of knitted poppies, will be a 2m by 3m textile poster showing a well-known image of a soldier standing at an unmarked grave, surrounded by one thousand poppies.
And the group, which meets on Mondays at Perry Common Community Hall, Perry Common, and Tuesdays at Highcroft Social Club, Stockland Green, is inviting everyone to get knitting the tiny blooms.
“This year we’re making felt poppies as well as knitting them to make a huge display commemorating the centenary of WW1,” said Teresa Compton, chair of the group.
“We’re aiming high – with the help of the community we’re hoping to make 1914 altogether.”
The group has been involved in many community projects, including decorating the Bullring Bull and knitting an entire life-sized garden that went on display at Gardeners' World in June 2012.
Creative Moments was set up to use arts and crafts to bring people together to share skills and offer each other support and friendship.
“We’re very fortunate to have Big Lottery funding for this project which enables us to share skills with the local community,” added Phillipa England, who runs the group. “It will be great to have as many people as possible involved in this. We’re encouraging people to join us at any of our group sessions or participate at home. Please do get in touch.”
The Creative Moments final artwork will be on display to the public at Gardeners’ World Live NEC between June 12 and June 15.
For more information or to get involved in the project please contact Lesley at firstname.lastname@example.org